Ok, I’ve actually watched the whole season now. I wasn’t going to at first, because not a Logan fan, didn’t like the fan-service stuff in the movie, and the first episode thread was all about shirtless Logan, so I figured the revival was going to be more (extended) fan-service, and I don’t watch shows for that. But then I read the Logan Dies spoiler and decided to give it a shot.
I mentioned in another post in this thread that another show did this to me very recently, so I can sympathize with you all. After my experience, I feel like niche and genre showrunners, the ones with intensely passionate fanbases, should knock off the edgy death stuff for a while. As has been said multiple times, things are shitty enough right now. Yeah, it’s an artistic choice, you’re a creator, etc., but maybe just give it a few years and see if the planet turns itself right-side up again? Instead of racking your brain for “what’s the most painful choice I can possibly make?!”
Setting this aside, I thought it was a strong season, but one episode too long, maybe two. The bomb plot got way too convoluted and went on too long. I sincerely didn’t care about any of the bomb players by the end, except maybe the Mexican hitmen.
I did like the themes brought up and revisited (douchebags, corruption, sexual assault, more douchebags, etc), as well as the obvious ongoing homages to multiple true crime documentaries and the nation’s frenzy for true crime and injustice porn since Serial. (I think the statistic about less than half the country thinking Penn was guilty was commentary on stuff like Making a Murderer.)
I liked their use of JK Simmons, who I was not expecting to see here.
I liked the writing, they were at the top of their dialogue game, and I have a feeling someone’s been taking notes from Stephen Falk (You’re the Worst), who in my opinion is the best rapid-fire dialogue artist since Amy Sherman-Palladino was at her peak with Gilmore Girls.
The pacing was very good until it kind of went splat when you realized a whole additional episode was still going to be about the bombs.
My biggest gripe with the shock ending was how tacked on it felt. And then the therapist (love Mary, but she pops up the fuck out of nowhere) happens to have this voicemail message for Veronica? What?
It felt like they needed to take another swipe at the entire last episode. I think if nothing else, they might have been able to maneuver Logan’s death in a way that didn’t just piss everyone off.