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|Ugly Betty The Complete Fourth and Final Season|
Actors: Eric Mabius, Tony Plana, Mark Indelicato
Genres: Comedy, Television
Some TV series end too soon, leaving us panting for more, while others overstay their welcome, leaving a bad taste (and possibly a jumped shark or two) in their wake. Fortunately, ABC's Ugly Betty has done neither, bowing ... more »
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The Last of Betty
jaysoon | 09/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had been a hot and cold fan of the series, and only returned at the start of this last season.
If you are/were a fan, the story of Betty moved beyond the PRADA/TELENOVIA concept beautifully in my opinion. The actors are pitch perfect, and I believe the dialogue zings better than WILL AND GRACE,to drag in a comparative show. The images of women, women of color, gays, Latinos, Latinas, teenagers, all wrapped in New Yawk and Manhatten Madness is very very satisfying.
I got all the seasons, and have strung out finishing off Season Last/Four, and the bonus material, because its hard to say goodbye to Betty and her dreams to become her own woman, on her own terms (this is supposed to be tv fodder)....I will miss her family, her loves, her co-workders. Erica Kane move on out, 'cause Wilhemena rocks this almost-night time soap, and Mandy and Mark deserved their own show.
Great wrap up, from a devoted fan, waiting for a movie version, this series can catch you up and wrap you up in going for your dreams, dreaming big, acting big and accepting who you are in a fun, bitchy, campy, poncho-wearing, braces off way.
IT ENDED WITH DIGNITY AND CLASS
MISTER SJEM | CALIF BAY AREA United States | 09/25/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A show that started strong but bad choices by ABC eventually got it axed this season. UB was one of those shows that did a fine job of mixing and overlapping vanity and virtue, as well as being one of those rare and successful shows that focused on a functional Latino Family. I will miss UB but I have to say that some of the episodes were below their usual par. At one point there seemed to be a jump in a few stories all of a sudden, too, but rather than blame the writers I blame ABC for trying to push this along and force the story to come to a fast close. It was nice to see some of the old characters return (especially Gio) and I liked how they ended with two certain main characters NOT getting together. The show ended with dignity and hope and those were certainly some of the themes of Ugly Betty. I shall miss this show. WHEN WATCHED: July to September 2010 (I took a long time watching the last episode because I feared they would ruin it but they did not); MY GRADE: B minus to B for fans (C plus to B minus for non fans)."
Not So Much Ugly Betty as Boring Betty This Season
Kasey G | Toronto, ON | 09/20/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"**NOTE: REVIEW MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS**
"Ugly Betty" was a fun ride while it lasted, but it ended at the right time. Things were starting to get a little static this season, and I found myself watching more out of habit than desire.
Despite the fact that our heroine is finally climbing the corporate ladder, the series itself seems stuck in a rut this season.
"Ugly Betty" always impressed me with its guest casting, but this year's guest stars, such as Lynn Redgrave in her last role, and the sadly underused Judy Gold, seem wasted, their roles underwritten.
Kristen Johnston and RuPaul both appear, looking emaciated. Kristen's part was at least bigger as she plays a former Mode receptionist of undeterminable age, who wants to get into Mark's pants.
Some of the storylines this year were either too dull or too far-fetched.
I didn't care for the whole Daniel-is-seduced-by-a-cult plot. The scene where Matt distracts the security guards so that the ladies can rescue Daniel looked as though they were re-enacting an episode of "Josie and the Pussycats" the cartoonish way Betty, Claire and Amanda all ascended the stairs in unison.
The show only begins to get interesting around Episode 7 when both Betty and Hilda buy the pregnancy tests.
Even the road trip to the Bahamas does nothing to inject some sizzle, as it's a case of too-little-too-late. The later trek to London where Betty drags Hilda and Amanda along for a bachelorette party fares much better, due to the welcome and surprise return of Christina and Gio.
The writers keep tricking us into thinking Justin is going to confide in Mark about being in love with a boy from his acting class. The scene where they finally kiss is very well done.
The scripts get better as the season progresses and the last four shows are highly entertaining!
The show pays homage to "Dynasty" in a fun catfight sequence between Wilhemina and Claire.
Which reminds me; the old warhorses of Mode both look more glamorous this season than they ever have. Vanessa Williams begins the season looking fantastic, like a 1940s movie goddess, and I swear Judith Light looks 20 years younger than she did in Season One.
Speaking of looks, this being the final year of the series, Betty makes a gradual progression from ugly duckling to beautiful swan.
She loses the bangs, starts dressing the part of a Mode editor, and as the final four episodes wind down, her braces come off.
The series finale begins with a funeral. Betty must decide whether to rekindle a former relationship or move on to a new exciting endeavour.
The show comes to a satisfying conclusion that nicely ties up the fates of its characters.
Though Season Four wasn't as easy to get through, those who have invested four years in the show should definitely follow it through to the end. I'm glad I did and "Ugly Betty" will always be among my Top Ten shows of 2000-2009."