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8th Dec '17 2:07:53 PM Mazzafraz
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** For the new series, a debatable variant is the 2009 Specials (also known as "series 4b" by fans). The Tenth Doctor's last season ended with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]", a massive CrisisCrossover involving all of the Tenth Doctor's companions and with the fate of ''reality itself'' at stake, with an ending that resolved most of the Tenth Doctor's major running plot arcs. The following year, rather than a full season, the Tenth Doctor had a miniseries of mostly self-contained specials that dealt with consequences of previous adventures, ending with the Tenth Doctor regenerating into the Eleventh. Though the show wasn't in danger of cancellation, apparently the miniseries was put in place to give the production team room to breathe during major behind-the-scenes shifts.
29th Nov '17 5:22:39 PM Amahn
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' tried to avoid being this to the franchise when 3 had [[BrokenBase cleaned up the Reaper story nicely]] by having it take place in another galaxy. The fact that it takes place 600-some years after the trilogy and the characters don't know the full extent of what happened in the milkyway or its outcome[[note]]The Andromeda Initiative left the milkyway between 1 & 2 and it's reveled to have had a mystery backer who's knew of the coming invasion and had the true purpose to ThrowALightIntoTheFuture and let the dominate species survive in new home beyond the Reaper's reach.[[/note]] does little to alleviate the feel that it was anything but an attempt to keep the CashCowFranchise paying out.[[note]]It was poorly received and for the time being any continuation of the Andromeda spinoff looks to be dead.[[/note]]

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' tried to avoid being this to the franchise when 3 had [[BrokenBase cleaned up the Reaper story nicely]] by having it take place in another galaxy. The fact that it takes place 600-some years after the trilogy and the characters don't know the full extent of what happened in the milkyway or its outcome[[note]]The Andromeda Initiative left the milkyway between 1 & 2 and it's reveled to have had a mystery backer who's knew of the coming invasion and had the true purpose to ThrowALightIntoTheFuture FlingALightIntoTheFuture and let the dominate species survive in new home beyond the Reaper's reach.[[/note]] does little to alleviate the feel that it was anything but an attempt to keep the CashCowFranchise paying out.[[note]]It was poorly received and for the time being any continuation of the Andromeda spinoff looks to be dead.[[/note]]
29th Nov '17 5:21:12 PM Amahn
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* ''[[Series/{{Andromeda}} Andromeda's]]'' final season feels very much like this. [[BigBad The Abyss]] is confronted and the Route of Ages opened in the season 4 finale. Season 5 suddenly and inexplicably leaves the titular ship unpowered and mostly abandoned for the crew (with some new and replacement characters) to hop around on poorly explained backwater desert planets orbiting a weird dying artificial sun. It's only saving grace comes late when it's revealed [[spoiler: the system is Tarn Vedra, the long lost home of the System Commonwealth's founders, and the artificial sun is a crazy BatmanGambit designed to once and for all kill The Abyss. And that Trance is the Avatar of Tarn Vedra's real sun who kills The Abyss when she returns to her proper place.]]



** [[ZigZaggedTrope In a sense]], the entire Final Fantasy series could qualify. Creator Creator/HironobuSakaguchi didn't expect to remain in the game industry for long after a floundering a bit with his earlier works, so he decided that his "final game" would be a "fantasy RPG", hence ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy|I}}''. However, the game was so successful that it saved the company and spawned an [[Franchise/FinalFantasy entire franchise]]. Sakaguchi would direct all the subsequent mainline installments until ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV V]]'' and then act as series' producer until ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX IX]]''. Interesting, though, in that each installment generally stands alone with its own characters, plot, and setting, due to Sakaguchi's own distaste for sequels (hence why none of the games had direct sequels prior to his departure from Square).

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** [[ZigZaggedTrope In a sense]], the entire Final Fantasy series could qualify. Creator Creator/HironobuSakaguchi didn't expect to remain in the game industry for long after a floundering a bit with his earlier works, so he decided that his "final game" would be a "fantasy RPG", hence ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy|I}}''. However, the game was so successful that it saved the company and spawned an [[Franchise/FinalFantasy entire franchise]]. Sakaguchi would direct all the subsequent mainline installments until ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV V]]'' and then act as series' producer until ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX IX]]''. Interesting, though, in that each installment generally stands alone with its own characters, plot, and setting, due to Sakaguchi's own distaste for sequels (hence why none of the games had direct sequels prior to his departure from Square).[[note]]While a fun excuse for the "Final" in the name this story is pretty much an apocryphal urban legend.[[/note]]


