It was a big Sunday, no doubt. I spent it Christmas shopping, but only because I had long ago watched the "Dexter" Season 2 finale and the "Extra Special Series Finale" for "Extras." I'll leave this post for fans of both to mix up the serial killer seriousness with the comedic brilliance of Ricky Gervais exploring the dark side of fame. I've said a lot about both shows, but I'll leave you with a few quick thoughts and, just in case you need the reminder, some SPOILERS:
1. I was worried that "Dexter" painted itself into a corner this season but ended up loving this one more than Season 1. Having a serial killer with doubts and moral quandaries was good. I hate to see Doakes go but a good series doesn't flinch to kill off one of its own.
2. I'll put up something later in the week about expectations, since finales always - for some reason - tweak people's brains about what they want to see and how they want their characters portrayed at the end. I think the idea of the finale is way overblown in television. This is a continuing story. Why the last episode is expected to be ten times better than the penultimate episode - well, I've just never understood that. However, I can guess readily that "Dexter" fans may have something to say about this one. I loved it. I was fine with everything. But for the record, Mrs. CrankyPants thought it was too much closure, too pat to have Dexter go kill Lila abroad. She's probably right on that one. Why not let her slip back to Europe?
3. I can't say enough about the "Extras" finale. I think it hit on all cylinders. (OK, maybe the Smiths song and the drama of Maggie in the car was a little too much of a music video moment, but that's being extremely picky.) This was one of the all-time great finales to a series. Obviously Gervais had a lot to say. He constructed this series ender in a way where the laughs were plentiful, the drama and outrage were high, the painfully hilarious moments were spot-on, there was some surprising emotion. One of the best things I saw in all of 2007.
4. I'm on vacation and blogging. For me. And for you. Read into that what you will, but I feel pretty good about it.
5. There is no No. 5.