I’ve ducked in and out of JtV over the years, so maybe that is why, but I found the finale kind of flat. The only times I really got emotional like the show wanted me to was when it focused on Alba, Xo, and Jane, and the end of their lives together (which I found moving I think mostly because several times the actors were really crying...I wonder if the scene out on the porch was the last one filmed). Otherwise, it was an episode that was...there? IDK, I just thought the episode wanted to be more epic and grand and magical than it actually was. I was kinda bored tbh. That may be a metaphor for this entire season, come to think of it. The one plot line that genuinely had story left and could have used development in this ep—JR and Petra reuniting—got like 5 seconds.
With that all said, given how many shows have had just AWFUL finales recently, I commend JtV for not trying to have some “edgy” or “shocking” or whatever finale. (No lie, when Alba went to turn off the light I had a brief moment of horror, wondering if the show would have her keel over right then...and then I was like nah, this is not that show!) They played the end straight and gave everyone their HEA and didn’t try to do something ridiculous and that was the right call.
Adios, JtV. You were always uneven but usually fun and charming despite several missteps. I hope most of the cast finds excellent future projects—they are all so talented!