||[May. 6th, 2005|10:55 pm]
Nerd TV - for people who watch too much
|||||The Crystal Method - Keep Hope Alive (Third Watch theme)||]|
So just finished watching the series finale of Third Watch. *sniff* kinda sad.
Actually, it ended pretty much exactly the way I expected it to.
Over the years, I've caught the odd episode of the series, and while they were good, I was never hooked.
Then I saw this season's premier episode.... wow. A huge gunfight in a hospital! That episode was one of the most brutal shows I've ever seen on network tv!
So I kenpt watching season 6 on NBC, while catching up with past seasons on A&E. They were playing them daily. I started taping them so I wouldn't miss an episode, they were somewhere in the middle of season 5 when I started watching. But for some reason, A&E would skip episodes.... I'm not sure why. I'm guessing that maybe NBC held onto a few season 5 eps to fill their repeat schedule. Because I did catch some of them on NBC... like the one where Doc lef the series... whoa. Definately one that you DON'T want to miss, so it was annoying that it was skipped.
Anyway, A&E went back & started showing the series from season 1, and it was really cool to see where all these characters came from, and where they went. The show was really rough at first, they were finding their footing. By about season 4 they started getting very smooth.
Unfortunately, I think the series peaked by the end of season 5. The gunfight in the hospital was one of the best episodes, but after that the storylines got a bit murky with the coruption investigations, & just trying to fit the new characters in. It was awkward.
The vampire subplot was rather lame. I think it was wrapped up sooner than planned, but that's actually a good thing.
But the finale.... like I said, it ended pretty much how I expected. Cruz died, which I totally saw; she's definately the type to go down in a hail of bullets. Bosco too, though he does survive. I knew that it'd end with him doing the same thing he's always done... on the streets in the thick of it.
I'm SO glad we got to see "Doc" Parker. His exit from the series was rather... ignominious.... considering the focus he gave to the show. If there was one demand I had for the finale, it would've been to have him show up.
Kim Raver & Eddie Cibrien's cameos were pretty damn brief. They showed up for like 2 seconds at Carlos & Holly's wedding, and they didn't even have any lines. Usually non-speaking actors don't get credited at the start of the show. But we do get to see that they are back together..... so I suppose it's a "happy ending" for them.
And Sully retired... man. Totally bittersweet. I'm glad that they didn't suddenly have him married with kids or anything like that. They have to be true to the character, as sad as it is.
The 55th Precinct was a cool place to check in on. Third Watch.... 3:00pm-11:00pm shift of firefighters, police & EMT......