Now THIS is the life Tony Soprano was longing for.
Watching episode one of Italy’s most popular TV show I couldn’t help thinking about how good Carmela Soprano actually had it. I mean, sure, her husband could go to jail at any given moment, and sure, he was the complete opposite of a faithful husband, but at least she wasn’t getting slapped around. At least she could send her kids off to school and not worry about being murdered every day all day, like Italian mafia boss wife Debora Di Marzio does.
So when Tony Soprano frets about his professional impotency and a sloppy organization he’s pining away for the good old days and the old country, where they are obviously getting things done. In Gomorrah, the TV Series, Ciro Di Marzio’s decided that he’s not getting the credit he deserves and by the end of season 1 he’s successfully dismantled the established crime family, sending everyone in it to prison, the hospital, or the grave.
“Calm down Debora!” he tells his wife in episode 1 of season 2. “Everything is OK now! We’ve won!” But Debora’s not buying it, in fact, she’s out-of-control and losing it about her safety and the safety of her young daughter. Virtual prisoners in her apartment building with 24-hour protection, Debora has non-stop panic attacks and is on the verge of going to the police.
Since all of the promos show the old crime boss’s son “Genny” in them, I’m not giving anything away by saying that he’s back, and he’s grown up A LOT. Dismally aware that most of the family’s problems stem from his immature actions, he’s ready to step up and make amends. He’s “doing the work”, and figuring out what he can to get the family business back on track.
But his rival, Ciro, is in control, uniting the other crime families and becoming more ruthless and cold-blooded with every passing day. Now THIS is the kind of organization Tony Soprano dreams of having.
Directed by Stefano Sollima (Suburra, ACAB), Season 1 is a binge-watcher’s dream come true, and season 2 can be watched episode by episode on the Sundance Channel.