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‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Ends Not With a Bang But a Whimper

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The series finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which aired on Thursday night, did not come a moment too soon. In fact, there’s a case to be made that it was overdue.

Technically the second installment of a two-part finale, the episode picks up where last week’s left off. The Kardashian-Jenner clan, minus Rob, plus Scott and Corey, has gathered in a giant Lake Tahoe rental home for one last vacation together on the show. Kris Jenner repeatedly refers to it as their last family trip, full-stop, as if the group will have no reason to vacation together once the cameras stop rolling.

As in the last episode, which involved a scavenger hunt and a Secret Santa exchange of gifts related to iconic moments from the show, they are playing obviously-orchestrated games that allow for smooth transitions into flashbacks to earlier episodes. Khloe is filming her own home videos of her siblings for a time capsule she plans to bury in Kim’s yard. They watch fireworks and talk to each other about how much they’ll miss the show, all decked out in expensive-looking loungewear. It’s your typical boring series finale fare.

Not even fans of the Kardashians will find anything interesting or revelatory in this finale. The show is so tangential to their fame now, which exists largely on social media and in their entrepreneurial ventures, that it doesn’t have anything new to say. It hasn’t for years. Once, the Kardashians were unique in the way they shared every moment of their lives with viewers—just look at Kourtney, who gave birth to her son Mason with an entire camera crew in the delivery room.

Now, the famous family can’t leave home without being papped, let alone........

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