I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone… (Goodbye HBO’s Girls)

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After six seasons the polarizing television show, Girls, ended its run on HBO.  I’ve been watching since I day one.  I remember seeing the articles and the commercials and getting excited. I felt like I found a show that might relate to what my friends and I were going through in our twenties.  I wasn’t wrong.  The show did cover how different being in your twenties was compared to when our parents were in their twenties.

Sure, I didn’t always relate. I had a different life in my twenties (I’m 29 going on 30 in July).  I wasn’t running around New York City. I was trying to get my bachelors/graduate degree. I was tethered to my small-town world.  I was living vicariously though the show sometimes. I hated a lot of my twenties and man did I hate quite a few seasons of this show.

Wait.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me explain how I feel about this show now that we have a final episode.  I see this how as a character study.  We, as an audience, joined these characters at one point of their lives, stuck around for six years and then moved on.  We were never meant to see any final decisions. It was just a slice of life. We had six years with these people, and we know as much as they do.

That is what Girls was.

We are left with so many questions because life leaves us with so many questions. To tell you the truth I felt like everyone had a better ending than I expected.  My favorites, Shoshanna and Ray, got their happy endings (not with each other which surprised me).  Jessa is still looking for a reason for her existence, but she has a grounding source in Adam. Adam is grounded but can still be crazy with Jessa. They work together.  Elijah finally started to grow up by finding his own path.  Marnie, being the eternal optimist, is still searching but perfectly ok with that.

Which leads me to Hannah.  I’ve been seeing lots of posts saying that the show set a dangerous precedent by saying that the only thing to make Hannah happy was a baby. I didn’t see it that way at all. This character runs from everything. That is her own arc for the show.  She is always searching for something to make her stay.  Each season she would set her sights on something and the minute it doesn’t fit she ran for the hills. She was constantly looking for something to make her stay.  She found it in the one aspect of life that requires you stay.  She found it in someone she can’t leave behind. If that works for Hannah, good for her. It was time for Hannah to quiet her mind and just settle.

This show also covered the idea of friendships, female and male.  As much as we wish it were true, the television show Friends isn’t a great representation of friendships. I’ve had so many friends over the years. Some stuck around, and some have left. Some have left great memories, some make me angry, and some don’t even get to be remembered. Friendships are fleeting or forever, and that is ok. In fact, I’m convinced that my oldest friend, she won’t read this, Erin and I are a mix of Marnie and Hannah. Depends on the situation. We can go years not talking, but then if something comes up, we are back in each other’s lives. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, we aren’t going anywhere, but we have to lead our own lives. That requires not talking for years, so be it. That is fine. That is our friendship. This show talks about that, and it is refreshing. It acknowledges that friendships aren’t meant to be forever. Those friends you make in college, or high school isn’t always going be there regardless of what those movies and books tell you.

Sometimes you need someone for a particular time, and that is ok. That is something people talk about in entertainment, but Girls did, and I will always appreciate that. Speaking of which, Girls was a show that I needed for a time.  Sure, I’ll come back and visit, rewatch my favorite episodes, revisit a few friends but then move on because that is human.

I’m very happy this showed existed, but I think it ended at the right time.  So, goodbye Girls. I appreciated our time together, but it’s time to move on.

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Series Finale Hell and Heaven

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Welcome back to the randomness. Today, my dear friends, I am thinking about endings. I guess finishing up a bunch of shows this year made me take a closer look at the television finale.

What I noticed was, even if a show was amazing sometimes that series finale can make or break its reputation for generations of television watchers to come.

Here is a list of the two shows that broke my heart with their finales and one that still makes me laugh.

Why the one that makes me laugh? Mostly because I believe, it is darkest before the dawn. I believe in that silver lining. Some shows already were terrible so the finale just put the icing on the cake.

So…without further ado…

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

MY HEART IS BREAKING FOR….

How I Met Your Mother

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The Slap Bet. Yellow Umbrella. Swarkles.. So many different words bring up good memories of How I Met Your Mother.  A show that told a long mystery with lots of detours that was SUPPOSED to lead towards the lead character, Ted, meeting his wife, Tracy.

