Oh my, someone who disliked the final episode as much as I did. Heaven.
I think Cyril should've died on episode 54 instead of the finale, it felt like they dragged it out too much. It was still very sad when it did happen, but it would've been much more effective if it had happened on episode 54
No lie. I haven't a clue as to why Fontana scripted a stay for Cyril's execution only to execute him 2 episodes later. That nullified the emotional crescendo of Cyril's death and Ryan's unwilling but inevitable acceptance. Then again, Fontana scripted many MANY things during season six with which I disagreed. I'm not a fan of Oz's final season to say the very least.
Also, the finale was the longest episode of any show I've ever seen. I felt like they tried to resolve too many things, and I found that a bit unrealistic... not everything gets resolved, some people don't see the error of their ways and decide to become better people, especially on a show like OZ
Too too too TOO MANY storylines that Fontana scripted wrapping up in "Exeunt Omnes." He couldn't do justice to any of them. I didn't want valuable time wasted on Claire Howell and Jazz Hoyt. Don't even get me started on Lemuel Idzik and his universe is ending nihilistic crapola or whatever it was. I can't bring myself to watch the episode again to clarify it. I hated the episode just that much. Said died for this? I realize that Eamonn Walker had a scheduling conflict and had to go, but there are ways to kill off a character that resonate emotionally at least a little bit. Kareem Said deserved better--yes, I'll be redundant and say it. Could his death have been more anticlimactic? Granville Adams as Arif just couldn't bring it with his character's emotions, what emotions the script allowed him to have that is. Then Idzik droned on and on and on and......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
I'm sad about Beecher & Keller, but I never expected them to live happily ever after. I just don't understand why Keller did what he did.. why did he kill himself when it was obvious Toby would've forgiven him eventually? why would he want everyone to think Toby killed him? and finally: why do my favorite characters always die? damn you, Keller!
Oh Cookie, don't try to explain the inexplicable. Supposedly we were supposed to think Keller realized that Beecher would never forgive him this time so he ended it, thinking Beecher would be blamed and they'd be together in death, but it didn't quite wash, did it? That Keller would give up like that? I didn't expect them to live together in a little house happily ever after either, but Fontana couldn't have scripted a more unsatisfying ending for the dysfunctional duo if he'd tried. Keller just gave up like a pussy? Gosh, I'm glad I waited so long for that.....grumble
......I can deal with the fact that Keller died. That in and of itself didn't bother me. I expected Keller to learn sooner or later that you can't outrun your past sins, but as I said before, there are ways to kill off a character and ways to not kill off a character. Oh, Toby never really loved him. I see. Uh huh. Right. Fuck you, Fontana. Meh. Keller turning him back in was a complete disconnect from the Cuts Like a Knife Keller who could
live without Toby if that's what was good for Beecher. Who later told him not to come visit him at Cedar Junction if he was paroled, who told Toby to run and not look back during the call in Sister Pete's office. Keller demonstrated that he could live without Beecher. He didn't expect to come back to Oz. What kind of crack was Fontana smoking? I still can't believe it. Me....I hated season six as much as everyone else and then hated it some more. Nothing in the entire season worked for me except for Robson's abuse at the hands of Wolfgang Cutler and his newfound awareness.
For me, seasons one through four are it. Had the kitchen explosion been the last shot of Oz, I could have lived with it. I almost rather it had been cancelled then like they thought it was going to be. Seasons five and six were far too repetitive IMO.