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24 June 2008 @ 12:08 am
Series Finale  
Okay, I'm a little behind, and I just watched the series finale last night (I missed it when it aired, so I bought the final season on DVD). Did anyone else want to throw their remote through the TV like I did? There were just so many things wrong with it... They tried to squeeze way too much into that one show, and I feel that it failed.

Especially now that it's the series finale.
 
 
 
Thorne Clan: Raven- Irrepresible beautythorne_clan on June 24th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I'm still bitter it got cancelled. I'm behind too and missed the last season all together. What I feel about them cancelling The Dead Zone is about how I felt with the ending of Angel and they just raced through EVERYTHING.

I'm so not happy they got rid of the cool sci-fi type shows from USA. Now they are putting on shows like all the 'other' shows on network tv. It's annoying. :sigh: So after all that rambling there, I totally feel your anger. lol
Magnolia: Johnnymagnolia_simms on June 24th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
I'm a bit bitter that it got cancelled, but I saw it coming. As much as I love Anthony Michael Hall, he wasn't the only thing that kept fans coming back (at least not me), so as the other characters started fading out, I knew the series was ending.

I don't want to reveal too much if you haven't seen the last season yet, but there were some big changes that I didn't like at all.
clarity scifiroots: Bruce wise upscifiroots on June 29th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
AMH is wonderful, true, but Johnny alone can't captivate me. They kicked off my favorite character! ::anger:: And the first ep? Yeah. Watched it and that signed the death warrant for me. *sighs*
Booger for cake on table: Touching Evil - jackaholicbigeyedphish on June 26th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
To be honest I haven't seen any of last season since it aired last summer so I don't remember much about it, but I do remember being really annoyed at that series finale. I seem to remember that if THAT episode had to be the series finale, out of all of the season finales there were, that one seemed to tie up stuff the most. I'll have to watch it again when my DVDs arrive (I must say I am looking forward to seeing those 10 minutes that I missed in which ever episode it was that USA played a whole section of it twice and then skipped over a whole section of the episode).

As much as I didn't want to see the show go, I have to admit I was relieved it was canceled. I would have kept watching it until the end no matter how bad it got, but it was definitely time. They got rid of all the supporting characters I cared about and left the most annoying one behind. They should have just ended it properly after Michael Pillar died.
Magnolia: Johnnymagnolia_simms on June 26th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
That episode tied some things up, but then left everything else wide open. Last part of the episode, oh, shocker of shockers, Armageddon is back. If Janus wasn't the catalyst for it (like it was hinted at at the beginning of the season), it never should have gone away in the first place. That was a big annoyance.

But my biggest nitpick with that show is Johnny's powers were not genetic, and he did not get them by just bumping his head, like everyone else in that show seems to get them. I don't know if the writers just haven't read the book, or forgot how it worked... But Johnny got his psychic powers because when he got into the car accident, there was brain damage in the sensory part of his brain and his brain rewired itself to use a normally unused part of the brain to process touch. That's why he gets visions when he touches things. Yes, the brain injury he got as a child (the bump on the head) related to it, but that's not how he got his visions. So stop giving them to everyone in his family! Gah! Johnny was supposed to be unique on this show, and they gave lots of people his ability.

And was it just me, or did the whole Herb thing just seem a bit too weird? They replicated Johnny's house so Herb would be tricked into thinking Stillson was his son? And then they poison him, and eh, oh well. That just seemed like such a let down.

But I have to agree with you on the supporting characters. Walt was my favorite supporting character. But I guess because he'd gotten to know Johnny so well, that when Johnny had a vision, he just immediately believed it as being true. So they needed someone new to be the non-believer. And don't get me started on the JJ calling Johnny "Dad" at the end. Wtf? Walt's been gone for a few months at the most? And he's made that transition already? What a trooper...

They really should have ended it when Michael Piller died. He was the driving force behind the series, and he was an excellent writer. I'm with you. I would've watched that show to the last episode, but I'm glad it was cancelled before it got worse.
clarity scifiroots: Johnny rainscifiroots on June 29th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
*blinks* Just to clarify - I haven't watched the last season - only the first ep. I couldn't bear it. And since it's the only season without scripts (which really irritates me), I haven't gotten to read up on the eps either.

