let’s get this over already – the gremlins remake/reboot/sequel in development hell

1as always I can not speak for every one, but ever since the release of gremlins 2, many fans of the franchise were hoping for a third installment to happen. the creator of the original has been quotes to have explained that the second installment was made as a persiflage of the first and that was made in a way, that it would draw an almost definitive line under the franchise as a whole, BUT that he would not be 100% against a further installment, just as long as whoever finance it, would agree to keep it the same way as the original was made: without cgi gremlins, because let’s face it, that would be pretty horrible.

just as with the ghostbusters franchise plans for further installments have risen, been changed, 7870dumped, resurfaced, been dumped again, then others arose, been changed, dumped .. and so on. for parts of the horror film community the term “gremlins 3” had even become a running gag for a long time. I have even seen horror film festivals, taking a piss by advertising “gremlins 3” as part of their lineup, which is a definitively funny, yet somewhat cruel joke.

from a legal standpoint as far as I know said creator holds at least parts of the rights, which gives him enough power to veto further installments, but when has that ever stopped any production company. there’s always a workaround.

anyway, one day this is gonna happen. with or without anybody’s blessing. that’s just the way studios are, nothing is off limits.   nightmare on elm street, helloween, friday the 13th, karate kid, dirty dancing, yes even FUCKING FOOTLOSE, everything is up for grabs. it is just a matter of when and most importantly HOW.

maxresdefaultin recent times we have gone through the whole loop of development hell. first it was a remake, then it was a reboot and then it was a sequel reboot.

now, don’t get me wrong, I always wanted the franchise to continue. always. I have been admiring the original film ever since the first advertisement poster, saw it at the movies and a gazillion times ever since and same goes for the second installment.

if I could chose then I would just turn back time and just make it happen back then. the original setup had enough potential to squeeze one more out of them and then call it a day, because as much as I want one more installment seriously nobody wants the franchise to end like critters where they put the creatures in new environments just for the fuck of it. btw, it is just a matter of time until gremsome producer accidently stumbles upon an old vhs of critters and thinks to himself “hmmm, money to be made”. aaaaand just seconds I wrote this, a short research shows that not only is a 3D film, possible shortfilm in the making, but also a TV series. call me filmstradamus, people.

anyway, that obviously did not happen, so what’s left? reboot or remake and let’s face it, neither prospect would be promising, because in both cases that would imply to start the whole story all over from the beginning, which would be fatal. reason being that it was a wonder that gremlins worked to begin with. it was a very outlandish premise to put it mildly, but they made it work with a great script, lovely characters, great humor and kick-ass special fx. the chance to reproduce that somehow are close to zero. therefore during it’s reincarnations of possible ideas during development hell, all kind of nonsense got thrown around. the most silly being was going for straight up horror. yeeeaaahh, like that was ever gonna work. it37654 wouldn’t even be gremlins anymore. didn’t we had enough small-creature-horror films already?

with all that in mind I was pleased to find out about their latest idea, which would be a reboot-sequel, playing in present times, but acknowledging the events of the past. I gotta admit that this would actually be a pretty kickass solution. almost too good to be true. I mean it would not be interfering with the original films logic, it would be a legit excuse why we would get differently looking gremlins (evolution), it would include the possibility of cameos from the original series and it would open all kinds of new opportunities for going into new directions.

most importantly it would be easy to find a plausible beginning. I mean gizmo could not have been phoebe_cates_gremlins_wearing_woolly_hat_2the only mogwai to ever lived, so it is inevitable that there also are/were gremlins out there.

well, I guess “too good to be true” was also what the production company was thinking , because of recently the project has been put back “on hold”.

c’mon people, let’s get this over with. it is gonna happen sooner all later, we all know that. let’s make it happen while it is still planned as a reboot-sequel. it is the closest that it can get to what the fans of the original series want(ed) and still have mass appeal for a new audience.

