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I wish I had a better review to give....,
This review is from: Roseanne: Season 9 (DVD)
I have enjoyed the entire series run of Roseanne, I always found it extremely humorous and well written for a sitcom, that is until Season 9. I remember the announcement that John Goodman would not be a part of most of the season and it's like the writers just gave up without his character being a part of the season. Season 9 is a train wreck (and yes there is even an episode with a train wreck) which only gets mildly better at the finale.
The season begins with Dan post-heart attack and his inability to stick with his diet which leads up to a big blow up between Roseanne and Dan which of course they reconcile. Right after they find out they won the lottery. Shortly after Dan decides to leave for California to take of his mom and it's right here the season goes haywire. Following Dan's departure we are subjected to some of the worst writing in television history with what is known as the fantasy episodes. All of these episodes revolve around Roseanne and Jackie as diva like wannabee mid-western gals, what's worse is not only are we sans Dan, but Becky and Darleen are absent from most of these episodes as well. These episodes are poorly written, terribly acted, and the story lines are so outlandish and tacky they are just painful to watch.
Following the fantasy episodes Dan, Becky, and Darleen return and the show begins to return more true to form, but compared to any of the other seasons these last episodes still seem pretty roughly written and the characters just do not seem the same. I really have to wonder if there was a change in writers during this season because it's pretty harsh. With the family reunited we are dealt 2 major story arcs leading to the series finale. Dan having a quasi affair while he was in California and Darleen having the baby much too early and the struggle to save it. Everything gets resolved in the end which leads into the finale which actually I think was brilliantly done despite what many others think.
In the finale we learn the series of Roseanne had been little more than a novel written by Roseanne. It is unclear if the entire show was a "dream" or just everything following season 2 after Roseanne got her writing room in the basement. We learn the Conners never won the lottery, Dan died from his heart attack the year prior which is right on the time Dan had his in the season 8 finale. Also we learn Jackie was gay, not Bev, Leon was much more of a feminine homosexual than he was written in the series, and Darleen married Mark while David married Becky. We do also learn the baby coming too early did indeed happen which is what snapped Roseanne from her depression after losing Dan. Roseanne also mentions that she thought Dan dying felt like she had been cheated on which I can only surmise is to tie in what was otherwise a totally out of character story arch for Dan the few episodes prior.
Regardless of season 9 being really bad overall, I feel the finale was a bit of a tear jerker and quite emotion filled, while still being true to the overall back theme of the series of a strong woman who is the family patriarch.