Friday, May 21, 2021

What I’m Watching: Breeders (Season Finale)

Breeders: Season 2, Episode 10 “No Power, Part II” (B+)

It’s stressful to watch this episode and not know if this show will return for more episodes, but I really, sincerely hope it does. I now interpret this episode’s title as an indicator of the power that Paul currently doesn’t have in his relationship with his son, unable to assert himself as the father of a child because Luke can no longer tolerate his father’s aggression enough to even be in the same house as him. Flashing forward to Leah and Alex’s wedding when there was talk of how Luke wouldn’t be able to stay there once they left for their honeymoon made the mystery dissipate, instead focusing things on how Paul could repair their rapport. This show’s uncomfortable humor made its biggest and best appearance in this episode when Ally was offering unhelpful information up to the investigating officers that painted them as terrible, dangerous parents and didn’t actively serve the situation at all. Seeing how well Luke and Alex got along indicated what Luke really wanted from Paul, and I found the moment in which Paul helped him open the car door and then smiled as the two of them drove off together very poignant, indicative of how Paul could be there in the way that Luke needed him to be. Paul deciding to move out so that Luke could feel comfortable at home was a startling and major decision, but one that he realized was necessary to show the lengths he was willing to go to for his children. Ava calling him to say goodnight was sweet and a great way to close out what hopefully won’t be the last moment of this series. I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge the quiet hilarity of Jim and Jackie arguing about the lyrics to a song they wanted played as the poor pianist was trying to perform. Let’s get this show brought back for season three, and how about Emmy nominations for the entire cast while we’re at it?

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard

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