Monday, August 22, 2005

Six Feet Under Finale

I'll try not to really give away anything, but if you haven't seen it yet, you might want to skip this post. Anyway, after the big thing that happened a couple of weeks ago, I thought that the finale would really have to be pretty anticlimatic. Also, I didn't think this was a show that lent itself very well to the kind of wrapping up and closure that is typically done in a series finale, and I thought if they tried it, it wouldn't come off so well. But watching that episode last night, I think they did an excellent job. Particularly the last five to ten minutes, that was just brilliant. Really creative and moving. Seriously, I think someone needs to win an award for the end of that episode. As much as I hate it when a good show ends, I don't think that it can be done much better than they did it for this show. Anyone else see it? What did you think?

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10 comments:

Christiana said...

Agree 100%. I've watched this show since the very beginning, and the strength of the characters carried me through even through the occasional cheesiness.

The characters of that show became people I cared about, even when they were being stupid/insensitive/whiny/cruel/petty, which, of course, was pretty frequent, but that was a big part of them feeling real.

Agreed also that the finale was really wonderful. As much as I liked the montage of the future at the end, (which was really clever and well-executed), the thing that struck me more than anything else was Claire about to leave home, where she turns to take a group photo and Nate says to her: "You can't take a picture. It's already gone."

Fantastic.

Also, I want to point out here quickly that The Comeback, which started slow and unfunny has grown on me. I really only kept watching because it was on after Entourage, and it's still not up to other HBO shows, but I can say that it grew on me.

The key, I think, is that it's not supposed to be a "comedy" though it initially seems like that's what it's going for. Lisa Kudrow's character of Valerie Cherish, though frequently shallow and needy, really turns out to be a stronger character than you'd think at first. Watching the way she tries to put a positive spin on every disappointment, it isn't an excercise in cluelessness or pollyannaism, it's a conscious decision that she's made where her response to disappointment is to try harder.

Some of it is the desire to look good on camera, but some is genuine too, and I think she's created an interesting, well-drawn character who is considerably more complex than she initially appears.

John Howard said...

I only watched The Comeback once, so I didn't give it much of a chance, but I might try again sometime if I'm bored, but I didn't see anything in the episode I watched to make me think it was going to get any better.

Robert Bayn said...

That show is still on the air?

John Howard said...

Well, not anymore.

Robert Bayn said...

Dang, shows how much tv i don't watch, lol

Me4Prez said...

I probably would have felt just as complete if I missed everything except the final 10 minutes.

John Howard said...

Yeah, that was pretty good there at the end. I need to watch that part again.

sumo said...

I enjoyed it and was happy that they ended with showing the main characters aging and their deaths. Apparently claire outlived them all to a ripe old age of 102 if I remember correctly. Nate was getting on my nerves before he died though. I wasn't sorry to see him go...and poo on him since Brenda's baby was okay afterall.

maurinsky said...

I loved SFU when I worked for the cable company and got HBO for free, but I missed the last two seasons. Maybe I'll catch them on DVD at some point in the future.

John Howard said...

You should.