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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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Spibby

Now that I'm back home and have had a chance to empty out my DVR, I got to see what turned out to be the final episode of JfC. Like Sloopalongcassidy, I enjoyed many aspects of the show, including all the ones he mentioned above. (I would add Ed O'Neil's great turn as the ex-cop who expressed his deep humanism and humanitarianism as a series of bitter verbal antagonisms. Brilliant!)

But I think I approach the news of the cancellation from a different direction. Which is: There's been enough. Maybe one more episode would have been nice, but I'd imagine that would essentially be a "big answers" episode which would probably have been anticlimactic (rumors had it that the episode ends with Cissy and Mitch at a non-descript diner, with some Journey song playing in the background). But I think the show gave plenty -- in fact, it gave enough. More wouldn't necessarily have been better for me.

I say this because, in my limited imagination, I have a hard time figuring out what else they would have done with the show. More exposition? More characters? More cryptic video postings? I'm sure the show's creators had many ideas about where they would take things in a second season, but I think making these characters "deeper" (meaning, giving their lives more story) would have killed the interest for me. JfC seems like a character drama, but I would argue that it is a situational drama. The action in the story came from the characters reacting to each other, bouncing sometimes incoherently from one situation to another. Each interaction, of course, gave us more information about the characterts themselves, but those revelations were only interesting when shown in contrast to another character's reaction in a scene, not on their own.

And if the sum of this adds up to a certainly feeling of incompleteness, I'd still choose that over stretching these characters out over more seasons just for the sake of continuation. Sometimes the truncated version is better. Why opt for more when one's had enough? I understand that's a subjective opinion. But I somewhat applaud HBO's decision (although I'm sure for different reasons than they had for cancelling the show). Not every show needs to be mutli-seasoned, nor should people expect it to be.

Daniel

Closure is overrated. Then Came Bronson never had closure, and as far as I'm concerned, that sonuvabitch is still out there riding around. Of course he looks like hell now, but that's another matter.

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