Monday, May 17, 2010
Series of Tubes: Desperate Housewives Season Finale Reaction
I'm gonna make this quick since I want to get on to other things on my birthday, but I really enjoyed last night's "Desperate Housewives" season finale. In the past, there's usually been some big character secret revealed to the audience during the finale, but that wasn't the case this time. We already knew about Angie's past, we already knew Kenny was the killer and the big secret that Brie told Gaby (which didn't happen until the final voiceover of the episode) was something we saw happen on screen years ago.
Unburdened from the concept of a "secret reveal", the show was able to focus on character interactions, which is what it's been best at for six seasons. And quite frankly, compared to some of the past season finales, this one actually ended up with workable endings for most of the main characters. Sure, Brie had to sign over her company and tell Gaby about Andrew running over Mrs. Solis (something she decided to do only after Orson left) but things could have been much worse for her.
Angie's gone now, which is pretty much standard for the "mystery of the season" housewives. I liked the bomb twist, though it seemed a little to convenient that no main characters were actually in danger of being exploded -- especially given how they promoted the episode all week.
As for all the set up for next season, I'm looking forward to it. Paul Young being back brings the whole show full circle, and I can't wait to find out whose child doesn't really belong to them (my early money's on Andrew, which would tie in nicely to this season's finale, though don't count Julie out either).
Overall, I'd give the episode a B+, which is much better than I felt about most of this season.
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