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ok people, let’s calm the fuck down – the ghostbusters reboot

Ghostbusters-15it was back in the eighties when the at that time comedic geniuses dan akroyd, bill murray and Harold ramis along a bucketload of co-stars were the focus of one of the most iconous science fiction comedies of all times. the cast was fantastic, the special effects groundbreaking and all the gags were crisp and on point. oh and let’s not forget the soundtrack. just so much: “who you gonna call?“. do need to say more? thinking about it, I have never met ANYONE who disliked this film, which is something I can not say for ANY other film in existence. the !1084870-vigosuccess was immense and it fueled an almost star-war-esque merchandise machine.

it makes sense that akroyd wanted to keep that cash machine running and convinced his fellow co-stars to do a sequel. most of them were in the boat instantly, with murray needing a lot of convincing, but eventually caved in when he got presented with a draft that he liked, after rejecting a couple of earlier versions, something that should become a re-occuring theme later in time.

as it turned out though, the film that eventually became ghostbusters 2 had little in common with said script, which made murray so mad that he seems to have never came to terms with it.

to make things worse murray and ramis had kind of a small fallout, which never really healed and Stay-puft-marshmallow-manthe fact that ghostbusters 2 wasn’t particularily well received did not help to push the frachise forward either.

to be honest, I have mixed feelings towards ghostbusters 2, meaning in particular that I almost can not remember AYTHING from the film, which is kinda odd since I viewed it a couple of times as years went by. as for the first installment it only needs one rewatch and I will be able to dub minutelong passages and most likely be able to recite those for weeks after that, but as for the second installment I know for a fact that I enjoyed it each and every time I watched it and o_rly_the_real_ghostbusters__collage__by_devilmanozzy-d54rogsthat I remember only one single detail from it, because it bothers with since the very first time I have seen it, which is that even though in the first installment the ghostbusters saved the whole city from a gigantic marshmellow man and from the extinction of mankind by zool, which was all FUCKING TELEVISED (!!!!) and witnessed by thousands of people, the mayor does not believe them ANYTHING and thinks there are charlatans. wtf?  do I remember anything else? the plot? any action scenes? nope. not a single thing. so it is save to say my judgement in regards to ghostbusters 2 would be “good, but forgettable”.

if we had gotten a better sequel, it would have been possible for the franchise to move along for quite a while, but instead it came to screaming hold, with the studio still trying to press even the last drop of possible cashflow out of it. that manifested in the animated series “the real ghostbusters”, followed by the animated series “ghostbusters extreme”, which both had gotten their own merch extreme_ghostbustersline, mostly aimed at kids ranging from action figure to lunchboxes. this was all done without any objection by any of the right holders, of which bill murray is one as well.

what I am trying to say with this splits into two points:

1.    if there was any serious integrity in the series to begin with, it was long gone at that point, so what harm could have done any further installment of the live action film series could have done really?

2.    whatever pseudo argument murray has given us over the years as to why he did everything in his power to stop further ghostbusters films from happening, is moot.Bill-Murray-photo-

over the years the fanbase was split in regards to another sequel or even a reboot should happen, but the majority vote was towards desperately wanting another installment. akroyd desperately tried to make that happen, but eventually it always ended at murray not agreeing. at times the general idea was rejected, on other time periods script after script was rejected and who knows what else? so the idea surfaced to just leave him out of the equation, but being one of the major rights holders gave and still gives him veto rights. this has been going on and off for decades now and with ramis dying last year, the idea of getting the original 4 ghostbusters back together died with him. thank you very much, bill murray.

it might have been around that time that akroyd discarded his original idea of making the new installment about the original ghostbusters training and handing over the torch to a new generation of ghostbusters. I am not saying that it could not have worked, but I can relate to his decision. imagine him and ernie being the only original ghostbusters in it. it would be kinda silly, yes almost like some gimmicky cameo roles. also with 2 of the originals missing, it would not make much sense to use any of the other original cast. all reference points that had potential would have been gone. Janine without egon. sigourney’s character without bill. would kinda silly, wouldn’t it?

what we will be getting now as it seems, will be a reboot. Melissa mccarthy is confirmed as one of the protagonists and almost surely Kristen wig,

let’s be honest here, imagine the best-case scenario and put all of our possible prejudism aside, this could be a fantastic restart for the franchise. it really could.

let’s look at the single factors, alright?

