If you know me, you know that I'm famous for overhyping things to the point where it's nearly impossible for the actual event to live up to what I've got planned out in my head. Then an hour of television like the final episode of Scrubs comes along and proves that it is possible to exceed even my highest expectations and leave me speechless, with simulataneous feelings of happiness, hopefulness, sadness, and appreciation.
The biggest compliment I can give to any show is that there is nothing I could think of that would improve upon it. But I can honestly say that I can't think of a single way to improve the final episode of Scrubs. It hit on all the right beats - had the trademark goofy humor, plenty of JD-Turk guy love, numerous callbacks to the entire series, and ended with a five minute montage of not what happens - but what could happen... and that's what made Scrubs so great. On almost any other show, that ending montage would have come across as super cheesy and overly sappy - yet on Scrubs it's been earned over the course of eight long years... and in the end, it's nothing more than what JD hopes will come... and that thought that we can "have it all" and someday get a "happy ending" is something that is nothing more than honest - and gives us all reason to continue dreaming and working towards achieving it.
In the end, Scrubs will probably go down as one of my five favorite television series of all-time. But its series finale will probably go down as the greatest ending to a television series I have ever seen.
Well done, Scrubs. Well done.
I miss you already.
Brian's One Word "Follow the Leader" Review: What?!?
Locke is going to attempt to kill Jacob? Does that mean that when Jacob said "help me" to Locke a few seasons back, that meant "put me out of my misery and free me from this Island?" That would certainly open the door for Locke to become the new "pope of the Island" - or is that role already filled by Christian Shephard.
Are Alpert and Ben in cahoots? Did you see the look the two shared when discussing how Locke might "be a problem"? Up until this point, I always assumed Alpert was a "good guy" - or at least an honest guy who was always working for the Island's best interests. He wasn't scheming against anyone, manipulating people, or brutally killing anyone. He was just doing what Jacob told him... right? Or does Alpert's "position" not allow him to communicate with Jacob either? Remember all my theories a few weeks back about how Alpert would selectively choose the best leader for the Others based on their current situation on the Island? Perhaps he really doesn't have any connection with Jacob either, and is simply making these decisions from a practical perspective rather than a spiritual "Island choosing" perspective.
I could not believe that the submarine containing Juliet, Sawyer, and Kate actually took off and dove underwater. Now what? We know that the women and children on that submarine end up back in the real world (see: Lara Chang and Miles, Charlotte and her mom), but I also refuse to believe that three main Lost characters are absent from the season finale. So does this mean the sub will make a pit stop before leaving the Island for good, where Juliet, Sawyer, and Kate will jump off? I'm extremely curious to see how the writers reconcile this storyline without it feeling cheap - because it definitely feels like they've written themselves in a corner with this one!
I would love nothing more than to have a Lost Sitcom Spinoff featuring Sawyer and Juliet living happily ever after in the 1970s, gambling on sporting events and making shrewd stock market decisions. It's the ultimate con for Sawyer! Stupid Kate had to come along and ruin everything. I swear, if Juliet or Sawyer end up dead this season (which is my greatest fear), I am totally going to blame Kate for it.
So the Jughead is actually under the Barracks in the "Tunnels", not the "Temple" - which makes a lot more sense... and it happens to be sitting directly underneath the Barracks. I'm guessing when Alpert said they were going to get it out "the same way they got it in", that means there is some type of ramp that goes straight through the heart of Dharmaville - which should make for a very interesting transportation of the Jughead next week - and how do they intend to transport it miles away to the Swan Hatch? And how are they going to detonate it without killing everyone? Again, very curious to see how this all plays out.
But in the end, they're not going to succeed, right? Like, even if they use the Jughead in the Swan Station, that's going to be what the "Incident" is, right? I'm feeling that this will somehow lead to a Universe "Course Correction" that sends our Survivors back to 2008 - and this will explain Alpert's comment that he saw all of our 1977 Survivors "die". Maybe they vanished before his eyes... although after living through the effects of time travel twice now, one would think he would have caught on and understood what really happened.
As predicted, this "Alpert-centric" episode really didn't reveal too much about him (sadly), but it definitely moved all the characters and storylines in place for next week's surely epic season finale. Even though I've been calling for this season to end with the Incident and sending our Survivors back to 2008 since mid-season, I honestly have no idea where the writers are going from here with the story - which is pretty fun and exciting.
Okay - that's enough yammering. Blame it on Scrubs, it's got me all introspective tonight! Discuss Lost and mourn / celebrate Scrubs below!