I have witnessed a lot of grand opening pilots and season finales. More often than not, its an arduous affair to go through a series finale. After you have spent multiple years living and growing with the characters on screen, you develop a strong relationship with them. And to let them go is a hard job indeed as I have learnt over the years. This all makes it almost impossible for the series directors/producers/creators to live up to the series persona by creating a perfect end. A lot of them have tried and failed over the years to my dismay. Hence with the prospect of Californication’s series finale looming large over my weekend priorities, I was prepared this time to lower my expectations and not let myself drown in the utter disappointment that it was going to be.
Only it wasn’t.
The last season was a fitting end to an otherwise wayward TV series. Come to think of it, there is hardly any coherence between the various season of Californication. Its like a big reel of real-life story that plays over and over again in your mind. And I am thankful to Tom Kapinos for keeping it thus. The way the last season was delivered without any fuss was a fresh change from the utter dross that we have to endorse with other series. The last season sails smoothly and gels with the rest of the previous seasons with minimal of fuss and it creates an aura of its own.
The series finale in a similar way is a usual half an hour affair without any magnificent stretching of the plot. There is hardly any oooh aaahh moments and just serves us up with the usual story line that we have come to expect from Californication. The story ends as it started, with Hank doing what he does best, that is writing and fiddling with words in a way no other character on any tv series can. To complement that he also reads it out aloud to let the end come seamlessly and merge in to the story as it should. “As a writer, I am a sucker for happy endings where the guy gets the girl”. And yet after that monologue, Karen is not sold out completely and as an avid follower of the drama you know whats going to happen next but you won’t accept it because that’s not what happens with Hank’s life, does it ?
It was in a way the most fitting finale to an ultra cool story. It might not have been the prettiest of things but it was a thing of beauty. I hope the other creators and studios take a note of it and instead of trying to bind all the subplots together and making the last season a mess, they just let the story flow and evolve. As I, as a fan would be on the lookout for Hank, screwing around with his life in a spin-off (hopefully) because as he so rightly puts it in the end, “Till the fuckin wheels come off, baby !”