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(Diffuser)   Ten of the worst final episodes that ruined entire seasons of perfectly good shows. Yup, St. Elsewhere is there, as is Alias, Quantum Leap and BSG, but where the hell is Alf? (not a slideshow)   (diffuser.fm) divider line 179
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2014-06-21 10:59:08 AM
Last season's "Nurse Jackie".

Yes, we're still watching it.

/waiting for the reset button again
 
2014-06-21 11:13:16 AM
If you're biatching about the ending of Quantum Leap, you don't get the character of Sam Beckett and are just angry that you didn't get another shiatty, sappy, feelgood happy ending.

/plus, the rumors are that if NBC had picked up season 6, Al would be leaping off to find Sam. So it works either way.

//and on mother topic, the ending of Life on Mars US retroactively ruined the entire series. I know the UK ending was perfect, but the US version didn't even try to come up with anything good, they just blasted a steaming stream of piss in everyone's faces and said "bye!"
 
2014-06-21 11:27:58 AM
Surprised Seinfeld wasn't on the list, given how people pissed and moaned about it.
 
2014-06-21 11:35:28 AM
I thought that the ending of Battlestar Galactica was just a sign of how badly the show had gone off the rails in that final season, as it kept grasping for some Greater Meaning that really just came off as stupid.  I mean, if they'd just left it with the survivors, human and Cylon alike, starting over on a new planet, that would have been fine.  End with Adama giving a stirring speech, pan the camera up into the stars, we're done.

But then, because Moore had gone batshiat crazy, we get the whole "LOLZ this is our Earth, this was a million years ago" ending which just gets stupider and stupider the more you think about it.
 
2014-06-21 11:36:33 AM
I will agree on the HIMYM. Barney and Robin had far better chemistry than Robin and Ted. Having them divorce after a few years was a cop out

FirstNationalBastard: If you're biatching about the ending of Quantum Leap, you don't get the character of Sam Beckett and are just angry that you didn't get another shiatty, sappy, feelgood happy ending.

/plus, the rumors are that if NBC had picked up season 6, Al would be leaping off to find Sam. So it works either way.

//and on mother topic, the ending of Life on Mars US retroactively ruined the entire series. I know the UK ending was perfect, but the US version didn't even try to come up with anything good, they just blasted a steaming stream of piss in everyone's faces and said "bye!"


I think the anger is that the series ended with a whimper. Especially with the misspelling of Sam's last name.
 
2014-06-21 11:37:21 AM

Speaker2Animals: Surprised Seinfeld wasn't on the list, given how people pissed and moaned about it.


My big complaint about it is that it was pretty much just a clip show -- and if you watched it that night, it was preceded by, you guessed it, a clip show.  I thought the underlying plot, and the tone with which it closed, was perfect for the show.  It was that crew finally being made to pay for being such assholes.  People who complained "But it was so mean spirited!" probably didn't really get that show.
 
2014-06-21 12:09:33 PM
I'm still pissed that "Soap" never got a proper send-off!
 
2014-06-21 12:47:55 PM
What? No Star Trek: Enterprise?
 
2014-06-21 12:49:43 PM
Just imagine how perfect a show Dexter would have been if they had ended with Season 4
 
2014-06-21 12:55:37 PM

Summoner101: Just imagine how perfect a show Dexter would have been if they had ended with Season 4


Imagine how perfect it would have been if they stayed closer to the books. LaGuerta would be dead in season 1, Debs would have been remarkably attractive. But I guess the books were too gruesome.
 
2014-06-21 01:01:36 PM
Dinosaurs is on the list? That's pretty stupid, there was nothing wrong with the ending of that show.

I am more pissed off about shows that I like that DON'T get any ending at all:
Human Target
Raising Hope
My Name is Earl
Reaper
Happy Endings
Rules of Engagement

I'm sure there are a lot more.
 
2014-06-21 01:03:02 PM
True Detective walked right up to that line and then leaned as far possible over it.
 
