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From Twitter 04-14-2010

  • 22:07:30: FULL
  • 23:04:41: I cheated and watched the Ugly Betty FINALE without my friend. D:

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edit: For those who care, my Mom showed up in the comments and caused me to go on a thousand word essay on the Ugly Betty finale. So feel free to DISCUSS. Spoilers, though!


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Apr. 15th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
i was going to ask you your opinion about the Betty finale. they had to tie up all the lose ends rather quickly after getting cancelled so it seemed a little rushed to me. Also I'm just not buying Betty and Daniel together.
Apr. 15th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
SPOILER ALERT Mom! I didn't want to discuss details until most other people who read my LJ and twitter have had a chance to see it.

But since you've just barged right along and done it -
Yes, it was super rushed, and you could tell it was the "hey okay this is every loose end possible let's make it fit into an hour of tv" but at least they didn't suddenly make Wilhelmina into a patron saint of good deeds, and they didn't make Daniel rush to meet Betty at the airport and declare his love for her. It was okay, as far as canceled tv shows' (that REALLY SHOULDN'T have been canceled) last episodes go. Better, than, say, the last episode of Babylon 5 Season 4, which suddenly has a bunch of aliens being like "derp de do, this is what happens, and we know, because we're in the FUTURE, woooo" (and then the fans revolted and they got a 5th season made which SUCKED... but that's a whole nother kettle of fish). Right, so anyway, it did what it was supposed to do, which was not so much be a good episode of Ugly Betty, but just say "okay, it's finished now. Go home."

As for the Betty/Daniel thing, I've known since day one that that's the way the show is supposed to go. Ugly Betty is a remake of one of the most wildly popular tellanovelas of all time, and has been remade in something like a dozen other countries in various guises. Not to mention, of course, that it's a Cinderella story when you've gotten past the meat and start sucking out the marrow. And in every single version of it that has ever been made that I know anything about, Betty has ended up with the attractive young boss guy in the very, very end. You know me, I'm an absolute SUCKER for stuff like that, and through the entirety of Ugly Betty have sopped up every tiny drop of Betty/Daniel interaction they've offered up. Unfortunately there hasn't been very much of that, apart from very small glimpses of a comfortable friendship and silly foreshadowing crap with Daniel's destined to be crushed by the mighty fist of DEATH blonde wife.

This comment is SO LONG I had to split it into two parts.
Apr. 15th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Also, Daniel is kind of a crap human being in this one. He really never shows that he has any skills or abilities - the only time we learn that he does is when Betty tells us so. And he's an ass with the women, to the point where he's pretty much a little boy in fancy suits if you really look at his emotional maturity. Betty has flaws that are gently sanded down over the course of the show, but Daniel's never get sanded down, he gets punched in the face by fate and has to deal with an INSANE and unstable family and work life for the whole time and never once seems to deal with it healthily, so now he's just a bunch of forcefully matured opinions of himself and a lot of baaaad decisions in an (by his viewpoint) aging package of a man. At least he still has money!

The point is, Daniel doesn't deserve Betty, and never has. This sucks for me as a viewer, because I have wanted them to get together forever and ever and ever. But at least the writers put in the loophole of Daniel escaping the craziness of his family business and FINALLY going through a personal journey similar, one hopes, to what Betty has gone through in the past 4 years. Had Ugly Betty NOT been canceled, and given a usual 5 season run, (grumble grumble grumble) I can see Daniel quitting somewhere halfway into next season, and Betty rescuing him from oblivion in some Buddhist monastery.

They put Betty on the fast track to badassery, too. No way in hell can you go from junior editor to running a magazine, I mean, Ugly Betty has NEVER been realistic but that's really pushing it, you know? And the ending montage with her being like "yeah I'm cool I'm doing my job in London and wearing fancy clothes and strutting in my high heels and calling people on my cellphone and being awesome"? That whole montage is a DIRTY LIE. She should be fucking up and lonely and confused by British currency and all that, given that she's entirely out of her comfort zone.

So if you want to put shipper logic on it (And Mom, for your benefit, "shipper logic" means the crazy kind of logic someone who wants Daniel and Betty to be together would spin) you could say that Daniel shows up in London, they have dinner, Betty acts all cool and confident, and then WHABAM omg she's been living a LIE and she really DOES need an assistant - an assistant in LIFE - and oh Daniel PLEASE stick around and HELP her because she doesn't know what she's DOING aboohoohoo. And Daniel can be all "what?" and then they can be friends and eventually, eventually get together in the sexy sort of way, after Daniel's been fully stripped of his vanity.

Of course, if you don't want to see it that way, you can view this version of Ugly Betty as a post feminist version. Betty's her own goddamn fairy godmother and proceeds through life in her unbreakable high heeled glass slippers and that is that. She brings forthright honesty and energy and happiness everywhere she goes, and Daniel is drawn to that, and he uses his time in London, alongside Betty doing her thing, to rebuild himself after his years of INSANE FAMILY AGOGO, and is happy being himself, just like Betty is. Hooray for everyone. (But that's boring.)

Thus endeth the lesson.
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