Season finale week

It's the annual TV season finale week. These are the times I wish I had a dual tuner for my satellite.
24, Smallville, The West Wing, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer all conclude this week. The one blessing this long winter season has been a surplus of good television, from the series listed above to miniseries like Band of Brothers.
The X-files television series aired its last ever episode tonight. I hadn't really watched that many episodes this year, but I watched tonight out of loyalty. As expected for a show that plans to branch out into movies a la Star Trek, it didn't wrap up everything in a satisfying way. It was a tough season for the show, but I did find the explanation for why the Anasazi and the American Indians fled to the Southwest of America and relinquished their land to be clever. Basically, the material in that area of the country (magnetite?) was kryptonite to the alien super soldiers. American Indians discovered that and fled to that area to avoid being wiped out by past alien invaders.
I started watching the X-files in season three, and through the X-files newsgroup I found someone who was willing to copy videotapes of every episode from seasons one and two for me in exchange for $50 and a series of blank videotapes. I watched all fifty episodes of those seasons in a matter of two weeks. With the advent of DVD, I must say that one of the most satisfying of all entertainment events is watching an entire season of a great TV show over the course of a week or two. The duration of such a length of episodic entertainment makes it wholly unique.
I can't wait until they put the rest of Seasons One and Two of The West Wing out on DVD.
Adieu to the X-files. It was time for it to go gracefully into the good night. The website Jump the Shark is dedicated to identifying those moments or episodes when a television show hits its peak. After that point, it's all downhill. The name comes from an episode of Happy Days when Fonzie waterskis and jumps over a shark. For the X-files, that moment, for me, was sometime before Duchovny left the show for good. The whole plot with the cigarette smoking man had been resolved, the story about Mulder's sister had been closed out, and the mythology tried to change course and extend its run for a while longer. Duchovny's departure sealed the coffin. Okay, that's not really a moment, but I'm tired, I can't fall asleep, and my foot is cramping.
Perhaps M. Night Shyamalan's Signs will provide me with my summer's worth of paranormal mystery.