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This review is from: Felicity - Senior Year Collection (The Complete Fourth Season) (DVD)
I am a huge Felicity fan. I have loved and will always love this series. I do not normally write reviews, but I just finished a 3-night marathon of watching this final season. Do not read any more if you don't want to know what happens.
I was at first skeptical about the time-travel storyline, but found that it brought a much-needed lightness to the show which was very heavy in this final season.
This is where I have my main complaint. Felicity and Ben were facing very difficult times due to her insecurity about the future and Ben's dad illness (by the way, an outstanding dramatic performance by John Ritter). The added sub-plot with Lauren's pregnancy and Ben becoming a father, was too much. For me, this was the element that spoiled this series from being perfect. I don't think they really needed to include this in the show, for many reasons, but mostly because in our dream world it would have been nice to imagine what the show could not give us, their life after college. It would have been nice to imagine Felicity and Ben getting married, and experiencing the joys of parenthood together and for the first time for both. For me, this sub-plot is a dark cloud that will stay with them forever.
Another problem with the show is the final episode's omission of the scenes which explain how Elena is present at Noel's wedding after we know she dies. Before seeing the bonus material, I thought it was her spirit, even though I could not explain Tracy's presence. This was a huge thing, and it was very disappointing to see the creators explain that they had to cut out some scenes from the last show because it was too long; when they used many clips from previous shows that we did not need to see again. This said, I was glad for this twist. I was glad to have Elena alive again.
In any case, this was one of the best series on television. In my perfect world I dream with Felicity Again...a new series five or ten years after graduation. A new Thirtysomething with the whole cast. J.J. Abrams, I hope you read these reviews, but I'm sure you're too busy with Alias.
Thank you Felicity and Good-bye.