1)    cast:

ghostbusters-all-female-cast-revealedlet’s say that they run with the people they announced so far. it could work very well. you have four females that can believably portray a physical role. would I have liked to have e.g. tina fey or ellen paige or olvia munn in there? sure, but could you image them carrying an 160-200 pound backpack? surely not. also, they are all genuinely funny. you got 1 ex-SNL member, 1x recent SNL member, 1x recent SNL guest member and you got Melissa mccarthy. reading the forums in regards to this film, stupid rational bastard that I am, it is quite shocking to see the flood of hate in reagrds to this reboot and each announced cast member, yes even the fact that they chose female protagonists to begin with. it’s rather disturbing. this is 2015 and why the fuck wouldn’t there be a female cast of ghostbusters. to be quite honest I really like the idea, because if they really do a proper REBOOT, then this will feel even more like a REBOOT rather than a stupid cash-in-REMAKE.

also, I am pretty sure that all 4 of them could easily punch most of those haters out. so much for a “demasculized ghostbusters film”.

some “critics” and I am using the term EXTREMELY loosely here, demand more “sexiness”. a) ghostbusters2yeah geniuses, because that was the great thing about ghostbusters, right? sexy chubby bill murray making cheap attempts to lay sigeorney weaver while wearing supermarket sale clothes and sexy nerdy egon with his overall, 5-dollar glasses and eraserhead haircut bending over his collection of spors, right? b) I find all 4 of the new cast members more or less sexy. the curvy ones as well as the skinny ones. they might not fit YOUR personal taste, but they are all 4 attractive women.

now, some other people say that the cast members are not funny. first of all, it does not matter if they are funny themselves, they just need to have the capability to portray something and someone funny. when Kristen wig for example did an excellent bit on SNL that she wasn’t involved in writing and it made you laugh out loud, what the hell do you care if you would melissamccarthy-SNL-bumper-585x332consider her funny in person? I have read many people claiming that Melissa isn’t funny and they usually bring up either “bridesmaids” or “mike and molly”. look, “bridesmaids” was a shitty film, that’s all there is to it and oh, you can add “the heat” to that as well. those were abysmal movies and to pin that to a single cast member is just ridiculous. was it mccarthy’s fault that she got/taken those roles. maybe, maybe not. doesn’t matter anyways. as for mike & molly, it is a chuck lorre produced generic sitcom and they are basically all the same. either you like that kind of stuff or don’t or like in my case watched a couple of those to the end and then decided that everything leading from that point on, will just be a 1412105035_melissa-mccarthy-gilmore-girls-2-560different version of a storyline and joke that you have already seen 4 other versions from. anyway, if you hated already e.g. whitney, big bang theory, 2 broke girls, 2 guys and a girl .. etc etc etc, how stupid are you to even consider switching on mike & molly? anyway, Melissa was on SNL a couple of times and she was great and even if not anything else, the host always writes parts of the introduction sketch himself and she was brilliant. also, if you used to watch only a single episode of Gilmore girls and that did not manifest an everlasting love for her, portraying the lovely character sooki, in your heart then you are dead inside anyways and deserve to fucking die …. wait a second, did I actually write that down? chuckle.

there is one thing that I would have wished for as an additional cast member though: rebel Wilson. she would be the perfect ghostbuster. damn, she could easily take a similar role as murray had in the social array of the ghostbusters.

…..aaaaanywhoooo….

2)    the reboot factor

bootsome say that “this should not be rebooted, it will never ever work out”, but they are wrong. this should be remade, that’s where I am all with you. nobody wants to see the original ruined, nobody wants to see a new team take on zool and the marshmellow man, because the original was perfect, BUT a reboot could very well work. yes, I agree that it could also be a total mess, but on the other hand every great film could have just as easily have been a bad one, if you catch my drift. just think about it for a second, what was it that made the original great? a cool basic idea, great characters, great actors, an amazing soundtrack a great script with great jokes and groundbreaking special effects. the basic concept is the same and all other factors can be reproduced. so far: 3 snl cast members – check. same as with the original. now they “only” need to reproduce the rest of the recipe. they should stick to the gameplan though and do a complete reboot. nothing from the original events should be re-enacted in the reboot. they should be mentioned and the new ghostbusters should be a franchise of the old ones, without ignoring the events of the first ones, but as I said there should be no zool, no goza, no marshmellow man, no healthcare dude trying to shut them down … etc. not even in flashbacks. put some cameos in there and let details of the original appear in a subtle manner. a marshmellow man figure in the bookshell of someone’s office, someone wearing the ghostbusters t-shirt in the newsflash of a tv in the background, a newspaper snippet in regards to the original event on some message board and so on.

what HAS to be in there is some form of the old technology, but updated. the backpack, the ecto 1959CadillacEctoOneone, the traps, the overalls and the storage fascility.

