All shows must come to an end (unless it’s Two and a Half Men, that one will go on forever). But not all endings are created equal. Some are universally acclaimed (see Breaking Bad). Some are not.
Before the social media (aka in the ancient times), the best you could do was grumble to yourself and discuss it with your friends. Nowadays – we can grumble all we want quite publicly.
We’ll be upfront with you – we loved how Lost ended. So there, feel free to judge.
In the beginning we bothered. We studied graphs and charts. We looked at screenshots until we went cross eyed. Latin was translated, old books by Locke and Rousseau finally came in handy, and what the what with the foot? And then, just like that, we gave up. It was too much. So we let it go. Given we might haven’t had a clue what was going on at times, but it was much more relaxing that way.
And the end, with the dog and all, made us bawl. For us, it was all about the characters after all. And from that perspective, the end made sense. Even if you hated it, please don’t be these people. Lindelof’s poor head will implode.
The last season of Dexter was all over the place. But we, perhaps foolishly, thought there were would be a pay off at the end. What we didn’t expect was Dexter the lumber jack. Yes, we do understand it is a sort of purgatory for Dexter, but still it’s the same guy who chopped people up on the regular.
For a series that was so bold, so gruesome, so different from anything that we have seen before, we sure as hell didn’t expect it would end with Dexter the lumber jack.
We would love to debate what the Sopranos ending was all about, but to be frank with you, we don’t have a clue. Was Tony killed after leaving the restaurant (as one popular theory goes)? Were we supposed to ponder the meaning of life and the deeper existential issues (if so, we are afraid it went right over our heads)? Or was it just a crafty way to leave things open in case an opportunity for a feature movie presented itself? We will never know.
Remember how intense the first season of Battlestar Galatica was? It was SO good. It tackled so many topics – from theology and religion to terrorism, survival, politics, ecology, you name it. The ending on the other hand was all over the place. Some questions were answered. Others… were not. And people were left frustrated.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ends with “God Did It.” Looks like somebody skipped Writing 101, when you learn that a deus ex machina is a crappy way to end a story.
76 million people watched the finale of Seinfeld. 76 MILLION! You would think that for a series that was so popular they would come up with a more interesting ending (Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer end up in prison for violating the Good Samaritan law). Then again a) it was a show about nothing, so the ending was suitable bizarre and b) at least Seinfeld had enough common sense to end on a high.