About a month & a half ago, Television Without Pity, that website I love to hate, had a blurb on the best and worst season endings this year. They gave four different ratings:
- More good than bad
- More bad than good
The article inspired me to write my own reviews, but I waited since a few of the shows I watch hadn’t finished their seasons yet. Now that Merlin has ended, here’s what I think. (TWoP’s ratings are in parentheses).
- Supernatural: (More good than bad) Agreed. Not the best season ending they’ve ever done , but then no season finale has been among my all-time favorites. While TWoP poo-pooed the idea that Metallicar saved the day, I think it was fitting. After all, for 3 years the car was the 3rd character. (It was replaced by an increasingly useless trench coat-wearing angel in the last 2 seasons.)
- FlashForward: (More good than bad, I think. It might have been More bad than good.) I didn’t watch the series consistently enough to get too be engrossed in it. But it did get better as the season progressed. As for the final episode, I didn’t hate or love it. It felt rushed. Everyone’s flash forward had to be resolved, and the cast is way too large. Nonetheless, I would have preferred FlashForward getting renewed over V. (As a side note, I did not recognize Annabeth Gish. She’s come a long way since her Mystic Pizza and Shag days.)
- V: (Don’t remember this one, either) Hated, hated it! Ryan turned (or did he?) and Joshua (whom I totally loved) was killed only to be brought back to life. Probably to be tortured next season. I’ll probably watch next season for the same reason it’s hard to look away from a wreck. I doubt it gets a 3rd season.
- Modern Family: (More good than bad, I think) I agree with TWoP here. It wasn’t bad, but I’ve come to expect better of this show. The episode with Benjamin Bratt is still one of the best from this season.
- Cougar Town: (Best) Absolutely agree! Remember when I said I thought it sucked? Once they changed the focus of the show (from being about a 40-something woman bedding 20-something dudes) to the wacky family and friends, it got good. The cast, for the most part, is superb. And the season finale has many great moments: Travis learning to deal with a raging girlfriend by becoming the “yes man” (Dan Byrd is delightful!), the Cheeto shaped like Bruce Willis, the “Relationship” remix tape, and “An Ewok! He wants to make love to an Ewok!”
- Parks and Recreation: (More good than bad) Again, I agree. While maybe not as funny as “The Possum” (my favorite of the episodes I’ve seen—I didn’t start watching until about 2/3 of the season had passed), it was funny enough that I kept it on my DVR to rewatch. The addition of Ben as a possible love interest for Leslie (or so I’ve heard), is definitely working. Amy Poehler and Adam Scott work very well off each other.
- Community: (I think TWoP said it was “more good than bad.”) I give it an F. (Ok, maybe a D). I so wish they hadn’t gone to Britta being in love with Jeff. About mid-season, I thought they’d abandoned the idea because there wasn’t much chemistry between the actors. But they did go there. I figured Jeff would end up with Annie, especially after their debate team kiss.
- Legend of the Seeker: I don’t if TWoP even rated this show.) Much like the entire 2nd season, it was forgettable. So much so, I almost forgot to include it here.
- Stargate: Universe: (The season hadn’t yet ended when TWoP did their thing.) I give it a D. I hate cliffhangers. Not only was the season finale one, so were the previous two episodes. I was going to say it was overkill, but that was the season ender—literally. It’s like the writers couldn’t come up with a good ending, so they left everyone’s life in the balance.
- Merlin: (Same as SGU) I loved it! A+! Easily the best episode of the season. I have so much love for this episode, I think it deserves its own post.
Leverage has started its new season, Warehouse 13 starts this week, and several others next week. So much for waiting for all “my” shows to end.