The show went from being beloved to hated within an hour of its final episode.  It has been over a year since this show ended and I still can’t bring myself to watch any episodes. Killing off the mother and breaking up a popular couple not only killed the shows rerun hopes but killed any hope of fans wanting to watch How I Met Your Dad.

Killing off the mother made no sense. The whole show was about Ted’s journey to adulthood and to his wife. It has many detours and lots of mistakes but all those lessons led him to the love of his life…Tracy.

That final episode was a huge slap. Not only did they kill off the mother but broke up one of the most popular couples (Barney and Robin) to have Ted hook up with Robin in the end.

 It was worse than a slap. It was a punch to the gut. No one wanted the blue horn. They wanted a happy yellow umbrella. They wanted to see Robin and Barney happy. They wanted Marshall and Lily doing more with their lives.

Why trust anything these showrunners come up with again?

A show that had so many beautiful scenes and funny moments destroyed in seconds. It will always be a huge shame and maybe someday I can watch again without wanting to punch a wall or complain on the internet. However, that day is not today.

Here is the speech that still takes my breath away. Ted and the Mother (Tracy) were soulmates and it should have ended on the train platform. The creators should have always known that.

Roseanne

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Roseanne is one of those shows that showed a side of America that most sitcoms did not. It was the working class in its purest form. The Connor family had to deal with low paying jobs, marriage, kids and crazy family issues but that resonated with American audiences. Roseanne was dramatic but always remembered to show the funny in the dramatic.

Over time the show changed (it has to grow I give it that) but it got further from reality. The final season has the Connor family winning the lottery and getting anything they want. However, in the last episode it turns out that it was all Roseanne’s novel.

Dan, her husband, is dead. Her daughters have different lives as well. Mark is with Darlene and Becky is with David. Jackie, her sister, is gay and does not chase men around like we though (well…that one was not as upsetting. It was just an odd choice at the end). Audiences did not see it coming. Everything we known as an audience was a lie.

I understand the motivation behind that weird last season. Ratings were sinking. She needed to do something interesting to grab the attention of the audience. In the end, she found a big way to make sure her show would never be forgotten.

It was a kick in the gut having Dan die. Roseanne without Dan does not feel right. It feels wrong. It hurts. It was an incredibly sad way to end this show. It is as if they took the dramatic but forgot to bring the funny the show was known for during its run.

It makes it harder to watch reruns and hear characters talk about the future. That finale gave the show an extra layer of sadness that I do not think it needed.

Here is an video of that last scene. The sadness just jumps through the screen and it still breaks my heart.

MY HEART IS BREAKING…FROM LAUGHTER!

GOSSIP GIRL

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This series finale is not as upsetting as HIMYM or Roseanne. No. It is mostly a sigh of relief. A confused very funny sigh of relief.  Ok. I laugh at my butt off at this finale. Then again, the show is a bit of a joke to begin with.

Gossip Girl, one of CW’s flagship shows, grabbed the attention of teenagers and 20-somethings, with its crazy soap storylines and just as crazy couples. Mostly it centered on a group of rich spoiled kids and one outsider while they navigated their world with someone named ‘gossip girl’ always watching their every move.

The show was a hotbed of crazy ‘shippers’ and terrible writing (the actors are awesome and I hope for nothing but the best for all of them).  The ending of this show is debated even today. Not only does it not make sense but also to this day even the actors make fun of it themselves. The show has rewatchability but as a comedy….only.

No matter how many different ways you watch the show Dan (the outsider turned insider) being Gossip Girl will never make sense. Considering he was always never around when Gossip Girl posted but he could not have constantly outed himself on so many occasions. It does not make sense. Even in the novels this show is based on, gossip girl is never revealed. It is up to the audience to make their assumptions. Maybe the show should have went with that instead of naming someone. Enjoy the antics of these characters and insane situations but do not expect anything in the finale to make sense.

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That is my list! Those two shows reputations have forever changed how I look at their reruns. Then you have the other show that will always make me smile and shake my head. Regretting the time I spent watching but so glad that I did.

What shows finales changed your mind over the years? Tell me in the comments below! I’m always interested in hearing other opinions on television shows and their finales. In the meantime, the randomness has ended. Hope you enjoyed.