History DownerEnding / LiveActionTV

24th Mar '16 1:52:07 PM wyattte
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** "Who Mourns For Adonais". Apollo realizes that his late cohorts (the other Greek gods) were right in that "There is no room for Gods" in the 23rd century. Thus, the last of the Olympian gods dissipates himself, joining his old comrades in oblivion. Kirk regrets this, noting that the Greek gods inspired much of the culture, narrative traditions, and philosophy that still live on. He muses about if it would have hurt just a little to "gather a few more laurel leaves?"

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** "Who Mourns For Adonais". Apollo realizes that his late cohorts (the other Greek gods) were right in that "There is no room for Gods" in the 23rd century. Thus, the last of the Olympian gods dissipates himself, joining his old comrades in oblivion. Kirk regrets this, noting that the Greek gods inspired much of the culture, narrative traditions, and philosophy that still live on. He muses about if it would have hurt just a little to "gather a few more laurel leaves?"
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** "Silicon Avatar." Scientist Dr. Marr is a guest on the ''Enterprise'' bridge, with Picard's intent being to establish a communication with the Crystalline Entity, which goes from world to world causing mass destruction. However, [[HopeSpot just as they have a confirmed link]], Dr. Marr - whose son was slaughtered by the entity years ago - sends a signal so powerful it causes the entity to combust. Marr is confined to her quarters, and Data informs her [[BrutalHonesty in no uncertain terms]] that her son would ''not'' have been proud of her ruining her career out of revenge. And the episode ends with [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone a heartbroken look on her face.]]
** "Lower Decks." Officer Sito Jaxa, previously seen in the episode "The First Duty" is selected (after a SecretTestOfCharacter from Picard) for a spy mission into Cardassian space. Eager to prove herself to Picard and the regular bridge crew, she accepts. 30 hours later, Picard makes a solemn announcement to the crew that Sito was killed in the line of duty, after finding only debris remaining of her shuttlecraft. The final scene features Worf and Sito's friends gathering in Ten-Forward to mourn.
12th Mar '16 5:14:36 AM StFan
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* ''{{V-2009}}''. Thanks to cancellation, humanity is essentially screwed [[note]]Nearly everyone on the planet gets blissed, Ryan's daughter kills him, Lisa is replaced by a clone who kills Tyler[[/note]]

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* ''{{V-2009}}''. ''Series/{{V 2009}}''. Thanks to cancellation, humanity is essentially screwed [[note]]Nearly everyone on the planet gets blissed, Ryan's daughter kills him, Lisa is replaced by a clone who kills Tyler[[/note]]Tyler.[[/note]]
4th Feb '16 2:04:53 PM talltalltree
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** "River's Edge": A rich tycoon who likes to drug, rape and strangle young women, and was repsonsible for the deaths of three of his victims (as well as a family who were killed on his orders, to cover up one of the deaths) gets away with it - there isn't enough evidence to hold him on any charges, so he escapes back to Canada. A police officer who was [[{{Retirony}} one week away from retirement]] was ''also'' murdered, trying to get justice for the victims while he still could - so his death is completely in vain. Meanwhile, a woman who tried to expose the culprit has her life and career ruined; she ''was'' involved in helping him cover up his crimes, but she'd pretty much been forced into it, and it's suggested that he had preyed upon her too.
7th Jan '16 8:51:40 PM SwimToTheMoon
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** Series 4 of (revival) ''Series/DoctorWho''. London is completely war torn by extraterrestrials, Donna has to have her memories wiped because of it, The Doctor allowed his human clone to walk free despite having committed genocide, and he's all alone in the TARDIS.
5th Jan '16 9:52:54 PM mewmdude77
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***Really, in any medical show, there's always going to be downer endings, but it's always more abrupt and memorable when it's in a show like Scrubs, which has more of an emphasis on comedy. They won't always be able to save patients, so sometimes it ends with sending the patient off, like in My Last Words, where JD and Turk sacrifice their night out to comfort a dying man with no family. There's also two episodes, My Catalyst and My Porcelain God, guest starring Michael J. Fox, that has an allegory for Fox's real life medical condition that makes it hard for him to live through life (Using OCD as a substitute for Fox's Parkinson's disease).
28th Dec '15 10:36:39 PM Oddstar6
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* The season two finale of ''Series/TheKnick'', which, at the time of this writing, may be the series finale: Dr. Thackery dies; Dr. Edwards' eye is permanently damaged, ending his career as a surgeon; Dr. Gallinger not only gets away with his evil acts, but gets a cushy and lucrative new career on the lecture circuit to advocate eugenics; August Robertson is dead, murdered by his own son; his son Henry has not only gotten away with murdering him and Inspector Speight, but he has also gotten rich off his subway investments; Cornelia Robertson finds out about this but decides not to do anything about it, leaving the country instead. All in all, a pretty depressing ending.
21st Dec '15 12:52:26 PM Silverblade2
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** Season 2 ended with Buffy alienating her friends and her family, stabbing her lover through the chest with a sword and sending him to a Hell dimension, and then leaving town for places unknown.
** Season 5, and the run of ''Buffy'' on Creator/TheWB, ended with Buffy sacrificing her life to save Dawn.



