Major Spoilers EiC Stephen has been quite expressive about his dislike of the ending of ‘Grease’, where Sandy and Danny take off into the sky in a car that was built in a dream sequence earlier in the film.  Notwithstanding that they’re using the close from the stage show, which may or may not have made sense then either, it’s probably the last thing that anyone might have expected, but is it the worst ending ever?  I mean, is it worst than what happened to Henry Bemis in ‘Time Enough At Last’?  Or the reveal about Ted’s wife and why he had to explain her to the kids?  Or, god forbid, that last episode of ‘Quantum Leap’?  The mind boggles, leading us to today’s cruel twist query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would probably give the nod to the issue of ‘Joker’s Asylum’ where we’re asked to flip a coin to determine what happens next for one of the characters, asking: What’s the WORST ending in all of pop culture?


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  1. Keep in mind it is not ONLY the Car Flying Off To Heaven Because Sandy Has Been Dead This Entire Time, but also the fact that in order to get her man, Sandy must change everything about herself in order to get the guy. That just sends a horrible message to women.

  2. I really didn’t like the last episode of Star Trek Enterprise. I enjoyed the last season a lot and even would have liked that episode if it had been in the middle of the season. But as a last episode it was painful.

  3. Malone_hasco on

    Its really hard to say absolute worst when every other TV show ends with a whimper when writers cornered themselves trying to outsmart million fans on the internet or ran out of material they were drawing from and almost every major comic event can be summarized as: “And after 12 issues, nothing happened”. One of the worst is definitely Mass Effect video game trilogy, it was advertised as “Your every choice matters deciding the fate of the galaxy”. Turns out none of them mattered and ending is decided in the last minute.

    • Defending the ending of Mass Effect is a hill I will plant a flag on.

      I believe people look at the last 5 minutes of the game and think of it as the end of the trilogy when really the entirety of the 3rd game is the ending. You see the results of all of your choices throughout the series play out over the course of the final game, and then are given one big final choice at the end.

      I’ll acknowledge that the last bit is a little out there and strange, but I personally don’t think it retroactively ruins the other 98% of the trilogy at all.

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