and as for reboots themselves, damn we have seen a couple of awesome reboots recently. damn, it took how many attempts until they finally got batman right? the evil dead remake was fucking fantastic. damn, even I was doubtful as hell and eventually left the cinema totally ecstatic. star trek anyone? brilliant.  even though it got a lot of backlash from many fans, the last superman was also very good. well, better than almost all of it’s precedessors at least. the spiderman reboot was good as well. admittedly completely unnecessary, because too early and too close to the raimi version and not as good as the raimi version, but it was still a very good spider man. as for upcoming attractions, I can not wait until the “fletch” prequel reboot will be ready one day.

actually I think that there are NOT ENOUGH reboots. it is just a matter of what to reboot. the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy film series definitively needs another try, that’s for sure.

when it comes to failed reboots, it is always pretty obvious as to why they failed. it was either because the original film/series was not a good idea to reboot and/or because the producers had not the slightest idea what made the original great.

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take Robocop for example. as a standalone, the reboot was ok. it was an ok action/sci fi flick with a good amount of the usual flaws, BUT when set into comparison, that’s where things get ugly. it is not even those tiny details that fans hated about the reboot, it is the general misunderstanding of the original film that the producers had. it even comes off as kind of a disregard for the original film. it is the sum of it’s flaws. the original had a clear and simple concept, it had relatable characters, an underlying social and political message and it was as well extremely brutal, but also brutally honest. the reboot is nothing like that. it is pg13, the message gets crammed into your face every 20 minutes, the  characters are unlikeable, behave illogical and to make up for all of the they crammed it up to the brim with videogame style action sequences, holograph display bullshit and other bad cgi. they made a decent film, but they just did not understand the product they were trying to replicate.

a-nightmare-on-elm-street-2010-remake-freddy-kruegeranyway, that was the “didn’t get it” side of the bad reboot affair, now let’s head over to the “shouldn’t have been remade to begin with” chapter. nightmare on elmstreet. nightmare on FUCKING elm street. does anybody even remember that reboot or did all of you already erase that from your memories completely?

now that one was doomed from the start. now, was there no chance that it could have worked. well, never say never, but the chances were microscopically low. hell, it was a one in a million chance that the original was even as successful as it was. I don’t know what the original writers were heading out to do, but they surely had no idea that people would accept their gruesome utterly evil villain to be “somewhat likable” and that was as well the absurdity of the elm street series as it was it’s recipe for success. people just love that sarcastic child murdering son of a bitch … and 1000 thousand maniacs. I bet craven himself could not understand it’s success. now trying to replicate something that succeeded against it’s own odds just is not a good idea.

also let’s not forget that the series already produced it’s own metalevel reboot within the series itself, because that’s what the final film “freddy’s new nightmare” was all about.

Let’s also not forget that we had 7 full length freddy films plus freddy hosting a tv series, then the freddy vs Jason film and the gazillion of fan films. did I mention the comic? 😉  at one point fans are just saturated. damn, I myself swalled up all of that when it came out, even the tv series, but there just comes a point when you still like a character, but find yourself in the situation that it is time to part ways. well, stay friends, maybe have lose contact once in a while, but surely move on. 😉

3)    (the lack of) bill murray

as I said, it has been murray who had been stalling ghostbusters 3 for ages now and he have been ISW550Xfinding new tactics to stall it until one of the original cast members and writers FUCKING DIED and people still defend him doing so. look, I loved his early work and still do. I must have seen “stripes” and “caddyshack” like 4 million times at least and I respect that he does not want to do that kind of stuff anymore, but I am also always shocked when people think that they are above the work that they owe their success too. I have read people claiming “oh, good for bill that they moved on with a reboot. now people will finally stop bothering him about ghostbusters 3”. you know what? fuck you. first of all it is pretty clear that he never wanted to be part of that anyway, but for christs sake, the dude is 400 years old. how long do you need to grow up enough to honestly just tell people “I don’t want to do it. please stop bothering me”? also, as one of the rights holders, he wasn’t only stalling the production of a third installment that would involve him, but also the production of version that did not include him, so fuck you again.

many people say that bill was the main factor for the success of the original, which of course is bullshit. he did ad-lib some extremely funny material, fitted perfectly into the role and that’s how far it went. he wasn’t involved in the writing process at all, that was done by akroyd and ramis.

