Well, I finished the series today and I have mixed feelings about it. I loved it and I didn't. LOL I loved it for the characters and I didn't because so many of my favorites kept leaving the show. It just wasn't the same after Archie left. :-( Oh well, All good things must come to an end. Sue
Thought I had posted this earlier but I think your opinion is shared by most here. No question that Hector, Archie and Lexie were at the heart of MotG and the show changed when they left. Like most I found the later series enjoyable but not nearly as much so without them. Had the show begun with Paul, Isobel, etc. the story might have been different - as Marie suggests, I find those epis enjoyable on their own merit but clearly there is a different spirit to the show. Wait a short while and then go back and view it again - as others suggest, you'll get much enjoyment from it and, especially after having been involved here a while, you'll find yourself viewing it in a different mindset, catching nuances not seen or understood the first time around.