Review: Series Finale
March 30, 2017 8:01 PM - Season 3, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Review wraps up its final season.

Forrest sets out to cryogenically freeze himself and gets struck by lightning; Forrest receives a surprising message from Suzanne.
posted by JimBennett (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
i thought this episode was sublimely brilliant. forrest ends his journey as the most deluded man in television history. grant had to know the show had been cancelled when he coaxed forrest into staying, right? he is one of my favorite TV villians of all time; always toeing the line of evil vs. good. the ambiguity of this ending was so satisfying to me, who knows what life forrest lives beyond this episode.

lightning may have been the funniest segment this show has ever done. what a wonderful work of art. i will miss it more than forrest could ever miss suzanne.
posted by JimBennett at 8:05 PM on March 30, 2017 [1 favorite]

This was fantastic.
posted by lmfsilva at 6:38 AM on March 31, 2017

Daly: “I was just thinking about this the other day: One of the coolest things that’s ever happened in television comedy was when the character of Alan Partridge made the jump from Knowing Me Knowing You to the behind-the-scenes I’m Alan Partridge,” Daly said. “So there is a part of me that wonders if there’s a reverse-Alan Partridge to be done with Forrest MacNeil, that we see him in his next job as the host of a show or something like that. Or, is there the opportunity to do more of the dead-on Alan Partridge, to leave the construct of Forrest doing a television show and follow this man and the rest of his life?”

I think this could work, although it would be hard to find something that plays to Forrest's strengths (as well as his failures as a person) as reviewing life.
posted by lmfsilva at 6:31 AM on April 1, 2017

The ending left me with a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach. That poor man's world is empty.
posted by painquale at 6:04 PM on April 2, 2017

That was a really brilliant finale. To give him an out, and have him not take it was perfect for his character, and then to not know if the series was really over was a perfect non-ending. Throughout the series, he was always hoisted by his own petard, but the ending was much more so, and absolutely pitch perfect.

Outside of the show, it did leave me with one obvious question though, why did Comedy Central do a "season" of only three episodes? I've never heard of them doing that before, was it canceled last year and this was a concession of sorts to Andy Daly to wrap up the story quickly? Why not have a more normal run of 8-10 episodes before closing it all up and call it the final season to milk some more viewers out of it? I didn't know this was a finale until I opened twitter and saw everyone saying it was a brilliant ending to the show. I was totally surprised by it.
posted by mathowie at 9:19 AM on April 3, 2017

I think this really was the perfect ending, I wouldn't have changed a thing. Andy Daly is a genius.

he is one of my favorite TV villians of all time;

I'd love to see James Urbaniak team up with Michael Shannon for some kind of weird brother/buddy TV show.
posted by Room 641-A at 1:06 PM on April 3, 2017

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