On my drive over the weekend I kept hearing references to the finale all over other media. The show really became a phenomenon. I wondered why there was so much hype about the conclusion. I then realized that you had a popular show bowing out at its peak. Too many shows "jump the shark" and stick around too long. When the finale comes along, people are almost glad to see it go. It's a very rare thing to have a show cause so much buzz and then bow out gracefully. Even "Lost" started to wander to a point where people were starting to smell the rotting fish. I can't say that I really liked the ending of that series either. Even though the plot became muddled, it was at least engaging.
It was interesting to hear some commentary on a financial network about how "BB" could reshape how media is distributed. AMC made sure that most of the episode were available on Netflix On Demand so that people could get involved quickly. The phrase "binge viewing" is entering our lexicon. Thanks to Netflix and Hulu and others, we are now able to catch up on shows which become popular. I had never watched an episode of "Homeland" before. I now hear there's good buzz behind the show, so I plan on watching old episodes regularly when I get back until I get caught up to the current season (if I DO like it.) I'm currently doing that with "Game of Thrones." So let's just hope that the trend continues and that major media outlets stop hoarding their content in hopes of milking every last dime out of everything, hoping to make money on things like DVD sales. There is money to be made out there, but you have to be smart and nimble and able to take advantage of the ever-changing mass media market.