Thursday, May 20, 2004


good while it lasted

I won't go on and on about how great this show has been this season (since I've been doing it throughout) or even remark about the complex excellence of the series finale from last night (some humor, some pathos, lotsa violence). But, I d want to note that in a year where we've seen many series' endings: Sex in the City, Friends, Frasier, etc., I'm glad Angel didn't go out trying to tie up all the loose ends, where everyone hugs with a tear and a smile. I liked Buffy's finale if only because the show knew its end was nigh and dealt with it accordingly, with just the right amount of sentimentality that was required to mark the passing of such a landmark show. Angel never had Buffy's cult-like status but despite not having many undergrad papers penned to its symbolism as a model for post-feminism, Angel still benefitted from the best qualities of Joss Whedon's writing and vision. As emotionally deep as it was intelligently clever, this was a great piece of television that ended far sooner than it should have. The way this finale closes - with furious defiance - could not have been more appropriate or inspired. Bravo.

(and oh yeah, WB are still a bunch of dumb asses)