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Stupidest TV Show Endings


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1. Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) because they flew the fleet
into the sun.

WTF !!!

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Grand Magus wrote:

1. Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) because they flew the fleet

into the sun.

WTF !!!

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I liked the ending of Battlestar Galactica.


Soooo......who WASN'T a Secret Cylon by the end of that show?

Silver Crusade

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Grey Lensman wrote:
Soooo......who WASN'T a Secret Cylon by the end of that show?

Extra number 14

But I liked it too.


Not certain it was a "stupid" ending..but it left me frustrated and angry. Blake's Seven ending.

Greg


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X-Files... They should of ended that series a couple of years earlier (when Mulder went away).

Damn that Chris Carter for leaving us with NOTHING answered by the end of the series.

I liked the last X-Files movie they made though; It really felt like another weird episode.

Ultradan

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Charmed should have ended a season earlier.

My complaint about the BSG ending.
<rant> Why would you sentence your children to starvation and early death? I'd rather have seen part of the fleet go off and part stay (So we could see the cycle begin again, with Earth starting 'from scratch' and what would be the 13 colonies with tech.) Instead "Oh, tech is evil, we should all live in huts and die young.</rant>


Greg Wasson wrote:

Not certain it was a "stupid" ending..but it left me frustrated and angry. Blake's Seven ending.

Greg

Blake 7s ending was brilliant.... The good guys lost and Servalan was cool.


Greg Wasson wrote:

Not certain it was a "stupid" ending..but it left me frustrated and angry. Blake's Seven ending.

Greg

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It was "stupid" -- in the future, you can use the ending of the BSG TV show
as the definition of stupid.

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Qadira

I thought the BSG ending did what it was supposed to do, bring the storyline full circle (mostly). In that, they suceeded. As an ending I could enjoy and get into, it failed miserably.

spoilery rant:
the whole: you thought they were dead but they really weren't dead but oh wait guess what they're really dead thing pisses me off. I didn't like it when LOST did it with John Locke and I absolutely hated that they did it to Starbuck. Frak that frakking frak.

However, as much as it didn't make sense...

spoilery applause:
Dean Stockwell's giving up and shooting himself in the head in the middle of the chaos was fraking awesome

Qadira

Ultradan wrote:

X-Files... They should of ended that series a couple of years earlier (when Mulder went away).

the X-Files is my #2 example of a great series that went on for too long. the minute Duchovny wanted out they should've said "ok, time to end it"

#1 on my "ruined it by making it longer than it needs to be" is Alias, whose final season was just painful. One less season would have been perfect. To be fair, though, Alias had an ending I can't find much fault with, despite a how horrible the rest of the season was.

Qadira

Can we count ALF?

I mean, it was cancelled on what was supposed to be cliffhanger, but in reality translates into his fellow Melmaxians abandoning him to be captured and dissected by the US Government.

Does that count, or does it just fall under horribly depressing?

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Matthew Winn wrote:

I thought the BSG ending did what it was supposed to do, bring the storyline full circle (mostly). In that, they suceeded. As an ending I could enjoy and get into, it failed miserably.

** spoiler omitted **

However, as much as it didn't make sense...

** spoiler omitted **

Edit: Re Your first spoiler

Spoiler:
Angelbuck would have worked better if she had been acting like the other angels (headSix and headBaltar) and not "I'm dead and don't know it."

Aside: I just caught Idle Hands, I think it's one of my favourite episodes now.

Re your second spoiler:

Spoiler:
It's my understanding that was Dean Stockwell's idea, based on how the Ones would react.

If we count Alf, we have to cound Farscape (not counting the Peacekeeper Wars)

SGA also ended on a WTF moment since it's my understadning the had to truncate the finale and that's why the 'wormhole drive' appeared out of nowhere. (And was never seen again, as between the wormhole drive and the ancient (and Asgard!) database, Destiny shouldn't have been that far out of reach.)


Matthew Winn wrote:

Can we count ALF?

I mean, it was cancelled on what was supposed to be cliffhanger, but in reality translates into his fellow Melmaxians abandoning him to be captured and dissected by the US Government.

Does that count, or does it just fall under horribly depressing?

Why would it not count? Is it not a TV show.


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5. The Riches

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RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

@Grand Magus,

I believe his concern wasn't if it was a TV show, but if it *ended* rather than being killed on a cliffhanger.

Actually you reminded me with your Nick. Enterprise "These are the Voyages." Worse than BSG ending.

Qadira

Matthew Morris wrote:
Enterprise "These are the Voyages." Worse than BSG ending.

Agreed on both this and SGA. But neither as bad as SGU's ending/non-ending, which was obviously meant to be a "this is the end of the series, but we're still depserately hoping for a tv movie greenlight, so we're going to end it in a way that doesn't really resolve anything".

