This approach isn’t restricted to sitcoms: Stargate SG-1 did one thing related with a daring collection finale that centered on emotional development and character relationships somewhat than resolving the continuing arc plot. Much like Supernatural, SG-1 resolved the story of a reasonably new however vital character, Adria, within the penultimate episode (with remaining 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 mainly a bottle episode, placing the principle characters into one place and watching them to work together with one another, as our heroes change into trapped frozen in time on the ironically-named spaceship Odyssey.
The character development 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 a long time of getting old) on the episode’s conclusion, but it surely supplied a meditative, character-driven remaining hour during which we obtained to spend extra time simply chilling with these characters, somewhat than a frenetic, action-driven finale.
This form of factor can backfire badly, nonetheless, if it’s not what the viewers predict. The most infamous instance of that’s in all probability 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 dying of one among Enterprise’s foremost characters, Trip Tucker.
You can see why the showrunners thought this might 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 fully 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 in all probability would have rankled much less with followers (Trip’s dying apart) since one of many foremost 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 in all probability would have been much less of a problem.