6 TV Show Finales That I Love, That Everybody Else Hates
TV is a fickle beast. Sometimes shows just can’t maintain the greatness we come to expect. Sometimes really good shows change writers or showrunners and the end just peters out. Sometimes the ending is so bad the show is forever tainted in the eyes of the world.
And sometimes when that happens, I go against the grain and end up loving the finale that everybody else hates! It has happened so often that I found six entries!
I like what I like, and sometimes I just don’t have a good explanation for why I like it. I am surprisingly easy to please in the middle of watching something. There are a lot of shows I hate, a lot of endings I loathe, but there have been a few times where I have either loved or have been perfectly happy with a show’s finale, only for the rest of the world and the internet to hate the ending with a fiery passion. I just don’t get it. And I doubt I can convince you to change your mind. It’s been years since watching some of these finales, and I honestly don’t remember as much as I would like. Don’t expect me to have big, amazing reasons for why I enjoyed all of the listed finales, I just liked them.
Join me after the jump to see just what kind of crap I actually enjoy. FULL SPOILERS for each of the shows mentioned.
I can understand why people don’t like the ninth season of the hit medical comedy Scrubs. The producers really changed things up, with new main characters, new stories and Dave Franco. But I was fine with it. JD, Turk and Dr. Cox made some cameo appearances, and the new characters weren’t terrible, and the humor was still fine. The season 8 finale was perfect…but I remember being just as perfectly content with all of season 9. It wasn’t the same show, but it wasn’t terrible, by any stretch. At least that’s what I remember at the time.
5. Voltron: Legendary Defender
There are definitely parts of the Voltron finale I don’t care for. I don’t think Princess Allura should have died, and I don’t care for the idea that the Paladins stopped being Voltron after the universe was saved. They all could have kept fighting and protecting people for many years to come. But those are just nitpicks for an otherwise fine finale. The good guys win, the action is just as good as it had always been, and the rest of our heroes get perfectly fine epilogues. I was also a big Lance/Allura ‘shipper, so their relationship was exactly what I wanted to see.
Is it weird that Sherlock Holmes had a sister who was so evil that she could control people with just a good argument? Yeah, probably. But it didn’t take me out of the show and didn’t bother me in the least. She was just another villain. And the finale season had some good character drama, some good action, and high stakes — everything I had come to love and expect from this show. It’s really popular on the internet to take the piss out of the entirety of the BBC’s Sherlock, but you will hear no such arguments from me. Exciting show!
3. Game of Thrones
Alright, here it is, the show that largely inspired this list. People HATE the ending of Game of Thrones. It’s a whole thing! People salt the Earth upon which Game of Thrones once flourished. They vilify the two showrunners and hope they never get work in Hollywood again. They lambast entire seasons! All of season 8 was garbage? Get off it!
Honestly, I’m fine with the Game of Thrones finale and everything that led up to it. Is it too bad that Dany went mad and burned down Kings Landing instead of living happily ever after with Jon Snow? Yes, but that’s the point of a tragedy. Is it weird that Bran became king? Maybe, but I’m fine with it. Who else should have been picked? Bran was a cunning choice by Tyrion. Does it suck that Arya is the on that killed the Night King? Hell no! That was badass! That’s what her years of badassery and assassin training was leading towards!
Does it suck that none of the prophecies came true? About the Lord of Light? Or who would kill Cersie? No! One point the show was trying to make was that prophecies are bullshit! As an article on Cracked pointed out earlier this week, one theme of the show was that the gods would do as they pleased, and all these prophecies were just humans trying and failing to make some sense of it all. Just because a prophecy is introduced in a story does not mean it has to come true. Defying a prophecy is even better than fulfilling one, in my opinion.
Also, one thing I love to argue is that Jon Snow’s true parentage was the most important cog in the big machine of Game of Thrones. People were really upset that they thought it wasn’t important. What silly folk.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the Game of Thrones ending is really bad if you sit back and take stock of everything. Lindsay Ellis did a big breakdown on that very topic, and I’ve been too afraid to watch her takedown. I am perfectly content being perfectly content with not only the ending of Game of Thrones but the show as a whole.