Frankly, if I were writing a show, I would refuse to sign any contract that didn't include a "we're cancelling your show, but you get to make at least five more episodes to wrap everything up" clause. It's one thing if the ending is someone dropping the ball (BSG), it's another when it's fairly obviously rushed (SGA/SGU)


Ok. People seem to be confused.

Let me make rules:

1. Your selection has to be a TV show.
2. Said TV show should no longer be in production.
3. There really are no rules.

That is all.

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Matthew Morris wrote:

Charmed should have ended a season earlier.

My complaint about the BSG ending.
<rant> Why would you sentence your children to starvation and early death? I'd rather have seen part of the fleet go off and part stay (So we could see the cycle begin again, with Earth starting 'from scratch' and what would be the 13 colonies with tech.) Instead "Oh, tech is evil, we should all live in huts and die young.</rant>

Basically they realised that they had two choices.

1. Try to recreate the Colonies, the same spiritually exhausted state that created it's own self-destruction not once but at least TWICE. Such a decision would have meant extinction for the native hominids.

2. Live as part of the world in the time they had left and give the native species a chance to write their own destiny, not shackled with the failed history of the Twelve Worlds.


Matthew Winn wrote:

Can we count ALF?

I mean, it was cancelled on what was supposed to be cliffhanger, but in reality translates into his fellow Melmaxians abandoning him to be captured and dissected by the US Government.

Does that count, or does it just fall under horribly depressing?

They did do a TV movie that resolved the cliffhanger in a funny way.


6. Magnum P.I.


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7. Lost

Worst. Ending. Ever.
Not only did it not make sense, it failed to resolve any plotlines, explained no long-standing mysteries, and was painfully mawkish.

I felt like pulling an Elvis on my TV.


darth_borehd wrote:

Lost.

Worst. Ending. Ever.
Not only did it not make sense, it failed to resolve any plotlines, explained no long-standing mysteries, and was painfully mawkish.

I felt like pulling an Elvis on my TV.

Yes. The "Lost" ending was stupid.

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RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

LazarX wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

Charmed should have ended a season earlier.

My complaint about the BSG ending.
<rant> Why would you sentence your children to starvation and early death? I'd rather have seen part of the fleet go off and part stay (So we could see the cycle begin again, with Earth starting 'from scratch' and what would be the 13 colonies with tech.) Instead "Oh, tech is evil, we should all live in huts and die young.</rant>

Basically they realised that they had two choices.

1. Try to recreate the Colonies, the same spiritually exhausted state that created it's own self-destruction not once but at least TWICE. Such a decision would have meant extinction for the native hominids.

2. Live as part of the world in the time they had left and give the native species a chance to write their own destiny, not shackled with the failed history of the Twelve Worlds.

Then they really screwed up because headBaltar and headSix basically say "Every time they've done this, it's failed." With headSix saying, "Maybe they'll get it right this time."

Andoran

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Matthew Winn wrote:

Can we count ALF?

I mean, it was cancelled on what was supposed to be cliffhanger,

How about Soap and ending on cliffhangers? How many characters were about to be shot and the end of the season and suddenly it's gone because the Baptists complained about it? And just think how mild that show is compared to todays shows.


You can't go past Lost.

Secret of the island. A giant glowing bathplug.

Alternate time-line, everyone dead.

All about the characters, my ass.

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Martin Sheaffer wrote:
Matthew Winn wrote:

Can we count ALF?

I mean, it was cancelled on what was supposed to be cliffhanger,

How about Soap and ending on cliffhangers? How many characters were about to be shot and the end of the season and suddenly it's gone because the Baptists complained about it? And just think how mild that show is compared to todays shows.

Actually it makes sense for Soap (and Benson) to end on unresolved cliffhangers, since the former was a clear parody of Soap Operas and the later a spin off of the first.

Heck if they made a modern 'Soap' I'd do two episodes in the middle of the season with a complete replacement cast, then go back to the normal cast, and have no one notce. (to poke fun at soap opera recasting) Bonus if you could get the 'replacement cast' to include alums like Rick Springfield, Michelle Tractenberg, Sarah Michelle Geller, or optionally currently working Soap Opera actors.

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Grand Magus wrote:
darth_borehd wrote:

Lost.

Worst. Ending. Ever.
Not only did it not make sense, it failed to resolve any plotlines, explained no long-standing mysteries, and was painfully mawkish.

I felt like pulling an Elvis on my TV.

Yes. The "Lost" ending was stupid.

