Wednesday, May 27, 2020

What I’m Watching: Run (Season Finale)

Run: Season 1, Episode 7 “Trick” (B-)

Well, this was a bit of a letdown. I was totally on board when our main characters were on board, but as soon as they got off the train, this show didn’t really have a sense of where it was going. The introduction of Babe in the previous episode felt random and sudden, and there’s obviously a larger storyline involving the eccentric Laurel and their strange romance that started when she slept with the woman she was supposed to be interviewing for a murder case. But there just wasn’t enough of that, and for her to give the keys to Laurel and get on the train only to not end up catching up with either Billy or Ruby is far from satisfying. There’s more that needs to be explored there, and it felt far too rushed to be compelling. Billy seemed like an idiot grinning to himself while Ruby was seeing his ultimate betrayal, and the audacity he displayed when he introduced himself to Laurence was truly appalling. I also don’t quite get how Laurence was okay with whatever was happening since it was pretty hard for Ruby to deny anything since Billy was right there. Her choosing not to go with him is obviously the right decision, but she didn’t give too much thought to running off and abandoning her family in the first place to try being with him. I still think that both Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson were excellent and deserve any accolades they might get, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge was pretty great too. But I’m not sure I’d endorse a second season of this show given the lackluster resolution here, though I guess it would be better than ending like this.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Merritt Wever as Ruby

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