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Army Wives Review: Saving The Best For Last

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Leading up this Season 6 finale, all signs pointed to Army Wives coming to an end.

Last week I not only thought the show was on its last legs, I was looking forward to it. Yet, somehow, "Onward" changed my opinion on both thoughts. Be still your beating hearts, you heard that right. If another season could be done as well as this episode, I would be behind it... let's say, 90%.

So this was a surprising week! I'll give you the full rundown of what changed my views at the end of the review, so let's start with a break down of the basics...

Kevin's Medical Breakthrough

I was shocked that the only thing Charlie thought of as Nicole was getting ready to deploy was "what about adoption?" She then had the nerve to go talk to Denise about asking Frank to change her orders. It seemed to me that she was more interested in having a child than she was in getting married to Nicole.

Luckily, it was also convenient for Penny to need parents to raise a baby she didn't want and for Charlie and Nicole to want a baby. Penny had no problem jumping into bed with a man during a one night stand, but had quite a big problem when it came to her Christian beliefs and allowing her child to be raised by a lesbian couple. Her immediate answer was no.

Enter Hector, who said the first thing I've agreed with since he came onto the show: "You can't judge them. What we did was against the bible!" Of course he had a lot more first hand experience with Nicole Galassini, but he's right. They are good women and would give a baby all the love in the world. It was nice to have a story with a happy ending.

Was it any surprise Kevin was as ornery as ever during his physical therapy? I was happy when he fell on the floor and off of the exercise equipment. I love that he finally got it; what it would take to walk again. He needed to understand it wasn't done with sheer will and anger. It was quite a sight to see the soldiers rally around him when he made his first attempts to stand on his own, especially since I'm sure J.R. Martinez, as Marty, wasn't the only American soldier in that room who had been through it all himself.

Elsewhere, Trevor wanted to deploy with his men rather than report to Fort Lewis, but when the orders came down, they were for him to make the move. That left a lot of others on base who were going to be merging with an air force base, but not until the 1st Brigade deployed to Afghanistan again.

Here is where Army Wives reeled me back in. Its ability to show soldiers deploying, saying goodbye to their families and realistically portraying the pressures and challenges those left behind has always been incredibly keen. The majority of "Onward" was about that future. David was living through the first deployment of his mother, and both he and Joan had to come to terms with it. Charlie watched her wife deploy for the first time as an Army Wife, and one with a child on the way.

The speech Kevin gave, after he successfully stood up in front of the troops to give it, was inspirational. It was beautiful to see everyone standing there, about to leave to serve their country again as their families stood to the side to support their decision to do so. If this were just any series finale, what happened next would not have happened at all.

The plan which held practically half of the cast - including Joan, Frank, Nicole and Hector - experienced some sort of difficulties and we closed out the hour with Michael answering a call to several Oh My Gods. Leaving us forever with a plane going down would be a horrible joke. So maybe this wasn't the end after all. On the other hand, the group hug at the end could have meant it was sort of a Sopranos conclusion.

The lives of soldiers and their families will always be filled with strife, and no matter where Lifetime decides to end the series, that will continue. After all, the hug had all of the main characters past and present. The missing Claudia Joy; Pamela who had moved on; Roxy who was on her way out of town; Denise and Roland. Perhaps the takeaway was to remember those friendships.

What are your thoughts, and would "Onward" work as a series finale or do you demand more? What do you think the odds are for a season seven? For now, thanks for reading along again this season! I've enjoyed your participation in the column very much. 

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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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Does anyone know the title and group that sang the song that was played at the end of the onward episode about saying good by.
Thanks

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OMG! What the HECK? This was the most horrible way ever to end a series! I have watched also from the begining. So wrong is all I can say!

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Sorry, accidentally submitted my last post too soon. I meant to say that I too agree with the posts saying it would be shameful to leave army wives by killing all of them in a plane crash. We deserve a better finale than that so I hope they give us at least another season, even if the core actors are gone. That is military life!

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I'm an air force wove and I cry through every episode. It touches the deepest part of my loneliness and shows me I'm not alone in this. It is honestly the best show on tv, mainly because the shows today are so dumb. But the acting is very good and the writers are dead on with relating to military wives. I would love to see a future series with an air force joint command to bring in air force wives and the differences there. And I age

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MORE!!!!!!

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I have enjoyed watching Army Wives and have never missed an episode in any season. I would really miss watching this show. It is one of the few left that I really enjoy. The creation of awareness of what Army families endure and experience so that we can remain a free country is touching and relevant to what goes on today. Most of the actors are first rate!

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I WANT SEASON 7 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO CLAUDIA JOY/ AND ROXIE AND HER FAMILY DID THEY GET TO FT LEWIS OK? AND WHAT WAS THE CALL HOLDEN GOT/ PLANE CRASHED?

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My wife and I have enjoyed the series but too many of the situations have obvious conclusions to where I tell my wife what is going to happen and I am
90% right. The one big inrealstic scenerio is Roxy always getting upset when Trevor is being deployed. Ho hum, the show is called ARMY wives, duh!

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The show took a total nosedive when it incorporated and glorified same sex marriage. I thought the show was very good until that happened. It has not been the same for me since, nor would it ever be if it were to be continued. I was, however, appreciative that the writers chose to at least tell the truth regarding the lesbian situation through the eyes of Penny in the last episode, especially with regards to having a child raised in a home that would lead to moral values unacceptable to Christians. Too bad they didn't follow through with that theme but such is TV today, and such is the thought process of most people that don't take the Bible as they should, that being, literally. We as Christians are often accused of being judgemental. Possibly this is true in many cases, but in this situation, it is simply a matter of reading, understanding, and believing the infallible, inerrent and inspired word of Almighty God (See Romans 1:26-28).

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PAULA I THINK THERE SHOULD BE A SEASON 7. THAT IS A HORRIBLE WAY TO LEAVE US IF IT WAS THE SHOW'S FINAL SHOW. THERE IS PLENTY MORE STORYLINES THAT THEY CAN DO.
PLEASE DON'T END IT - GET SEASON 7 GOING.

Army Wives Season 6 Episode 23 Quotes

Normally becoming Brigade Commander is occasion for celebration. Under the circumstances, let me just say I'm damn proud of you.

Michael

I just don't see how you can be real Christians and be gay.

Penny
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