I avoided it like water.
So, when "Desperate Housewives" first started oh so many years ago, I was totally hooked from the pilot on. But after about 3 seasons, it sort of fell off my radar, I missed some episodes, and just dropped it eventually.
But since I had liked it so much at the beginning, I decided to watch the two-hour series finale tonight. And I've noticed from reading people's opinions on it that there are a couple of choices that Cherry made that have at least some people unhappy.
First, while their playing their last poker game, there are various flash-forwards showing what happened to the ladies of Wisteria Ln. It turns out that they all left, and they never connected again. That final poker game really was their final poker game. A number of people seemed to very much dislike this development. They felt that after everything they had been through, all the craziness, that it was a poor decision to have them just spread out and their friendships just end.
Second, and I thought that this was *really* cool, at the very end of the episode, we are introduced to a new secret -- then fade to black. Susan, who was the first of the Wisteria ladies to leave, is heading out of her house when she meets the new owner. This young woman we then see in the basement of her new home, with a mysterious box. She opens it briefly, then places it in a cupboard. End of series.
Now, I thought that was a really fun way to end everything, showing that no matter how much things change, they will stay the same. Bree, Susan, Lynette, and Gabby may be gone, but Wisteria Ln. is still all about secrets and mystery. But I've noticed a lot of people who really pissed about this, about having a series finale that ends with a cliffhanger that, by definition, won't ever be resolved.
Anyway, as I said it's been years since I've watched it. I doubt I'll go back and catch-up or anything. But the finale was fun, and it had some very emotional moments, and some very funny moments, and a wedding, a death, a birth, and all sorts of other stuff. It definitely reminded me of why I liked it in the first place. Even after not having watched it all these years, I was a little misty eyed at the end. OK, I was a bit more than a "little" misty eyed, I admit.
Did anyone else watch it? Thoughts?
I avoided it like water.
I didn't watch it (I left around season 5 or 6), but I can see the first thing as being a legitimate gripe -- the story isn't turning out the way they'd hoped, and while I'm sure it's meant to be bittersweet, it might seem more bitter than sweet to some.
But the mysterious box honestly sounds like the perfect ending for the series. Mark Cherry just gave DH fanficcers a tremendous gift, there.
Yeah, complaining about the box mystery is pretty silly, IMO. A cliffhanger is built around the idea that people care about what comes next. We met this woman literally two minutes before the end of the show. She had five lines. We know literally nothing about her, and thus have no reason to care about her, her secret or what's in the box. It's thematic closure, not a cliffhanger.
Ive seen bits and pieces over the years but I didnt watch it. Ill bet you a cookie Cherry writes a book spin offf for the new lady.
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The box contains Jules's briefcase from Pulp Fiction.
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I loved it.
PERFECT ending, and that *is* what happens to friends that say they are going to stay in touch.
and you pegged it exactly with the new mystery -- that was his intention (as he stated in several interviews leading up to the finale), that life goes on there on Wisteria Lane, even if we aren't watching it any more.
I *was* a bit perturbed by the Deus Ex Machina of Bree's murder case. . but they had written themselves into a corner, and I had figured out weeks ago (when the cancer suddenly returned), that she was going to confess to let Bree go free.
but other than that niggle, I thought it was a great series Finale.
Real shame we didn't see Edie Britt among the ghosts. . .but with Nicollette Sheridan lawsuit ongoing?. . I think NO ONE was surprised that she didn't make an appearance.
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