Everything Wrong with TV Shows, Part 2
When it comes to this week’s rant, we will talk about series finales where I ask the production - what the hell is wrong with you? On one hand, we have some amazing series finales where we have a real conclusion to the story like in the TV show Friday Night Lights. This show was overlooked by so many, but it had everything and its series finale was everything it was supposed to be, wrapping up all the storylines and giving us an idea of what the future might hold for our dear residents of Dillon, TX.
But it would not be called a rant if I didn't talk about series finales which I hated, oh so much. I would like to focus on one show that still makes my skin crawl when I think about it, but also mention quite illogical endings to some of the other shows which we were unfortunate enough to see.
How I Your Mother. Photo: CBS
It has been over a year and a half since How I Met Your Mother ended and I am still not over it. The show had nine seasons and after eight amazing ones, someone out there decided it was a good idea to ruin it with the entire ninth season and that episode we-shall-not-mention. I mean, seriously, what the hell is wrong with you?
I used to watch that show all the time and never get bored, it made me laugh and it made me feel better. Before my college entrance exam, I had watched the entire first season and I felt more relaxed. I failed that entrance exam (might I add) and for that I blame the show and the producers, it was all a conspiracy theory, I tell you!!! OK, fine, it wasn’t the show’s fault, I guess.
The point is that the show had everything, it had comedy and fabulous characters which had amazing character development and it all just disappeared during the final season (except that Lily and Marshall never changed because they are basically perfect).
[Warning: The remainder of the article contains spoilers]
Robin and Barney whom I glorified got divorced, which led Robin to become a stranger to the group which made Lily really sad, therefore it made me sad. It turned out that Robin was in love with Ted (puke) and supposedly those two were meant for each other. Because it is only logical that Ted’s cheap and childish obsession with Robin would be overcome by a more logical and adult kind of love (which only means that Ted Mosby is a jerk). Barney went back to his old self (because why not) and then he became a dad and realized that was his purpose in life all along (yaay). Oh, and what about the mother, oh THE MOTHER. So basically your entire show is based on finding out who the mother is and the whole damn show revolves around it and then you kill her off because 'Nah, we changed our mind, she can go'.
Even the kids were confused. Photo: CBS
The producers released an alternate ending where Barney and Robin are the end-game and everything is jolly and perfect except we all know that is not the 'real' ending but an alternate one to give us haters something that we supposedly want. I don’t want it or need it. It is much easier for me to pretend the last season does not exist.
But enough about HIMYM, we should also not forget Dexter. You remember him, that charming and cunning serial killer? Do you remember the series finale? You probably don’t want to remember and I completely understand you. Here is a sum of it - it sucks. Deb dies, everything is awful, Dexter supposedly dies but he lives instead, as a lumberjack with a beard as awful as the series finale.
Dexter series finale. Photo: Showtime
Then there is also Lost and I don’t care what you say, it was awful, no conclusion, no explanation of anything, it just left me feeling so pissed off because they ruined a show that I loved so much. Okay, I admit, I still love it.
All of this is precisely the problem with some shows which last more than five seasons. You just lose the magic of it all, writers lose their inspiration and they just go on and write something that is mediocre at its best which only gets you to lose your viewers and if you don’t have them, you got nothing and the show gets canceled. Ba-dum-tss.
That is the reason why my mantra has always been - End the show while it’s still good, don’t wait for it to ruin itself.