I've just spent the majority of the last 2 days watching the last hours of 2 of my favorite shows, Lost and 24. I don't want to focus on these shows, but more of a general question that may apply to your favorite show.
Do you feel that many times the creator/writers don't want to give the fans what they want when they end their show? I'm married to an artist so I feel I have a little window into the artistic view. I know a happy ending or closure is cliche and reflexively an artist would fight against that, but it seems over the past 20 years they have fought so hard against it the open ended, artistic, sad ending has become cliche. It's like teenagers trying to fight against the mainstream and expressing their individuality, then dressing in the same black clothes.
Writing a finale must be difficult and maybe it's my expectations that let me down, but I can't think of a series finale that has left me satisfied. I love mysteries and twists and the guessing game that comes with it, but in the end after 5 or 6 years of guessing and plotting and investing I want to know everything if it is a mystery, I want my heroes to kick ass, I want my comedies to make me laugh etc....
To quote another great show that left me unsatisfied at the end.
"I don't feel the way I feel after the Risotto, the Risotto makes me full".
I come away very unsatisfied, I want Jack kicking ass, I want to know Tony's fate, I want to know where is Mr. Eko. I want George to make me laugh. The least these people could do is put out the crib notes on the dvd.
I know, I know, use my imagination. I can write my own ending in my head , if I don't like yours, but I invested myself in your vision, give me closure, please. What are your thoughts?
PS If anyone can explain how Vito Corleone knew it was Solozzo all along from attending the meeting I'd appreciate it.