4)    dan akroyd

Unknown-17people up to this very day give dan shit for ghostbusters 2, but that’s not entirely fair. it is common knowledge that it was the studio that changed it, yet akroyd gets the blame because he let them change it. now, I don’t know about the business, but there is no talking with the execs. they own your product and if you like it or not, unless you have the final cut which barely anyone gets, you have no basis for negotiations. there are bigger fish than dan that had to deal with that matter and almost none of them won that fight. one rare example is terry Gilliam with his masterpiece “brazil” and it was an incredible struggle. if you are not familiar with the case, I dare you to check it out. it is a very good read for anyone that is seriously interested in film.

many other people fear that the next ghostbusters will be “another bluesbrothers 2000”. well, blues brothers 2000 wasn’t as abysmal as people want to make it out to be. for me it was on the same level as ghostbusters 2: good, but forgettable. what do I remember from it? not much, admittedly. I remember that I liked it, that john goodman was in it and the little dude from home alone. could not have been THAT bad, couldn’t it?

actually I could go on, but I guess those were the most important points. now, with all that said, COULD this be a total disaster? of course it could, it would be stupid to say otherwise, but chances are good that it actually will be a pretty awesome reboot which hopefully will be well enough received to guarantee at least one more sequel. the franchise has so much potential and it would be a shame to let that go to waste.

Bad ways to end a series – dexter

dexter8top-710x400I guess if you are in any way interested in tv at all, then you have at least heard about dexter, one of THE mega successful tv series of our age, that delas with the life of dexter morgan, a serial killer with sociopathic tendencies, a unique moral codex that e.g. only allows him to murder people that according to the code “deserved it” (rapists, other serial killers .. etc) and the desperate wish to become “a real human”.

 

Long before dexter we had a shortlived tv series called “profit” or “jim profit” in some countries, that was based on books by the same author that also wrote the books that the dexter series was based upon, which has proven to be too dark for television and got canned after the first series. unfortunately I might add. no wonder they tried to be a tad bit more careful with dexter, which was just one of the reasons why the decided to stray further apart from the book version, the longer the series ran.

 

While the first few seasons were almost flawless in many fans opinion, later ones while still better than manyustv-dexter-season-8-yvonne-strahovski-2 other tv series, became pretty illogical and/or weird at times. the portrayal of the “protagonist” also slowly faded from an extremely intelligent guy that always found ways out of discriminating situation, to something of a lucky buffoon that again and again was basically completely fucked, but then through miraculous chains of events came out unharmed and most importantly undiscovered. at one point they implemented sub-plots that were almost unbearable to watch, like one that went on for over a season, which I would call the “sgt. dokes incident”. as if that wasn’t bad enough, they decided to remove a major character from the show that they should have better let in, because it has given them the chance to take the series to a completely different direction. an opportunity that was completely ignored in favor of sticking to the same “dexter being miraculously saved no matter what mistakes he made” routine. secondly it was how they removed the character.

 

When they announced the final season, as usual speculations ran high as to how they will conclude it and what will happen to the most beloved characters. it is not like expectations were particularly high, since the seasons leading to this one, while still being good weren’t particularly exceptional. one thing that for sure that everybody wanted was closure. with this show basically being about a serial killer, a lot of people demanded that it would not conclude on a happy ending, while some others wanted what was basically a “Pinocchio” ending, with dexter finally turned into what he’d consider to be “full blown human” and ending up with his latest love interest and his son living happily ever after. while I could have lived with both, personally I wished for more. something more innovative. not that I expected it, but i have been watching every single dexter episode when it got broadcasted and all I hoped for was that some way they would end it on a high note.

 

Spoiler zone:

 

ep12still14I could not have been any more wrong. do you know the situation, where you have to turn in an English paper the next morning, which is essential for you not having to repeat class, but you somehow managed to ignore that until 6 hours before you have to turn it in and you just pull the most outrages bullshit out of your ass, just to come up with something and you end up with a result, even though it makes your school mates piss their pants in laughter? this is basically what the final dexter episode feels like. That final season was already full with bullshit and everything that the writers would occasionally get wrong throughout the years, repeated itself in the final season. the final episodes leading to the end were so bad, that if one hadn’t already watched it so far and was so close to supposed closure, one could have easily had thrown the towel at that point.

 

And then it came …. The “final” episode.

