Unlike political careers, which the ghastly Enoch Powell once said always fail, most long-running television series make it to the end without completely falling apart.
Some even manage to have a perfect final act. The best example is Breaking Bad. Walter White ended up dead, as we did and he knew he had to, but not before redeeming himself somewhat by rescuing the enslaved Jesse Pinkman.
Everything that had happened since the beginning fitted together beautifully and there was no loose end left hanging.
We probably could have lived without the one-off epilogue El Camino, I focused on what happened to Jesse next, which never really felt necessary. Still, it hasn’t tarnished the legacy.
In contrast to Breaking Bad final end, mad Men and The sopranos ended with notoriously ambiguous ending shots that were open to multiple interpretations. When it was abruptly cut to a black screen, many disgruntled viewers felt cheated of a decent ending. But the fact that we’re still talking about the show 15 years later is a testament to its cultural impact.
Unfortunately, series creator David Chase couldn’t resist returning to the fountain for the stunning big-screen prequel The Many Saints of Newark. As in El Camino, there was no compelling reason for it.
There are several strong contenders for the Worst Series Finale Ever title: Lost (We lied to you – the characters became dead all the time); the original dexter (he is a lumberjack and doing well); quantum leap (just a title card saying Sam never made it home); game of Thrones (This is it?).
But because of the brazen disdain he displayed to audiences, the undisputed winner has to be the 1980s hospital drama finale St Elsewhere.
A final scene revealed that the entire series, which ran for six seasons, was nothing more than the figment of an autistic boy’s imagination.
Thankfully, most series don’t implode in such bizarre ways. They just come to the end of their natural lives or drag themselves along two or three seasons longer than is prudent and then call it a day.
When HE, For example, entering its 15th and final season — by which point all of the original stars were long gone — it wasn’t the powerhouse it once was. Viewership had dropped to a third of its glory days.
Nonetheless, it was still a watchable, well-crafted medical drama (light years before the Weeping Grey’s Anatomy) and the feature-length finale, which featured nearly all the old faces, was a satisfying farewell to a once-great series.
Sometimes a stalled series can even get a surprising second wind. Homeland quickly fell apart after a brilliant first season.
However, when Brody was finally killed in a gruesome public hanging at the end of season 3, it freed the series to hit the reset button and become a more believable spy thriller with a separate story arc each year.
If there’s a lesson here, it’s that it’s never too late for a show to regain its mojo. Whether it can be done just two episodes before the end of the final season is another question.
step forward, Peaky Blinders – in slow motion, of course, with the hat pulled down over the eyes and things exploding in the background.
The general consensus seems to be that the sixth and final installment in Steven Knight’s flashy gangster drama underperforms. This is generosity on an epic scale.
After a strong opening episode Peaky Blinders has fallen apart. Mainly revolving around Tommy Shelby’s undercover dealings (in Winston Churchill’s Secret Service) with the repellent Oswald Mosley and his even more repellent squeeze Diana Mitford, a Boston gangster and an IRA captain, the plot winds in circles.
Supporting characters – brother Arthur, vengeful nephew Michael, colorful gangster Alfie Solomons – were marginalized.
As a visual spectacle Peaky Blinders looks great as always. As a drama, it’s empty — and almost comically pretentious, thanks to a profusion of Tommy’s haunted, soul-searching monologues.
On Sunday, Tommy learned he has an inoperable brain tumor and will not last more than 18 months. Honestly, the end can’t come soon enough.
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