This approach isn’t restricted to sitcoms: Stargate SG-1 did one thing comparable with a daring collection finale that targeted on emotional progress and character relationships relatively than resolving the continuing arc plot. Much like Supernatural, SG-1 resolved the story of a reasonably new however important character, Adria, within the penultimate episode (with ultimate lingering plot threads left to be resolved in TV film The Ark Of Truth after the collection had wrapped). The collection finale, “Unending,” like New Girl’s finale, is principally a bottle episode, placing the principle characters into one place and watching them to work together with one another, as our heroes turn out to be trapped frozen in time on the ironically-named spaceship Odyssey.
The character progress seen throughout the episode was a bit under-cut by the entire thing being reversed and solely Teal’c retaining any reminiscences of it (in addition to many years of growing older) on the episode’s conclusion, however it supplied a meditative, character-driven ultimate hour wherein we got to spend extra time simply chilling with these characters, relatively than a frenetic, action-driven finale.
This variety of factor can backfire badly, nonetheless, if it’s not what the viewers expect. The most infamous instance of that’s most likely Star Trek: Enterprise’s collection finale, “These Are The Voyages.” Having, as soon as once more, wrapped up a lot of the collection’ arc within the earlier two-parter, the finale infamously introduced in Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis from The Next Generation to indicate Riker operating a holodeck program recreating occasions across the decommissioning of the Enterprise NX-01, together with the very rushed loss of life of one of Enterprise’s primary characters, Trip Tucker.
You can see why the showrunners thought this is able to be a good suggestion, providing a pleasant tie-in to a different department of the franchise in a crossover with an uncommon construction (it’s set completely inside an episode of The Next Generation, season seven’s “Pegasus”). It was an idea they’d deliberate for the season finale earlier than the present was cancelled, which most likely would have rankled much less with followers (Trip’s loss of life apart) since one of the principle complaints about it as a collection finale was that it shifted the main focus to the Next Generation characters on the expense of giving the Enterprise characters a correct goodbye. If it had been simply an experimental season finale, like Buffy’s, this most likely would have been much less of a problem.