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May 23rd, 2002

Series Finales

While I think that this past year had some of the best new television in recent memory, a lot of good shows were cancelled early or decided to call it quits. The last few weeks have been a barrage of season finales, so here’s my take on a few of them…

Undeclared… Unfortuantaely, no one knew it was going to be the series finale after less than a full season, so the episode was just like any other: very good, but with enough loose ends to continue to series for a number of years.

The X-Files… Though I stopped watching after the movie came out, I did catch the final few episodes as well as the finale. The two-hour finish worked out well, tying together a lot of storylines from the entire series.

Futurama… It didn’t have the feel of a final episode, but it was a solid one, featuring a number of Star Trek characters.

Felicity… Sure they pulled weird supernatural crap and then a “the last four weeks have been a dream” nonsense, but the more bearable of the WB/UPN college dramas ended on a high note, leaving you feeling like there would be a hole in the schedule next season.

City Guys… Am I dork for including this? The finale was a pretty poor half-hour wrap show consisting of 85% recycled material. Kind of a shame that one of TNBC’s best shows had to go out with such a fizzle.

Of the season finales, I thought 24 was just awesome (as the entire show has been), Smallville was intense, and The Simpsons was lackluster (and why did they air a new episode three days after the season finale?).

What were your favorites?

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 23, 2002 -- 11:00:59 am
The only one I've seen is The Practice. I think the show is great, but the season finale was kind of weak because the jury verdict was totally unbelievable, even by their standards.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday May 23, 2002 -- 11:29:26 am
Saw the X-Files ending and was totally underwhelmed. I generally don't like trial shows and, unlike the final Seinfeld, this seemed to be very flat. Aliens. Yawn. We know that! Blowing up stuff. Black helicopters. Yawn.

Worst yawn: the ending. Ick.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday May 23, 2002 -- 12:04:47 pm
I'm glad when I get to watch City Guys reruns on both saturdays and weekdays. I have been catching some of the episodes that I missed this season.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday May 23, 2002 -- 5:38:40 pm
Paul -- We're on opposite sides, apparently -- I thought the final Seinfeld was the worst episode of the show.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 23, 2002 -- 10:11:42 pm
WHY IN THE HELL DID THEY CANCEL FUTURAMA?! That show had more funny in its little toe than an entire season of "Must See TV."

FROM: bethalani
DATE: Friday May 24, 2002 -- 10:24:09 am
Anyone watch Roswell? Was a major fan of that show. The season finale ended up being the GRAND finale, as the show was axed this year.

So, I am now trying to cram in 9 years worth of Xfiles The finale (from a newbie point of view) was GREAT! It recapped alot of stuff that I was lost on from getting out of order rerun episodes.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday May 24, 2002 -- 11:34:11 am
I never saw Roswell, but now I do wish I did -- Martin Starr was on three episodes!

FROM: King Random
DATE: Saturday June 15, 2002 -- 10:14:40 pm
Don't watch much TV, so the finale's are all a blur to me. Did anyone see the season finale to Battle Bots? Who won super heavyweight?

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