Looking Wistfully Out of The Window
Resolving a Seasons Worth of Conflict in the Finales Last 15 Minutes
I kind of understand where they're coming from, they don't want to leave it on a cliffhanger if they don't get picked up for another season, but it just makes it less likely that anyone will watch the next season if they do get picked up.
Outlander is a prime example of this, if you haven't watched this and want to, skip to the next item, because this is spoiler town.
Outlander is paced very well, all through the first 15 episodes of the first season. Then the final episode comes along and something strange happens. For starters, the main character is subject to possibly the most graphic and brutal rape ever seen on screen. I don't just say this because it is male on male and I think that is worse or anything like that. I say it because it's fucking frightening.
He's subjected to being raped repeatedly, he is psychologically tortured and made to associate the rapists touch with his wife's by the use of smells. He ends up through some kind of Stockholm Syndrome reaching orgasm and enjoys the feeling of not being in pain for once. It is the most brutal and mentally draining thing I have ever seen depicted on television. It establishes the antagonist as a truly evil man, capable of anything to psychologically torment his enemies.
How did that happen you ask? A limited production run and a struggle to fit everything in is how it happened. A lot of people say this is how it went down in the book. So fucking what? Fix it then, don't make the same mistake twice.
The Nerd Gets The Girl
I'm going to break the trend and go with a film for this one. American Pie. The Shermanator. He ends up taking home the lovely Nadia. Why? Because she is too foreign to realise that he is a bit of a cunt. Not only a nerd, but he is a deluded, sexist, naive, rude nerd.
So why does he get a girl who most people would happily crawl across a million miles of broken glass just for the opportunity to watch someone wank on her shadow? Because he's a nerd, the nerd gets the girl. Fuck that, make him a nice guy, make him interesting, make him fucking something other than a sex mad nerd!