(Just to add: Season 8 is not hot garbage. That scene where Brienne gets knighted makes all the rest of it worthwhile. Heck, every single scene at that fireplace is pure gold.)
2. Battlestar Galactica
I never understood why people didn’t like the finale to Battlestar Galactica. It had a big action set piece, it had our heroes triumphing over the villains, it had a rather pleasant ending on an actual planet. What more did people want? What didn’t they like? When Battlestar Galactica was at its best, it was the best show on television. And I’ll grant you that the final season or so wasn’t its best. The fact that the showrunners were making it all up as they went along had become quite evident. And I’ll never forgive them for how their “Final Five” storyline screwed over some of the show’s best characters. But those story choices aside, the finale was exciting, featured a lot of its best characters, wrapped up pretty much all outstanding storylines and ended on a nifty sci-fi twist. It all worked for me.
I am so bummed that people hate the ending to Lost so much that they write off the entire show as bad. Lost was a cultural phenomenon while it was airing and I loved every minute of that show! We all did! And as far as I’m concerned, every mystery had a resolution, every question had an answer and the ending was perfectly fine, if not great. If you’ve never read Cody Johnston’s take on all of Lost’s mysteries, I highly recommend it. His piece on the old Cracked.com has settled pretty much any and every concern I had with Lost and its ending, not that I, personally, had many concerns.
I thought the ending was great! There’s an exciting fight between Jack and the villain. We visit the very heart of the island, where our hero, Jack, makes the ultimate sacrifice. Several people actually do get off the island, including my boy, Miles. And the sideways world and visit to the church give everybody a chance to be together one last time before they pass on. What’s not to love? Are people really so pissed that the show never explained where the four-toed statue came from?
Lost was great from beginning to end. Fight me.
Posted on September 16, 2020, in Lists of Six!, Television and tagged Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Lost, Scrubs, Sherlock, Voltron, Voltron: Legendary Defender. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
I think the Game of Thrones finale is 90% exceptionally bad, but everything else here is spot on. Especially Lost. I never got the complaints about the unanswered mysteries because that kinda misses the point. It’s always nice to find someone else that liked it.
Indeed, always nice to hear that somebody else understood and accepted Lost. Surprisingly, I’ve never found myself going back and rewatching Lost…though I do sometimes check out my favorites scenes on YouTube.
I never watched Lost or Voltron. Scrubs was called Scrubs not JD and Friends. It makes absolute sense that they focused on the next generation. That was the point of the whole show – youngsters learning how to be doctors. They even showed the newbies learning the same lessons we saw JD and Co. learn. I am thinking of Jonathan Billingsley being the drunk who conned them out of money for “rehab.”
I didn’t buy Galattica because they’ll miss the technology when simple infections lead to death and having a warm shower is a dream that will never come true.
As to Game of Thrones – this was where the whole show was leading to. I knew Arya was going to kill the Night King the instant Bran gave her the Vallarian steel knife. Fans of Game of Thrones can’t have it both ways. First they complained that massive battles in the books were skipped because they were too expensive to film. Then they get a season of Epic Battles ™ that bring together plot threads that took years to create and then complain that things happen too quickly.
Hey George R.R. Martin is introducing new characters and plots all the time. It just takes him a decade to complete a book. At this rate, he’ll never finish. Is that what fans want? A story that never ends and just goes on and on and on? I mean the Star Wars original trilology was six hours. It got the back story filled in for another six hours with the prequels. That’s 12 hours or about the same as the shortest Game season.
We got a lot of Game story. They ended it with action and showed how the survivors grew and changed, and the hero didn’t exactly get his happy ending. The themes of history being made by the misfits but remembered differently was completed. I liked it, and I was glad it actually had an ending. Too many shows stay around too long because there’s money to be made and not for story reasons. Game of Thrones did the right thing. Or I could be wrong.
Nah, you’re right! Glad to hear from another Game of Thrones finale fan!