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To be honest, "Lost" became ridiculous to me right around the fourth season, when all the time travel and alternate reality crap started happening. I personally thought it was a signal that the writers had run out of good ideas and were just reaching for the craziest possible plot threads to try to keep the audience engaged. I quit watching after that point, but of course looked up the eventual ending online just to see how everything wrapped up -- and you're right. What a dumb, unoriginal, unsatisfying ending. Such a cop-out. I'm shocked that something that bad can air on a major network, but that very strong sci-fi shows with good writing can be canceled even when they're on smaller networks (my poor "Firefly" ...). /rant :)

Andoran

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Amanda Hamon wrote:
I'm shocked that something that bad can air on a major network, but that very strong sci-fi shows with good writing can be canceled even when they're on smaller networks (my poor "Firefly" ...). /rant :)

Errr, weren't Lost and Firefly both Fox shows? ;)


Martin Sheaffer wrote:
Amanda Hamon wrote:
I'm shocked that something that bad can air on a major network, but that very strong sci-fi shows with good writing can be canceled even when they're on smaller networks (my poor "Firefly" ...). /rant :)
Errr, weren't Lost and Firefly both Fox shows? ;)

Lost was ABC

Andoran

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Keltoi wrote:
Martin Sheaffer wrote:
Amanda Hamon wrote:
I'm shocked that something that bad can air on a major network, but that very strong sci-fi shows with good writing can be canceled even when they're on smaller networks (my poor "Firefly" ...). /rant :)
Errr, weren't Lost and Firefly both Fox shows? ;)
Lost was ABC

LOL, guess I am getting old and forgetful. Though to be honest I didn't watch it after about two shows into season 2.


St. elsewhere. I would put Lost a close second


Matthew Morris wrote:

Charmed should have ended a season earlier.

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<rant> Why would you sentence your children to starvation and early death? I'd rather have seen part of the fleet go off and part stay (So we could see the cycle begin again, with Earth starting 'from scratch' and what would be the 13 colonies with tech.) Instead "Oh, tech is evil, we should all live in huts and die young.</rant>

And to go with that, how is it for 4 seasons of the show no one could agree to anything at all on the show, but all of a sudden 100% agree to live on a planet with nothing and go native? I would have liked to seen some disagreement and have that one ship fly off with people that wanted to keep going.

Qadira

Tangible Delusions wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

Charmed should have ended a season earlier.

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<rant> Why would you sentence your children to starvation and early death? I'd rather have seen part of the fleet go off and part stay (So we could see the cycle begin again, with Earth starting 'from scratch' and what would be the 13 colonies with tech.) Instead "Oh, tech is evil, we should all live in huts and die young.</rant>

And to go with that, how is it for 4 seasons of the show no one could agree to anything at all on the show, but all of a sudden 100% agree to live on a planet with nothing and go native? I would have liked to seen some disagreement and have that one ship fly off with people that wanted to keep going.

Not to defend the show's ending, but it's a lot easier to achieve 100% consensus when everyone who's disagreed with you has died in the last 55 minutes....


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Amanda Hamon wrote:


To be honest, "Lost" became ridiculous to me right around the fourth season, when all the time travel and alternate reality crap started happening. I personally thought it was a signal that the writers had run out of good ideas and were just reaching for the craziest possible plot threads to try to keep the audience engaged. I quit watching after that point, but of course looked up the eventual ending online just to see how everything wrapped up -- and you're right. What a dumb, unoriginal, unsatisfying ending. Such a cop-out. I'm shocked that something that bad can air on a major network, but that very strong sci-fi shows with good writing can be canceled even when they're on smaller networks (my poor "Firefly" ...). /rant :)

At the end of the third season they were granted seasons 4-6 to plan the shows ending (whether they actually did that or not). The show definitely had a different feel from that point on.

I liked Lost and thought the ending wasn't all that I wanted it to be, but it wasn't a bad ending. I have a feeling you don't know how the show really ended

Spoiler:
They weren't all dead on the island.


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10. Seinfeld

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Qadira

Tangible Delusions wrote:

At the end of the third season they were granted seasons 4-6 to plan the shows ending (whether they actually did that or not). The show definitely had a different feel from that point on.

I liked Lost and thought the ending wasn't all that I wanted it to be, but it wasn't a bad ending. I have a feeling you don't know how the show really ended ** spoiler omitted **

I've learned not to talk about how I feel about the end of LOST lest I be rent apart by seething haters.

I thought the ending was just fine and it's still in my top three shows of all time (#1 and #2 are both Firefly, because it's too awesome for just one slot). But you're the only other person I've met who doesn't froth at the mouth when discussing it, so I just keep my head down and say "yup, that show had a lot of flaws. Moving on..."

Then again, I've been told my brain doesn't register things I don't like, so I generally walk away from shows only remembering the good parts.


Matthew, I love the show but it wasn't perfect. No need to keep your head down from me!

