Final episodes of SP SPOILERS
- Greetings all, this past weekend, I finally viewed the last 2 weeks'
episodes of SP. I realize that only a few of the people in this
group have seen more than a couple of shows of the series more
recently than the past 30 years. For those who have seen them
recently, I am curious about the final 2 shows. They had such huge
continuity gaps with the preceding 4 to 5 weeks, with Raxl turning
evil again, Irene without her powers again, etc., that I found myself
wondering whether the final 2 shows were written many weeks in
advance of the remainder.
Overall, the single most disappointing aspect of the final weeks was
the departure of Lazlo. That was handled in such a flat, dull way.
He went from scheming relentlessly to just stalking meekly out the
A close second were the departures of Susan and Philip. Susan's
character was so inconsistent--in the end, she seemed to add up to a
whole lot of nothing.
I did enjoy getting to see Colin Fox briefly reprise his role of
Jacques. When he looked down at Emily's hand on his arm, curled his
lip, and smirked with barely concealed distaste, "Who is this...
GIRL?" I thought it was a brilliantly played moment. Cosette was
wonderful as well. Her final scene with Colin was a real highlight
to an otherwise not very satisfying (for me) ending.
- My guess would be that the conclusion of the Desmond family curse
storyline wasn't intended to come at episode 195. It was probably
envisioned to continue past the ninth month of the series. But when
the powers that be cancelled "Strange Paradise", Lemay (or whoever
was behind the plot) had to speed up the plot to bring an end to the
I think that this would explain why characters were given quick
sendoffs. The plot involving Laslo & Irene wasn't crucial to the
Desmond curse so it was quickly wrapped up. My guess is Ada's
poisoning and the revelation of Laslo's possible involvement in the
death of his first wife were intended to come much later on.
I cannot think of any reason why any writer wouldn't have a field
day with gossip-queen Irene. The woman was given such an intriguing
backstory by Cornelius Crane- the widowed Desmond family friend with
the dead illegitimate daughter. Lemay gave Irene motivation for her
desire to steal the Desmond fortune- love for Laslo.
However, I'll give credit to Lemay in that there was very few plot
points just thrown out. His work was present in a tight package.
There was the vague rumblings of Benjamin Desmond having an
illegitimate spawn of his own, but that was nothing compared to some
of the other aborted plots.
I loved the pairing of Susan and Phillip, and am still very
disappointed that they didn't get a happy ending together. However,
there final scene is very memorable. "In another time, and another
place, we would've been married and had children." Ahh, what could
have been. I have a feeling, had the story not rushed to a
conclusion, Cort would have been battling for Susan's atteintion as
I find the final weeks very intriguing and very much edge of your
seat viewing. Despite some of the things I had read about this time,
there were so many things that shocked me, such as Susan's
connection to the Desmond family. I was also very interested in the
whole Desmond family curse legend.
However, I still don't really understand the whole nature of Julien,
Susan, and Raxl. Many of their conversations lost me and I didn't
always understand what they were talking about with their past lives
and changing names of Susan/Susanne, Julien/Monsieur Le Counte,
I loved the final episodes, and was shocked by the return of Jacques
Eloi (who was definitely less flamboyant as originally portrayed).
It was a nice surprise to see a sort of return to the beginning. To
me, Lemay's work seemed to be a real return to Martin's original
vision, much moreso than it was under Crane.
I wonder, as you mentioned that Raxl's personality change, if there
was originally going to be a different source of trouble for the
Desmond family and that Raxl was thrown in there at last minute. How
great would it have been if Tudi Wiggins reappeared yet again and it
turned out Erica- the great love of Jean Paul's life- was the actual
source of woe for the Desmond family. Oh, I think I would've died.