Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What I’m Watching: Wilfred (Season Finale)

Wilfred: Season 2, Episode 13 “Secrets” (B+)

This episode was crucial because it was practically that, all signs to the contrary, Wilfred wasn’t nefariously plotting Ryan’s demise. That drawing done by Ryan when he was young is extremely important evidence that Wilfred’s relevance in Ryan’s life goes far beyond the current moment. Ryan running to grab the magnifying glass to examine the photo on the fridge at the end of the episode was a fantastic moment on which to end, proving to him that, for once, Wilfred wasn’t making something up just to mess with Ryan’s head. I’m saddened somewhat by the fact that Amanda had to turn out to be crazy, but it seems a necessary sacrifice for the good of the episode and Ryan’s arc. Telling someone else that he talked to Wilfred has huge enough, and to have her acknowledge that she too heard him speak was monumental. It was all downhill for her after that, of course, as she revealed that she was the one who had stolen company money and put it in an offshore account in Ryan’s name, and then dug herself deeper by putting words in Wilfred’s mouth and assigning him a French accent. That led to the most magnificent part of this whole episode, in which Ryan realized that, objectively speaking, Amanda wasn’t any crazier for him for imagining a different talking Wilfred, she just got caught doing the illegal things she claimed he told her to do. With all these self-realizations going on, the wedding still went off pretty much without a hitch, and it was a sentimental, thought-provoking finale. The show has yet to be renewed for a third season, but I’d love to see more of this truly unique series, especially after this unexpectedly depressing and dark season.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Allison Mack as Amanda

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