Thursday, August 17, 2017

What I’m Watching: Casual (Season Finale)

Casual: Season 3, Episode 13 “The Hermit and the Moon” (B+)

I do hope this isn’t the series finale, with no news about a fourth season on the horizon, but I suppose this would be a fitting way to wrap things up. There’s no point at which things will work out neatly for anyone, and they’re all likely to fall back into the same cycles of behavior no matter how much they come to epiphanies and try to change their lives. I guess I, like Alex, didn’t realize that Judy was breaking up with him when she said they needed space, but I think that was the helpful deceptive nature of the flashbacks, since his girlfriend at the time wasn’t aware of what he was really talking about and then he was just as oblivious so many years later. It didn’t end badly or messily, and she seemed most upset about having to interview more nerds. Rae revealed her pregnancy very bluntly, and I like that they had a discussion about it which included her telling him that she wanted his opinion just as much as he tried to defer to her. There’s no decision as of yet on what they’ll do, but it’s an interesting place to leave off. Val decided she can live with her brother and that’s fine, and for now Laura is just going to have to be her own person, drinking her grandmother’s Kool-Aid until that spell wears off. And Leon can now be the type of friend for Alex that he needs to be, with Leah less excited about the idea of a camping trip now. I didn’t like the first few episodes of this season but it recovered after that, and still serves as a great show even if it’s not the strongest year the show has produced. I’m hoping for season four since I want to spend more time with these characters.

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