Sunday, March 22, 2020

What I’m Watching: Kidding (Season Finale)

Kidding: Season 2, Episodes 9 and 10 “The Nightingale Pledge” and “The Puppet Dalai Lama” (B+)

That’s the end of this season, marking a disappointingly quick five-week airing which makes little sense to me since it would have been much more worthwhile to enjoy it over the course of ten separate sittings. There’s little hope of a third season at this point due in part to the current industry-wide production shutdown and the potential that more of this show isn’t at the top of anyone’s priority list. Given how strong this season was, I hope that’s not the case. The specifics of who the man was who nearly set the Pickles home on fire and who approached Will in a giant Mr. Pickles head weren’t anywhere near as important as the message he wanted to convey and the response he elicited from Jeff, who hulked out to step in and defend his son when he saw that he was in danger. I liked that there was such a focus on Jill in this final two-parter, flashing back to their courtship when Jeff said he was married to his mission and then picking up in the present with her distress about the notion that Jeff might hold her responsible for Phil’s death. Deciding not to tell Jeff about the donors made sense, and bringing him to meet the runner who had his heart was a really incredible way of achieving a slight degree of closure, punctuated by the unexplained but totally appropriate freezing of time. The newly-trimmed Will may not have been able to turn back time, but he did manage to get his parents back to a good place. Seb is in a different place now, apparently attaining some level of happiness and serenity in losing his perception of reality. Deirdre watching Astronauter take off was powerful, eclipsing a truly transformative season that I’ll continue recommending to people and thinking about for a while to come.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Catherine Keener as Deirdre

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