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After numerous face lifts, all the boob jobs, the crazy knife-wielding femme fatales, the love triangles, the dysfunction, the ridiculousness and the graphic surgery scenes, Nip/Tuck has finally come to a close. And Ryan Murphy gave me the one thing I was desperate for: closure.
At the heart of Nip/Tuck has been Sean and Christian's heterosexual love. They've been each other's pain, each other's crutch, but in the end it took one major act of love from Christian to finally demand that they go their separate ways. Sean's resentment of Christian has always been bubbling under the surface of this show since its very first season, along with his desire to use his surgical skills for something meaningful. This finale saw Sean finally taking steps to achieving that, and I loved that he finally broke out and seems to be doing something positive with his life. The final scene in the airport was heartbreaking, and I kept expecting them to turn back around, run to each other and embrace like an old married couple.
While he didn't spontaneously erupt in flames like I would have preferred, Matt's resolution was oddly fitting. He is still screwing up, he is still lying, and he is still claiming that he's moving on. His decision to run away with Ava and Jenna can only end in misery, right? Or maybe, seeing as he's finally away from his family, he can start again? Matt and Ava always had such strong chemistry together, in a way that he's never had with any of his other love interests over the years. Maybe it could work out, but with Ava you can never be sure. Matt better sleep with one eye open.
Ava continued to impress. Her scene with Sean was devastating. No matter how much she has tried to fix herself, no matter how beautiful her outer shell is, she's still hollow and empty as a person. She'll never be perfect, and she's only just realized it. Famke Janssen was really phenomenal in these past two episodes, displaying some of her best acting work. Ava, while having done some really, really terrible things in the past, is such a tragic character that you can't help but feel for her.
I got a little teary at both the final dinner scene and, weirdly, Julia's exit. Julia has been an interesting character in that it seems like the writers, when they decided that she was really done with both Sean and Christian once and for all, just gave up on trying to make her sympathetic. I used to be one of her supporters, but recent years have made her uptight, shrill and obnoxious. Her proclamation that Sean and Christian "steal people's souls" was a little too harsh for me, especially as it seemingly came out of nowhere. However, I did love her exit, and the tinkly music playing over it just pushed me over the edge a little. It's annoying though that Joely's frequent exits from the show over the last couple of seasons took the power away from this final one, though.
Kimber appeared for one last time, and while I appreciated that she was actually in the episode, her goodbye in Christian Troy II was a much more appropriate exit. Her character has always been my favorite, though, and I've loved watching her over the years. Her very first scene on the show also leads straight into the very last scene of the finale, which has to rank up there with the greatest endings ever. A complete throwback to the pilot, Christian the unrelenting horndog picking up blonde models at bars, telling them that he's a "plastic surgeon". A really wonderful closing scene that put a huge smile on my face.
The final surgical case added some much-needed comedy to the episode, and I loved the porno scenes we saw. From the terrible acting to the trashy sound effects (the sword sound when he opened his robe was hysterical), it was another great mini-movie along the lines of Yo Stank or the Hearts 'n Scalpels scenes, something Nip/Tuck has always done really well. I also loved that the subplot was all about loving your age, which completely goes against everything in our culture. Also of note was Michelle Krusiec as one of the porn stars. She played Exquisite Woo on Popular, and is officially the last alumnus from Ryan's first show to appear on Nip/Tuck, after Mary Cherry, Brooke McQueen, Josh, Sam's mom, Emory Dick, April Tuna and Calvin Krupps.
After eight years and 100 episodes, Nip/Tuck is finally over. And while the series has experienced major drops in quality over the years and lost almost all of its media buzz, it's been a show that I've loved. It's achieved that rare feat in that despite the outrageous twists and soapy melodrama, it had a heart, and it had characters you cared for. Nip/Tuck was frustrating at times, but it was beautiful, with just enough ugliness beneath the surface to make it interesting. I'm happy that it's over, but I'm gonna sincerely miss the thing, and I'll be re-watching the DVDs over and over until they wear out.