** And then there's the series finale, where [[spoiler: Spike sacrifices himself, bringing the entire town down with him in a Crowning Moment of Awesome; Xander is understandably grief-stricken following Anya's demise; Andrew is in shock over his survival, and they're all just standing there, on the edge of the crater that was the town a few of them grew up in, wondering what they can do next.]] Even though we later learn that they get through it, even [[spoiler: Spike, who comes back in Angel]], it can still be something of a downer.



* Series 4 of (revival) ''Series/DoctorWho''. London is completely war torn by extraterrestrials, Donna has to have her memories wiped because of it, The Doctor allowed his human clone to walk free despite having committed genocide, and he's all alone in the TARDIS.
** The third season ending also involved the remnants of the human race, in the year one hundred trillion, having made a desperate attempt to escape the end of the universe by flying to Utopia, trapped at the end of the universe and 'screaming at the dark'. Very little was actually made of that.
** Then there's season 2, where The Doctor and Rose are torn between separate universes and may never see each other again. Thank god for that MoodWhiplash scene.

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* Series 4 of (revival) ''Series/DoctorWho''. London is completely war torn by extraterrestrials, Donna has to have her memories wiped because of it, The Doctor allowed his human clone to walk free despite having committed genocide, and he's all alone in the TARDIS.
** The third season ending also involved the remnants of the human race, in the year one hundred trillion, having made a desperate attempt to escape the end of the universe by flying to Utopia, trapped at the end of the universe and 'screaming at the dark'. Very little was actually made of that.
** Then there's season 2, where The Doctor and Rose are torn between separate universes and may never see each other again. Thank god for that MoodWhiplash scene.
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6th Dec '15 8:41:31 PM IncoG5nito
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* ''Series/BarRescue'': Any episode where, after the rescue, the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue reveals that the bar is still not successful, or has fallen back into its old ways.
** Then there was O'Face, whose owners had so many issues that Jon Taffer (the man that rescues the bars) refused to rescue the bar ''at all''.
** Second Base, a bar that had already been rescued once and asked for a re-rescue. Taffer ended up refusing after the owner who was causing the problems refused to put any of his own money toward the second attempt.
24th Oct '15 6:44:16 PM PhillyDom
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** "Who Mourns For Adonais". Apollo realizes that his late cohorts (the other Greek gods) were right in that "There is no room for Gods" in the 23rd century. Thus, the last of the Olympian gods dissipates himself joining his old comerades in oblivion. Kirk regrets this, noting that the Greek Gods inspired much of the culture, narrative traditions, and philosophy that still live on. He muses about if it would have hurt just a little to "gather a few more laurel leaves?"

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** "Who Mourns For Adonais". Apollo realizes that his late cohorts (the other Greek gods) were right in that "There is no room for Gods" in the 23rd century. Thus, the last of the Olympian gods dissipates himself himself, joining his old comerades comrades in oblivion. Kirk regrets this, noting that the Greek Gods gods inspired much of the culture, narrative traditions, and philosophy that still live on. He muses about if it would have hurt just a little to "gather a few more laurel leaves?"
24th Oct '15 6:41:23 PM PhillyDom
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** Save for Alan Alda, the actors of the series weren't told that Col. Blake would be killed until after they finished shooting the second-to-last scene-- a particularly upbeat one, despite Blake's depatrure. That they weren't told at all is an [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/mash.asp urban legend]].

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** Save for Alan Alda, the actors of the series weren't told that Col. Blake would be killed until after they finished shooting the second-to-last scene-- a particularly upbeat one, despite Blake's depatrure.departure. That they weren't told at all is an [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/mash.asp urban legend]].
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