“Why the hell can’t anyone stick the landing?”
Local Pennsylvanian and Senior Mud Contributor- David P. Zach has a problem with how storytellers are wrapping up their tales. “I don’t get it. I haven’t spent years of my life giving birth to these epics, but I’m pretty sure I could pound out a better finale for any of them in a weekend, tops.”
Zach, who was raised on Tolkien (i.e. the Only Books that Matter), is quick to point out that his ideas aren’t just better, they’re much, much better. “Game of Thrones, Avengers, 50 Shades of Grey, The Big Bang Theory – none of these writers have a CLUE how to wrap things up. Did Victor Hugo struggle deciding to burn up Boo Radley’s sled in the final scene?? No.
“Maybe it’s a generational thing,” he muses. “Things were different when I was young. People knew how and when to end something. The Godfather, St Elsewhere, Designing Women, Copacabana – talk about leaving on a high note! And it’s not just stories: Jefferson Airplane knew when their time was done. Same with Chuck Norris . And you don’t see Bruce Jenner still hawking boxes of Wheaties.”
Asked when things started going wrong, Zach points to the last decade. “The Sopranos? A fat middle-aged guy listening to Journey and not talking to his family?? Or as we call it, Tuesday?” And don’t get him started on LOST. “They’re dead, they’re not dead, they’re listening to Three Dog Night. And what happened to Walt?!?”
Zach was eager to give examples of how he would fix the stories of lesser men when it came to finales:
Kill Bill – The Bride finds the man of her dreams in western New York and they live happily ever after.
Toy Story – Chucky from Child’s Play leads Buzz, Woody and the gang on a suicide mission to the Chinese factory where they were all made.
The Cosby Show – Phylicia Rashad gets replaced by Mariska Hargitay in the final year to ratchet up the tension.
Leaving Jackson Wolf – More hobbits.
The 1990 Buffalo Bills – Scott Norwood kills the Night King.
KISS – The band was just a bad dream in an autistic boy’s snow-globe fantasy world.
Asked about putting in the time and effort to build his own creation from scratch, Zach said that while he had considered it, he ultimately felt his talents were best put to use pointing out the failures of others.