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30 April 2014 @ 08:44 pm
April Question Meme: Day Thirty  
Asked by mfirefly10:

The ending of a show (or a movie. or a book) that you absolutely hated and how you would've changed it. The ending of a show or movie or book you loved and why you thought it worked so well.


An Ending I Hated

The only thing that pops into my head at the moment is the HIMYM series finale. Now that was a bullshit finale if I ever saw one. I wasn't much of a fan, but I did watch sporadic episodes here and there and I was kind of paying attention to the last season, and that finale was just stupider than stupid. Like, it literally destroyed everything the show was headed towards, especially in terms of character development, in a matter of minutes. Such bullshit, and such a slap in the face for all the fans out there who watched for nine seasons hoping for something more and got that mess. As for what I would've changed about it? Everything. Or, basically, have the series end with Ted meeting the Mother at the wedding. That's it.

Other than that, I can't really think of anything else at the moment. There are endings that I wished ended differently (like the epilogue for Harry Potter, for example) or things that I felt disappointed by (Mockingjay), but none that I can think of that I absolutely loathed and hated.

The Endings I Loved

I know I'm in the minority, but the Battlestar Galactica series finale. Yes, there were plotholes and things left unexplained, which continues to be debated over to this day within fandom, which I can understand why people felt disappointed with it. But I can't help but love it, because it felt like a completion, a beautiful bookend to the story I had been following for four seasons. I do acknowledge that certain things could have been handled a bit better, and I'm not claiming that it was perfect by any means, but I cannot think of any other ending that would have fitted. I just have a lot of love for this finale, and the more I watch "Daybreak" the more I love and appreciate it.

The series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was absolutely beautiful as well, from the final battle in the Hellmouth, to having all Potential Slayers, all girls around the world, to share in the Slayer power, was such an empowering moment. It really resonated with me when I first saw it when it aired, and it still gives me chills. I know the seventh season was a hit or miss for fans, but I felt the series finale was a perfect way of ending the show. In the same light, the Angel finale was something that I appreciate more now than I did back when it aired. I think it's because I understand how it fits with the theme and feel of the show, instead of being in rage that it got canceled. I mean, I'm still kind of bitter it ended, but the way it did, with the "let's get to work" being the last line uttered as they head into battle, I can't think of any other way for the show to have ended at that point. It was bittersweet, and it fit perfectly with the tone of the show. So, yeah.

And lastly, even though I wished the show had continued, the Legend of the Seeker series finale was quite perfect. It had everything I wanted, from epic fighting moments to concluding of the seasonal arc, and it ended with a happy ending. It was bittersweet to see the show end, but it left me feeling happy with how things concluded.
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philstar22: LotS: Mother confessorphilstar22 on May 1st, 2014 03:55 am (UTC)
Yes. Yes to all of these. The HIMYM final was the worst thing I've seen in a long time. And I too loved the Battlestar final and the Buffy final and don't get the hate. And even if we didn't get another season of LOTS, at least we got a good final.
Renée: Kahlan. Elegance.rogueslayer452 on May 2nd, 2014 01:51 pm (UTC)
I don't get the hate, either. I understand being disappointed, because let's be honest finales will never make everyone completely happy, but some of the outright hate BSG and BTVS got, particularly BSG, was kind of shocking to me. idk. I felt like some of it was unjustified, but perhaps it's just my own bias.
icecoldrain: Catching Fire - Katniss Everdeenicecoldrain on May 1st, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)
The HP epilogue is the first thing that popped into my mind when I read that question lol.

I LOVED THE BATTLE STAR GALACTICA SERIES FINALE. I've noticed that a ton of people hated it. I agree with everything you said. I do wish that there were some things that were tied up, but they're not things that bug me enough to dislike the finale. The series had a sense of completion in that moment.
Renée: Six. It's good to be a Cylon.rogueslayer452 on May 2nd, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the epilogue could have been much better. I understood why JKR included it, but it seemed too unrealistic especially when you go from a very horrific war, and I felt there needed to be more of an update on the actual state of the world and stuff. You know?

The Battlestar Galactica finale is the one series finale I will forever defend. It felt like a proper conclusion to me. From the characters and their own personal stories, to even the messages and themes that weaved throughout the show since the beginning (i.e. the eternal cycle of life, the destruction and rebirth of humanity, etc.) I loved it.
icecoldrain: Doctor Who - Amelia Pondicecoldrain on May 3rd, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)
It was very "Harry Potter and company lived happily ever after." I had so many questions and I would've rather had no epilogue than the one that she wrote. It was so sunshine and rainbows when it should've been an update on the world that we got to know for so many years. I couldn't believe that was the ending that had been under lock and key for so long.

