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Poll: Least Favorite Mid-Season Finale (40 member(s) have cast votes)

As of season 5, which is your least favorite mid-season finale?

  1. "Pretty Much Dead Already" (Season 2) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. "Made to Suffer" (Season 3) (22 votes [55.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 55.00%

  3. "Too Far Gone" (Season 4) (2 votes [5.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.00%

  4. "Coda" (Season 5) (12 votes [30.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.00%

  5. I don't have a least favorite (4 votes [10.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.00%

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As I said in another thread, "Coda" is my least-favortie season finale yet. I'm curious about how my opinion stacks up with the rest of the folks here. Cast your vote and sound off.

 

Note: season one is omitted from my poll because, judging from the original air dates I found, there was no mid-season finale for season one. It looks like all 6 episodes were about 7 days apart.


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Although I thought the Atlanta arc was bad, Coda wasn't the worst imo. Made to suffer takes the cake. What a pile of shit that was. 


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Too Far Gone. An emotionally manipulating mess that was basically farted out by the writers in an attempt to salvage the Governor arc. Plot conveniences, shitty contrivances, and very weak writing
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Imagine a group of a hundred motorcycles driving down a freeway. Eventually, they hit a junction. One road goes northwest and the other goes northeast. So one guy, we'll call him S, says, "Let's go northwest!" A mile past the intersection, a semi careens into the group and kills ninety of them. Ten are wounded, but they survive and keep going. Eventually, they hit 10,000 miles. S suddenly has his consciousness thrown into his past body right before the junction. Now, he says, "Let's go northeast!" All 100 bikers survive. Happily ever after, right? But what about the ten, no nine, who went northwest and survived? What happens to the reality they were living? Does it just disappear now that S has changed the past? It's not like only bad things happened on that 10,000 miles journey. Maybe one of them fell in love with a gas station attendant and got her pregnant or maybe one adopted a homeless kid that joined the adventure. That 10,000 mile journey would be full of stories. Romances, farewells, friendships...the loss of those ninety lives is horrible and unfortunate, but would rewriting their history mean? The nine who survived lived full lives and did the best they could with the hand they were dealt. How could it be right to just erase all that? Isn't that worth something? Is there a point to a world where everything is happy? Are people who struggle for a better life just idiots? Being human is about fighting even when it seems hopeless and finding happiness in a world that hates it. Are you saying that's worthless?


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Some interesting feedback here.

 

Coda loses points from me because of all the similarities to previous finales.

 

Confrontation between armed humans that results in a main character's death at the hands of this week's villain (e.g. Too Far Gone).

 

And Rick inviting his former enemies to come along (Welcome to the Tombs anyone?)

 

There were things I didn't like about Too Far Gone, but it had some memorable scenes, at least to me.

 

Too Far Gone wasn't perfect, but there's just something about that tune that stays with me lol.

 

The music might sound like a weird reason to like an episode, but I thought it helped to create a tense atmosphere. 

 

I had some issues with season two, but I think it had the best mid-season finale. I may have said differently at the time, but hindsight....


Edited by Deadpelican, 01 December 2014 - 07:39 PM.

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Probably this one. It wasn't the lack of action. The constant and pointless Dawn speeches to Beth just killed it for me.

 

S2 - The episode itself wasn't great but the final 10 minutes are among the best in the series.

S3 - I liked most of the episode, good action, but the cliffhanger of the Governor making Daryl and Merle fight was stupid.

S4 - IMO probably the best from start to finish. Some of the action was ridiculous, but it was good overall and it closed off a major story arc.


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Too Far Gone. Had a lot more potential but just disappointed overall.

Edited by Macek11, 01 December 2014 - 10:36 PM.

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Probably this one. It wasn't the lack of action. The constant and pointless Dawn speeches to Beth just killed it for me.

 

Thanks for that. I've been mulling over why I didn't like this episode much, and you nailed it. I think the whole Dawn character didn't work for me this season: sort of a good guy holding the bad guys at bay, but also a bad guy, plus everywhere in between. Sometimes nice to Beth, sometimes cruel to her. Maybe she *was* falling apart and that was why she was inconsistent, but she veered all over the map, and not in an interesting way. (I half-suspected she was going to join Rick's group to escape all the cops that seemed to hate her. That might have been plausible, but I couldn't take another 1/2-season of her undefined character.)


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Made to Suffer. There wasn't much about season 3 that I liked.


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Made to Suffer. There wasn't much about season 3 that I liked.

 

I've got to agree.  I didn't hate Season 3, but it was definitely the weakest season of the series, and both the mid-season finale and premiere were disappointing episodes.


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I was so disappointed in Coda for all reasons listed above.  I just didn't care about that hospital group and could've cared less about their outcome.  They were written in just to kill off another character and it was just lame how Beth was taken out.  It did feel like weak writing and more inline as a filler show. 


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Season 3, 4, and 5 all had weak mid-season finales. Season 2 idk if it was weak but the death of sophia was more for shock value than anything. Beth went out in one of the worst ways possible.
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Although I thought the Atlanta arc was bad, Coda wasn't the worst imo. Made to suffer takes the cake. What a pile of shit that was. 

 

 

 

  I agree that Made to Suffer kinda sucked but at the time I thought it was entertaining enough. 

 

I disliked Coda long before the end credits even started to roll. 


Edited by Deadpelican, 23 January 2015 - 10:26 PM.

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