Well, as the last episode is getting ready to air, I was wondering if there were any other fans out there. This season has been insane with the Nate stroke/death/funeral being three of the most compelling episodes of the show to date. The funeral episode made me numb.
Any other fans or am I alone here?
"Oh, I'm a sad little man? I've thrown a bloody kettle over a pub...what have you done?"
You're not alone. Except last season was so awful that it turned me away from this season. I only really watched the premiere and then caught up last week with OnDemand after I heard there was a death on the show. The last 3-4 eps have been some of their best work to date and now I'm sad to see it go.
The Alan Ball-written-and-directed finale should be phenomenal.
Fan of the first two seasons, then kinda dropped. Not having cable had a lot to do with that, though.
I've been reading about this season more than watching, and now I know I have to go back and watch what I've missed. I'll be sure to catch the finale at least. I'm up to speed on where things are at and it sounds like they're going out on a good note.
Loved the first season, got realllly weirded/creeped out by the second season and stopped watching except for snippets here or there when my wife would be watching. I read about the Nate fakeout and then watched the ep where he died and decided to stick around for the end.
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. P. G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975), The Man Upstairs (1914)
I hate to admit this but I cried like a baby during the Funeral/Burial scenes. The season started off slow but the last 5 episodes have been great. And the death at the beginning of last sunday's(8/14) episode was just heartbreaking.
And they do have the SFU 2001-2005 retrospective specials they've been airing all week and before the finale.
As up and down as SFU has been the last several seasons, and early in this one, the last half of this season has been really good, and the first sixty minutes of tonight's finale was really, really, really good.
And then the last fifteen minutes.
Oh my god.
You could have stopped when Claire drove away and I'd been happy, but the montage of the Fisher Futures was some of the best TV I've ever seen. I despise when shows put actors in elderly makeup (it looks so FAAAAAKE) but even with that distraction I was moved by the last sequence, particularly intercut with Claire's journey to NYC. Alan Ball certainly knows how to wrap things up.
I just loved the ending and I'll probably watch it again and try to pick up on things I missed. And I just love Lauren Ambrose and the seeing those beautiful green eyes at the end just tore me up. It was just a awesome finale.
As amazing as that final five minutes was, the moment that made the finale for me was that the Fishers finally, FINALLY had a happy dinner party.
And that montage...wow. "Breathe Me" by Sia is now pretty much playing on an endless loop on my iTunes today. There were so many little things to look for in those all-too-brief scenes.
-Fisher and Sons became truly Fisher and Sons again. -Anthony grows up to be gay. -Bettina is missing from Ruth's funeral. I'm assuming she passed on before. -But George is some kind of superman. He ages REALLY well. -Billy bores Brenda to death. (He was STILL talking about Ted and Claire!) -Keith's death was almost a little too comical. (Bad choice of sound effects and overdone "I'm shot" movements.) But it was heartening to see that even though he owned the company, he was still willing (at 61) to cover a shift for one of his employees. -And while David did find someone else after Keith's death, the sight of his greatest love still takes his breath away. Only this time for good.
I can't believe how attached I got to the members of the most dysfunctional family in history that I cried more than I have at televised entertainment in a very, very long time.
I've been saying for a while (well, to myself, at least - we could've been talking about this show this whole time??) that I'm afraid to imagine what Maya's childhood will be like with Brenda and Nate raising her, but seeing Maya with Brenda, Billy, Olivier and Margaret, all I could manage to think was "this kid's fucked."
I hafta watch this again to try to catch any little nuances I missed, cause I know how big symbolic imagery (and symbolism in general) is for this show. The blatant example of course was "eyes." There was also the okapi and Claire finally getting a new car to start the next chapter of her life.
Outside of the epilogue, Brenda's dream with Nate, Nathaniel and Willa and Brenda's finally making peace with herself and "Nate" was the most tearful scene of the show. Watching everybody else heal and make peace and finally start to move on was generally tearful, but the dream stole the show. What was really moving about it is that in some supernatural sense, that was the real Nate and Nathaniel appearing to her.
David's dream was some seriously scary shit, but I'm so happy for him that he was finally able to make peace with himself and realize that he's been his own worst enemy this whole time.
"Nathaniel Fisher" will always be, in my mind, one of the most powerful and coolest characters in TV. Whenever I saw Richard Jenkins listed as guest star, I smiled huge, cause I knew it was going to be a top-notch episode. I'll miss him big-time.
I've watched the end about 7 or 8 times now and I still don't why I cry at the end but I do. And I just noticed that 102 year old Claire was blind which hits me hard since I have a blind grandmother. And while she had all those picture on her wall she couldn't see them anymore.
I have a hunch they used the old SNL trick of not explaining what a lemon party was to the network in order to slip that "What's a lemon party without Ol' Dick?" joke past the censor. Also, Merry Luda X-Mas everybody!!