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30 Days Of Telly #22

Day twenty-two, your favourite series finale. Awkward, given that television tends to axe most of the shows that I watch, without giving them a finale. Sometimes that's a good thing - there are some shows where it's better to leave them going on to fight another day, rather than brought to an ultimate stop - but even if it's for the best, it doesn't make for a memorable finish. There are a few could-have-beens. The intended Between The Lines finale, at the close of series two, was one of the best ever, and although I liked series three more than most people did, the eventual final episode was a bit of a mess. Had Buffy The Vampire Slayer ended with season five, I might have gone for that one. Blake's 7 nearly wins it. I love the final episode (although I love the originally intended one, closing series three, rather more). "Blake" is just too downbeat to win, though. Ditto the Sapphire & Steel closer; and since neither was supposed to be a final episode, I'm not sure that they should count anyway. We're forever left wondering what would have happened next, if it had been allowed to. So, just like with the favourite TV show cast, I'm left having to choose between Babylon 5 and The West Wing. Both brought their respective stories and casts to a good conclusion, and both were handled exceptionally well. The final season of Babylon 5, however, didn't throw an unfathomable curveball at Toby, and have him act against character and lose his job. So I'm choosing it. Sorry, The West Wing. I love you, and almost everything about you. I love your characters, and I loved spending seven great years in their company, but you screwed up at the end there. So did Babylon 5, admittedly, but at least the showrunner apologised. He even said that he regretted getting rid of Marcus, which doesn't actually make up for getting rid of Marcus, damn it!, but it's a start. And at least Marcus isn't actually dead. Toby, however, is still technically a traitor, which prevented the finale from being everything that it could have been.

And besides, it's "Sleeping In Light". You really do have to go some to beat that.

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eandh99
Jul. 21st, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
This would be the hardest for me, because either the finale isn't a finale, the show just got cancelled, or the finale sucks. Sleeping in Light, or the end of Peacekeeper Wars, the wrapup to Farscape, are probably it. Warehouse 13 which I love, gets 6 more episodes next year after an insane cliffhanger we just saw. But you might really like Warehouse - currently Anthony Stewart Head is the big bad, assisted by James Marsters, it's full of really fun genre casting from Gareth David Lloyd to Rene Auberjonois and Lindsey Wagner.
swordznsorcery
Jul. 21st, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a difficult one. It's so rare that a show gets a proper send-off; and even when it does, it doesn't necessarily follow that it's a good one. I never have been happy with the way that "Angel" ended.

"Warehouse 13" sounds like it could be interesting!
elenopa
Jul. 22nd, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
B5 had me crying for a whole weekend after it finished. And it wasn't the Sheridan/Delenn good bye that everyone goes for. I blubbed when they blew up the station! I had come to love that station over 5 years, and it ended in a mass of flame. (Interestingly, that fulfils the prophecy shown to Sinclair by Lady Ladira in season 1)
swordznsorcery
Jul. 22nd, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, the 'death' of the station was very affecting, although expected. As you say, we knew how it would end. Jeff Conaway turning out the lights has an added layer of poignancy now as well.
elenopa
Jul. 23rd, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
JMS turned off the lights...
swordznsorcery
Jul. 23rd, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
He did, didn't he! I'd forgotten that.
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