Stranger Cat Endings Are Hard

Cat-BlogAs Supernatural said at the end of last season:
Endings are hard. Any chapped-ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end, but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch. There’s always gonna be holes. And since it’s the ending, it’s all supposed to add up to something.

Last season was the end of show creator Eric Kripke’s run. Effectively it was the end of his story. When Chuck, the character who said those words, moaned about endings, I think it’s safe to say it was Eric’s lament.

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Beginnings are easy. Six years ago, the hot new show was the strangely named Lost. With is short title sequence and bizarre hodgepodge of mysterious characters, it charmed its way into a high standing in pop culture. Fast-forward to the season finale last May, and many viewers were left wanting something different.

Endings are hard.

After giving this some thought, I began to wonder if there were any satisfying endings to my favorite shows. Sadly, I couldn’t think of many. One of my favorite series endings is Six Feet Under. For spoiler reasons I won’t explain it here, but it perfectly wrapped up and encompassed the show (all in the final moments of the episode). It closed the door on the show. I felt sad, but complete. Not many shows have the opportunity (or the gumption) to do that.

So why are endings so hard? I think because we hate them. To have an ending means that these characters will no longer go on new adventures. They’ll never make us laugh or cry again. We’ll never know what happened next. It’s the death of the series.

And, for most people, death is the end.

This too has been on my mind for quite some time. In fact, I put off writing this blog because my new friend, Lee, died.

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I hadn’t known him long or deeply, but as you probably already read in our Hello Stranger column, Lee meant a lot to Stranger Comics. All I have is a handful of phone conversations with a man I never got to hug.

Endings are hard.

The beginning of my relationship with Lee was fantastic. We worked together on publicity for Stranger Comics. Lee would call me up and it would sound like sunshine had just flooded my phone. Even his emails were bright and cheery. I have a couple saved on my computer because I don’t want to forget how Lee could make me feel. One starts off, “Hey princess!”

Lee was that kind of guy.

Another day, he called me up and said, “Hey, I’m sorry you lost all your coins!”

I was so confused, but then I realized he was talking about a Facebook game I was playing. We both laughed. It was one of those kinds of laughs where you just needed to really laugh. It was good.

And Lee had a great laugh.

On the way back from San Diego Comic-Con last July, Sebastian was on the phone with Lee. His booming laughter caught my attention. “Is that Lee?” I said from the backseat of Seb’s car.

Seb nodded.

“Tell him I love him,” I said.

Lee must have laughed or something because pretty soon I was talking to him. Even though I was tired, exhausted from running around the San Diego convention center and talking with people, I was instantly energized when I talked to Lee.

I was working when I heard the news. Somehow in the hustle and bustle of my life, I missed that he had passed away. The news hit my throat and stuck there. I couldn’t believe it. I had just talked to him via email a couple days before. We were working on a project.

Endings are stupid hard. They don’t always make sense. I don’t know why I never got to meet Lee. I don’t know why now. I don’t even know if endings ever get easier.

All I do know is that Lee was a one of the kind encouragement to my soul. His Facebook is full of stories from people who love him, miss him and were touched by his life. Endings may be hard, but Lee’s friends know his was beautiful.

I can’t wait to see Lee in Heaven and hear him go “Hey princess!”

Endings may be hard, but I can only hope to have half the send off Lee had.

Bye, Lee. See you soon.

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DVD: Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney Pictures)
The final chapter in Pixar’s decade-and-a-half-long saga of a boy, his toys, and the agony of growing up, Toy Story 3 will be available on DVD November 2nd. If, like so many of us, you’ve done any growing up since the first Toy Story was released in 1995, then we don’t even have to tell you to pick up this one.

TV: Hollywood Treasure (SyFy)
If normal reality shows leave a bland taste in your mouth, check out SyFy’s newest show that traces the TV/movie memorabilia trade. The show also features famous actors and some interesting turns along the way. After seeing the first two episodes I was hooked.

Movie: MegaMind (Dreamworks Animation)
A whimsical yet sympathetic portrayal of a supervillain? Shocking! Releasing on November 5th, this computer-animated flick has a lot of big name talent behind it; time will tell whether it’s worth the hype.

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