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On Ally McBeal, the characters' cuteness and narcissism are tiring. The once-amusing comedy wants to coast by on whimsy, and the results are just too precious. Rather than being screwball comedy, the results are simply screwy.
I won't pretend that the quality of the show didn't decline towards the end: the ludicrous decision to introduce Dame Edna Everage as a character (what? No). That pretty much killed it for me.
The show faded quickly over the last two seasons and while it was once considered iconic, it's now an embarrassment.
Ally McBeal, in her final unsurprising swansong, is a disturbing and humour-deficient parody of herself. The appointment of the very talented Dame Edna Everage to a role is ill-conceived, and recycling of scripts is frankly unforgivable.
Fantasy permeated all the characters' lives and made real life seem paltry by comparison... In this way, "Ally McBeal" played like an extended anti-fantasy public service announcement.
In the past two series the show has got tired, its quirks more irritating, its once outrageous court cases too try-hard.
Although the show is mainly driven by comedy, there is a more real human side to it... One can only hope that the show will eventually find its feet this season and also go up and up
The problem with a show that made a name for itself with flights of fancy is that those flights tend to get higher, longer and more fanciful until the show spins out of orbit. And "Ally" left Earth behind some time ago.
The show is seriously over-heating. What was once zany has been upped several notches and passed through the stratosphere of absurdity... Yet even when dreadfully surreal, Ally McBeal still entertains as it explodes in self-ridicule.
It was a show with little concern for sensible plots; what mattered were the vibrant, offbeat characters and dazzling fantasy sequences.
The series finale of "Ally McBeal" wasn't quite a nightmare, but nobody thought it'd end with the kind of whimper it did.
Audience Reviews for Ally McBeal: Season 5
Jul 21, 2020Terrible after a great first 4 seasons.