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Teen drama season finale leaves questions unanswered

[Edition 43] BURWOOD, Monday: The season finale of Dawson’s Creek last night left a record eighteen unresolved plot points. The previous record was held by the 1995 season finale of Party of Five when character Julie Salinger (played by Neve Campbell) alone recorded thirteen personal crises of conscience in the final seven minutes of the episode.

[Edition 43] BURWOOD, Monday: The season finale of Dawson’s Creek last night left a record eighteen unresolved plot points.

The previous record was held by the 1995 season finale of Party of Five when character Julie Salinger (played by Neve Campbell) alone recorded thirteen personal crises of conscience in the final seven minutes of the episode.

The new record was welcomed by viewers. Almost half the unresolved questions fell into the top categories “unexpected”, “relatively surprising” and “not totally predictable”, according to Felicity Lyons, 15, an expert in teen drama.

As anticipated the episode included unresolved tensions between characters Pacey and Mitch, Pacey and Andie, Andie and Mitch, Andie and Joey, Andie and Jen, Andie and Dawson, Pacey and Jen, Mitch and Jack, Dawson and Joey; Mitch and Dawson, Joey and Pacey, Dawson and Jen, Pacey and Dawson, Mitch and Joey; Joey and Jack; Joey and Jen, Jen and Mitch, and Jack and Jen.

Unexpectedly, there were no questions left unanswered between Dawson and Jack. Lyons attributes this development as a sign that modern screenwriters no longer need to indulge in “cheap cliff-hanger endings” to keep viewers coming back.

Lyons thought that although emotions were running high at the end of the episode, the problems would not lead to the total collapse of the show and its premise at the beginning of the next season. “I reckon they’ll salvage it somehow,” she said. “But it may require the characters to face up to the facts and act with honesty and integrity in their dealings with other people.”