|Posted: 12 November 2019 at 11:18pm | IP Logged | 8
BARNEY MILLER. The show got better year after year in it's run and ended while it was still on top in both ratings and writing quality. The final episode didn't have to resort to cheap tricks like character deaths or hidden secret reveals. A series firmly grounded in the mundane reality of actual police work and it left the airwaves in that same spirit.
BABYLON 5. If you stop at the last televised episode you won't be disappointed. Anything after that (movies, series) IMO is iffy.
STARGATE SG-1. Like B5, if you stop watching at the Season 8 finale "Mobius pt 2" it's a perfect bookend with the original feature film. After that, eh... meh. S8 was supposed to be the proper finale.
So many to choose from, but....
QUANTUM LEAP. A finale so bad they even spelled the name of the main character wrong in the hastily-added text captions at the end of the episode. Feh.
WEBSTER. You'd think crossing over with STAR TREK:TNG would make a series finale more exciting. Nope.
STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. You'd think crossing over with STAR TREK:TNG would make a series finale more exciting. Nope. (Someone should have shown them the WEBSTER finale)
SPIDER-MAN:TAS. I'm a bit mixed on this one. The episode itself is excellent and quite poignant (includes Spider-man coming to our reality and meeting Stan Lee, with Stan's wife Joan also in the cast) but it led into a massive cliffhanger that never got resolved. They could have even paid some lip service to the resolution in the subsequent series SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED but chose not to. Last I heard, the original showrunner was crowdfunding to reunite the main cast and make a direct-to-video film to finish the story.
There are so many series that got cancelled after one or two seasons and had to quickly wrap up that It's probably unfair to judge the quality of their finales, but there are a couple in recent memory that stand out in my mind...
LIFE ON MARS (US). A resolution so different from it's UK ancestor I'm not sure what to think. In some ways superior and in other ways inferior to the original. If you watch this show immediately after watching the UK version you'll understand what I mean.
COUNTERPART. What started as a promising series and an electric performance by J. K. Simmons in two roles really petered out into a very downbeat ending. Still hoping for a film to really finish this off.