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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' tried to avoid being this to the franchise when 3 had [[BrokenBase cleaned up the Reaper story nicely]] by having it take place in another galaxy. The fact that it takes place 600-some years after the trilogy and the characters don't know the full extent of what happened in the milkyway or its outcome[[note]]The Andromeda Initiative left the milkyway between 1 & 2 and it's reveled to have had a mystery backer who's knew of the coming invasion and had the true purpose to ThrowALightIntoTheFuture and let the dominate species survive in new home beyond the Reaper's reach.[[/note]] does little to alleviate the feel that it was anything but an attempt to keep the CashCowFranchise paying out.[[note]]It was poorly received and for the time being any continuation of the Andromeda spinoff looks to be dead.[[/note]]
10th Nov '17 3:12:41 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' makes a habit starting with ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' of finishing the plot an episode or two before the end of the show, then using the remaining time to tell a short story that acts as a wrapup for the characters or an EarlyBirdCameo for the next Rider. ''Wizard'' used it as a crossover with ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' as well, with the two-parter in the format of a ''Decade'' story. ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' is the only show to have had a postscript episode that did not feature the next Rider, as it instead deals with a reincarnation of a villain from the otherwise-irrelevant summer movie and provides some closure to characters who had little screentime in the GrandFinale before it.

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* Starting with ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' makes franchise started having Post-Script Episodes that usually serve as a habit starting symbolic [[PassingTheTorch torch-passing]] by having the current protagonist and his successor meet and deal with ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' of finishing the plot an episode or two before the end of the show, then using the remaining time to tell a short story that acts as a wrapup for the characters or an EarlyBirdCameo for the next Rider. some small crisis.
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''Wizard'' used it as had a crossover with ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' as well, with the two-parter in that served as an anniversary special (since it ended with the format 15th anniversary of a ''Decade'' story. ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' is the only show Heisei-era shows); this included both an EarlyBirdCameo by Gaim and the return of Series/KamenRiderDecade star Masahiro Inoue as a plot where Haruto is pulled into a realm where the Riders' defeated enemies reside and plan on returning to have had a postscript Earth.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'''s last
episode that did not feature the next Rider, as it instead deals with a reincarnation of a villain from the otherwise-irrelevant summer movie and provides didn't have any crossovers, but gave some closure to characters who had several of the show's supporting cast, in particular focusing on the return of a past villain and [[spoiler:Micchy's redemption arc]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' played it straight, with a plot focusing on Series/KamenRiderGhost and an unknown party trying to steal an [[TransformationTrinket Eyecon]]; protagonist Shinnosuke does get some special focus, mostly on [[spoiler:returning to mundane police duty without the Drive powers]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' and ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' avert this, simply having {{Early Bird Cameo}}s from a character from the incoming show. ''Ghost'' does it a
little screentime in oddly since rather than Ex-Aid himself, the GrandFinale before it.villainous "Black Ex-Aid" shows up and gives Specter and Necrom a good thrashing.
7th Nov '17 3:34:28 PM TSBasilisk
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** ''Eye of the North'' can also be considered as such. While ''Beyond'' tied up loose ends from the campaigns, ''Eye of the North'' introduced new enemies, races, and massive paradigm shifts for two other races.
23rd Oct '17 1:16:01 PM CouchAlmark
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* ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' has a rather short example. The plot of the series wraps up in episode #51... but they apparently had two weeks to kill before the start of the next series, ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''. So a two-part special was made that aired as episodes #52 and #53. It includes previous Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}s as well as ''Gaim'''s EarlyBirdCameo.

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* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' makes a habit starting with ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' has a rather short example. The of finishing the plot of the series wraps up in an episode #51... but they apparently had or two weeks to kill before the start end of the show, then using the remaining time to tell a short story that acts as a wrapup for the characters or an EarlyBirdCameo for the next series, ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''. So Rider. ''Wizard'' used it as a two-part special was made crossover with ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' as well, with the two-parter in the format of a ''Decade'' story. ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' is the only show to have had a postscript episode that aired did not feature the next Rider, as episodes #52 it instead deals with a reincarnation of a villain from the otherwise-irrelevant summer movie and #53. It includes previous Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}s as well as ''Gaim'''s EarlyBirdCameo.provides some closure to characters who had little screentime in the GrandFinale before it.
17th Oct '17 5:26:26 PM RoarkTenjouin
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' was originally planned on being a trilogy, ending with ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders''. However, said part, which introduced the iconic [[FightingSpirit stands]] to the franchise, ended up being more popular than Mangaka Creator/HirohikoAraki had intended, and decided to continue it from there - this led to the next part, ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'', feeling much more stand-alone in comparison to other parts, and ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo'' was even ''more'' standalone[[note]]the only returning cast members from part 4 are Jotaro and Koichi; unlike the other parts, the titular Jojo is related to [[BigBad Dio]] as opposed to Jonathan or Joseph[[/note]]. ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean'' averted this, since it was a distant sequel to ''Stardust Crusaders'', and as for ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'' and ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureJoJolion'', they take place in an AlternateContinuity.
30th Sep '17 2:54:40 PM Zarius
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* The fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', which even has its own unique title: "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". It's Subverted in that WordOfGod is that the series was always planned for five seasons, but this doesn't really play out with what we see. The main arc of the series is the Hamato Clan's war with the Foot Clan, which is resolved in the season four finale [[spoiler: when Splinter, Shredder, and apparently most of the Foot Clan all perish in a final battle]]. The fifth season is an anthology series depicting several one-off or multi-part adventures, most of which just serve to tie up some loose ends unrelated to the main arc. The only arc that has any real relation to the main story arc is the ''opening'' arc about Kavaxas.

