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TV Series Finale Rant & the Saturday Puzzle! (Contest)
Saturday, January 21st, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Cindy Bartolotta!

Well, I’m up at O-dark-thirty again. Dratted insomnia. I don’t ever fight it. So, this morning I went ahead and made a cup of coffee and headed in the dark to my computer. The house is quiet; I can Google without feeling guilty. LOL. So, yeah, I’m how old? Self-employed? And I still feel guilty not “working” when I power up.

I went to bed a little early for me last night feeling a little angry. Why? The ending of Star Trek: Enterprise! I’ve been binge-watching the older series for a while now. Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager. All were unique but the same. Know what I mean? I was comfortable with the progression. Enterprise was uncomfortable from the beginning. I liked the idea of it happening before Kirk and was intrigued with the idea of watching “the first” Enterprise begin the star-trekking adventures.


Problems? I didn’t like the captain. Over the seasons, Captain Archer seemed…a bit irritated and sometimes too aggressive. While I’d found Janeway annoying the first season of Voyager, I came to admire her (after the “Rambo” episode, I loved her). Archer never had that moment where I came to accept his personality. I struggled through the first season, but the show caught me in the second. I loved the evolution of the conflict with the Xindi, and it was odd, but my favorite castmate wasn’t a “regular”. He was a frequent guest—an Andorian commander in the Imperial Guard named Shran. Over the 4 seasons, I actually found him and his mobile antennae to be quite sexy. 🙂

He had a fiery temper, was stubborn, but at heart he was an honorable alien male who loved deeply.

And what did they do to his character in the finale? They made him a criminal! I wanted to see him as an ambassador, having moved up the chain of command through his heroism and good deeds. Nope.

And what else did they do in that finale? They killed my favorite regular cast member, Trip. He never got his HEA with T’Pol—even after they lost their child and all the years they yearned for each other. In fact, the finale fast forwarded years and said they’d broken up six years prior. WTF?

Yeah. I’m not happy. And now, I have to start into the newer Trek series and hope the Powers that Be redeemed themselves. Okay, deep breath. That’s the end of my rant.

Tell me, have you ever been fighting mad over the ending of a series? Tell me about it for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card! 

Saturday Puzzle

Following my Star Trek rant, here’s a picture of what my imagined first encounter would look like. Enjoy the puzzle!

18 comments to “TV Series Finale Rant & the Saturday Puzzle! (Contest)”

  1. rita
    · January 21st, 2023 at 8:16 am · Link

    completed puzzle in 5:55.

    End of series. Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. I think the first end of series I felt emotional about was MASH. Was extremely sad that it ended but in my mind it was time and so I appreciated the last episode and ability to say goodbye to the series.

    On the other hand. There were series that just didn’t “end” but more a case of dropped without the characters/series being able to wrap up and say goodbye. Gilligan’s Island – those poor soles are still stuck on that island in limbo. lol

  2. Lisa Vincent
    · January 21st, 2023 at 9:14 am · Link

    I was devastated that the Game of Thrones ended and especially how it ended. While I realize Jon and Denarys (so) may have been related they looked so good together. Sigh 😢

  3. Cindy Bartolotta
    · January 21st, 2023 at 9:45 am · Link

    I did not like the mid-ending of The Avengers with Dame Diana Rigg. I get the fact she wanted out of the series and I even tolerated Linda Thorson, her replacement. What got me was how ‘goofy’ they made the series in the later season.
    I was sad to see the original Quantum Leap end. But it ended with local ties to where I live since Don Belisario’s dad (I seem to remember) had a bar nearby. The final episode ended in that bar. I wish Sam had gotten back.
    A lot of the old TV series ended after more than 7 seasons. If today’s shows last that long most are cut at that point. NCIS-NO, Hill Street Blues, even the ST series.
    You get emotionally tied to the characters. WHen the shows end, it’s like losing family.

  4. Elizabeth Andrews
    · January 21st, 2023 at 10:08 am · Link

    Don’t hate me, but I’m not a Star Trek fan. However I did watch Enterprise, because I’d loved Scott Bakula since Quantum Leap, so I watched this series just for him. And I am still angry about what happened to Trip in the finale of the series. I sobbed through most of that episode.

    And as much as I loved Quantum Leap, the series finale of that one was also infuriating. I don’t want to say exactly why in case you or anyone else are watching it and haven’t gotten there yet. That one had me sobbing, too, and I still get fired up about it, all these many years later. lol

