IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ALL OF OFFSPRING SEASON 1, POSSIBLE SPOILERS WILL ENSUE
I decided to focus on the Finale, although I’m sort of also reviewing the season as a whole. (I know it’s late but, since when was a review ever on time in the last billion months here? )
The finale was, well, very long. And despite ten saying it was movie length, it was actually 2 separate episodes (The pilot telemovie was actually a full blown… well… telemovie) I mean, not that it makes much difference, other than the fact that a telemovie is potentially far longer than two epsiodes tacked together.
Now I guess, if you really wanted to, you could say it was a fairly ‘dramatic’ finale. However, at risk of sounding a bit sadistic, I really was expecting a little bit more death. Seriously, this is a drama series, and no-one even died in the big finale, the big ending was “oh Nina is getting put on a bus at the very end of the first season, so she can be conveniently returning to hilarious drama’s at the start of Season 2, at the same time as viewers (a lá Love My Way).
I can’t even remember if her ex-husband is even alive, but I thought there would be some sort of suicide or explosion or something! The drama was mediocre at best, just a bunch of people crying over something that really wasn’t as bad as they were all making out. I could bear it when Billie was upset, but then when every other bloody person in the family was having a cry and threatening to leave the country over something that has very very little to do with them at all. LIKE THEIR BROTHER! Oh no! my sisters both slept with the same dude, I better buy a ticket on a plane to an undisclosed location. No. That is dumb. And when you drag out two episodes of this shit, and I have to sit through both episodes at once, that is not entertainment, that is torture.
Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but I was really expecting a little bit more from the finale, but it’s only because it is one of the first Australian TV Series I’ve seen that has been actually good, and the finale had so much potential to be so much better. The season had so much that was just perfect, and when they started the season with a bang (pun intended: there were literally explosions) I thought the finale could at least be a bit more exciting than constant tears.
Going back to Nina’s going overseas during the gap between Season 1 and 2, I do not approve of this at all. I mean, there is the slim possibility that this will work, but, I think it’s a big cop-out when you watch a whole season, and things evolve to a certain point, only for the main character to leave between 2 seasons, and when they come back everything has gone backwards so that you feel like the previous season was a complete waste of time – for example: why did we watch a whole season of these characters getting together just so that they can be broken up next season.
In hindsight, I complained in my firstlook into this series, saying that I didn’t see Nina’s fantasies adding to the show. They did, they did that and they did more, they were this excellent addition that just made things more interesting. (The cartoony bits were still a bit lame, but whatever, they weren’t frequent). But I like that the show has this whole “Is this real or is it Nina freaking out” factor to it, kept you guessing. And ads that might usually ruin the plot of the episode sometimes give you this sense of “maybe it’s just a dream” – it’s just great.
Overall, I really enjoyed Offspring, and I really can’t wait for the new season next year. Not much more to say on that.