So thank you Ryan and the rest of the writers for bringing me Sean's frustrations; Christian's assh*le-ry; Kimber's sadness; Liz's attitude; Matt's many, many dramas; Julia's dysfunction; Ava's badass-ness; Escobar Gallardo; Gina and her "Hey Assh*le"'s; Erica and her judgment; James and her kidney thievin' call girls; Kit McGraw: Nympho Cop; Mrs Grubman; Cherry Peck; Nazi Girl and her wacko family; Dawn Budge; Hearts 'n Scalpels and its various cast and crew members; Bobolit and his face-removin'; Colleen and her teddy bearin'; the Kimber Doll; The Carver (before it got redundant); Bobbi Broderick and her Post-Surgery Scars of Doom; and enough close-ups of silicon bags, flesh-slicing, botox, collagen and bodily fluids to last me a life time.
It's really been a great ride.
Director: John Scott
Writer: Ryan Murphy
It was a good episode. However... It was NOt exactly how I would have ended it...
This was a good episode. A good series finale. But it was definitely not how I would have ended it.
Things I didn't like:
1. Matt was pathetic. He convinced a woman that didn't love him to spend her life with him. How sad!
2. Julia left for London with Annie and Connor. I wanted Julia and Sean to somehow get back together. But that's me. A sucker for happy endings. One I did not get.
3. The last big surgery. On Hiro Yoshimura. What a joke. I wanted something cooler, not "repairing a seventy-something Japanese porn star's body." No... Oh, well.
4. That Sean left. I mean, part of me liked it, but I wanted him to stay. 5. That Liz is going to leave. I don't want her to go. I wanted her to stay forever, Sean to stay forever, and Christian to stay forever--which it looks like might. C'mon. McNamara/Troy/Cruz. Oh, yeah. That'd be awesome.. :-( But no.
6. That Ava gave up her baby because he wasn't perfect. Hands down, winner of the Mom of the Year Award, ladies and gents!! What a b!tch.
7. The lack of excitement. There was none.
8. Just... ugh. It should have been better. It was good. But it should have been better. Or it should have ended before they came to California. The Miami days were so much better. I miss the dear, sweet Carver.
Things I liked.. .. .. .
1. The final dinner. That was sweet. Although Matt was a punk and didn't go.
2. The ending. They pulled a 'Seinfeld,' you could say. The way it ended for Christian just like it began. With the 'Kimber'-like girl at the bar. "You're a doctor?" "Plastic surgeon." Oh, smooth.
3. That Ramona spat on Matt. High-five girl. He deserves it. Loser... . .
4. That Christian did something nice and gave Sean the plane tickets. It was sweet. Although I don't think it should have ended with Sean leaving, but I've already said that.
5. That the credits rolled. Should have ended a while ago, or at least gotten writers who could actually write for this seventh season. Last seasons are kind of important after all, I hear... jeez.
This whole season was a disappointment. It was terrible! Not going to sugar coat it. It sucked. The 99th episode was the only one worth watching, because Ava returned. And I guess this last one was because it was the last and 100th, but it wasn't... that... good. But it was. But it wasn't. I'm conflicted.
Oh, well. It's over. So for the last time on a Nip/Tuck episode, farewell.moreless
The series finale is a great ending to the show, and here's why...
People keep bringing up the flashforward episode from season 4, but as someone already said, that episode was just a dream. Who REALLY thought that Matt would end up a doctor? And Annie was just plain ridiculous in that episode. Personally, I'm GLAD the show didn't end that way.
That said, I LOVED the finale. There have been plenty of episodes that didn't rely on "shock value," which people are saying was lax in the series finale. I didn't NEED shock value. I needed a sense of closure, and that's exactly what I got, for the most part.
The relationship issues that have been building for years came to a head. Julia finally moved far away from Sean and Christian, taking the kids with her. She escaped their ridiculousness, their love affair with her.
Also, if Sean and Christian ended up professing their love for each other, as some suggested, I would have been SOO annoyed! They are not gay and that is incredibly clear throughout the show. Indeed, after 20 years of seeing each other every single day, they needed a break from each other, and as flashbacks have shown, Sean needed something meaningful (helping kids in third-world countries, rather than Hollywood plastic surgery). Sean used to be a good guy (in college), then he became a jerk right along with Christian. LOL. Now, Christian has forced him to redeem himself because Christian knows that Sean can be better, while he (Christian) cannot. It's actually very tragic and kind of profound.
