” has ended its comeback on HBO, completing what amounted to a victory lap for a show that was ahead of its time, yes, but despite cultish devotion, never really victorious.
Perhaps that’s why the finale came as such a surprise, exhibiting a sentimentality that provided a sense of closure but which simply felt incongruous with much of what transpired within the show’s fictional world, much less the realities of Hollywood that it sought to lampoon.
Several movies came to mind while viewing the final hour (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), in which Lisa Kudrow
’s character, Valerie Cherish
, completed what amounted to a “Shawshank”-like redemption, crawling through a torrent of excrement (literally, in an unnecessary twist) to come out cleansed on the other side.
Like “The Paper Chase
” – in which the protagonist, having chased law-school grades the entire movie, finally decides that