If you read my brief review of Raising Hope last week, you’ll know that I wasn’t really a fan of the first half of the two-part season two finale. I had higher hopes for the second half, because I like this show and I wanted it to go out on a high note. When this episode was filmed, it very well could have been a series finale. Luckily, Raising Hope has been given a third season by Fox, so the show will have a chance to redeem itself.
A lot of the episode felt very similar to the Seinfeld series finale. With the ridiculous news that Lucy survived the electric chair, the Chance family had to go to court to fight over custody of Hope. They faced a series of people who reminded them of all the things they’ve done wrong over the years, and since they weren’t allowed to mention the fact that Lucy is a serial killer, they ended up losing the case.
Sigh. That would have been bad enough, the idea that Hope would have to go live with Lucy. But at least it would have set up a somewhat interesting obstacle for season three. But then it was revealed that Lucy planned to take Hope to Tibet to live with monks. Jimmy could either join them, leaving behind his family and Sabrina, or he could say goodbye to Hope.
Sigh. Really? Come on. Just when I thought it couldn’t get stupider, Lucy realized that Jimmy was in love with Sabrina and did something to help keep their family together. She got out of the car and chased Sabrina down the road with a machete. And then she got hit by a bus.
SERIOUSLY??? That’s where we left off – exactly where we began. So what was the point of it all? Besides a few sweet, silent exchanges between Jimmy and Sabrina, there was nothing of substance in these final two episodes. It felt like a wasted opportunity.
I hate to be so down on these last couple episodes because I do like Raising Hope, but I can’t hide my disappointment. I’m very glad this wasn’t the show’s series finale. What did you guys think?