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Dear Season Finale of Criminal Minds: THANK YOU FOR OBLITERATING MY SHIP WITH A SINGLE LINE OF DIALOGUE.  A rather mean one, too.  ::facepalm::  Oh, well.  Why start paying attention to canon now?

Okay, it was time for House to end about 3 years ago, but I do like the way they did it.  Yes, bringing everyone (but Cuddy) back was hokey, but c'mon, tell me you didn't want to see Cutthroat Bitch one more time.  Glad the writers didn't forget that the House/Wilson relationship was the heart of the show and made that central to the ending.  No, I don't ship it, but HOLY SHIT THEY LITERALLY RODE OFF INTO THE SUNSET TOGETHER.  Ahem.  I actually like that we're left with the question of what will become of House once Wilson's gone -- in my mind, the motorcycle trip ends in a grand Thelma and Louise.  Anyway, not perfect, but about the best they could do with what they had, I think.

Hugh Laurie's "Swan Song" was great -- I always like it when the actors/hosts/whoever manage to give credit to the behind-the-scenes people in creative ways.  And it's always so fun to be reminded that Hugh Laurie is, at heart, a very British comedian playing a grumpy American.  And Jesse Spencer plays the violin?  He is not currently in my pants... why?

Proposal: television shows (particularly dramas) should last no more than 5 years.  I know I'm not saying anything radically novel here, but deep down, every fan knows this.  Even if the shows haven't flamboyantly jumped the shark by then, that's when themes and underlying plotlines start to get repetitive and tedious, so the writers start inventing crazier and crazier shit to try and get out of the rut.  The problem with most TV shows is that, in order to work, everything must generally return to normal, if not by the end of the show, at least within several episodes.  Why we can't seem to deviate from that formula, I don't know -- I guess it's just what audiences expect.  The proliferation of "procedurals" (dig my alliteration) has entrenched this even further.

In order for a show to get away from this formula, it has to have a limited run, a planned narrative arc with a set end date.  I will give Heroes credit for trying to do this with seasonal "volumes," but their writers obviously discovered Turkish black mule heroin sometime during the second season and THAT went flying off the rails.  I'm trying to think of a scripted dramatic television show I liked and watched all the way through which ended with its dignity intact, and I'm having a tough time coming up with one.  Possibly Lost, but I lost (ha) track after the fourth season or so.  Most of my very favorite shows died horrible, lingering deaths.

Anyway, When I Am in Charge, TV shows will have a 5-season maximum.  Then we will have fond memories of them, instead of having to pretend later seasons simply do not exist.  I'm looking at you, X Files.

Day 22: Favorite book you own - ???

I… think I own all of my favorite books?  But if this means “favorite book in your collection,” then I’d say it’s a very old Complete Works of Shakespeare, owned by my great-grandmother and given to me by my grandmother.

I also have a small, no-frills Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot that’s been with me on four continents.  I don’t know; sometimes you’re in Manchester or Adelaide or Osaka and you just want to reread “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”  I should have asked the customs people to stamp it along with my passport.

Date: 2012-05-23 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eefreeboo.livejournal.com
We get House on Thursdays but I knew I'd end up spoiled before then so downloaded it last night. I agree, I think it ended about as well as it could have and I did like that they brought the old characters back. And I don't ship it either but the House-Wilson dynamic was always the best thing about the show so it was only fitting that the ending be all about their relationship.

I agree with the five season rule. I can think of several great endings to shows but am struggling to think of one that didn't at some point sag rather badly. It's why I got annoyed when people used to proclaim Mad Men to be the best drama ever after just a couple of seasons. That's still going pretty well, and I like it a lot more now than I did initially, but it may still go all wrong and sour what's come before it.

I have a huge soft spot for Six Feet Under and I loved the ending for that, but missed a huge chunk in the middle (I used to record it and watch it with my mum for some bizarre reason so when it came to the episode where David got kidnapped I decided enough was enough in terms of that embarrassment and I didn't go back to it for ages after) so my judgement is clouded there somewhat. Must watch the whole thing one of these days.