2014-06-21 01:04:57 PM

simplicimus: Summoner101: Just imagine how perfect a show Dexter would have been if they had ended with Season 4

Imagine how perfect it would have been if they stayed closer to the books. LaGuerta would be dead in season 1, Debs would have been remarkably attractive. But I guess the books were too gruesome.


Aliens. No.
 
2014-06-21 01:06:58 PM

MagSeven: simplicimus: Summoner101: Just imagine how perfect a show Dexter would have been if they had ended with Season 4

Imagine how perfect it would have been if they stayed closer to the books. LaGuerta would be dead in season 1, Debs would have been remarkably attractive. But I guess the books were too gruesome.

Aliens. No.


What aliens? Although Moloch would be a stretch.
 
2014-06-21 01:07:00 PM

FirstNationalBastard: If you're biatching about the ending of Quantum Leap, you don't get the character of Sam Beckett and are just angry that you didn't get another shiatty, sappy, feelgood happy ending.

/plus, the rumors are that if NBC had picked up season 6, Al would be leaping off to find Sam. So it works either way.

//and on mother topic, the ending of Life on Mars US retroactively ruined the entire series. I know the UK ending was perfect, but the US version didn't even try to come up with anything good, they just blasted a steaming stream of piss in everyone's faces and said "bye!"


I watched the first episode of the US version and never watched more. The UK version was just perfect, a US version was totally unnecessary.

Also, where is Lost on this list?
 
2014-06-21 01:09:04 PM

Summoner101: Just imagine how perfect a show Dexter would have been if they had ended with Season 4


Was that the Lithgow season? Because, if so, YES. Well put.
 
2014-06-21 01:12:06 PM

OhioUGrad: Dinosaurs is on the list? That's pretty stupid, there was nothing wrong with the ending of that show.

I am more pissed off about shows that I like that DON'T get any ending at all:
Human Target
Raising Hope
My Name is Earl
Reaper
Happy Endings
Rules of Engagement

I'm sure there are a lot more.


Almost Human
TerraNova
Community should have wrapped it up before two major cast members split, but only had Dan Harmon stuck around for the gassed season.
 
2014-06-21 01:12:11 PM

simplicimus: MagSeven: simplicimus: Summoner101: Just imagine how perfect a show Dexter would have been if they had ended with Season 4

Imagine how perfect it would have been if they stayed closer to the books. LaGuerta would be dead in season 1, Debs would have been remarkably attractive. But I guess the books were too gruesome.

Aliens. No.

What aliens? Although Moloch would be a stretch.


Oh yeah, you're right. It was demons not aliens.
 
2014-06-21 01:13:41 PM

FirstNationalBastard: //and on mother topic, the ending of Life on Mars US retroactively ruined the entire series. I know the UK ending was perfect, but the US version didn't even try to come up with anything good, they just blasted a steaming stream of piss in everyone's faces and said "bye!"


Two points:

1. The American Life on Mars had problems from the start (or at least from the second start, when they recast most roles and moved operations to NYC). That weird hocus-pocus handling of the over-arching mystery, the images of the little space probes that Sam saw, ancient Harvey Keitel as a serving NYC police lieutenant while apparently on a day-pass from the nursing home, the "M.A.R.S." file,* and having a fresh-off-the boat Irishman with a marginally-passable generic American accent trying to portray a lower-class life-long New Yorker. I did, however, like Ray & Chris being 3-dimensional characters and believable detectives, rather than buffoonish comic relief.

2.  The writers did come up with better endings - three of them, in fact - and showed them all before that stupid science fiction abortion:
    *  Annie got her gold shield; she's sitting at her desk, taking a statement; the rest of the squad are doing likewise; camera pulls back; fade to black. Nothing spectacular, but a perfectly fitting end, and implies Sam will continue on in the past.
    *   Sam's reading  Gulliver's Travelsto a bedridden old woman in a nursing home or hospital; he's dressed in modern-day clothes; the nurse tells him visiting hours are over; he gets up and tells old Annie that he'll see her again tomorrow.
    *   Sam steps outside; it's 1973 again; he bumps into Annie; he tells her he's given up trying to get back to the future and wants to stay with her; they kiss (basically the same final scene as the BBC version, sans Gene pulling up in the Cortina).

