Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What I’m Watching: Shameless (Season Finale)

Shameless: Season 6, Episode 12 “Familia Supra Gallegorious Omnia!” (B+)

On this show, it’s always a matter of how long it will take our beloved and deeply flawed characters to self-destruct. This finale was full of such lamentable occurrences, but I’ll start by highlighting the surprising and affirming developments that were particularly positive. The most gratifying success story is Ian’s, since he has overcome so much and even went into the strip club to ask for his old job back but then decided to make a stand and demand the right to be an EMT in spite of lying on his application. Carl is really reforming for Dominique, and I love that her father just won’t accept him and continues to give him a hard time. Threatening to shoot him right there if Dominique’s new dress was getting him too excited was pretty hilarious. Though their situation is by far the least dire, the relationship between Svetlana, Kev, and Veronica is also going well and making them all happy. Debs came to Fiona’s wedding, which was nice, and after a major struggle, Lip is going to rehab, and the desire not to become Frank should inspire him to succeed. One teacher may have abandoned him, but another stuck by him even after all the terrible things he said to him. And then there’s Frank, who could have traumatized Fiona by killing Sean as he planned, but instead he revealed the brutal truth about Sean slipping back into addiction, which destroyed Fiona even more. Some father he is, and what a devastating blow to the woman who was about to finally find happiness. It’s really hard to tell sometimes if this show is actually a comedy. I’m looking forward to an assuredly superb season seven.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Jeremy Allen White as Lip

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