7th Heaven: And Away We Go (series finale. We're serious this time)
(S11E22) For some reason I have a case of deja vu right now. That must be due to the fact that 7th Heaven already had a series finale last year. We all thought that was the last we would see of the Camdens, at least in first-run episodes that is. However, by some miracle (or greed, you take your pick) the executives over at the brand new CW network decided to bring the show back one more time.
It was probably the biggest mistake they could've made. The 7th Heaven that premiered on the CW back in September barely resembled the show that was one of the most popular on the old WB. Other than Lucy and the twins (whose acting skills made the Olsen twins look like master thespians while they were on Full House) there was barely a Camden left. The rest of the cast was filled out with Martin and Sandy, and three new teens who became part of the extended family.
As if that wasn't enough damage to the series, the creators of the show decided to mess with the fans a bit more by giving Eric Camden a fatal heart disease; one that was bound to kill him at the end of the season. No one was happy with that bit of news, and I'm sure that the headquarters of the CW would have been burnt to the ground by an angry mob if the series finale ended up at Eric's funeral. Luckily, wiser heads prevailed and they made Eric heal up real fast last week.
Which brings us to this year's series finale. Look, I didn't expect it to surpass last year's finale where Matt, Mary and Lucy were all expecting twins: it was silly but cute and sweet at the same time. But, I thought they would have done something more than produce the suckfest that I watched. Good Lord, that whole finale could've been placed into a fifteen minute block of programming! Did the producers of the show really think that was going to satisfy the fans of the show?
To summarize, Eric's parents (the Colonel and Ruth) present him with a huge RV as a gift for overcoming his sickness. In an impetus moment Eric and Annie decide to toss all of their responsibilities away and hit the road to see America. However, since no one seems to be able to live in Glen Oak without Eric around everyone decides to join him on his journey. The whole episode revolves around him and the others getting ready for the trip. Exciting television, I tell ya!
That was basically the plot for the entire hour. There were some brief side stories, like Ruthie telling Martin that she's in love with T-Bone rather than him, and Lucy and Kevin wondering if Eric lied to them about his condition. Not much after that, though. While we're on the subject of Lucy, she turned into the most annoying person on the show. The entire season presented her as a shrilly, slightly crazed woman who seemed to be one step away from a nervous breakdown. Meanwhile, her husband Kevin seemed to be a bit whipped and just going along with the motions.
The thing that disappointed me most was the last five or so minutes of the finale. During the show a rule was passed out that one small suitcase and three personal possessions were allowed on their journey. The last part of the finale was Eric inspecting all of the travelers and seeing what three items they brought along. That's good television? I've seen more action on C-Span. Where was the emotion that a series finale should bring, especially one for a show that was a fan favorite for a decade? They could have done better.
On a scale between 1 and 7, where one is considered worst, I would love to give the season finale of 7th Heaven a rating of '1'. But, because I was a fan of the show when it was about just the Camdens, I will take that into consideration and give it a rating of
I await your opinion (or your bile-laced criticism) with anticipation.
|1 - Worst||526 (29.4%)|
|7 - Best||425 (23.7%)|