Yes, the last few images of Daniel (even if he doesn't admit to be Daniel any more) opening the door for his parents to join him forever were the only parts I liked. In a GOOD story that would have made a very emotional ending. But by this part I don't think anyone was paying attention. -
And it's funny you mention the writer looking back and thinking "they hardly did jack they made sense with these two" was the same writer who brought them back and put Lyta/Hector together again i.e. Geoff Johns. It's like he didn't like how his own story turned out and wanted to just start all over again and wipe the slate clean.