*Perhaps the M.A.R.S. file was supposed to be an homage to the enigmatic Artemis file (a McGuffin) that Gene snagged from the MoD in an  Ashes to Ashes episode - much like how they renamed the Railway Arms pub as Glenister's, or renaming Sam's mother brought the Tyler surname full-circle.
 
2014-06-21 01:14:18 PM
BSG should have ended with the moment Starbuck disappeared. But you can't take away Bill Adama's last flyby to strains of the Colonial Anthem (the original BSG theme) before Sam took the Galactica into the sun, or Laura Rosalyn's last words. The SERIES didn't quite end the way we might've wanted, but we needed those final moments and they were glorious.
 
2014-06-21 01:19:10 PM

MagSeven: simplicimus: Summoner101: Just imagine how perfect a show Dexter would have been if they had ended with Season 4

Imagine how perfect it would have been if they stayed closer to the books. LaGuerta would be dead in season 1, Debs would have been remarkably attractive. But I guess the books were too gruesome.

Aliens. No.


Doakes would be alive, but badly maimed and still after Dexter. Deb knows about Dexter's murders from book #1. Rita is alive and she and Dexter have a daughter. Dexter realizes that Cody & Astor, but especially Cody, are budding serial killers and is teaching them Harry's Code.

Could have done without the whole Molach/Dark Passenger (Dexter in the Dark) thing, though.
 
2014-06-21 01:20:28 PM

MagSeven: simplicimus: MagSeven: simplicimus: Summoner101: Just imagine how perfect a show Dexter would have been if they had ended with Season 4

Imagine how perfect it would have been if they stayed closer to the books. LaGuerta would be dead in season 1, Debs would have been remarkably attractive. But I guess the books were too gruesome.

Aliens. No.

What aliens? Although Moloch would be a stretch.

Oh yeah, you're right. It was demons not aliens.


And Dexter's brother, Brian is still very much alive in the books.
 
2014-06-21 01:20:42 PM

Charlie Crews' Zen Master: OhioUGrad: Dinosaurs is on the list? That's pretty stupid, there was nothing wrong with the ending of that show.

I am more pissed off about shows that I like that DON'T get any ending at all:
Human Target
Raising Hope
My Name is Earl
Reaper
Happy Endings
Rules of Engagement

I'm sure there are a lot more.

Almost Human
TerraNova
Community should have wrapped it up before two major cast members split, but only had Dan Harmon stuck around for the gassed season.


Carnivale
 
2014-06-21 01:21:33 PM
They just kept on wagon training
 
2014-06-21 01:21:33 PM

jake_lex: I thought that the ending of Battlestar Galactica was just a sign of how badly the show had gone off the rails in that final season, as it kept grasping for some Greater Meaning that really just came off as stupid.  I mean, if they'd just left it with the survivors, human and Cylon alike, starting over on a new planet, that would have been fine.  End with Adama giving a stirring speech, pan the camera up into the stars, we're done.

But then, because Moore had gone batshiat crazy, we get the whole "LOLZ this is our Earth, this was a million years ago" ending which just gets stupider and stupider the more you think about it.


The ending that had could have worked, had they just tweaked it a bit.
The whole abandoning technology and mitochondrial eve part blew because it basically meant that the colonists died out after they fought so long to survive, which made their struggle pointless. It would have been much better had they moved up the arrival to the dawn of civilization and had the colonists pass down their culture to the natives in small ways (have Athena's family settle near Greece, have Tigh and his wife become Odin and Frigga, etc).

I also thought they should have tied Starbuck's resurrection and the "Angels" into the main story a little better by heavily hinting that they are Cylons from a previous cycle who became so advanced over time that they were like gods. They could have even tied Starbuck coming back into the Ship of Light from the original series. It would have only required minimal tweaks to the story, but it would have made the ending much stronger
 
2014-06-21 01:21:45 PM
Stargate Atlantis. You invest days if not weeks of watching (even if you watch in a row), only to be ended in a time loop where they live out some horribly depressing normal lives together..
 
