I blog to you today to bring your attention to the finales (some season and others series) of television shows that may have escaped your notice in the month of March due to the incredible amount of original content shuffling on and off your TV screens.
This was not a problem ‘back in the day’ (aka my childhood, aka one score and some years ago). After February sweeps, you could forget about setting your VCRs for a good long stretch, without fear that you were missing any new, scintillating content, and actually crack open a book or two to feed your brain before reconvening on the couch for the final stretch of original programming known as May sweeps.
These days your DVR can barely grow cold from the season finale of one show before a new show is premiering and you forget all about that 10, 13, 16, or 22 episode obsession that just concluded. Already we’ve forgotten about Rick vs. The Governor on The Walking Dead and are wondering if Brienne and Jamie’s days are numbered this season on Game of Thrones. Before March fades too far in the rear view mirror, I’d like to shine some love on the shows that are gone, but the hours of fun entertainment not yet forgotten.
Leading with the most recent and obvious finale, we have The Walking Dead. As I’ve blogged before, I went from a zombie fraidy cat to a zombie lover all due to this crazy little show. This season was up and down for many (up as always due to Daryl and Merle; down in a large part due to the inanity that was Andrea.) But all in all I thought it was a solid season with some stellar acting from Andrew Lincoln as the increasingly burdened, cracking Rick Grimes and the interesting villainous turn of David Morrissey as the one eyed sociopath, The Governor (or Guv’ner as us Southerners liked to call him). The paralleling of the two men and their journey’s towards and away from madness was a compelling storyline for the season even if it did kind of fizzle in the end. Oddly, even as I was rooting for Rick to pull back from going completely off the deep end, I didn’t mind The Governor embracing his extreme dictator; perhaps it was because he wore the crazy – and his eye patch – quite well. And, yes, I’ve been told by my friends that they worry for my TV sanity in my crushing on The Governor.
Another drama whose finale you may have missed (heaven knows the ratings indicate that many of you missed it) was NBC’s Deception, which was the network’s attempt in capturing the lightning in a bottle that ABC found last season with Revenge. Now in no way would I say this show came close to being the edgy, campy soap that Revenge was in season one, but the ‘Who killed Vivian Bowers’ central plotline was pretty well done for a 13 episode season. The stars all acquitted themselves nicely, especially Victor ‘Alias Spy Daddy’ Garber, Tate Donovan, John Larroquette, and Katherine LaNasa; and it was just plain nice to have a female lead in the form of Meagan Good who was a woman of color and allowed to be smart, and sexy, kick ass, drive the story, and have her own love triangle. While it’s a long shot to be renewed for a second season, the first season was complete enough that if you have a free rainy Saturday afternoon and are in the mood to OnDemand an 11 episode murder mystery, you can’t go wrong with Deception.
Switching gears to not only the half hour, but the animated series genre, we had not one, not two, but three animated shows take their final bows in March: Cartoon Network’s Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, and the most heartbreaking series finale of all Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
It’s no secret that LucasFilm is transitioning into a new phase/regime that’s moving away from all things Lucasverse and towards more things Disney-verse and so SW: The Clone Wars concluded its five year successful (IMO) campaign in redeeming the SW franchise. After the near lethal blow of the prequel series, The Clone Wars somehow meticulously put together over 100 episodes of beautifully evolving complex story and animation that somehow appeal, to both kids and adults, culminating in a final arc of episodes that brought the whole prequel series together and left you literally weeping and gaping in awe as the screen faded to black. This was no mere cartoon: The Clone Wars could easily have given any one hour live action drama a run for its money. You know the angst and drama and devastation you were supposed to feel when Obi-Wan and Anakin fought to the death in Episode III? You actually get that in the series finale of The Clone Wars. It’s a shame that just as the franchise is launching into a new phase, the workhorse that kept it in a position to be embraced again by many fans gets dumped by the wayside.
Like with SW: TCW, Green Lantern: The Animated Series exceeded the bar set by its movie predecessors, and went on to become an exciting, original, well-crafted story that not only could stand on its own, but wipe out memories of its origins to make you believe that nothing came before it. If SW:TCW is a contender as one of the top dramas of 2012-13 season, I’d say GL:TAS is a contender for one of the top sci-fi programs of the season. In 26 episodes you not only get practically all the basic Green Lantern comic book lore, it’s delivered in a way that makes you love this universe, it’s characters, and completely forget about Ryan Reynolds. The creators were aware that a second season wasn’t in the cards and so they crafted a finale that was a complete solid story. If I was weepy at the end of SW:TCW finale, the final image of Green Lantern:The Animated Series had me flat out bawling. And, yes, I know I’m a thirty-something grown woman, but I dare you to watch this entire series all the way through and get to that final image (I will not spoil it for you!) and not find that your ‘allergies are acting up’. If they aren’t then you are stone.cold.
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