That Matt ended up with Ava (Eva?) was a little surprising. I kind of hoped they would do that, actually, and then it seemed like they weren't going to, and THEN, low and behold, they did it! I really liked that. Matt highlighted the TWISTED nature of the situation himself: He knows Ava doesn't love him, but he wants to be with her anyway because he adores her and has a kid that Ava can love. THAT is pretty tragic and screwed up right there. Matt found someone he loves but won't ever get the same in return. I've always thought it was very interesting that Matt could deal so easily with the love of his life being a transsexual. I think that fact right there is a love letter to the fans, from a show about plastic surgery, appearances, etc.
Next, I thought the closing scene was perfect. Because while everyone was moving on with their lives (Julia was finding new love; Matt was finding old "love"; Sean was moving on to something he has always craved, a meaningful career, without Christian by his side; and Liz was becoming partner with Christian), we really saw that Christian just CAN'T change. He has no capacity for it, and that's his tragic flaw. He even says that they've always used the phrase "tell me what you don't like about yourself" to make people THINK they can change, "but they can't." That's Christian's view of the world, based on his own unchanging self-concept. I think it's okay that Christian didn't develop all that much throughout the show. That's just the kind of character he is, and we've ALWAYS known that. Sean has always had the potential for development, because we've always seen his resistance to, essentially, everything Christian did and stood for.
Finally, I didn't WANT to see a ton of surgery in this episode, and I'm glad I didn't. I thought that what they did with the surgery in this episode was great. The old man's story is one of underlying concepts behind the show, especially when he says, "Old or young, appearances still do matter." Then Ava's, "You're the high priest of conformity. You dance around the golden calf shouting, 'How you look is who you are.'" These are the issues that plague the show, the people in it (as well as the real world), and Sean and Christian. ESPECIALLY Sean, because he is not entrenched in the same business as Christian. Rather, he doesn't WANT to be. He wants to do something worthwhile, for people who NEED it. Not WANT it.
Great job, Ryan. I loved it. The series finale was low-key, in some respects, but I think taking some time to get these messages across was important.moreless
Great Way to End
Nip Tuck's series finale was, in my opinion, a great way to end the show. The characters have had their ups and downs, and the finale showed that these will continue to happen to each one. The endings of each characters story line really personified how their character has been throughout the entire show. Julia and her two youngest children are always moving around, this time to the UK where she has found another suitor. Matt and his daughter are going off with Ava, showing us that he is more than likely making a bad decision for doing this, but this is how Matt's character has always been. Liz is having a child soon, which I think shows us that she is the strongest out of the characters. Then you have Sean and Christian who are parting ways from each other for the very first time. Christian, after being visited by the ghost of his one, true love Kimber, is allowing Sean to do what he has longed to do since the very beginning. Earlier this season we see Sean and Christian when they are in college. It seems as though Sean has been following Christian and doing whatever he has wanted to do. Now Sean is able to go off and do things his own way, but we see him look back at Christian, while Christian doesn't look back at him. I would say that this is showing that Christian is showing that he doesn't want Sean to have to depend on him anymore and vice versa for Christian depending on Sean. The last scene mirroring the series premiere was a great final image for the show. I feel as though there could be something that could be done in the future with the same actors if there was a want to. I loved the re-using of the Art Garfunkel song from the season 2 finale. Overall, I immensely enjoyed this episode and I found it to be very fitting for the series.moreless
The perfect series finale. This review is in portuguese...
Todas as séries precisam de um final. Existem argumentistas que optam por um final mais aberto mas outros por algo mais fechado. Eu, pessoalmente, não tenho preferência em termos de finais abertos ou fechados, prefiro ter algo bem feito e que depois possa dizer 'era exactamente isto que a série precisava para terminar em grande'. Nip/Tuck optou por um final fechado, mas será que o fez bem?
