Friday, April 22, 2016

What I’m Watching: Togetherness (Series Finale)

Togetherness: Season 2, Episode 8 “For the Kids”

Well, this is it. Every person I’ve talked to who watches this show is equally in disbelief about its cancellation after just two short seasons, especially after this season was so good. Opening with Michelle and Tina getting a sneak peek at the mess that is the “Dune” play didn’t present much hope, but these characters have always been all about thinking creatively and accomplishing great things. Sophie getting injured was an unexpected minor trauma that scared everyone into getting together, with Tina rushing in to action since she was literally the closest, already at the same hospital for a different appointment. Brett’s driving was pretty frightening, and his joy at flooring it on the shoulder was high until he crashed right into the barrier. Seeing Sophie with two casts was an unfortunate sight, and at least one fantastic thing came out of her injury: her expression of enthusiasm for the remnants of the “Dune” project, prompting Michelle to stage a truly terrific plan. Seeing all the kids run around and pull attention away from Anna while she was gloating about the forecasted success of her stuffy French charter school was very gratifying, and the look on her face and Michelle’s were priceless. It’s lovely to know that Brett has completely forgiven Michelle and that they’re going to move back in together. And on what other show would two characters agreeing to have sex purposely because they didn’t have a condom be so sweet? I love this show, and I can only hope that HBO will realize its decision was wrong and revive the show. If not, it’s been a great sixteen episodes.

Series finale: B+
Series grade: A-
Season MVP: Melanie Lynskey as Michelle
Season grade: A-
Series MVP: Amanda Peet as Tina
Best Season: Season 2
Best Episode: “Changetown

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