Friday, October 2, 2020

What I’m Watching: Ted Lasso (Season Finale)

Ted Lasso: Season 1, Episode 10 “The Hope That Kills You” (B+)

I was sad to watch this episode because that means saying goodbye to this show for the time being, but it’s good to know that, as Rebecca informed Ted in the final scene, this show is going to be back just like the team for another season. This was a great finale, setting up a moderately predictable turn of events that still managed to be enjoyable thanks to the signature flair of all of these characters. One of my favorite moments was Jamie stopping by Keeley’s with no knowledge that Roy was going to be the one answering the door, and we got to see how Roy worked through his rage at his “grandson” to tackle him in a key moment that, by all indications, may be his last time on the field. I liked Ted’s enthusiasm for surprise plays, and it was truly fantastic to see that the “Lasso Special” was just the boys pretending to play football so that they could confuse the hell out of Manchester City. They were so busy celebrating their tie that they didn’t see Jamie’s final-moment goal coming, but at least they had a great energy and managed to invigorate their fans. Nate getting promoted was a nice touch, especially since he didn’t know it was happening and was ready to lace into Rebecca for firing him. It’s going to be an uphill battle to return from relegation, earn a promotion, and do whatever happens next in season two, but I can’t wait. This show has been a delight, and I hope Jason Sudeikis and the series earn some awards love.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Jason Sudeikis as Ted and Juno Temple as Keeley

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