The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.



I wasn’t a fan of “We’ll Always Have Paris” and “Waiting for Superman,” the two episodes of the “Red Band Society” series finale.

In “We’ll Always Have Paris,” Kara and Hunter’s storyline was defined by the title.  It was about them spending their last moments together in Paris.  It was super sappy and so boring.  Nothing really happened other than them talking about their love for one another.  Their storyline was so clichéd, it wasn’t romantic.

Dash’s girlfriend, Mae, was really random.  1) She came out of nowhere.  There was no mention of her before the episode “We’ll Always Have Paris.”  I felt like the writers just randomly added her into the show because they didn’t know what else to do with Dash.  2) I was confused as to why Dash lied about Mae in the first place.  She came into the hospital, and he avoided her.  Immediately, I thought she was an old bully.  It took me aback when it was revealed that Mae was actually his girlfriend.  On top of all of this, the acting in all their scenes was poor.  They were stereotypical star-crossed lovers, and their dialogue felt forced.

Kara’s “bee attack” in “Waiting for Superman” was very strange.  Her mother completely freaked out about the bee and ended up fainting.  For people who have had to deal with more serious health concerns, it was odd that they made such a big deal about a bee.  They’ve experienced far worse things.  And it’s not like either of them are allergic.

In “Waiting for Superman,” the dialogue wasn’t always representative of the characters.  All the characters were very philosophical and self-aware.  They became their own counsellors, teaching themselves life lessons.  And all of these lessons were very heavy-handed.  This happened to almost all the patients.  Yet, they’re individuals and shouldn’t all think or talk the same way.

At the end of the series, almost all the characters were back to where they started.  Emma was still anorexic.  Leo’s cancer came back.  Jordi was going to undergo another surgery.  Absolutely nothing happened to Dash the whole series.  And Kara had a new heart, but was still adjusting to her medical condition.  Nothing really changed (not even relationships) for Nurse Jackson, Dr. Adam McAndrews, and Brittany.  I’m conflicted about how I feel about this.  On one hand, this ending was realistic.  Not everyone’s going to get better, and not everyone’s going to leave.  It can’t be a perfect happily ever after ending.  On the other hand, I feel like the whole show was a waste since most characters are back to where they started.

The best part of the ending: Charlie is no longer paralyzed!  He can speak!  At least one member of the red band society was able to leave the hospital.  I thought it was clever that “Red Band Society” ended when the narrator left.  The series can’t possibly continue since there’s no longer someone left to tell the story.

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