Grand Magus brings up another of my favorite shows Seinfeld. I was disappointed by the end show, and it definitely wasn't a typical Seinfeld show. I knew what they were going for, but it missed on a lot of cylinders for me. Now if you include the "reunion" shows from "Curb your enthusiasm" it has a much nicer ending.


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Not really a story issue but...

Babylon 5... The way that at the end of it's run, they kept switching days and time slots of the show without much notice, then said that they cancelled the show because of bad ratings... lol... It was playing on Tuesday nights around 12:20am at one point!! Ugh!

Ultradan

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Ultradan wrote:

Not really a story issue but...

Babylon 5... The way that at the end of it's run, they kept switching days and time slots of the show without much notice, then said that they cancelled the show because of bad ratings... lol... It was playing on Tuesday nights around 12:20am at one point!! Ugh!

Ultradan

From my understanding the network announced at the beginning of the fourth season that they were canceling the show, which forced J. Michael Straczynski to compress the entire 5th season story arc into the second half of the fourth season in an attempt to finish his originally planned 5 act story. At the end of season 4 the network renewed the series for a 5th season, which then caused headaches as Mr. Straczynski now had to create a whole new story arc for the 5th season.

Still I loved the series, I wish we could have seen the entire shadow war plot stretched through the 5th season as originally planned.

What ever happened to Mr. Straczynski anyhow?


Can't decide if was great or stupid, but the ending to "The Prisoner" (original series) was about as depressing as it gets.
Slide threadjack, but the second "Newhart" show had the funniest ending ever.

Qadira

Kassegore wrote:
What ever happened to Mr. Straczynski anyhow?

tangent:
JMS started writing comics. He's famous for the best Spiderman writing in decades only to have Marvel undo everything he wrote as soon as he left. He wrote an award winning comic called "Rising Stars" (highly recommended). He rebooted Thor, turning him from the cartoony character we're used to and making him one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel U. He also wrote the Avengers movie. Among other things. Ironically, huge JMS fan that I am, I've never seen B5

EDIT: Not Avengers. He's credited with Thor. My bad.

Andoran

the ending of Twin Peaks was disappointing, cliffhanger and wish there were more seasons

Lantern Lodge

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Matthew Morris wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

Charmed should have ended a season earlier.

My complaint about the BSG ending.
<rant> Why would you sentence your children to starvation and early death? I'd rather have seen part of the fleet go off and part stay (So we could see the cycle begin again, with Earth starting 'from scratch' and what would be the 13 colonies with tech.) Instead "Oh, tech is evil, we should all live in huts and die young.</rant>

Basically they realised that they had two choices.

1. Try to recreate the Colonies, the same spiritually exhausted state that created it's own self-destruction not once but at least TWICE. Such a decision would have meant extinction for the native hominids.

2. Live as part of the world in the time they had left and give the native species a chance to write their own destiny, not shackled with the failed history of the Twelve Worlds.

Then they really screwed up because headBaltar and headSix basically say "Every time they've done this, it's failed." With headSix saying, "Maybe they'll get it right this time."

Has Avatar Kyoshi once said to Aang. "The consequences of our choices aren't always seen in our lifetime." They made their choice based on what they had learned. Overall, it was a better move to make even if it did not necessarily acheive their goal. But then again they did not neccessarily fail either. After all, Earth hasn't created it's Cylons yet, and it might never do so.

Lantern Lodge

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Matthew Winn wrote:
Kassegore wrote:
What ever happened to Mr. Straczynski anyhow?
** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:

His best comic work, or at least his most ambitious, in my opinion however, was Midnight Nation.

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Matthew Winn wrote:


I thought the ending was just fine and it's still in my top three shows of all time (#1 and #2 are both Firefly, because it's too awesome for just one slot). But you're the only other person I've met who doesn't froth at the mouth when discussing it, so I just keep my head down and say "yup, that show had a lot of flaws. Moving on..."

I have nothing particularly against Firefly despite it's overwhelming number of gaps, SF wise.

But I enjoyed "Serenity" far more than the series itself.

Qadira

LazarX wrote:
Matthew Winn wrote:
Kassegore wrote:
What ever happened to Mr. Straczynski anyhow?
** spoiler omitted **
** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Missed that one. It's on my "to do" list.

darth_borehd wrote:

7. Lost

Worst. Ending. Ever.
Not only did it not make sense, it failed to resolve any plotlines, explained no long-standing mysteries, and was painfully mawkish.

I felt like pulling an Elvis on my TV.

Some people felt the same way about Prometheus when they grabbed Damon Lindelof to do the script. I see him getting the potential to become more vilified than Joss Whedon in certain circles.


Grand Magus wrote:

1. Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) because they flew the fleet

into the sun.

WTF !!!

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15. Little House on the Prairie.

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