The Season Finale

Season Finales. We love them, we hate them, we talk about them for days after they air. These episodes are usually the best of the season and if not, they are certainly the craziest. Two of my favorite shows had their season finale this past week and I could hardly maintain my excitement. Scandal just about killed me with the amount of drama they packed in to one hour. Parenthood wrapped up their season nicely, but still left me wanting more. The worst part of a season finale is the cliffhanger. All shows do it and with good reason. They want you to come back for the next season.

When watching shows while they are in their current season, the wait to find out whether or not the couple got together or who died in the car crash or the shoot out can last months. When binge watching, one episode ends and you begin the next right away. When you don’t have this luxury  the wait can be agonizing.

Scandal brought one dramatic moment right after the first. I sat at the edge of my seat the entire time and gasped throughout the show. My mind was in overdrive as I tried to keep up with the insanity that was unfolding in front of my eyes. I was left questioning whether or not Olivia will return to Olivia Pope Associates and what the fate of Harrison will be. There are so many possibilities for the next season.

Parenthood was a totally different story. This finale left me satisfied and happy. Because the show centers around family, it was extremely suiting that they brought the whole family together for the final scene. This isn’t to say that there are not a few loose ends to be tied up. I will definitely be returning if there is another season to see who ended up together.

One of the ways Parenthood adds to the emotion of the show is through music. The season 5 finale was no exception. Throughout the emotionally charged hour, there were many music contributions. This was specifically prominent during a montage in the hospital scene. The song Berlin by Ry X encompasses the emotion of the scene.

 

Here are some of my picks for the best season finales of all time:

1. Veronica Mars Season 1

2. The Mindy Project Season 1

3. Parenthood Season 4

4. Scandal Season 1, 2 and 3

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Binge Watching

Binge watching. We all do it. If you don’t, more power to you. I for one binge watch and tend to do it at the most inconvenient of times. Let me tell you a little story about the time I started watching Scandal… during finals week. It may not have been one of my best ideas, but I definitely don’t regret it. I successfully watched two whole seasons in one week which I deem a success! Binge watching isn’t a new thing, although it has recently become quite a phenomenon.

 

I remember the first time I binge watched a T.V. show. It was my sophomore year of high school and my friend told me about a show she started watching, Veronica Mars. She told me I had to watch it because it was the most amazing show ever. Of course I had to know what all the hype was about. I sat down in front of my computer and started the first episode. I was hooked. I had to know what was going to happen next. The best part was, I didn’t have to wait a week to find out what was going to happen next, it was right there in front of me! I then proceeded to immerse myself into the world of Neptune, California for hours at a time.

Here is the trailer for the movie so you can watch it once you have conquered the 3 seasons:

This may have been the first time, but it certainly wasn’t the last. The Hills, 90210, Doogie Houser M.D., Friday Night Lights have provided me with countless consecutive  hours of entertainment.

 

Binge watching is a great way to escape real life, but don’t forget that real life will still be there once you reach the season finale.

 

With that, here are my favorite three shows to binge watch:

 

  1. Scandal (My most recent obsession and possibly the best show ever)
  2. Veronica Mars (My first obsession and one of the best shows out there, make sure you watch the movie once you finish the series)
  3. Friday Night Lights (The first show I binge watched when I came to college, oh the memories)