That's just one example of the hurried feeling about the whole last episode. Very much of a, "Okay, we're done. Let's wrap this up and go home!" look. Wasn't up to the rest of the series, at all. Still, it remains one of my favorite television events of all time. I was completely invested in the characters and story and so were millions of others. It kept you interested and wanting to come back.
"From our orbital vantage point, we observe an earth without borders, full of peace, beauty and magnificence, and we pray that humanity as a whole can imagine a borderless world as we see it, and strive to live as one in peace." Astronaut William C. McCool RIP, January 29, 2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia