Tuesday, January 21, 2020

What I’m Watching: Ray Donovan (Season Finale)

Ray Donovan: Season 7, Episode 10 “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (C+)

This was an unspectacular end to a truly disappointing and rather pointless season. I’m unsure why the far superior “Shameless” got its final season announced already while this show’s fate has yet to be determined, but that’s maybe because no one cares enough to find out what might happen next after this lackluster finale. We concluded the flashbacks to a young Donovan family with the revelation that Bridget was pregnant when she killed herself with Jim’s baby, something that might feel more impactful if we had known the character before this season. I don’t understand the need for mystery in identifying who Ray was carrying in that body bag since it really should have been Mickey, but yet again there was someone who was temporarily worse and managed to allow him to live just a little bit longer. Daryll showing up to kill Declan was perhaps a bit too clean, though one person doesn’t think so, and that’s Smitty, who no one even seemed to notice had been apparently killed in the crossfire. Ray shooting Jim is one of the most violent things he’s done in a while, and he did it so emotionlessly that it hardly seems like progress for him. Whether his relationship with Molly continues is unknown since she’s much smarter than any of the women he’s been with in the past, Abby excepted. Terry going to see Dr. Amiot and then heading up to the top of the Empire State building was cause for concern, and his fate remains uncertain. This episode featured yet another unnecessary musical montage, and, if for some reason this show is permitted to return for a swan song, I think I’ll have to come back and read this review to remind me that it’s just not worth it anymore.

Season grade: C+
Season MVP: Kerry Condon as Molly Sullivan

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