Wednesday, April 10, 2019

What I’m Watching: Black Monday (Season Finale)

Black Monday: Season 1, Episode 10 “0” (B)

This show is guilty of a typical sin, one that I could probably have predicted, which is setting up a monumental death that wasn’t actually all that consequential since it didn’t involve a main character. As far as we knew, and as far as Mo knew, The Jammer was already dead. Demanding part of what he wasn’t going to get was bad news for everyone, and making sure that he fell to his death felt inevitable and almost irrelevant. The confluence of all the threads made for an impactful finale, one that leads into an unknown future since this show has yet to be renewed or canceled. Keith made his decision to tip Mo off before the feds burst in to arrest him, and he seemed to accept right away that he was going to have to run. I liked seeing Ken Marino back as the Lehman brothers, who once again referenced the questionably intimate nature of their relationship before one of them appears to have been crushed in the car when the Jammer crashed onto it. Blair’s algorithm being at work throughout the season is something I wouldn’t have even remembered existing due to all of the absurdity we’ve seen since he was first introduced. If this show didn’t return, I’d be okay with it, though I do think that I’d also keep watching if it was renewed. Both Don Cheadle and Regina Hall have been fantastic, and I’ll be eagerly watching whatever it is they do next in the hopes that it compares to this.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Regina Hall as Dawn

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