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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ultimate Geek Fu


Torainfor asks:
Am I the only one here who watched the American Life on Mars? If so, am I the only one that liked the ending? I know it was contrived and cliche, but I really liked it...
I'm afraid I never got into that series. I caught it a couple of times, and got some good laughs from it — "Hey, I used to drive one of those!" "Hey, I used to own an ugly polyester sportscoat like that!"

(Karen: "You still do, honey. It's in the back of the closet, on the far right side. Can I give it to Goodwill now?")

But in all, I just never got into the series enough to watch it regularly, much less to realize it was coming to an end.

This brings up today's question, though. TV series inevitably end. Even The Guiding Light is finally coming to an end, after 72 continuous years (!) on the air. Sometimes a series just vanishes overnight, like Firefly, because it got canceled and cut from the broadcast schedule. Other times, though, the series comes to a controlled conclusion, either because that's what the show's creators planned all along or because the networks at least gave them the time to bring it in for a controlled crash-landing.

Considering all the TV series you've ever watched to the bitter end, then: what was your favorite series ending of all time, or conversely, what was the worst series ending ever? For example, I still hate the ending of the Enterprise series, because in the end, after three or four years of uneven but generally entertaining shows, it all turned out to be a holodeck simulation.

Let the arguments begin.

Have a question that's just bugging the heck out of you about Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Battlestar Gallactica, Farscape, Firefly, Fringe, Heroes, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, The X-Files, or pretty much any other SF-flavored media property? Send it to slushpile@thefridaychallenge.com with the subject line, "Geek Fu," and we'll work it into the queue.
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