TV Gal Looks at the 2007 Finales
You guys are great – I always get all my packages. But I'm not really in the emotional place right now to accept the pilots for next fall. So if you could just be a love and hold on to the new fall shows for the next couple of weeks, that would be great. Thanks ever so.
Seriously it is stressing me out that all the new shows the networks recently announced have started to arrive. I need closure, time to process the 06/07 season, time to say goodbye before we begin the whole thing over again. Do you think it's very nice to "Veronica Mars" if I immediately watch "Gossip Girl?"
So I can get the closure I need, let's take a look at this May's season finales.
"Lost:" Um, obviously. This was the best season finale we've seen in quite some time. The breath-taking two hours had all the elements of a perfect episode – it was surprising, poignant, and so very stressful. The whole time I was watching, I was thinking to myself, "Jack's not that old. How much are we supposed to think happened in his life before the plane crashed?" The flash forward was played perfectly – every time I considered that maybe this was a glimpse into the future, they did something to convince me otherwise. Jack mentioning his father is a perfect example of this. This game change to the show's storytelling structure is so exciting. Next year anything can happen – will we begin to see all the characters' future? Will the show vacillate back and forth between flash backs and flash forwards? Many of you have suggested that, unlike the past, the future can change. Was Jack's flash forward simply one possibility? Could his future change if something in the present changes? I found it incredibly consistent with Jack's character development that without a problem to fix or people to lead; he would fall apart and be, well, lost.
I can't even express to you how worried I was that they were going to kill off Jin. The suspense of the Others vs. Survivors showdown was brilliantly played. I'm sad about Charlie, especially because I thought the show was doing the whole "they doth protest too much" thing by constantly predicting Charlie's death. All this plus Hurley got to play the hero (way to go dude) and we, finally, got the return of Rose and Bernard (I'm so crediting the TV Gal Search Party for that one). What did you think of the third season finale of "Lost?" Who do you think died that had Jack all torn up? My guess is Ben – it makes sense that no one would go to his funeral. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
"Heroes:" I wish the showdown between the Heroes and Sylar had lasted longer and, let's be honest, the peek at the second season was a little lackluster (was it just me or did Hiro land on the "Lost" island?). With all the buildup, I was expecting more. But, I have to hand it to the series for consistently shaking up television's story-telling conventions. I was glad Nathan came around to the good side, hoping that Peter can regenerate himself and also kind of secretly hoping that we see Sylar, one of the best TV villains in a long time, next season.
"CSI:" A great end to a great season, although the cliffhanger was a little bit of a copout.
"Brothers & Sisters:" Now that the season is over, I think it's important that I once again say I totally heart this show and I'll miss you most of all over the summer, Kevin.
"Scrubs:" Don't get me wrong, I still love this show and am delighted that it's returning next season. And I don't even mind the particularly heavy themes this always thought-provoking comedy has been exploring lately. But I'm still not sure how I feel about revisiting the Elliot and J.D. romance. How about you?
"Veronica Mars:" I take great comfort in the fact that the CW referred to the final two episodes as the "season finale" (come visit me in my world of denial, it's quite lovely here). Although it was fantastic to see Kyle Secor again, it was obvious that the show thought it would be returning next year. Because that so can't be a series finale. They simply can't leave me hanging like this. When I'm in a better place, I'll be ready to form a support group but right now that would be like admitting defeat.
The Downright Awful
"ER:" Does anyone have any idea what "ER" was thinking? Why did Ray have such a traumatic departure from the show? Why have such a ridiculous final moments of Neela being trampled? After bouncing back this season with the fantastic addition of John Stamos, the season ended on a positively disastrous notes.
"24:" I think you know my TiVo and I have a contentious relationship. Ever since the great TiVo betrayal of 2006, the trust has been broken. So do you know what TiVo recorded instead of the two hour season finale of "24?" The two-hour "Two and a Half Men" marathon on CBS. Oh, it still said it had recorded "24" but what I actually got was a120 minutes of Charlie Sheen's shenanigans. I can't decide if TiVo was acting out or protecting me. Like TiVo knows how disappointing this season of "24" has been and thought it was best if I just skipped the finale all together. I'll catch up with the show and have my thoughts on the end of the sixth longest day of Jack Bauer's life next week.
"House" (Tuesday at 9 p.m. on FOX) and "Boston Legal" (Tuesday at 10 p.m. on ABC): With the finales of "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars" out of the way, this is their now. Both shows have their season finales this week.
What did you think of the May finales? Write me at email@example.com and let me know.
Quotes of the Week
"Rob Thomas is a whore." Piz to Veronica talking about the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty whose name just happens to be the same as the executive producer of "Veronica Mars." Thanks to Neil and Gil who were the first to submit this week's most popular quote.
"Wow, it's like the passive-aggressive Olympics here tonight." Sarah about Kitty and Nora's fight on "Brothers & Sisters." Thanks to Allison for the quote.
"Are you kidding? They've been dragging this out for three years." Julie about Susan and Mike's marriage on "Desperate Housewives." Thanks to Jeff and Stewart for the quote."
"That girl holds me responsible for the death of Ernie Dale. I took away the only person she ever loved. So she's going to do the same thing to me." Grissom to the gang on "CSI," bringing his relationship with Sara out into the open.
"You saved the cheerleader, so we could save the world." Nathan to Peter before taking him up into the sky on "Heroes."
Exchange of the Week
"Here's some things I'd rather see happen than dinkers over there becoming the godfather – a nuclear war, a sequel to 'Hope Floats,' Hugh Jackman winning an Oscar." Dr. Cox on "Scrubs."
"Yeah funny long list, we get it. You need a new thing big guy." Dr. Kelso to Dr. Cox.
Quotes of the Week – special "Lost" edition
"We have to go back Kate." Future Jack to Future Kate on "Lost." Thanks to TV Gal reader Logan (hee I have a reader named Logan!) for the quote.
"If you say live together, die alone to me Jack, I'm going to punch you in the face." Rose to Jack.
"That's for taking the kid off the raft." Sawyer to Tom after he shot him. Thanks to Jeff for the quote.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
That was Michael Nouri playing Saul's friend on "Brothers & Sisters." We saw him most recently as Summer's dad on "The O.C."
Jessica Collins, Lizzie on "The Nine," turned out to be Natalie, the miniature killer, on "CSI."
Mike Farrell was Victor's conniving father on "Desperate Housewives." He was, of course, B.J. Hunnicut on "M*A*S*H" and Dr. James Hansen on "Providence."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for May 28- June 3
Darlings there really is no rest for the weary. Sure the official television season ended last week but don't tell that to the networks. There are all sorts of season premieres happening this week. But I want you to have time to recuperate before the launch of the Amy Awards, so I've cued up the ones you should focus on this week.
Kevin Williamson, who gave viewers "Dawson's Creek," once again brings teen angst to the small screen with his new "Hidden Palms," premiering Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the CW.
Debra Messing stars in the miniseries "The Starter Wife," premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. on USA. Messing is Molly Kagan a woman who must rebuild her life after being dumped by her big shot hubby, a Hollywood producer. The series gets off to a slow start but any devoted reader of "US Weekly" will delight in the inside jokes.
So, of course, I'm predisposed to like "Army Wives," premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. on Lifetime. Hello it stars Kim Delaney, who I have loved since her days as Jenny on "All My Children."
That's all for today. I'll be back next week with fearless predictions for next season and to kick off the annual Amy Awards where you pick the categories, you pick the nominees and you pick the winners. Have a question, seen a familiar face or want to nominate a quote of the week. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.