Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What I’m Watching: Master of None (Season Finale)

Master of None: Season 1, Episode 10 “Finale” (B+)

And just like that, this show is over, though I’m hopeful that it will be brought back for a second season. I feel like because it took me a few episodes to get into it, I didn’t fully appreciate it, but there were definitely some great installments along the way. This was a good closing episode, one that brought back the supporting characters just enough and focused primarily on Dev and Rachel and how their relationship panned out. I would have liked for things to work out between the two of them, and it was sad to see them part ways. Dev imagining how they would say their vows in the most unromantic and matter-of-fact way was helpful in illustrating how he felt and how he thought she felt about the institution of marriage and what it means to take a relationship to the next step, and that was crucial for eliciting her negative reaction to his unfortunate percentage exercise. Seeing her with different hair and a sudden desire to move to Japan because she didn’t want to feel like she had missed out on the opportunity was strange, but the best part was that it caused Dev to take the plunge and fly to Italy to go to culinary school, which is seriously cool. This show didn’t have a specific focus but it managed to get at a lot of what happens in society these days, with a fantastic central performance from Aziz Ansari and a great turn from the wonderful Noel Wells, who I hope we’ll see again in season two. On that note, let’s hope for a season two!

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Aziz Ansari and Noel Wells

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