Series Finales

EPISODE REVIEW: Outcasts: “Episode 8” (Episode 8, Series Finale)

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This is gonna’ be a kind of threadbare review because my carpal tunnel is absolutely killing me. I apologize in advance, but since no one much seems to care about this show, and since the series was cancelled before the first episode hit the air, and since it ends with a cliffhanger that will never be resolved, I doubt anyone will mind.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Gauntlet” (Season 2, Episode 20, Series Finale)

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…and just like that, it ends. Not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with a profound silence that speaks off all that might have been, but never will. It’s a sad ending, a needless ending, but I see now what the producers meant: it’s a solid ending, and almost - if not quite - satisfying. This isn’t an ending, nor is it a cliffhanger in the way ‘Gate usually does ‘em, this is not a conclusion, but….but the story can rest here. As likely as not, it’ll never be revisited, as likely as not this is the end of Stargate forever, but we end with hope and silence.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Man From Atlantis: “Deadly Carnival” (Season 2, Episode 13) Series Finale

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Tuesday, June 6th, 1978: Not a massively infamous day in history. Not much happened. In California - which was part of the United States in those days - they voted in Proposition 13, which slashed property taxes. Nothing else of any great importance seems to have happened anywhere else in the world, and few seem to have noticed the important thing that transpired here. Indeed, there are no monuments to commemorate the day, no one who says “I remember where I was when…”, no flags flying at halfmast, no parades of victory for surviving it, though we certainly deserved them.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “Epitaph Two: Return” (Season 2, Episode 13) SERIES FINALE

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And so it end, not quite in glory, and not quite with a whimper, but definitely quieter and a bit more touchingly than I’d anticipated, based on the last several weeks of breakneck storytelling. For those who haven’t been keeping score, the series had a two-part finale. Part one, “Epitaph One,” never aired, and was produced back in May of 2009. Part two - which I’m reviewing here - aired a season later.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Defying Gravity: “Love, Honor, Obey” (Episode 8)

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Curiously, while settling in to watch the show tonight, the announcer very clearly declared this to be the “Season Finale” of Defying Gravity. Now, I know for a fact that they shot 11 episodes of this show, and I know it’s been bleeding ratings since day one - the lowest ratings the show ever got was for the H2IK episode, which came in 34th place for the week, the highest they’ve ever done was the pilot, which came in at 21st for the week, which would be fairly lame during the season, but we’re in the dog days of summer here - there’s no competition.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “The New King, Part II” (Episode 12, Series Finale)

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Man, is Saturday Night a bad night for this show, or what? Even I, who love it with an entirely inappropriate fervor, keep forgetting it’s even on, getting distracted by fireworks one night, and a Justice League Unlimited marathon the next. Talk about a show being consigned to outer darkness, it’s schedule is so remote that even those who love it frequently forget it exists. Such an undeserving exile.

In any event, forgive me for the delay. If it’s of any consolation, our favorite show goes out in fine fashion, at the top of its game all around.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Torchwood: “Children of Earth, Day 5” (Season 3, Episode 5)

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The thing is, when you’re young you’re indestructible - or at least you think you are - and you’re also somewhat emotionally cut off. You see and hear about bad things happening around the world, and it doesn’t affect you any more than hearing about a sale at JC Pennys. Yeah, it’s awful about all those kids in Africa/Eastern Europe/South America/Southeast Asia, but it’s only theoretically awful when you’re a fat, dumb, and happy adolescent or 20-something.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “Born To run” (Season 2, Episode 22 - Season Finale)

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…And so it all comes down to this: The Season finale, and very likely the series finale as well. We start off where we left off last week, with Sarah in Jail, and John and Cameron on the lam. Shirley Manson from Garbage tells the bald dude to move John Henry, but he points out that they can’t - JH has progressed to such a level that there’s no longer a clear distinction between machine and software. Much like a human brain, you can’t point to a specific location and say “That’s my soul,” rather who and what we are permeates our ‘hardware’ holographically. That’s the point JH has gotten to.

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A Spoiler-Filled Review of “Enemy At The Gate,” The Series Finale of Stargate: Atlantis

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…And just like that, it’s done. Five years, and it’s over, it all came down to this. If Stargate: SG1 was ‘The Little Show That Could,’ an unexpectedly popular show that came out of nowhere, survived several cancellations, and had a wildly successful ten-year run, then, alas, Atlantis was ‘The Big Show That Couldn’t.’ Don’t get me wrong – I’m unquestionably a fan, and there’s a lot to like about Atlantis – but it never enjoyed the mass-media popularity nor the crossover support from viewers who don’t generally watch Science Fiction that SG1 did.

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