Sunday, April 18, 2021

What I’m Watching: Made for Love (Season Finale)

Made for Love: Season 1, Episode 8 “Let’s Meet” (B+)

As of this writing, there’s no word on whether a second season of this show is going to be made, and I’d like to argue that it should. The opening installments of this rather quick run were extremely intriguing, and I feel like there are so many characters and subplots – Fiffany, Herringbone, and Bangles – who we barely got to see and know who could have entire episodes devoted to their backstories. There wasn’t actually much that played out over the course of this finale, but what little did happen was monumental. Hazel saw that she finally had the power in their dynamic for the first time and used it to her advantage, forcing Byron to back up his offer of vulnerability and actually allow himself to be exposed. The fact that he teared up as he was revealing details about himself was winning him points, but then he went ahead and had an involuntary reaction that indicated an entirely different sentiment that he was feeling. Offering to help Herbert in exchange for Hazel returning to the hub was a manipulative but predictable move, and the quickness with which she responded that she would rather let him die – which Herbert heard – made it seem like she wouldn’t even consider it. Instead, the big payoff from the over-the-top ridiculousness of Judiff bugging the ketchup turned out to be crucial to the plot, and Hazel knew that the ability of the hub to mimic at least the look of the outside world would probably be enough to keep Herbert from thinking anything unusual was going on. It’s the ultimate show of respect to the father she’s reconnected with even though he didn’t ask for it and may not have wanted it, but we’ll see how all that plays out in the second season that will hopefully exist.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Cristin Milioti as Hazel

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