Thursday, December 24, 2020

What I’m Watching: Two Weeks to Live (Season Finale)

Two Weeks to Live: Season 1, Episode 6 (B+)

I’m not sure why it was that I was so convinced that this show had already been cancelled, but fortunately that’s not the case. Unlike “Pure,” which came to HBO Max after having been explicitly cancelled, there’s still hope for this show, especially if it’s deemed to have done well in its second-run American showing. This perfectly worthwhile finale wasn’t as big on the slapstick as previous installments, but it did contain a proper amount of absurdity, like Tina thinking that Nicky was trying to dance poorly when he was just twisting in place to make sure he didn’t set off the mine. His apology to Kim went over better than her mother’s, and it just seems clear that Kim needs to experience the world on her own for a bit, not that she’s going to have much of an idea how to exist in it. There was something fitting about Kim and Tina not having to be the ones to directly dispose of Thompson since she waited around long enough for the mine to go off, and Brooks’ unexpected survival with his parting commentary to Tina suggests a potential new direction for season two with unanswered questions to be explored. While I don’t know exactly what that would look like, I’m very much on board for more of this show. There’s also the thread of Jay and Beth, whose relationship and impending parenthood should be fun to watch. I just named this series the 19th best new show of 2020, and I hope others will soon discover it. It’s been great entertainment.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Maisie Williams as Kim

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