'The L Word' Series Finale Infuriates Fans - Featured

Sunday night, television's only lesbian drama ended after 70 episodes and six seasons. The two-hour block given to The L Word was split up into a one-hour tribute episode and a one-hour series finale. The first hour hailed the series as groundbreaking and as a show worthy of the history books. The drama starring Jennifer Beals, Laurel Holloman, Katherine Moennig, Mia Kirshner, Leisha Hailey and Pam Grier was the first television show to explore the lives and loves of lesbians in West Hollywood as well as the first series with a deaf-lesbian character and a regularly occurring transsexual character. The L Word fans across the nation tuned-in in the hopes of seeing a wedding, a funeral, a baby, or at least a murder case solved.

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And what did we see in the series finale? Nothing. Essentially, the episode was set up like any other episode. Dylan and Helena broke up again over trust issues. Alice and Shane chat on the phone and spend a day drinking their sorrows away together. Bette and Tina host a party. These all sound like normal L Word happenings. The problem is that there was a season-long mystery about who killed Jenny Schecter. Evidently, creator Ilene Chaiken never had any intentions of revealing how Jenny died. Earlier this year, when asked about the solving the mystery, she said, "I don't actually feel compelled to answer it. The show is about character and relationships, and I used this story to deeply explore those relationships. It's a risk not to solve a mystery, admittedly."




Default avatar cat
Mar 10, 2009 5:57PM EDT

it was ridiculously infuriating, and i LOVED this show. the finale resolved nothing, absolutely nothing. if the article is right and this is some ploy to get investors for a movie, im not sure that id be too comfortable paying $10 for a movie ticket....i'll wait for it to come out on pay-per-view....im not having any warm feelings for Ilene Chaiken right now....really, i could have done without the tribute thing, or it could have atleast been shorter...

Mar 11, 2009 1:05AM EDT

i thought it was a rather artistic ending. yes cliffhangers are mean but it was well done. it showed that they are true to each other and that life will go on. if they made a movie i would see it. i enjoyed the end. its better to leave you wondering than to bore you with predictability loose strings tied.

Mar 11, 2009 3:49PM EDT

I think they were all in on it. They way they smiled at each other at the end...way sinister.

Default avatar cat
Mar 11, 2009 7:05PM EDT

They are all incapable of murdering anybody, let alone Jenny. I think Jenny realized that everybody hated her and that she hated herself for being the way she became after her fame. It really broke her down. I think she just drowned herself, she was suicidal so it's by far the best explanation.
I really didn't like the ending. I didn't really hate it but it didn't feel like the ending. Chaiken can make all kinds of excuses for making it end like this but I can;t say it's a good ending for a show. People want closure or a sense of ending after a show, and when you don't want to understand that, it's your failing. So yes; Chaiken failed at the end.

Default avatar cat
Mar 12, 2009 4:28AM EDT

I went to a local l word viewing party to see the finale and was soo disappointed. I loved this show and it just ended horribly. I believed that a fanatic L word fan such as myself and many others deserved a way better ending!.....BLAH!
To Chaiken, never really felt you portrayed real lesbian relationships especially in the african-american community. I hope if there is a new spin off show with Alice that it gives a more realistic view and have a more ethnic groups involved daily.

Default avatar cat
Mar 12, 2009 7:58AM EDT

I didn't know BEFORE watching the episode that it was the finale.... and I didn't know AFTER having watched the episode either that it was the finale :-)
I would have never guessed it if I had not read the posts...
I don't think there is any rule concerning endings.
Nevertheless there is a narrative logic : if we open and close a window on an ongoing world, the LAST and the FIST episodes must give this impression of not ending AND not begining.
But, if I remember well there was a sense of begining... So there should have been a sense of ending too..

Default avatar cat
Mar 16, 2009 11:25AM EDT

The final episode and season of The L word were huge disappointments for me. I am a huge fan of the show, who loved the character driven storyline, but Chaiken went to far with this season.Season 6 was preceded with teasers indicating not only that one character would die, but that one of her friends would take the fall. The season then played out to be a not so well written example of proving that Jenny was a malicious, manipulative little twit, whom every character had a reason to hate/kill ... then leaving us without anybody taking the fall, or any answers given. I think the series ends with season 5 for me, and that's how I will maintain a love and appreciation for The L word ... by forgetting season 6 ever happened.

Default avatar cat
Mar 19, 2009 7:30PM EDT

Season 6 sucked!!!! Not only did Chaiken rob us of a season but also of a series finale. Shane & Jenny a couple? so not right, and we know Shane is a player who can't control her sexual needs but to beg over n over for Jenny's forgiveness only to cheat on her again n again with Nikky? Now that's cold, seeing that their best friends...The part where it looked that Bette was going down on her partner was ridiculous, that comedy satire is so Three's Company n it only worked for them. Kit always seemed like a stereotypical black woman with her "girl" this n "girl" that. The whole debacle of Max being pregnant, plz!!! This show used to have class n balls, season 6 looked like a pathetic attempt to lure us till the end with the whole murder story. The tags were "Who killed Jenny" u ask the question which means u answer it too. A series finale should conclude, tie up n answer all q's n situations. This was such a disapointment that I will never watch anything by Chaiken ever again!!!

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