Have we all managed to catch our breath after the finale of the Neighbours End Game episodes yet? I wasn’t sure how Neighbours was going to follow such an action-packed week, but last week still provided a few shocks and plenty of Unmissable Drama™ while all the loose ends were tied up.
The End for Finn
After his antics on the island, which involved setting the whole place on fire and then doing one of the best ever Murder Walks towards the camera, Finn made it back to Ramsay Street with baby Aster, who he’d snatched from Elly, and persuaded Susan to go on a road trip with him.
The special two-hander episode is something Neighbours have done before, with Sonya’s death episode, and it’s a very effective way to round off a big story line. The Neighbours writers chose to finish the End Game episodes in a similar way, with a special two-hander featuring just Finn and Susan. Poor Susan agreed to go with Finn to find Bea, but soon realized that he’d gone bananas again and she was now trapped in a remote cabin with a psychopath. Jackie Woodburne played Susan’s mounting panic and desperation exquisitely, while Rob Mills really went to town with the crazy. It was a truly great episode, and I don’t want to be picky, but I did have a couple of minor issues.
Firstly, I understand that the original name of the End Game episodes was Fire Island, and that it’s almost certain that these episodes were heavily re-edited in the wake of the awful Australian bush fires that caused so much devastation. But I don’t think I was the only person who started watching Tuesday’s episode and then went back to the menu screen to see if I’d missed one. One minute everyone was on the island and it was on fire, then suddenly they were all back in Erinsborough. Everything was eventually explained via the medium of flashbacks, but in a week where I was already struggling to figure out what day of the week it was, it was very, very confusing.
Also, was anyone else a little bit disappointed with the way Finn died? In light of what is happening now in terms of the police investigation, I totally get why it happened the way that it did, but it was all just a bit of an anti-climax. Finn was one of the most outlandish villains we’ve ever had in Erinsborough, so to see him slip and fall into the hole he was digging and then just lie there was not how I wanted to see him go out. It’s like getting to the end of the Avengers movies only for Thanos to be incapacitated by a slip and fall in the bath. It was unsatisfying.
Neighbours Reveal the Old Theme Tune to Be Another Casualty of End Game
We were promised three deaths, but we got four in the end, because the theme tune we were all familiar with is dead and has been replaced with a shiny new one. I don’t like change, so I don’t like it. Having said that, in six months I’m fairly sure I’ll be fine with it and I won’t even remember what the old one sounded like, because that’s the way my brain works.
Sheila and Kyle Broke Our Hearts
I’m not sure how much of Sheila and Kyle’s heartbreak I can take. Of course it’s great when our beloved soap actors get a really meaty story line to show of their acting chops. Especially two characters who are quite often the vehicle for comedy story lines. However, Kyle being sad is something I was just not emotionally ready for. It’s like a Labrador puppy being sad. Nobody wants to see it.
Elly is in Trouble
Finn may have died in muddy water, but Elly now finds herself in hot water because of it, as suspicion has fallen on her in connection with Finn’s death. Sky Mangel, who suddenly finds herself to be a detective, is pretty convinced that Elly murdered Finn, and even Mark Brennan and his glorious hair can’t persuade her otherwise. It did mean that Mark got to practice one his favourite hobbies though, which is arresting one of his close friends/neighbours/former romantic partners. He’s getting so good at it now!
Neighbours to be Rationed
As if we needed further proof that everything is awful, we got it anyway, in the form of an announcement that starting from the 30th March, Neighbours will be going down to two episodes a week. It’s regrettable but understandable considering everything that’s happening in the world right now, and being down three episodes of a soap opera is definitely a minor concern in the grand scheme of things. It means that I need something to fill my lunch breaks from Tuesday to Thursday though. There’s some talk on various Facebook groups about watching classic episodes to fill the gap, so I may need to add a Retro Round-Up section in future weeks. It’ll be fun to revisit some old classics, and apparently nostalgia is comforting in times of crisis, so I’ll maybe see you down at the Holy Roll or Lou’s Place in the coming weeks.
Stay safe everyone!