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    Default Most disappointing series finale? (Spoilers for the finales of different programs)

    I think it's happened to most of us.

    You've invested time watching a show and cared about the characters. Maybe you've even shed a tear or two for their suffering. You tuned in every week to see the progression or try to solve the mystery.

    But then, in the final episode, something happens that just leaves you with your jaw dropped or saying "What the heck did they just do!?". You may have even experienced denial flipping through the T.V. Guide (in the old days) or going on-line to search out any little hope that what you just saw was not actually it. They were kidding. There's a real series finale next week and they're just yanking your chain this week. But the credits roll, and the cheerful local newscasters cut in to tease you about the week-end weather and you're left in your own little world of sorrow or disgust or possibly even yelling at your television set.

    Sound at all familiar? Well, sit down on the couch and let it all out. What, in your opinion, are the worst ever television series finales?

    I'll start:

    Number 4: "Soap"
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    Chester has caught his wife and nephew/son in bed together and has pulled a gun. Bert is about to be ambushed by a gang wielding baseball bats. And Billy and El Puerco are madly racing to save Jessica who is standing in front of a Malaguayan firing squad. We hear "Fire!" and various gunshots and see Jessica flinch. The screen goes dark. And....that's it!! Nothing!! The show's over!

    Number 3: "Thirtysomething"
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    Everyone has gathered at the hospital to celebrate blonde girl's victory over breast cancer. The phone rings. Michael answers and is told that hippy-guy was run over and killed while riding his bike to the hospital. The end. (See! This one was so bad I've blocked out much of my memories of it and I can't even remember the characters' names!)

    Number 2: "Quantum Leap"
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    I don't even have to describe this one here, right? You all know it ends with Sam fixing Al's past so that now Al doesn't even know Sam anymore and then they slap some writing up on the screen saying that Sam is stuck leaping forever and never gets home. Well, that's just great! Thank you so much!

    Number 1: "St. Elsewhere"
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    You know all those people you've been watching all this time? Remember being upset, Callista, that they made your favorite character turn out to be the sadistic rapist? Remember suffering through Howie Mandel? (OK, so in this one instance, Howie wasn't so bad.) Remember all the people the doctors helped and all the angst and even a bit of humor?
    Well, guess what? It turns out the entire show has been in the imagination of the head doctor's autistic son. The head doctor is really a cab driver. And the autistic kid has a snowglobe with a little building in it that looks like the hospital and he's made the whole thing up. That's it. We appreciate all the time you've spent watching. Bye bye, now.

    Ah. I feel so much better.

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    Default Re: Most disappointing series finale? *spoilers for the finale of different programs

    Star Trek...just......horribly gut wrenching....good ep I suppose..but who ever decided that would make a good finale...*shakes head*

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    Default Re: Most disappointing series finale? *spoilers for the finale of different programs

    Firefly.

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    Default Re: Most disappointing series finale? *spoilers for the finale of different programs

    Quote Originally Posted by Admiral Mappalazarou View Post
    Firefly.

    *Watches entire thread go 'Awww '*
    Yeah, that one was terrible too. But, not as bad as Turnabout Intruder. At least teh Firefly one was a pretty good episode.

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    I thought the Malcom in the Middle ending sucked.
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    They all became janitors. JANITORS. HOW PATHETIC IS THAT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skaaraismyman View Post
    I thought the Malcom in the Middle ending sucked.
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    They all became janitors. JANITORS. HOW PATHETIC IS THAT?
    Beat the SGA ending by a mile though.
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    Stargate: Atlantis - The team's greatest enemy makes it to Earth in their impenetrable warship... only to have an Earth missile pierce their armor and allow an F-302 inside to plant a nuke.

    ...wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s09119 View Post
    Stargate: Atlantis - The team's greatest enemy makes it to Earth in their impenetrable warship... only to have an Earth missile pierce their armor and allow an F-302 inside to plant a nuke.

