Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Season Finale(s)




This is the time of year when television dramas and action-adventure shows schedule their final episodes for the season. Conventional wisdom is to leave the audience hanging, breathlessly waiting for the next season to see "what happens next." Or. . .at the very least, tune in to check out the characters again.



As I've mentioned before, I've found several series that interested me enough to keep following throughout this season, and I have to admit. . .their season finales did not disappoint. My favorites:



"FRINGE" -- for those of us who miss LOST, producer/director J.J. Abrams brought us something quirky and more cerebral. . .and without Arctic polar bears appearing in tropical jungles. This series introduced us to parallel universes with the exact same "persons" living in different worlds, albeit the same cities/countries/planet. The finale took me by surprise (another of Abrams' trademarks) when a central character suddenly disappeared while the "doubles" from the parallel universes confronted each other in one scientist's lab. I wonder how Abrams will deal with that next year.



"V" -- Early season finale, but the evil female invader has surpassed herself. I missed the original movie and remake of this old sci-fi script, so it's all new to me. Wonder what Anna (Bad Anna) has planned for the humans next year.


"THE EVENT" has its finale next week, but the stakes have been raised pretty darn high. Nothing less than annihilation of most of the human race is eminent. This must be the year of Evil Female Leading Characters, because Sophia could go toe-to-toe with Anna. Sophia would feel guilty afterwards, Anna wouldn't. We'll have to wait until next week for more clues.



"DETROIT 187" -- This is probably my favorite of non-scifi/fantasy shows. Depth of characterization and plotline is excellent. And the actors chosen for their roles are excellent and new to me. Love discovering new talent. A very touching season finale with . . .dare I say it? Hope for the future.


"NIKITA" -- This is my fave for action-adventure in real time, right now, today. Black ops and guns and scheming Machiavellian rogue director. Once again, excellent actors bring a reality to this fast-paced action drama, but they don't skimp on characterization. Can't wait to see what Nikita protege Alex will get up to now that she's gone "off the grid."



"BLUE BLOODS" -- Last week's finale was a good one, tying up the intriguing subplot and threat of the Blue Templars in the NYC police force. Again, excellent acting helps all around.


Your thoughts? Do you watch these programs? Any ideas for next season?

25 comments:

Dru said...

I don't watch any of the above, but if I haven't missed it yet, I'm looking forward to the finale of The Mentalist.

Anonymous said...

I love The Good Wife. The finale is tonight. I also watch The Mentalist. It should be a good finale too.

Booklady said...

I've seen a few episodes of Blue Bloods and liked it. Hawaii 5-0 was another one I liked this season. But I'm behind and will have to catch up over the summer, thanks to DVR. Oh, and I started watching Being Human. I'm not sure why I watch that show. Sometimes I feel it's like a car wreck - I can't help but look.

Tonya Kappes said...

I don't watch any of those...but my shows are getting ready to start! I'm a summer watcher. Men of a Certain Age, Drop Dead Diva, and Big Brother!! YIPPEE

MaryDee said...

Sorry to let you know but it looks like DETRIOT 187 is not returning. I liked this show too. Just watched a preview for a show called GRIMM, that will be on NBC in the fall. It looked itneresting. I have last nights HAWAII 5-0 and CASTLE, in the DVR.

Anonymous said...

I watch BLUE BLOODS and liked the season ending. However, I keep wondering where Jamie's gun is going to show up. Hmmm...I think I might know.

Also, we watche the first two season of FRINGE on Netflix and intended to watch it "live" this year, but it didn't work out. Guess I'll be waiting for the release of Season 3 so we can catch up.

I've got HAWAII 5-0 on DVR from last night. I had heard someone would die. Hope it's a bad guy! LOL

Heather said...

Dru, if you check back... The season finale for The Mentalist is a 2-hr event this week.

Maggie: I don't watch any of the shows you mentioned, though I did give The Event a try. It just didn't do it for me. And, sorry to tell you, but at least three of your shows have already been canceled: The Event, V, and Detroit 187.

So far I've caught finales of CSI and Castle. Though CSI ended with a great deal of tension, it did not end on a cliffhanger as it has other years. Castle on the other hand... Let's just say I wasn't liking writers very much last night, LOL.

Four more finales to watch this week: NCIS, NCIS:LA, Criminal Minds, and The Mentalist.

Barbara said...

I'm really upset that Detroit 1-8-7
has been cancelled. It had great characters, and it did a lot for the city of Detroit as well. I have Castle and Hawaii 5-0 on DVR for later and will be recording NCIS, NCIS-LA, and The Mentalist because it's our anniversary so we're going out for dinner tonight. The Good Wife is another favorite but I missed it last week. Love Blue Bloods and was satisfied with the finale.

Anonymous said...

Maggie, I really like "Fringe." It reminds me a little of "The X Files," I never watched "Lost."

I taped "Castle" last night (I guess I'm still 'old school") so will watch it later today.

I also watched the season finale of "Stargate Universe," really liked that show but it got cancelled.

I'm glad season finales are this week because next week, I'm off to the beach to meet my family. I'm taking lots of books to read just in case it rains!

Shirley in Baltimore

Katreader said...

