Saturday, May 18, 2019

What I’m Watching: Veep (Series Finale)

Veep: Season 7, Episode 7 “Veep”

It doesn’t feel bittersweet for this show to come to an end since it has really has run its course. Sixty-five episodes is a lot in the modern day of cable television, and the last season of this show that I found to be truly terrific was season four. This shortened final run has still been entertaining, and this extended episode did include quite a bit of content. Tom reentering the race was a curveball that Selina struck down immediately by planting the right seeds of doubt in the head of Rhea Seehorn’s Michelle, the chief of staff she previously demeaned by dictating a coffee order to her. What that newfound alliance showed is that Selina, similar to a current inhabitant of the White House, does not truly value any friendship or relationship, willing to throw anyone to the wolves if it will help her and to promise anything to a potential ally even if it contradicts a previous pledge she’s made. After her accidental transgender bathroom bill statement in North Carolina, her most cutthroat moves were to have Gary arrested for all the Meyer Fund activity and to get same-sex marriage overturned. Seeing how the people formerly closest to her, namely Catherine and Marjorie, who for once got heated in this episode, didn’t even attend her funeral demonstrates just how little she actually mattered in the end due to the prioritization of her choices. The fact that both Kent and Amy couldn’t believe that Selina actually chose Jonah was a sign of how even they couldn’t support her desperate politics, and it’s a relief that he apparently got impeached before the Christian mathematician who corrected the term “ex-husband” with “step-husband” could do all that much damage to the country. Seeing everyone in older makeup at the funeral twenty-four years later was a fitting if moderately depressing way to say goodbye, emphatically ending this show on a sour note rather than an overly humorous one. At least Richard became president and managed to concoct a three-state solution to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so there’s some hope. I do expect this show to do well at the Emmys again this year, and I’ll just put in my regular promotion for Timothy Simons as Jonah and Sam Richardson as Richard since they’ve been excellent for years and did some of their best work this year.

Series finale: B+
Series grade: B+
Season MVP: Timothy Simons as Jonah
Season grade: B
Series MVP: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina
Best Season: Seasons 1-4
Best Episode: D.C.

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