I've already told you I don't watch much in the way of network TV. This past week the two network shows I do watch, "Veronica Mars" and "Heroes," came to an end. If you watch either of these shows and haven't seen the final episodes yet on your TiVo, then skip the rest of this post.
First, "Heroes" ended Monday night with more of a whimper than a bang. We'd been geared up all season for a showdown between the head-slicing bad guy Sylar and the superpower sponge Peter Petrelli. The final confrontation was anything but exciting. Peter gets caught immediately in a telekinetic choke hold. Officer Matt Parkman decides to fire four bullets at Sylar -- knowing what he can do -- and ends up getting the four bullets shot right back into him because Sylar has telekinetic powers.
After showing clips of time-space traveling Hiro practicing swordplay with his father. Hiro takes his sword and runs Sylar through -- with zero grace and skill. The kicker is, that Hiro apparently misses Sylar's heart.
The only semi-surprise was Nathan Petrelli's decision to show up and fly his atomic bomb of a brother out of New York before he could blow.
Now for some predictions:
I'll watch next season, but this was a below average season finale. The alternate-future episode "Five Years Gone" was the best of the season. The final two episodes just weren't as good.
Veronica Mars, on the other hand, "WOW"! The final episode, "The B*tch is Back," was great. Jaw-droppingly great. It's a season finale, not a series finale, so everything isn't wrapped up in neat little packages. There are loose ends and promises of plot developments that are never going to happen because CW canceled the show.
However, having said that, it was a great episode. Veronica goes into full sass mode and you're on the edge of your seat for the whole episode. It's writing like that in this last episode which shows you why Veronica was a favorite with the critics.
"Veronica Mars" RIP.