Monday, April 15, 2019

What I’m Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Series Finale)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4, Episode 17 “I’m in Love”

Ending a show in a way that does justice to everything that’s come before it isn’t easy, and I’m particularly impressed by those shows that choose self-reference as the neatest and most optimistic way to wrap things up. This show lasting four years is actually quite a feat considering its title, and it was nice to see Rebecca run through the show’s different theme songs and some of its other memorable musical numbers during her eleven o’clock number. I assume most viewers probably expected that Rebecca wasn’t actually going to pick any of the three men that she’d so long been pining for, and the choice of focusing on herself could have felt forced. Instead, showing how Paula and others perceive her when she starts imagining a musical number was very enlightening and helpful, and Rebecca choosing herself meant that she could finally invest in her mental health in a productive way. Writing down her the lyrics she imagined would likely produce some strange reactions, but at least it means she’s being true to herself. Ending things a year after the events we’ve been recently seeing was effective since it allowed for some sweet summaries of what everyone has been up to, with negative thoughts reserved only for White Josh, who apparently never warmed to Rebecca, and George’s very unfortunate ponytail. I like that Heather and Hector were both so proud of their new hot tub, and it was sweet to see that Josh met someone while Nathaniel found the charitable, animal-loving side of himself. Valencia and Daryll found the perfect relationships too. Giving everyone, including Rebecca, a happy ending is a wonderful way to send this show out on after a wild four years on the air. This show has been so singular in the way it’s incorporated its musical numbers, and I sincerely hope that whatever project Rebecca Bloom chooses next is as fantastic a use of her talents.

Series finale: B+
Series grade: B+
Season MVP: Rachel Bloom
Season grade: B
Series MVP: Rachel Bloom
Best Season: Season 1
Best Episode: Pilot

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