2014-06-21 01:22:39 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: What? No Star Trek: Enterprise?


This!
 
2014-06-21 01:24:32 PM
I hated the Alias finale so much. They spent years building Jack, Irina, and Sloane into complex characters with complicated motivations and relationships to one another, and then gave all of them such predictable, boring endings. That was as angry as I've ever been after a series finale - until HIMYM aired theirs.
 
2014-06-21 01:25:02 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: What? No Star Trek: Enterprise?


Quiet you. We're supposed to take Fat Riker spending an hour chopping vegetables as "Valentine" to us fans. Because when we watched that show, what we all wanted was more Riker.
 
2014-06-21 01:26:21 PM
The series finale for Weeds left me pretty pissed off.

The last two seasons sucked anyway but that finale just sucked ass.
 
2014-06-21 01:28:15 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: Dingleberry Dickwad: What? No Star Trek: Enterprise?

Quiet you. We're supposed to take Fat Riker spending an hour chopping vegetables as "Valentine" to us fans. Because when we watched that show, what we all wanted was more Riker.


The ending was terrible, but at least they /gave/ it an ending, instead of just pulling the plug.
 
2014-06-21 01:30:23 PM

drewbob21: Carnivale


Supposedly there is a massive amount of additional material for the show. Production costs are what sunk it. EVERYTHING was period-accurate. I don't know why the rest couldn't be novelized or something, but it just wouldn't be the same without a Jeff Beal score behind it.
 
2014-06-21 01:33:30 PM

Charlie Crews' Zen Master: ThatBillmanGuy: Dingleberry Dickwad: What? No Star Trek: Enterprise?

Quiet you. We're supposed to take Fat Riker spending an hour chopping vegetables as "Valentine" to us fans. Because when we watched that show, what we all wanted was more Riker.

The ending was terrible, but at least they /gave/ it an ending, instead of just pulling the plug.


Like they did with the Sarah Conner Chronicles? Man, they made Terminator extremely interesting, especially by introducing the third faction in that war with all those T-1000s led by Shirley Manson.
 
2014-06-21 01:33:56 PM
BSG should have ended with them fading to black right after they discover the nuked planet in season 3. I think it needed a dark ending. The list also failed for not mentioning Angel.
 
2014-06-21 01:34:07 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Could have done without the whole Molach/Dark Passenger (Dexter in the Dark) thing, though.


Yeah, the only redeemable part was Cody's first (human) kill.
 
2014-06-21 01:37:41 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: Dingleberry Dickwad: What? No Star Trek: Enterprise?

Quiet you. We're supposed to take Fat Riker spending an hour chopping vegetables as "Valentine" to us fans. Because when we watched that show, what we all wanted was more Riker.


Considering that season five was going to be the Earth/Romulus war it's a shame it was canceled. Fark you UPN. Urban market my a**.
 
2014-06-21 01:40:18 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: What? No Star Trek: Enterprise?


What he said.
 
2014-06-21 01:42:20 PM

likefunbutnot: drewbob21: Carnivale

Supposedly there is a massive amount of additional material for the show. Production costs are what sunk it. EVERYTHING was period-accurate. I don't know why the rest couldn't be novelized or something, but it just wouldn't be the same without a Jeff Beal score behind it.


HBO won't allow, because they are dumb.
 
2014-06-21 01:43:47 PM

OhioUGrad: Dinosaurs is on the list? That's pretty stupid, there was nothing wrong with the ending of that show.

I am more pissed off about shows that I like that DON'T get any ending at all:
Human Target
Raising Hope
My Name is Earl
Reaper
Happy Endings
Rules of Engagement

I'm sure there are a lot more.


Samurai Jack.

/tHough that IS finally getting an ending, via a comic series.
 
2014-06-21 01:46:46 PM

simplicimus: Bathia_Mapes: Could have done without the whole Molach/Dark Passenger (Dexter in the Dark) thing, though.

Yeah, the only redeemable part was Cody's first (human) kill.


Yep
 
2014-06-21 01:50:02 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: What? No Star Trek: Enterprise?


