Originally Posted by User_32
How about Batman: The Animated Series in the episode Over the Edge. Maybe one of the best episodes ever nullified by the ending. I understand why, of course, but there was that little hope that this was the new direction the series was going to take.
Yeah, I was going to mention that. The problem is, they'd already done pretty much the exact same story in an earlier "Batman: The Animated Series" episode (with The Mad Hatter), and in that instance, it was brilliant. That Mad Hatter episode was one of the best of the series, and even with the dream thing, it had one of the show's most powerful and moving endings (Roddy McDowall sells the hell out of it, with his most emotional performance ever).
"Over the Edge" seems to generally get a lot of praise from fans of the show, but at the end, I was disappointed that they went back to the same well again. I wouldn't go as far as saying it nullified the whole episode (I still find the rest of it entertaining), but it did render the episode's conclusion a little limp.
Unfortunately the writer wrote himself into a corner there. It pretty much had to be a dream. I was watching it with a friend once and after about 5 minutes, he was like, "I can't believe she's dead, it must be a dream". Well, duh! I agree that the last season was weak...the fact that "Over the Edge" (despite its huge flaw) is one of the better episodes serves as evidence of that.