Date: 2012-05-24 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Mad Men is one of those shows I swear I'm going to start watching one of these days, but I'm always concerned when something is OMG SO BRILLIANT YOU HAVE TO LOVE IT. This is also why I've never seen The Sopranos or The Wire.

Date: 2012-05-23 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leopardchic79.livejournal.com
I definitely agree with the 5 year rule!

I (purposely) spoiled myself on the House ending & liked the way it played out. I stopped watching somewhere in season 5 (not really sure why...maybe because of said 5 year rule) but I sort of miss it now & want to go back & see what I missed. So maybe eventually I'll get to see it. :)

Date: 2012-05-24 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Yeah, season five is almost inevitably where I start to lose interest. There were some good bits in the last three seasons of House, but a LOT of repetition (House makes himself miserable because he can't stand to be happy! Wilson swears he's going to Teach House a Lesson but caves in the end anyway! It's the Thirteen Show!). So, yeah, if you get the time.

Date: 2012-05-23 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daffodelias.livejournal.com
AHAHAHA I watched the Criminal Minds season finale yesterday and when I heard that line, I was like, "Ohh, [livejournal.com profile] the_deep_magic is gonna cut some bitchessss." I loved Reid's bitchy, "You're welcome?" in retort. Scratch that, I loved all the times he was bitchy this season. Because it happened a lot.

That scene though -- can I please take a moment to swoon over Reid knitting himself a Doctor Who scarf?



I loved the end of the (Criminal Minds) finale, because it was pretty obvious they wrote it before they knew they'd be renewed but still had hope they'd get six seasons and a movie another season.

PS, HDU hate on post-season-5 X-Files! What about The Unnatural! And The Ghosts Who Stole Christmas! And "Woman, get back here and make me a sandwich!" in Arcadia!

AND THAT FIRST MOVIE. Without it, we wouldn't have:

1. Mulder's Panic Face


2. This magazine cover (that may have inspired Susan Blackwell?)


3. Inappropriate agent-touching


3b. THIS


3c. followed by this


4. BITCHFACESSS


5. Scully's BEST HAIR


okay I'm done spamming you, but the moral of the story is: X-Files went bad after season six. the end.

Date: 2012-05-24 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Really, was that line necessary? It was not. I'm going to sit over here and pout and maintain that Garcia is in denial. ::pouts::

But, yeah, bitchy!Reid is fun. And I did enjoy the mini-prank war, even though that was more Matthew Gray Gubler than Reid. Feel free to swoon away over the scarf -- I actually thought of you when he said he knitted it himself.

Okay, perhaps I was too hasty with the 5-year deadline and The X Files; I was thinking of the move from Vancouver to LA and the introduction of Diana Fowley. But the first movie was excellent, and I was forgetting about Triangle and Milagro and Field Trip. The seventh season is watchable. I really only deny that seasons 8 and 9 happened.

Yeah, that was some great hair.

Date: 2012-05-25 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1lostone.livejournal.com
should have ended three years ago

I DO ship it, but since I haven't seen an episode of House in about... oh... three years, I didn't catch the end. I have it dvr'd but it's just not ... blah.

I love the ending, but I get overly emotional when my fictional people get cancer. Give them HIV, an aneurysm in every artery, elephantitus of the nuts... but cancer makes me want to weep and eat massive amounts of ice cream and chocolate. But I do dig the riding off into the sunset. Sigh.

I bet those guys were so happy to see it end though. RSL and HL were probably ready to run-not-walk to the nearest new project!

Date: 2012-05-25 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Yeah, cancer has that effect, even on fictional characters, probably because everybody's lives has been touched by it in some way. Elephantiasis of the nuts, not so much. (Well, I assume.)

RSL and HL were probably ready to run-not-walk to the nearest new project!

Yeah, I think they're both too gracious to say it (and the steady paycheck had to be pretty sweet), but I'm sure they're ready to move on. Hugh Laurie in particular -- I read somewhere that he was actually messing up his shoulder from walking with the cane so much.

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