You and I have very different definitions of ABC After-school specials. Spoiler: Ending......... The one's I watched did not have an almost the entire town get massacred - mostly at each others hands - all because some advanced species wanted to have a little "fun". I understand what your saying, but I felt that the book did a great job holding a mirror up to the human race and how we are often capable of similar, unspeakable cruelty and how little it really takes for us to walk through that door. Plus, I think it' s also accurate that every once in a while we acknowledge the pleas for mercy and take a little pity even if there's little or no remorse for the pain we've inflicted. Honestly, given how much death there is and how gruesome some of it is in this story compared some others I've read I really don't know how you thought it was a Kumbaya moment just because the alien race decided not to kill every last person in the town.