OK, so I did devote around 11 hours (90 minute pilot, 90 minute season finale) to this show which everyone tells me is just wonderful, marvelous, must-see television.
So why was I as bored as I was? Is it that I didn't care enough about New Orleans and/or jazz and/or mysterious Indian ways and/or ....? I dunno. All I know is these were some sad, depressing people occasionally punctuating their miserable lives with the occasional montage set to - okay, actually some pretty good music, to be sure.
It certainly didn't move me enough to start a thread during the entire run of this show. (I thought I had at least made a thread icon, but if I did, it's still on the laptop at home. I'll fix that later.) I can't say I'm super surprised that I didn't get one from any of you, either, as our HBO watchers tend to be thread-tacker-onners more than thread starters. Or maybe they feel the same way I do? I guess I want to find out. (I AM assuming others have watched this show. I could be wrong!)
I think the OH SHIT GOTCHA SUCKER ending is overdone and usually really annoying. But Illusionist was about illusory trickery and deception and so the whole movie was illusory trickery and deception. Under those circumstances I think it's appropriate.