The Final Word
There isn’t much to say about the finale of The L Word that hasn’t already been said. It had an unfinished feeling, like they found out the show was ending only a couple episodes before. I’m fine with not knowing who killed Jenny because I know they are making a spinoff although maybe they should have given hints or possibilities instead of nothing. We didn’t even see her die or her body, just the knowledge that it happened.
The goodbyes were even weirder. Explain to me how Jodie could have basically told Bette to fuck off last week and now is thanking them for letting her be a part of their lives? Uhm, yeah I don’t think so. All the twisted shit about Jenny coming out 5 minutes before the end? Talk about pushing it to the finish line. Was there a point to them walking in slow motion to the police office as the last scene and how they were all smiling? Was it just an homage to the show or were they smiling that Jenny was dead? Basically, none of it made an iota of sense, to me at least.
As a “writer” myself I wonder how I might have ended the show.
First off I would have killed Jenny off at the beginning of the last season and then explored everything after that with flashbacks of Jenny. I would not have put Jenny and Shane together, it was just awkward because Jenny is so high maintenance and Shane…is not.
I would have had Max have the baby because I honestly would have liked to see how he handled that and if he decided to keep the baby or not.
I would have shown Bette and Tina leaving for New York. I think it’s important to show them going in new directions so you feel like the they are going on with their lives, we just aren’t watching.
I think I would have had Alice end up on her own, it’s sad but we all know she’d find love eventually, it just probably wasn’t going to be Tasha.
I didn’t need all the relationships and issues tied up in the end but it would have been nice if they tried to tie some things up. As loyal viewers we deserve real closure to a show we followed for years.
The ending just felt unfinished and awkward. In one way there were so many unanswered questions but in another way they threw in all these past characters we hadn’t heard from in forever as if they’d always been a part of their lives. The worst was having Jodie (Marlee Matlin) do sign lanuage on Bette and Tina’s farewell video “thank you for letting me be a part of your lives” when only the previous episode.
It’s a shame, no matter what they do with this show now whether it be a movie or a spinoff, this was unfortunately the ending we were left with.
Here is a video of crazy Jenny, enjoy.