MIKE GOLD: The Darknight Contrarian

Mike Gold

ComicMix's award-winning and spectacularly shy editor-in-chief Mike Gold also performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com and on iNetRadio, www.iNetRadio.com (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check www.getthepointradio.com above for times and on-demand streaming information.

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6 Responses

  1. John Ostrander says:

    My problem is that you're reading the ending INTO it. That's the ending if the show goes to credits and the music keeps playing. Instead, the show stops, goes to dark, no sound, and then end credits run with no sound. There are those who are just as insistent that Tony got whacked. Personally, I like the interp I've heard some say that it's the viewer who got whacked. Chase's ending is the ultimate NON-ending. It's a "pick your ending" and that's what I objected to. THE SOPRANOS became mainly about Chase confounding viewer expectations. He HAD no ending and that's what we got. He delivered nothing. IMO.– John

    • Mike Gold says:

      I don't think I am. I really don't care what happens after the blackout. Somebody gets whacked or not, today or tomorrow or whenever; the kid gets a parking ticket, whatever. Life goes on. Or not. That's the ending.

  2. Valerie D'Orazi says:

    I think the furor over the Sopranos ending brings up another question — do creators "owe" any sort of closure/satisfying endings to longtime fans of a TV show or comic book? I don't mean specifically "happy" endings (as I think a "whack-fest" bloody ending would have sated Sporanos fans), but endings with closure.

    • Elayne Riggs says:

      Oh, I definitely think so, Val. Once you set out to form a bond with your audience, you bloody well DO owe them satisfaction. Granted, some audiences have no idea what they want until it's given to them, but "satisfying closure" is pretty high on at least 95% of desire lists.

      • Martha Thomases says:

        I have to disagree, Elayne. There are many great novels and films that do not "end" in the way you describe. Even the television show ANGEL had an unspecific ending, which I loved (once I finished screaming at the TV). The role of the writer is to write the story s/he needs to tell.

        • Elayne Riggs says:

          Martha, I qualified "once you set out to form a bond with your audience" rather than "once you set out to write a story." The "bond" thing is what obligates the writer.