I don't watch any of those shows-it's difficult to watch when I work evenings. I did catch the finale of The Vampire Diaries. There were several gasp moments throughout! The finale for Grey's Anatomy is this week and I'll watch that when it's available On Demand.

signlady217 said...

I watched Blue Bloods from the beginning just for Tom Selleck! But it turned out to be a great show, and the season finale was very good. I think it is supposed to be back next year. Yeah! And the Hawaii 5-0 finale, wow! Haven't seen the one for Castle yet but looking forward to it (I'll pull it up online in a bit) as well as NCIS and NCIS:LA tonight. What about the CSI:NY ending? It may not be coming back, so it ended well enough to go either way.

What can I say, I've always been a sucker for a good cop show!

Maggie Sefton said...

Dru & Anonymous---I don't see either of those, but daughter Melissa is arriving late tonight from NYC and asked that I record Good Wife, so I'll get a chance to see it. I'm usually recording Detroit 187 in that time slot.

Maggie Sefton said...

Booklady---Being Human. . .I haven't heard of that. What channel or network is that?

Tonya---I've missed those, too. Maybe I'll check them out this summer. Last summer there were mostly reality shows. People getting knocked off huge balls and somesuch.

Maggie Sefton said...

Mary Dee---Oh, say it isn't so! Why are some of the best, well-acted dramas taken off. Darnit!

Kay----Yes, I wonder about Jaime's gun, too. Even though they took down the Blue Templars, there's probably someone (if not more) who cooperated with them. And they are still in the shadows.

Maggie Sefton said...

Heather---Well, damn! Not fair. Not all of us like the same thing. Variety is good, but the networks have never understood that. I've gotten used to it over the years. I'm obviously not in the mainstream, because the shows I like are often cancelled. Oh, well. At least Fringe is there. And Blue Bloods. And, that great Chick, Nikita. Love that girl. :)

I watched the CSI shows ohhhh, it seems like nearly two decades ago, so I've gotten tired of them, I guess. Castle characters/plotline didn't grab me. Has anyone seen that really "out there" series on cable: WEEDS. Totally, not a prime time show, but wickedly funny at times whenever I remember to catch it. Definitely not the mainstream.

Nanc said...

OK Cozy Gals who love Detroit 187...
Please consider sending a note to ABC expressing your sadness over the cancellation of the show. James McDaniels (Det. Longford) wrote a lovely lovely letter to the City of Detroit today that was on the front page of the Detroit Free Press (freep.com)...it was a beautiful tribute to the people that worked on the show and also the residents of Michigan. Please...
Also...if you are able to get BBC America the original Being Human airs there...it is a fabulous show!! Along with Dr. Who, Primeval, and so many more.
Nanc

Maggie Sefton said...

Barbara---Well, let's hope those good writers will write another series. Hope to see those characters again, too. And yeah, I bet it helped Detroit. Of course, what's really helped was that Super Bowl commercial for Buick autos, complete with Eminem's signature music & beat. Well done. And a great idea. That ad agency earned their money with that one.


Enjoy the beach, girl! And read those books!! :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Sorry, that last comment was meant for Anonymous (Shirley) who's going to the beach soon.

Enjoy the beach and read lots of good books, girl!!

Katreader---You know, I've thought about Vampire Diaries. Maybe this summer. Will it give me nightmares? (g)

Maggie Sefton said...

signlady---I know what you mean about a good cop show. Still remember Hill Street Blues (ages ago). :)

Nanc---Great ideas! I'll check that out re: Detroit. And I get the BBC on a PBS station. Is BBC America different? Does it come in on a PBS channel?

Griperang/Angela said...

I love Detroit 187 and can't wait for next season. I know two of the actors from previous shows. I think they are doing a good job with this show

Vicki said...

Blue Bloods, NCIS, Castle are all faves as well as Criminal Minds. I'm looking forward to Bones and Mentalist but will have to DVR one.

Maggie Sefton said...

gripeerang, Angela----I just learned that Detroit 187 will not return. So disappointed.

Vicki---I finally stopped using DVR after years of using VHA & let Comcast record whatever I choose. Way easier I admit, but you can save stuff.

dollycas aka Lori said...

Lots of finales waiting on our DVR, watch the Castle one last night and if was a real cliffhanger and so good!!!!

Booklady said...

I think the American Being Human is on the SciFi channel. I'm not sure. I ran across it by accident and then my husband set the DVR up to record it for me. Sometimes the bad thing about technology is that you stop thinking. Now that I'm caught up on the American version I do want to try the BBC version. Thank goodness school is almost out. Maybe, just maybe I can get caught up on walking, reading and watching my shows.

Anonymous said...

Hi Maggie! I was going to post to tell you V and Detroit 187 got cancelled, but I see others beat me to it. I'll take responsibility for them. I'm a jinx when it comes to TV shows. It didn't really surprise me about "V" though. The original series (After the mini-series) only went 1 or 2 seasons, too. So I kind of expected it this time.

I loved The Event in the beginning, but it got too complicated for me after a while. The only thing I hated about the finale (and the finales of the other cancelled shows) is that we were left hanging.

I was looking forward to The Mentalist, but I think it was a big let down. Would've been better if Red John had been someone we actually knew. I wish my theory had been right. Would've made more sense than what we got.