Saturday, November 21, 2020

What I’m Watching: Pure (Series Finale)

Pure: Season 1, Episode 6 (B+)

I’m so sad. I didn’t realize that, long before this show was ever scheduled to come to American audiences via HBO Max, it was cancelled by British network Channel 4. I had hoped that, liked so many other series that have been imported on services like Peacock or the CW, a second season had already been ordered and was supposed to be in the works before the pandemic started. Unfortunately, it appears that this is the last we’ll see of this show, which concluded its original run in the UK way back in February of 2019, meaning that there is absolutely no chance of it being resurrected. Fortunately, this goodbye was fitting, showing the characters together again at a party where Marnie freaked out for different reasons after a surprisingly strong start. She was typically awkward around Amber, who couldn’t understand why she showed up a minute after the official time rather than fashionably later, and acted on the mutual connection she felt with Joe. His interest in understanding her condition was taken as a bad thing rather than a sympathetic notion, and that was enough to get her to leave and only answer Charlie’s calls when they were all trying to reach her. I’m glad that nothing happened between Marnie and Charlie since it seemed like it was going to, and ending with Shereen being much more open to exploring a positive relationship with her roommate was nice. I enjoyed the focus on Amber’s disaster of a love life, and I would have loved to see more of all of these characters. I liked the actors and want to watch their successive projects, even if I wasn’t overly impressed with seeing Joe Cole, who plays Charlie, in “Gangs of London,” or Niamh Algar, who plays Amber, in “Raised by Wolves.” I’ll miss this show – it really was great and did a spectacular job with its premise. I’ll be recommended it widely.

Series grade: A-
Series MVP: Charly Clive as Marnie

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