 

I will not try to overcomplicate it: dexter, Davina (his love interest) and his son are about to flee to argentina, but police is still in search for Davina, which complicates things. basically dexters cover gets blown and he is exposed for what he is. due to a string of events debrah (dexters sister and most beloved character of the series, maybe even more beloved than dexter himself) gets permanent brain damage (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). conveniently a storm breaks out, dexter uses the chaos to steal debrah from the hospital, “buries” her at seas, while Davina and dexter’s son are already on their way, with dexter having promised to get the next machine. this all concludes with Davina and the son arriving safely in argentina, while dexter ….? Yeah, what’s up with good ole dex? does he die? noooooo. does he get caught and thrown in prison? Nooooo! does he take the next machine as promised and join his new found family to live happily ever after? Noooooooo! dexter ….. you better sit down for this! ….. he takes up a different identity at a place unbeknown to the viewer, to become …. A FUCKING LUMBERJACK!!!! no, I kid you not.

 

Out of all unsatisfying endings to chose from, they chose …. To find something even less satisfying than anything anybody could have ever come up with. A FUCKING LUMBERJACK?????

 

Now, needless to say that a lot of viewers were furious. some others hid their anger behind statements like dexter-finale (1)“meh, it started to suck after season 3 anyways”, while some few jokers actually found that solution to be totally plausible.

 

We could puzzle all day as to what the producers were thinking, but luckily (?) after the outrage, they have actually told us … kinda … well, they told us SOMETHING. in their minds dexter would never be able to get his urge to kill under control and therefore, even if it was only in a passive manner, would be a danger for everybody he loved, so he decided to let Davina take care of his son and chose total solitude. it was also explained that it was his actions in regards of taking on another serial killer, which let to his former lover rita’s death, which to me is complete bullshit and one of the major mistakes they had done in the series.

 

Anyway, the whole explanation is completely illogical. they have on multiple occasions re-written dex in a manner that shows him being possible of getting in control of his urges. it is his sense of justice that he can not control. they have shown him in a way too human and sensitive manner at times to now come along with that explanation. also, from the stories point, it does not solve anything. so he is a lumberjack now … ok, whatever … and he lives somewhere else … fair enough … so now everybody he loves is save …. Ooooh, wait a second. dexter is what? 35? 40? He has been in love twice over a couple of years, but he won’t start a relationship with anybody else until the rest of his life, just because he moved and switched jobs??? because otherwise, he could have just as easily moved to argentina with his family. also, his dna and fingerprints are in the system. according to the final episode of dexter, they know now who he is and all that he has done. he would be found. within the series universe he was the greatest serial killer to ever have lived!!!

 

And why kill debrah? according to the producers they had this ending fix for at least 2 years before the end of the show, but on the contrary said publicly that they might do a debrah spinoff. wtf? either they were lying or they wanted to further take away from the possibility of debrah dying. anyway, how shitty is THAT?

 

Now what? no spinoff, unless they would do it on a minor character, which would be absurd. debrah is dead, so even if they do another season one day, the second most important character is gone.

 

dexter_final_shot_memeYou know, sometimes if you want to do something really really special and surprising, then you should be self aware enough to understand a) if you are even capable of doing so and b) if it works at all. imagine a magician, that puts his hand deep into his top hat. sure, pulling out a rabbit would be predicatble, but instead lifting a turd of dogshit out the hat instead, just because it is “unexpected”, does not make the event much better. actually quite the opposite is the case.

There would have been enough choices. fans would moan either way, but not as much as with the ending we are stuck with. let them live in argentina, happy as can be or let dexter drown himself with debrah, so all his trouble is over and he ends up in embrace with his sister, one of the few people he ever loved. or for the darker and/or republican crowd: let the cops catch him, let Davina get caught at the airport and they both get executed while his son dies of a broken heart. shitty? yes, but at least better than what we got. hell, even “going sopranos” by just fading to black with nothing concluded or answered, right in the middle of some dialogue, would have been better.

 

I have seen a lot of bad series endings and read about a lot other rather odd and/or unsatisfying ones, but this one definitively makes my stinker top 5. It is even a contender for the top position. I just can not figure out if it is this one or the finale of Rosanne which is the numero uno stinker of all times.

 

And one final statement: I have been heartbroken when some of my favorite shows got cancelled without an ending and maybe even with a cliffhanger at the end of the last episode produced, but if the dexter finale teached me anything, it is that I should be glad, that those series got cancelled, before they got an ending like THIS.