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Old November 13 2013, 10:34 PM   #16
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Re: Season Cliffhangers as Series Finales

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Season 3 finale of Community.
That felt like it was designed to be a series finale, and would have ended the series perfectly during its prime.
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Old November 14 2013, 12:14 AM   #17
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To quote myself: As much as I'd love to see the other prospective two "volumes" of two seasons each, Carnivàle was a beautiful nightmare of a show, and no dream ever really lasts long enough to resolve all its plot points. In a way, Carnivàle's abrupt ending is perfect.
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Old November 14 2013, 05:10 AM   #18
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I'd have rather had the seventh season finale of The X-Files, "Requiem", serve as the series finale. I know, lots of people seem to love season 8. I don't, especially not the gag-worthy "Scully's miracle baby" arc. But Requiem was a solid end to a largely underwhelming season, the last moment the series still felt like its old self, and a nice bookend-style trip back to the story and characters of the pilot episode. Mulder disappearing aboard a UFO seems oddly appropriate for the character and Scully's hospital bed revelation of her pregnancy works, in hindsight, better as a final, mysterious twist than it does a drawn out story arc about alien super soldiers.
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Old November 14 2013, 06:04 AM   #19
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The season finales of Alphas and the Eric Close/Dennis Haysbert Now and Again (if I remember the title correctly,) work excellently as series finales in which pretty much everyone dies. Logically satisfying, if not upbeat.
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Old November 14 2013, 09:08 PM   #20
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Although I liked the fifth season of The Venture Brothers, the fourth season finale actually felt like the show was over. The boys graduate. Gary has it out with the Monarch. Hunter gains control of SHIELD. Sgt Hatred gets back Princess Tiny Feet. Brock gets the final brush off from Mol and returns to the Ventures.
Yeah, it was not a cliffhanger per se. However, it really would have been a perfect finale. If anything, I worry they'll not be able to top it with the actual finale.

In another "it wasn't necessarily a cliffhanger" example, the Fifth Season finale, where the FBI raids a mob sit-down and Tony has to run back home through the snow, into Carmella's arms, could have functioned as a finale if need be

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Old November 14 2013, 09:39 PM   #21
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Re: Season Cliffhangers as Series Finales

The 4400 was killed by the WGA strike, and its final season ended with a cliffhanger (of sorts.) It was a significant game-changer, though, and I think it works well as a series finale. Generally speaking, I tend to find "open" finales better than "closed" ones, but that's a matter of taste.
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Old November 15 2013, 02:06 AM   #22
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Heroes Season 1 makes a great miniseries. First-time viewers, quit while you're ahead.

I have to disagree with them about BSG. (1) I liked the actual finale just fine; (2) It was always obvious to me that the Earth in the mid-season cliffhanger wasn't "our" Earth (they went out of their way not to show anything that would identify it as such); and (3) I loved the mutiny storyline that ensued from that episode.
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Old November 15 2013, 12:44 PM   #23
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The 4400 was killed by the WGA strike, and its final season ended with a cliffhanger (of sorts.) It was a significant game-changer, though, and I think it works well as a series finale. Generally speaking, I tend to find "open" finales better than "closed" ones, but that's a matter of taste.
Pretty much every season cliffhanger in The 4400 also served as the series finale.
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Old November 15 2013, 12:50 PM   #24
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Honestly, were it not for the final scene, Bad Timing would have made a decent "conventional" finale, too.
Which is exactly why I liked the final scene. It was just like Farscape to pull the rug out from under a conventional ending and leave its audience going "Aaaaa! What the hell was that??!!!" I was actually a bit disappointed when they came back and resolved the cliffhanger.
I agree. I thought "Bad Timing" was a great ending.

Anyway, with respect to other cliffhanger endings, how about Battlestar Galactica's "The Oath"? Not a season finale, but it is a cliffhanger. At the end, Adama and Tigh go down in a blaze of glory, trying to defend the ship from mutineers.
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Old November 15 2013, 04:10 PM   #25
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Millenium season two finale
Oh yes! Time Is Now is the series finale for me personally.
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Old November 15 2013, 05:48 PM   #26
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The first season finale of seaQuest should have been the series finale.

Then they could have made seaQuest 2032 as a spinoff/sequel but a totally distinct series.
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Old November 15 2013, 06:07 PM   #27
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The first season finale of seaQuest should have been the series finale.
Except that it was a really bad finale. It felt like they intended to do a 2-hour finale but were only allotted one hour by the network, and thus had to cram it all into half the intended length, resulting in something that felt forced, cursory, and ridiculous.

The only sense in which I agree it should've been the finale is that the show would've been better off cancelled at that point.
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Old November 15 2013, 06:44 PM   #28
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The first season finale of seaQuest should have been the series finale.

Then they could have made seaQuest 2032 as a spinoff/sequel but a totally distinct series.
Wasn't SeaQuest 2032 the 3rd season.

or are you pretending the 2nd season didn't exist (new SeaQuest, half the original cast fired/let go end up on an alien planet).
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Old November 15 2013, 07:20 PM   #29
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I think he does what we all do and ignore the second season.

However 2032 wouldn't have worked as a spinoff being the world went to hell because there was no Seaquest and for some reason they couldn't build another. Seaquest would be a great show for a reboot, just have it start as a science mission and grow it into a military show.
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Old November 15 2013, 09:30 PM   #30
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Seaquest would be a great show for a reboot, just have it start as a science mission and grow it into a military show.
Why not just keep it as a science mission? The only two episodes of the series that I really liked, "Bad Water" and "Photon Bullet," were both heavy on the science and problem-solving.
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