Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Series of Tubes: 24, Chuck, HIMYM Season Finale Reactions
After all the "Lost" madness, I'm almost season finale'd out, so rather than give each of Monday's finales a separate post, I'm going to combine them and keep my thoughts brief.
I wasn't one of the people who watched this show from the beginning and never got totally invested in it, even when I caught up on all the seasons a couple years back. So losing "24" doesn't have the same impact on me as losing "Lost" does, and I'm not nearly as well-equiped to discuss the finale. I would have liked it if they'd gone all in and burned every bridge, ending the series with Jack killing President Taylor, then Chloe killing Jack, but the ending they came too -- with President Taylor realizing the error of her ways and telling Jack to go into hiding from the Russians -- was satisfying in its own way. It definitely leaves the window open for a potential future "24" movie without leaving too many loose ends from this season. Also, the scene of Jack biting off Reed Diamond's ear was just grotesque and awesome.
Still, the entire episode was salvaged by the big reveal at the end, with the rows and rows of spy research by Chuck's now deceased dad. It provides potential storylines for years, while also introducing the new big mystery of Chuck and Ellie's mom. Two other things I really liked about this episode: Ellie knowing the whole truth (LONG overdue) and the Morgan/Awesome spy scenes. They provided much needed comic relief to what was otherwise a pretty dark episode. Oh, and speaking of comic relief, Jeffster's rendition of "Blaze of Glory" (complete with absurd music video) playing over the Chuck vs Shaw fight was hilarious. And then blowing up the Buy More? Awesome.
Grade: B- (would've been a C+ if not for BuyMoreBoom)
"How I Met Your Mother"
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Grade: C- (the episode itself wasn't terrible, it just didn't feel like a season finale, and didn't measure up to some of the recent episodes)
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