I just finished watching the two-part finale of Monk. Now, story ahs never been this series strength; its basically been a framework for giving its talented lead some creative scenes of discomfort. But this season has been particularly egregious, including teh worst episode of the show’s entire run, the vacuum cleaner episode where almost nothing done made contextual sense; it felt like it was written by a high school student.
But sadly, the finale was not much better. Throughout the series, they’ve used the set-up mystery of this series – the urder of Mrs. Monk – very cheaply, never really advancing it (or seeming to have a plan), but merely using a supposed, generally-unspecified clue regarding her murder from time to time as a trigger to get Monk into a certain situation. The finale does finally address the murder, but by having Monk look at a clue that’d been infront of him all the time, by having the murderer acting now and in the past in ways that make no sense, and generally by making everyone look like an idiot. Everything felt monstrously contrived… and the new emotional relationship established at the end made no bloody sense. (“Here’s someone who is unrelated to you, that you never knew existed, Now have so deep emotional relationship with him that it takes days to get around to asking about the one link you have…”)
A crappy, crappy ending to a show that never lived up to its potential and frequently fell quite short of even what they’d shown they could do. It was worht existing, but it deserved better than this.