Tuesday, December 29, 2020

What I’m Watching: A Teacher (Series Finale)

A Teacher: Season 1, Episode 10 (B+)

I’m referring to this as a series finale because it was always intended as a limited series, and while other similar projects have surprised me recently, I don’t expect that will be the case here. It was strange to skip a few years ahead to see Claire and Eric when they’ve had a chance to really move on with their lives, and of course they would end up running into each other at the supermarket. Claire did seem a bit overexcited and casual when she went up to him and acted shocked to see him, and she should have known that he probably wasn’t going to take her nonchalance well. He deleted her number from her phone, which is a big deal, and he got to reconnect with the high school crush that he snubbed in favor of his teacher back then, something that she didn’t mention or seem to realize. Suggesting lunch rather than an illicit nighttime meeting or even just a drink was probably a smart plan, though he still managed to show up and chew her out for thinking that it was something that shouldn’t matter. He didn’t even come close to accepting her apology, and storming out after telling her that it would follow them for the rest of their lives was rather harsh and a bit of a jarring way to end. Even if he hasn’t found someone to be with, he did make a good amount of money, according to reports, and she has a family which seems to be relatively stable given the reputation that will always follow her. I thought this show was a pretty decent watch even if it didn’t present anything particular new. I’d love to see Kate Mara in more projects!

Series grade: B+
Series MVP: Kate Mara

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