  5. Pansy Petal
    · January 21st, 2023 at 11:10 am · Link

    I think I mentioned I was a fan of Farscape. Loved that show. I followed it from time frame to time frame. Even followed it to another network. I loved all of the characters. Enjoyed the story lines, even the really quirky ones. Wonderful show right up until the final cliff hanger and the producers of TV execs or whoever decided not to renew the show leaving our heroes in a boat in the middle of a lake. A sweet romantic scene of proposal and acceptance. That would have been a good ending, but NO! There’s more. A missal lands right on top of them. End of show. OMG! Really. I watch this show for years and you kill the heroes in the last scene! They have survived horrendous odds and managed to fall in love anyway, and you kill them anyway! Fortunately, the uproar was such that a movie was made to resolve ALL of the issues left hanging in this series, including the ‘death’ of the heroes, who really didn’t die. It was actually a good movie. But why couldn’t they do that without cancelling the series first? I bought the series, but had to buy the movie separately. Like Firefly, they don’t tell you that there is a movie that kind of ends things. You kind of have to be a fan to know this. Although I will admit, one can watch the movies without having seen the series, but you do miss so much. It is very frustrating to become invested in a TV series only to have it cancelled, often with no warning or resolutions, as with both of shows I mentioned here.

    As for Star Trek, I have to agree with you about the ending of Enterprise. I was a bit upset with some of that. The newer series, Discovery is interesting. You may like that one, though I have watched the more recent season. I need to catch up on that one. And Picard! Love that one. This season is looking totally mind-bending.

  6. Jana
    · January 21st, 2023 at 12:49 pm · Link

    I’m a Star Trek fan and I have hated the ending of Voyager since I first watched it. It was too rushed. I can say I kind of liked where they went, but again it was just too rushed. I know they did what they did because the plug had been pulled and the series had to end, BUT couldn’t they have completed the last episodes and then gone to a movie to end it? But wait…..that would have cost too much money, so they write a mediocre ending and let the fans suffer.
    I know bygones are bygones and nothing can change what was done. Ugh!!

  7. Beverly
    · January 21st, 2023 at 12:55 pm · Link

    I was upset when the show Justified ended. The ending was alright but I just didn’t want the show to go off. I loved Marshal Raylen Givens & wanted to keep seeing him catch the bad guys. Another show I was sorry to see end was Hawaii 5-O. I understood why they ended it…..but boy, I loved watching Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) & Danno (Scott Caan) catch their bad guys & I loved seeing the sights of Hawaii during the show.

  8. Colleen C.
    · January 21st, 2023 at 1:04 pm · Link

    Oh yes I have… especially if they got cancelled and do not bother with an actual ending.

  9. Mary Preston
    · January 21st, 2023 at 5:48 pm · Link

    3:43 – I have watched a few series over the years that have just ended abruptly. The final season was just never made. They tried to ‘tidy’ ends up with the last season they filmed, however……….. THE BORGIAS and ROME come to mind.

  10. Eileen Airey
    · January 21st, 2023 at 8:18 pm · Link

    The worst one was A&E’s Canceling The Glades. After the 4th season ends in a cliff hanger. It leaves you with the main character being shot twice in the chest lying in a pool of blood. You never find out what happened.

  11. Beckie
    · January 21st, 2023 at 9:28 pm · Link

    It’s hard when good series end. JAG, NCIS-NO, Hogan’s Heroes, etc. I grew up watching Star Trek with my Grandpa. Haven’t seen much of the newer ones.

  12. Jennifer Beyer
    · January 21st, 2023 at 9:44 pm · Link

    I have screamed at the TV screen a few times, but I can’t remember the name of the shows right now. I’m horrible at remembering names.

  13. flchen1
    · January 21st, 2023 at 10:52 pm · Link


    It’s been a while since I’ve actually watched a series… Maybe Battlestar Galactica… or Lost. :/ Those did not satisfy, at least this viewer!

  14. Mary McCoy
    · January 22nd, 2023 at 12:08 am · Link

    Angel, Firefly, but especially Crusade….. loved the concept of technomages!

  15. Beth
    · January 22nd, 2023 at 2:30 pm · Link

    Never really got into Enterprise (and now I’m glad of that) and thanks to all the newer ones being streaming only I haven’t been able to watch any since then. Usually I’m only unhappy at the end of a series if they get cancelled and don’t do anything to cleanly finish any story arcs.
    I have watched fewer and fewer fiction series over the years. Right now the only ones I watch religiously are Station 19 and Gray’s Anatomy.

  16. bn100
    · January 23rd, 2023 at 1:52 am · Link

    have seen some bad endings

  17. K. Campos
    · January 23rd, 2023 at 7:36 am · Link

    I’m not a Star Trek fan, but there have been some shows where the ending had been upsetting, like Game of Thrones ans Firefly, those are the only ones that comes to mind right now. But what is even more upsetting is when the show gets cancelled and they don’t bother with an ending or even a rushed ending.

  18. ButtonsMom2003
    · January 26th, 2023 at 4:29 am · Link

    I am a huge Star Trek fan but never really got into Enterprise. The later versions of Star Trek were online only (I think) and you had to pay for them (I think) so I pretty much stopped following it. I do love the movies and have seen all of them, including the first one with the original cast. It was awful but I was so starved for Star Trek when it came out that I loved it anyway. 😊

    I can’t recall any series ending that I hated but I remember one I loved: Quantum Leap – that was a fantastic series finale!

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