Friday, March 24, 2006

The OC as metaphor for purgatory

finally saw this week's Sopranos and was struck by the location of the dream sequence (although David Chase disavows its as a "dream sequence" per se): Costa Mesa. Why Orange County? Why the forest fire mention? Why the shining beacon across town? smarter semiotic detectives than me have attempted to answer that question:

Here Tony's stuck in Orange County, quite possibly the most personality-free corner of the world, with no way to leave (a k a Purgatory). On one end of town is a shining beacon (Heaven), on the other, a raging forest fire (Hell). Over and over, he stops to assess the worth of his own life, asking, "Who am I? Where am I going?"

Follow this analysis with this excellent post on the meaning of the episode.


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