It is! Some of the series finale of shows that knew they were ending usually have me thinking oh... okay? I basically oh snapped at my TV with Battlestar Galactica because I thought it was so amazing.
thekaiserchiefthekaiserchief on May 1st, 2014 04:06 am (UTC)
I liked Mockingjay. I do wish that Snow wasn't simply trampled to death, but I do like that epilogue where we see Katniss and Peeta with their children.
Renée: Katniss Everdeen.rogueslayer452 on May 2nd, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
Idk, I just felt disappointed with it. Like, it felt too rushed, too hastily put together to finish the trilogy and yet it didn't feel like a completion of how the trilogy was setup to be.
noybusiness: Starbucknoybusiness on May 1st, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC)
BSG: I don't think we who loved the finale are really in the minority, just that the complainers are more vocal.

Buffy: Ditto to everything you said about finale. My Mom loves the "The Final Fight" score, so it's great that it's the DVD menu music and she gets to hear it a lot whenever she and I rewatch Season Seven. And it's on our iPods, of course. I made a playlist for every TV continuity and video game series continuity that has a soundtrack.

Edited at 2014-05-01 12:35 pm (UTC)
Renée: Battlestar Galactica.rogueslayer452 on May 2nd, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
True. I just remember during the time it aired that there was quite a polarizing uproar from the fandom. I suppose there were others who, like myself, decided to stay quiet but still enjoyed that finale very much.

"The Final Fight" was practically my theme for an entire year. That score was so brilliant and epic and amazing.
noybusiness: capricaboomerwarheroesnoybusiness on May 2nd, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
I even heard it used in a commercial for (I think) National Geographic a few years ago.
ramasi: Gwenramasi on May 1st, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
I kind of cracks me up how many people (me included) weren't huge fans of HIMYM and still got enraged by the ending. Whyyyy. The worst is, I wouldn't necessarily have changed everything, and I thought it was terrible anyway.

I didn't like the later Buffy season that much (I didn't hate them either, it's just season two, three were the ones where I really cared), but I thought the ending, with the chosen one no longer being The one chosen one, was a wonderful idea!
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 2nd, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
I think it's really telling, based on the amount of outrage it sparked from a wide range of people, that everyone is in agreement that that's not how you do a series finale. Like, finales in general will have differing opinions no matter what, but when you have nine seasons of development under your belt, you don't revert back to a finale you wrote during the second season all because it was pre-written already. It's lazy, sloppy, and a huge disrespect to the fans and the story that has already been progressing.

Like, why make the final season all about Robin and Barney's wedding and about characters moving forward if they were going to tear it all down anyway? It literally made no sense. Like, what's the point in watching nine seasons when, in the outcome, nobody grows up and everything is basically going to end up being the same?

I thought the ending, with the chosen one no longer being The one chosen one, was a wonderful idea!

Same. When Buffy says in her empowering monologue, "in every generation a Slayer is born, all because a bunch of men came up with that rule", it was very clear that the finale was about taking and reclaiming something that men had been controlling for centuries. It was a perfect way of ending the series.
ramasi: Gwenramasi on May 2nd, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
It really is. And the thing is, I actually kind of like the idea itself (aside from the fact that I can't stand Ted/Robin): that if Ted has been telling this long story that isn't about the mother at all, it's actually because that's never been what the story was about, and that it was always actually the story of his relationship with Robin, because that's really what a huge part of the series is. And I'm someone who doesn't particularly care if characters never grow, especially in a sitcom.

Only... they did grow, and Ted and Robin moved on, and Barney and Robin developed a relationship (and yes, that's been given so much space!), and instead of the mother just showing up at the end we get to know her and care about her. -The ending didn't fit with any of that at all.

Someone I talked with said that it might have worked if, instead of the kids going 'this is really about how you want to hook up with Robin, isn't it? go for it!', they could have said something about how it's really about Ted moving on from the mother, without him seeming to trick the kids into listening to his past relationships story by pretending their dead mother has anything to do with it. Because that's how it came across to me.

Re Buffy: yes to all of this!
tardis_stowaway: buffy team finaletardis_stowaway on May 3rd, 2014 08:02 am (UTC)
The Buffy finale is SO GOOD. I adore that sequence of all the Potentials both in and out of Sunnydale coming into their power. I wasn't hugely fond of season 7 as a whole, but "Chosen" is amazing.

The Angel finale is one that made me really angry when I first saw it, but after some time had passed I came to appreciate it as exactly the right ending to the series.