Monday, November 24, 2014

What I'm Watching: Transparent (Season Finale)

Transparent: Season 1, Episode 10 “Why Do We Cover the Mirrors?” (B+)

When I watch a season finale with a major bombshell or two, I usually go ahead and take a look at reactions by others to the episode. It always feels strange, however, to come to the conclusion of a season of a streamed show where I’m quite literally the only one getting here at this point, and likely one of the few who actually watched it on a weekly basis. Nonetheless, this is a very fitting finale for this show’s first season, using the life cycle occasion of a shiva to bring the family together for some bumpy bonding. Alli’s discovery of the real reason for her not having a bat mitzvah prompted the first harsh scene we’ve seen from Maura, since every flashback to Mort showed him being timid and all we’ve seen of Maura is her struggling to fit in. Something seemed to snap in her when Alli yelled at her, and it wasn’t pleasant to watch. Sarah asking Tammy if she wanting to get married right after cheating on her with Len doesn’t bode well for the future health of their relationship, and Tammy doesn’t seem to have a clue that she and Sarah aren’t on the same page. I loved how the scene with Alli and Rabbi Raquel was filmed using the mirrors when the express point of what they were doing was covering them. After Josh destroyed his potential with Raquel by incorrectly guessing just a few of the endless number of women who could have tarnished his reputation, he got a big shock that might on another show seem out of place: he has a son, a devout Christian from Kansas who loves sushi. Ending grace with Maura letting out “Oy gevalt!” was a great way to finish off a truly transformative and unique first season.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Jeffrey Tambor

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