Antes de ver o episódio li algumas críticas sobre e mesmo e muitas não eram favoráveis. Muitos diziam que não tivemos choque suficiente e outros não gostaram do destino das personagens num geral. Eu sinceramente o que queria, mais do que o choque barato, é que estas personagens que acompanhámos durante sete anos tivessem um final concreto. E foi isso que aconteceu! Adorei quase por completo esse último episódio de Nip/Tuck, e apesar de achar que iria ter algo 'diferente', foi um episódio que irei relembrar pela positiva. Começando por aquilo que menos gostei (e o único ponto negativo), temos um actor pornográfico na casa dos setenta como último paciente da clínica. Tudo bem que aquilo deu para descontrair um bocado do clima de despedida que se vivia, mas esperava algo mais profundo, algo que tivesse um papel importante na forma como terminariam Sean e Christian. É óbvio que a série não se iria despedir sem antes mostrar mais ousadia, algo a que nos habituou nestas sete temporada. A forma como o actor pornográfico morreu não deixou de ser engraçada, e tal como a meninas do filme disseram, ele morreu feliz, da forma como queria.
E agora vamos então falar daquilo que gostei, ou seja, o resto. Em primeiro lugar temos a história do Matt e Ava. Ava, depois de conseguir realizar a cirurgia a Rafael, descobre que ele nunca será perfeito. Quem tão não é a perfeição em pessoa é ela, que após descobrir isso, deixa o pobre menino na clínica. Quando se avizinhava uma separação entre ela e Matt, eis que ele surge no aeroporto e os dois acabam juntos. O que eu gostei nesse final foi o facto de Matt terminar com quem queria, mas sabendo que Ava nunca lhe poderá dar o mesmo amor que ele lhe dá. Matt sempre foi uma personagem tão disfuncional, mas a verdade é que foi Ava o seu grande amor (algures na segunda temporada) e é com ela que ele quer passar o resto da sua vida. E ela finalmente tem alguém ao seu lado a quem já chamou 'perfeita' uma vez: Jenny, filha de Matt e Kimber.
Liz tem, de uma vez por todas, o seu talento reconhecido quando é acrescentado um 'Cruz' à placa 'McNamara/Troy'. Ela foi uma personagem tão acarinhada pelos fãs da série mas ao mesmo tempo tão injustiçada, principalmente no amor. Ela nunca conseguiu encontrar alguém que a amasse verdadeiramente, mas a amizade dela com Christian e Sean era tão verdadeira que foi excelente ver ela ter esta surpresa. Sean, pai do futuro filho dela, começava a mostrar sinais de preocupação, mas num tom razoável e sincero ela pede-lhe que se afaste e a deixe criar o filho sozinha. Eu entendo a decisão dela, ainda para mais sendo uma mulher que gosta da sua independência. Julia também quer a sua independência e vai consegui-la e Londres, onde tem um futuro marido à sua espera. Sempre gostei da química dela com Sean, mas prefiro que ela termine sem ele do que inventarem uma razão às três pancadas para voltar a juntá-los. Antes de ir, Julia abre os olhos de Christian em relação à sua obsessão por Sean. É graças a ela que Christian consegue finalmente perceber que estava a matá-lo lentamente, a deixá-lo tão infeliz que o poderia colocar numa situação semelhante à de Kimber.
Eu não estava à espera de um final feliz, longe disso, mas fiquei extremamente contente com a emoção dada ao jantar de despedida. Aquele jantar deixou mesmo o clima de despedida no ar, um sequência de imagens que me deixaram com o típico 'nó na garganta', quase a arrancar a lágrima do olho. É tão difícil ver que uma das nossas séries favoritas está a chegar ao fim, que depois deste episódio não temos mais nada do que meras recordações e episódios antigos para rever. A música muitíssimo bem escolhida deu um toque ainda mais especial e triste a esta cena, mas era isso mesmo que eu queria: emocionar-me com a despedida destas personagens, é sinal que elas realmente eram importantes para a minha admiração pela série. E se o jantar já tinha sido triste o suficiente, a despedida de Christian e Sean foi ainda mais. Estas personagens tinham uma relação tão forte que preferiam viver infelizes ao ter que passar por esta inevitável ruptura. Mais importante que isso é o facto de eles terem-se separado sem rancor, sem colocarem as culpas desta relação um no outro. A última cena foi marcada por um Christian igual a si mesmo, provando aquilo que disseram anteriormente sobre as pessoas não mudarem.moreless