This.

Worst series ending ever.
 
2014-06-21 01:51:24 PM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: ThatBillmanGuy: Dingleberry Dickwad: What? No Star Trek: Enterprise?

Quiet you. We're supposed to take Fat Riker spending an hour chopping vegetables as "Valentine" to us fans. Because when we watched that show, what we all wanted was more Riker.

Considering that season five was going to be the Earth/Romulus war it's a shame it was canceled. Fark you UPN. Urban market my a**.


I said this on another thread a while back... the funniest or saddest part is that within a year, UPN would be merged with the WB to become the CW. Enterprise was pulling in roughly 3-4 million viewers per week. A CW show has generally been a runaway hit if it can manage two million viewers...with the exception of Smallville, which was pulling in roughly 4 million viewers.

If it had made it through season 5 on UPN, Enterprise probably would have been one of the CW's top rated shows for its last two years.
 
2014-06-21 01:52:46 PM

OhioUGrad: Dinosaurs is on the list? That's pretty stupid, there was nothing wrong with the ending of that show.

I am more pissed off about shows that I like that DON'T get any ending at all:
Human Target
Raising Hope
My Name is Earl
Reaper
Happy Endings
Rules of Engagement

I'm sure there are a lot more.




Rules of Engagement got a nice ending. The end shot was out of the apartment window framing the entire cast as they gathered around the new baby.
 
2014-06-21 01:57:24 PM

OhioUGrad: Dinosaurs is on the list? That's pretty stupid, there was nothing wrong with the ending of that show.

I am more pissed off about shows that I like that DON'T get any ending at all:
Human Target
Raising Hope
My Name is Earl
Reaper
Happy Endings
Rules of Engagement

I'm sure there are a lot more.


...and this is why viewers absolutely refuse to become emotionally invested in American TV series these days.

Network execs would be smart if they guaranteed viewers an end. As part of a series package, they should make sure there is a 3 episode window to wrap up a series that has a long story arc.

This does two things:

1) Gives viewers a reason to tune in while the series is being aired, instead of DVRing and deleting when it gets canceled due to... low ratings because of people DVRing and waiting to see if it gets renewed.

2) Provides a reason for people to buy the series discs.

It really is that simple. At least British TV series usually have a short, specific run, in which the story arcs have a beginning, middle, and end. American TV execs, on the other hand, sometimes push series past their story arcs (Like Heroes and Under The Dome) when the ratings are good, then wonder why the ratings plunge after the original, interesting story arc sputters to a halt.

Just tell us you'll wrap it up, whether or not it gets more seasons, and we'll watch it.
 
2014-06-21 01:57:55 PM
Personally I liked the end of Dinosaurs. There was always an environmental aspect to the show, and this was a logical conclusion.
 
2014-06-21 01:58:10 PM
DEADWOOD

/cocksuckers
 
2014-06-21 01:59:41 PM
This guy apparently took St. Elsewhere far too seriously. I remember an episode where they were clearly parodying themselves, taking all their normal weekly plot maneuvers and pushing them to ridiculous extremes. And other episodes where people on the show clearly knew they were on a TV show. If he thought it was a straight drama, he's not as bright as he thinks he is.
 
2014-06-21 02:01:11 PM
The Sopranos. A TV series' version of Rickrolling.
 
2014-06-21 02:03:47 PM

Jaden Smith First of His Name: True Detective walked right up to that line and then leaned as far possible over it.


The only problem with TD was that people assumed the literary references the show was making were actually part of the show, even though none of the characters referred to Chambers.
 
2014-06-21 02:04:35 PM

likefunbutnot: BSG should have ended with the moment Starbuck disappeared. But you can't take away Bill Adama's last flyby to strains of the Colonial Anthem (the original BSG theme) before Sam took the Galactica into the sun, or Laura Rosalyn's last words. The SERIES didn't quite end the way we might've wanted, but we needed those final moments and they were glorious.


Hell, I would have settled for just not having the "future'/modern day ending tacked on at the end.  It would have been fine (not great, but fine) if it had ended with them "settiling" the planet.
 
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