Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Joe Washington, Oct 8, 2012.
Series finales that take place months, a year, or years in the future? Why?
How often does this happen?
Well TNG and Voyager sort of did I guess.
A lot. Weeds, Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, Lost, The X-Files, etc.
It's a nice storytelling twist if done right.. i have nothing against it and it provides material for the next season, keeps excitement up (what any season finale should do) and generates interest.
I think the OP meant series finales rather then season finales, if I'm reading that right.
They did it with Smallville, but i especially hated it in smallville, because they ended the series by jumping forward 7 or so years, in the last 5 minutes of the episode.
Babylon 5's Sleeping in Light jumps ahead about 20 years to a point where much of the main cast is already dead. It's a brilliant episode, and a perfect finale. I don't have a problem with the concept if it's done right.
I don't care how they do the finales, as long as I think it's well-handled and that the characters are given a decent send-off. The particulars aren't important; as long as I, as a viewer, feel satisfied with it, then that's all the matters.As long as that goal is accomplished, and accomplished well, then who the hell cares HOW it's done?!
Yes totally agree on you with that one. Also it was done so well that people forget that this episode was filmed before season 5 began, which shows how good it was put together.
I don't think there's a one-size-fits-all answer to the OP's question. Done right, it can be a fun way to give viewers a peek at what life holds for our favorite characters down the road.
I certainly don't object to the concept on principle.
Doesn't bother me that much.
Besdes doesn't it also depend on the type of show as well?
What bothers me more is the quality of the episode itself.
I'll go with everyone else and say it depends on how well it's done. The Enterprise finale took place either 5 years or 100+ years in the future (depending on whether or not it was the ENT timeline or TNG timeline). Either way, bad finale.
And the QL finalé, took place in the past (for the most part).
I think that's a perfect example of it depending on how its done. TNG did it and it was one of the best series finales ever. Enterprise did it and it wasn't very good at all.
Huh? Aside from the random coda at the very end of the episode, BSG's finale took place in the same time as the rest of Season 4. Lost's entire final season jumped back and forth between reality and "afterlife," but the main events of the finale took place in the present day. And The X-Files finale also took place during the present day of Season 9. There was no large jump into the future.
All of these shows had glimpses into the future, etc.
The X-Files did not. The entire episode takes place in the present day.
Besides, I'm pretty sure that's not what the OP meant anyway.
Let me clear for all those viewing this thread, I am talking about series finales that take place ENTIRELY in the future.
I thought it worked when they did it on Dawson's Creek.
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