First, just let me say how glad I am that, even through all their incompetence, a whole new audience was able to discover this great show. This wasn't exactly how I imagined Charlie Jade breaking onto the American TV landscape, but compared to a few years ago, CJ is in a better place because of it than if skiffy had never picked the show up.
As to the show itself, I guess the people who stuck out the odd airing times now understand why I called the climax and resolution of this show the most ambitious I've ever come across. I didn't watch CJ while it was airing; I like to space out my rewatchings of my favorite shows, to keep them from getting stale, and I had rewatched CJ only a few months before the skiffy announcement was made, but these are my thoughts on the ending from my previous viewings. The meat of the show is built on a certain select group of characters being able to move through space, from "verse" to "verse". That quality is very apparent, as it makes up a large chunk of the plot. On the other hand, the show has a unique storytelling style, using something of a "remix" style to bring certain elements of the story back into focus, as the writers saw fit. The genius of this show, from my perspective, is that somewhere along the way, or from the getgo, the writers saw the chance to meld the "form" of the show to its "function". Shows where the characters travel through space are a dime a dozen, but via CJ's "remix" style, the dynamic of traveling through time, without going all Bill and Ted on the audience, was added to the picture. So for me, the question the final episode, and the final scene of the final episode especially poses is not WTF, but when
. For me, the only present moment that has existed from ep 1 onward is the rows of "hospital" beds where we find Charlie at the end of that final episode, with Charlie living a kind of quasi-life akin the the hero of Philip K Dick's Ubik, with the Men in Grey Suits playing the part of Runciter. Season 1 is mearly a preable, showing the first oh so subtle stirrings of a man waking from a coma the doctors never expected him to wake from. The real story begins once the patient opens his eyes, which I'm convinced would be the opening shot of season two, with Charlie waking up to the "real" world. As to what the second shot would be, well, that's anyone's guess.
Doesn't exactly quell one's thirst for a second season, huh?