    ...wow.
    Kinda summed up the entire series really. It didn't seem out of place to me. But then, crap tends to come in different shapes and sizes.
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    Default Re: Most disappointing series finale? *spoilers for the finale of different programs

    Considering that was the only flaw in the episode, it was a great ending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col.Foley View Post
    Considering that was the only flaw in the episode, it was a great ending.
    There were far more flaws than that, that was just the most-glaring and insulting one.
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    forever knight

    there was nick and natalie...and he tried to bring her across, only to kill her instead so, wracked by grief, he had LaQuoix stake him

    trek voyager....dude, they spent 7 years getting home and we can't even have family reunions?

    xena, although i didn't watch it, from all i hear the fans deny that the final eps even exists

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    SG! need i say more

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    I'll second the gripe on Quantum Leap. I think I stared at my TV in disbelief for a few minutes, unable to comprehend that they could really do something that craptastic.

    The thirtysomething one sounds bad, too, and makes me glad I never got into that show.

    I can think of some good shocker endings (Space: Above & Beyond springs to mind) but I wouldn't call them BAD. Traumatizing, but not bad. LOL!

    Now & Again's finale kicked all kinds of ass and the only reason it sucked is because it was MEANT to be concluded in S2 but the show got canceled so the cliffhanger ending was all we got.

    The really sad and depressing thing is that I don't think I've seen a lot of shows all the way through so I don't think I can add a lot of examples into the mix.

    Maybe Sapphire & Steel, although I think that was another case of "wasn't meant to be the last ep."

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    Default Re: Most disappointing series finale? *spoilers for the finale of different programs

    space above and beyond was the same way, canceled before its time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skydiver View Post
    space above and beyond was the same way, canceled before its time
    Yeah, but at least the producers were warned in enough time to change things. They're famous for "frak you" finales like that. They did something very similar in The Others (another one-season wonder) and their S2 finale of Millennium- which they THOUGHT would be the last ep ever, outdid them all by KILLING OFF THE WHOLE WORLD except for Frank Black, his daughter and all the wacky shadow organization people.

    And then Chris Carter had to go in and find a way to make it all not have happened for S3. LMAO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skydiver View Post
    forever knight

    there was nick and natalie...and he tried to bring her across, only to kill her instead so, wracked by grief, he had LaQuoix stake him

    trek voyager....dude, they spent 7 years getting home and we can't even have family reunions?

    xena, although i didn't watch it, from all i hear the fans deny that the final eps even exists
    oh, yes on everything!

    i'll also add:

    stargate sg1's 'unending'. as a 'series' finale, it was too depressing.

    remington steel: years of waiting for the two leads to get together, and we get 'fade to black' as it's about to happen.

    silk stalkings: chris and rita get together. super happiness. then he's killed. (the show was changing leads, so why not let the characters just leave and be happy?)

    star trek next generation: i seem to remember being disappointed in it.

    magnum pi: (first series finale): magnum's shot and it ends with him dying and going on his way to heaven. yeah, happy stuff there.

    magnum pi: (second finale, but the show went on for one more season) they could have ended it with magnum happy to be reunited with his x-wife (they still loved each other) and his daughter. but nooo, x-wife has to be killed.


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    I actually liked the first Magnum, P.I. finale with him walking away from Higgins into the light. (Of course, as a John Denver fan, part of what I liked was the music to which Magnum walked away.)

    One finale that I can never quite decide if it was great or horrible was Twin Peaks.

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    At first I was horribly disappointed that Agent Cooper got taken over by Bob. But, on rewatching it, I guess it kind of makes sense in a strange David Lynch way. Of course, I'm still confused about what actually happened. Is the real Cooper stuck in the Black Lodge or White Lodge? Are all the girls Bob killed stuck in there too? Who the heck is that dwarf? And, finally, how is Annie?

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    I loved End Game, that I thougt was one of the best endings for a series, not as good as the end to DS9, but....and as far as SAAB...I never actualyl have seen the last episode. hee

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    Stargate SG1 - Worst finale ever.

    Classic Doctor Who's 'Survival' the last aired classic story. Utter crap. Would have been much better as Remembrance of the Daleks, or even Battlefield.

    Firefly is a definite.

    The Lone Gunmen gets a special mention, as though it was an awesome episode, it ended on a cliff hanger that was poorly resolved about a year and a half later in an X-Files episode.

    Millennium - what more can I say?


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    SG-1 and SGA.Both were agonizing to watch, SGA 520 at least had some story

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