Season Finales

RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Chrysalis” (Season 1, Episode 22)

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Londo and G’kar are haranguing the B5 Council about the Quadrant 37 crisis, the latest in an endless show of Narn aggression and reluctant Centauri conciliation. This region borders their respective territories, and the Narn have started sending warships across the line on the map into Centauri space, probably just as a show of force. Somewhat later, Londo is instructed by his government to simply give in to Narn demands. He does not take it well:

Londo: “Vir, how many gods are there in our pantheon? I lost count after our last emperor was elevated to godhood”

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EPISODE REVIEW: Terra Nova: “Occupation” and “Resistance” (Episodes 11 and 12)

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Tonight brings us to the season - and possibly series - finale for Terra Nova, a frustrating little show that never had all that much potential, and yet still somehow never managed to come even remotely close to realizing it. Small targets are harder to hit, I guess. Ratings place this show on the bubble. It quite literally all comes down to tonight’s two-parter. If good, you’ll get another season. If not, well then this is our last view of the Shannon family.

So how does it end?

Actually, not badly:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Original Sin" (Episode 11, Season Finale)

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In his novel The Boat of a Million Years, Poul Anderson explored the idea of select humans in history being born with natural immortality. Unlike the Highlanders of movies and television, Poul Anderson's immortals were people who simply did not get old and die; they were as prone to death by lethal accident or violence as the rest of us. Therefore, death for an immortal is a strict Poisson process, and if 2% of an immortal population dies each year due to accident or violence, then less than 2% of that population will live longer than 200 years.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: "One Giant Leap" (Season 4, Episode 20) Season Finale

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I tried to guess how the season is going to end, knowing the Eureka writers’ penchant for cliffhangers, and boy, my guesses are nowhere near the mark and what a hanger this cliff turned out to be.

Or maybe not so much, since within minutes of the episode’s ending, we get a sneak preview of next season that kind of kills off some of the suspense of who will be back or not. (I hate you, SyFy!)

To summarize the season-ender:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Doctor Who: "A Good Man Goes To War" (Season 6, Episode 6)

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Here we are at the midseason finale (I don't think those words fit together at all), and Steven Moffatt starts to pull some threads together. We have had a fake Amy all season long- now we learn why. The Doctor now knows about his impending (well, not so much impending as eventual) demise, and Rory is force-growing a spine as we watch.

So what does the finale hold for us?

Lots of stuff. Lots of good stuff.
As always, ridiculously complete synopsis including spoilers below the jump

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Absolute Power” (Episodes 19 and 20)

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This season of Ben 10 has been an odd experiment. Rather than a season-long story or a bunch of standalones, we’ve had three somewhat uneven arcs that feed into each other. In the first, Aggregor is introduced as a new arch nemesis working largely behind the scenes. In the second, Aggregor is in open conflict with Team Ben. He’s defeated, but Kevin goes off the deep end in the process. The third arc - which concludes tonight - is all about Kevin’s fall. The show has gotten dark, at least by Ben 10 standards. So how will it end?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Warehouse 13: “Reset” (Season 2, Episode 12)

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Owing to blinkered philistine pig-ignorance* on my part, I missed last week’s episode of W-13 (Basically forgot it was on), thus we now join my review in mid-cliffhanger, with no real idea how we got here.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Man From Atlantis: “Man From Atlantis IV - The Disappearances” (Season 1, Episode 4)

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As the short and wildly unsteady first season of Man From Atlantis comes to a close, I think the producers learned something: I think producers learned that chick dig a shirtless, wet Patrick Duffy running around in tiny yellow shorts. I think they realized that a large segment of the people watching these shows were *not* dateless wonders, Trekies, and geriatrics who’d misplaced the TV remote control. Rather, there were a lot of chicks who tuned in every week to get a little beefcake.

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OBSERVATIONS: Doctor Who: "The End Of Time, Part 2" (Season 31, Episode 5)

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Boy, am I glad that's over!

Republibot 2.0 has already done a great play-by-play in his review, so I won't bother with one here. Where to begin with this ending? As anyone who ever watched "Melrose Place" or "Northern Exposure" o r "Lois an Clark" or the new "Battlestar Galactica" knows, there comes a point where you've jerked your audience around so much that it becomes increasingly difficult for them to give a damn. I'd say Doctor Who passed that threshold with the season 30 finale. (Which, in typical Russel T. Davies was basically a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing)

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man Armored Adventures: “Tales of Adventure, Parts 1 and 2” (Episodes 25 and 26)

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So here we are, after just about exactly a year, the first season of Iron Man: Armored Adventures comes to a close. There was some confusion as to exactly how long a season was, and whether or not we were actually well in to the second year of the show - cartoon seasons tend to run 13 episodes - but ultimately it turned out to be one long run of 26.

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