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* The fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', which even has its own unique title: "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". It's Subverted in that WordOfGod is that the series was always planned for five seasons, but this doesn't really play out with what we see. The main arc of the series is the Hamato Clan's war with the Foot Clan, which is resolved in the season four finale [[spoiler: when Splinter, Shredder, and apparently most of the Foot Clan all perish in a final battle]]. The fifth season is an anthology series depicting several one-off or multi-part adventures, most of which just serve to tie up some loose ends unrelated to the main arc. The only arc that has any real relation to the main story arc is the ''opening'' arc about Kavaxas. Some of the arcs (particularly the final AfterTheEnd themed arc) have even been categorized by most of the show's writing staff and the network itself as "non-canon"
30th Sep '17 7:57:31 AM ClintEastwood
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* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' wrapped up its eighth season with Mike, Gloria, and Joey moving to California. Actors Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers had announced they were leaving the show, and producer NormanLear couldn't imagine continuing it without them, so having the Stivics say goodbye to Archie and Edith was conceived as a perfect TearJerker ending to the show... until CBS executives offered Carroll O'Connor [[MoneyDearBoy $100,000 an episode]] to come back as Archie, and he agreed. Not only did the show continue for a ninth season (without Reiner, Struthers, or Lear), it got an AfterShow in ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace''.

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* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' wrapped up its eighth season with Mike, Gloria, and Joey moving to California. Actors Rob Reiner Creator/RobReiner and Sally Struthers had announced they were leaving the show, and producer NormanLear couldn't imagine continuing it without them, so having the Stivics say goodbye to Archie and Edith was conceived as a perfect TearJerker ending to the show... until CBS executives offered Carroll O'Connor [[MoneyDearBoy $100,000 an episode]] to come back as Archie, and he agreed. Not only did the show continue for a ninth season (without Reiner, Struthers, or Lear), it got an AfterShow in ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace''.



* Combined with AfterShow, this happened with ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''. Bea Arthur decided to leave the show after the seventh season, and the series ends with Dorothy getting married and moving to Atlanta. However, her mother Sophia decides to stay in Miami with the roommates, setting up the premise for said AfterShow, ''The Series/GoldenPalace'', as the girls buy a struggling high-end hotel. It wasn't well received, but has gained something of a cult following in subsequent years.

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* Combined with AfterShow, this happened with ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''. Bea Arthur Creator/BeaArthur decided to leave the show after the seventh season, and the series ends with Dorothy getting married and moving to Atlanta. However, her mother Sophia decides to stay in Miami with the roommates, setting up the premise for said AfterShow, ''The Series/GoldenPalace'', as the girls buy a struggling high-end hotel. It wasn't well received, but has gained something of a cult following in subsequent years.



* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' married off Laura and Steele, as the show's cancellation looked certain ''and'' Pierce Brosnan had been offered the role of Film/JamesBond. However, ''because'' Brosnan got the Bond role, NBC decided to renew the show, bringing it back for a very lame half-season which lacked all of the charm of the preceding seasons ''and'' effectively scuttling Brosnan's big movie break. Brosnan didn't end up playing Bond for some years.

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* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' married off Laura and Steele, as the show's cancellation looked certain ''and'' Pierce Brosnan Creator/PierceBrosnan had been offered the role of Film/JamesBond. However, ''because'' Brosnan got the Bond role, NBC decided to renew the show, bringing it back for a very lame half-season which lacked all of the charm of the preceding seasons ''and'' effectively scuttling Brosnan's big movie break. Brosnan didn't end up playing Bond for some years.
12th Sep '17 9:57:28 PM Chris116
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* The fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', which even has its own unique title: "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".

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* The fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', which even has its own unique title: "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". It's Subverted in that WordOfGod is that the series was always planned for five seasons, but this doesn't really play out with what we see. The main arc of the series is the Hamato Clan's war with the Foot Clan, which is resolved in the season four finale [[spoiler: when Splinter, Shredder, and apparently most of the Foot Clan all perish in a final battle]]. The fifth season is an anthology series depicting several one-off or multi-part adventures, most of which just serve to tie up some loose ends unrelated to the main arc. The only arc that has any real relation to the main story arc is the ''opening'' arc about Kavaxas.
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