Herb was supposed to think Stillson was his son? Okay, first reaction for me was to make a face, now I'm stifling laughter. ^_^;; The genetic thing bugs me, gives me more reason to hate the new JJ =p~

Characters... I have a whole rant about why I wouldn't watch the last season, and basically it deals with characters. Bruce is my all-time favorite character and obviously his air-time was going down and down and his role on the show ever decreasing *depressed* but he was still around. Then Walt's way up there on my fav list. Killing him was a STUPID idea. I'd like to strangle the person who made the okay on that one. >.< It's especially disturbing to me that it's the ol' switcheroo - Walt raised Johnny's kid, Johnny's going to raise his (or so it's setup.) *gnashes teeth* JJ calls Johnny "dad"? Ugh. I'm so bothered >.<

When the money issue came up, they should have better planned this last season - kept the characters we know, use them well, give us a good wrap-up. Instead we got... well, I don't know. But my viewership was lost. I swore once I'd stick with the show to the end and I had to break that promise because of the shit that went down with my fav characters. *sigh*

I apologize for the rant 9_9
Booger for cake on tablebigeyedphish on July 3rd, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Despite the fact that there were some parts of the storyline of this season that I had major issues with (the killing off of my favorite characters and JJ having "feelings" being two of them), there were a number of things that made this season 100x better than the previous two.

1. There was a continuing storyline throughout the season. Each episode did not occur in a vacuum and things that happened in one episode would be brought up again, affect the way someone acted, etc in future episodes.

2. The way they shot Johnny's visions and the quality of them went back to how it was in the first few seasons. One of the things that made 4 & 5 so boring to me was the fact that they seemed to use one method to show us the visions Johnny saw. In this season they go through his eye, show Johnny in someone else's clothing (like in Precipitate), everyone frozen and Johnny walking around, Johnny seeing himself, and so on.

3. On a purely technical and visual aspect, whoever did the lighting and decorating of the sets did a wonderful job. It was very colorful and simply lovely to look at. The circus episode for example, you could tell a lot of thought was put into the way the extras would be dressed and it paid off.

Regarding Walt being killed. The show needed SOMETHING to move it forward. As much as I hate that the writers seemed to believe that Walt being dead was that something, the show was stuck in a rut and him dying allowed for some character development that was just not happening in the previous seasons. As for JJ calling Johnny dad, I haven't watched the whole season yet so I can't say for sure, but I've watched the first half and he hasn't called him dad yet. I can understand at some point, JJ missing his dad, wants a father figure and Johnny moves from being this guy my mom says is my biological dad, to a replacement father figure for Walt. I have a friend who calls both his biological father and stepfather "dad" so I don't think any disrespect was meant to Walt on that.
Booger for cake on tablebigeyedphish on July 3rd, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
I always had an issue with people who insisted that Johnny's dad had a vision in the episode "Babble On". NOTHING in that episode made any indication that he had seen anything. It was quite clear, in my opinion, that his father was on the edge of losing it perhaps, and when Johnny told him what he had seen when he was little, it just gave Herb something to obsess over and pushed him over the edge.

So yeah, I was unbelievably frustrated when they show JJ having "feelings" too. It was just aggravating. I've only rewatched the first half of the season and am finding I remember very little about it, but I was relieved that JJ insisted he only had feelings, not full-fledged visions. Still not cool, but somehow slightly better in my mind.

As for JJ calling Johnny dad, I haven't watched the whole season yet so I can't say for sure, but I've watched the first half and he hasn't called him dad yet. I'm not sure how much time has passed in the course of the season, either. I can understand at some point, JJ missing his dad, wants a father figure and Johnny moves from being this guy my mom says is my biological dad, to a replacement father figure for Walt. I have a friend who calls both his biological father and stepfather "dad" so I don't think any disrespect was meant to Walt on that.
Booger for cake on tablebigeyedphish on July 3rd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
And what really angered my about this season was Sara continuously yelling at Johnny that he isn't JJ's dad and should keep out of their business. That was just absolutely cruel, not to mention totally wrong.