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Remember When 30 Rock Nailed Its Final Season?

March 6, 2015 Leave a comment

I complained recently about one of my favorite shows, Parks and Recreation, going off the rails in its final season by taking its natural positivity and detonating it into continual happy endings so excessive they seemed like the promises you read in chain emails.

Now I want to remember a show that did pull off a kick-ass final season by pushing its characters into new directions (which they somehow rendered inevitable). That show is 30 Rock.

30 Rock - Season 7

30 Rock was renewed for its 7th season in 2012 with the understanding that its 13 episodes would be it for the show. This is, incidentally, the same arrangement that Parks and Recreation got for its final season, which was also its seventh. Perhaps 30 Rock was thinking further ahead; a lot of the plotlines that pay off in season 7 were set up in season 6. Of course, you could say the same about Parks and Recreation. Basically, both shows seem to have had the exact same advantages and disadvantages, and while Parks and Rec provided a sweaty, dubious final season, 30 Rock’s was concise, heartwarming, surprising (and still funny!).

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Thoughts on the Last Lost

May 25, 2010 1 comment

Over the last day or so I have accustomed myself to the fact that the alternative timeline of Season 6 (Jack has a son, Sawyer’s a cop, etc.) was actually a psychic way station where the island-dwellers went after their deaths, and that when they all reconvened in the church it was meant to symbolize some kind of pleasant afterlife, where everyone is reunited with their friends and lovers.  I can buy that.

But I immediately had to question the church scene.  On the Jimmy Kimmel special which aired after the show, Kimmel remarked to Harold Perrineau (who played Michael) that Michael wasn’t in the church.  Perrineau reminded Kimmel that Michael, who died when the freighter exploded (presumably, though Jin managed to survive that), had been sentenced to wander the jungle and contribute to the whispering voices – kind of a limbo – and this is all because Michael killed Libby and Ana-Lucia back in season 2.

So I bought that theory for about two seconds, and then I started thinking about all the other Losties who killed people, sometimes for justified reasons and sometimes not.  You’ve got Kate (who was there in the church) who killed her abusive stepfather, and Juliet (who was there) who blew away that Other on the beach so that Sawyer and Kate could escape, and Hurley (there) who ran over that Other with the Dharma van to save Jin, Sayid and Bernard.

OK, but what about Locke?  Not black-smoke-evil Locke, but good Locke (there), who totally killed Naomi because he thought there was something suspicious about her?  How about Charlie (there), who wrathfully killed Ethan because Ethan kidnapped Claire?  How about Claire?

We saw her kill at least two Others (one was Mac from It’s Always Sunny) this season.  She probably killed a few more in the three years she was there alone.  Sawyer definitely killed someone before getting to the island (the fake Anthony Cooper) and he definitely killed the REAL Anthony Cooper on the island in season 3.

Jin didn’t kill anybody on the island, I don’t think, but before going there he was a hit man for the Korean mob for freak’s sake, and SAYID?  Sayid gets a sunny afterlife and Michael doesn’t?  Sayid killed EVERYBODY.  Sayid broke a guy’s neck with his ankles.

Sayid is a master assassin.  But apparently he gets to spend his afterlife happily ever after with Shannon (and the woman who was his wife is where? well, she wasn’t that important, anyway).

Edited to add this video, which features all of the deaths I have described (and more!):

The other problem I had was that the opening conceit of season 6 was that the alternative timeline was the “what if the hydrogen bomb from season 5 had worked?” scenario.  The plane didn’t crash because the island was at the bottom of the ocean.  That all kind of went out the window when it became apparent that the alternative timeline was actually just, like, a mass incidence of mental repression. That disappointed me because the season 5 finale was so kick-ass.  They detonated a hydrogen bomb!  There were so many possibilities there, and they kind of just got shuffled away.  In fact, the only thing the bomb really did (other than kill Juliet to free Elizabeth Mitchell up so she could go be on V, like, why, Liz? Why?) was knock everyone out of 1977 and back into 2007 but nobody ever really explained why.

It’s like this: I preferred season 5 with all its time travel and pop physics.  Season 6 may have done a good job of wrapping up the series as a whole—I mean, it did—but it made season 5 feel like a diversion that wasn’t meant to lead anywhere, which is disappointing.

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