Sunday, August 1, 2021

What I’m Watching: The End

The End: Season 1, Episode 6 “Art vs Life” (B+)

This episode had a perfect title, and even though it’s very sad to say goodbye to Art, this was a wonderful way to send him off. I’m constantly impressed by this show’s death-positive attitude and how it presents its characters’ relationships to death and to life in such a complex and mesmerizing way. Art hit the nail on the head by pointing out that you have to be competent enough to know when you’re going to be incompetent, and I like that they got to have some fun in the process by laughing at Edie as she rehearsed her panicked phone call to the police. Persephone was the one who took his death the hardest, and it was nice that they let her go see him and that it too was a positive and fulfilling experience. I was glad to recognize Zoe Terakes, who appeared in “Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)” and is also set to star in Hulu’s upcoming “Nine Perfect Strangers,” as Scarlet, who will surely play a pivotal role in Oberon’s life going forward. Edie’s relationship with Henry does not seem too progressing all that well despite his interest, but getting involved in helping others die compassionately hasn’t served to reduce Edie’s overall unhappiness completely. Kate took a very aggressive and direct approach to her new colleague at work, bluntly warning her not to sleep with her boss and instead to consider her future, advice that probably could have been shared in a more professional and censored manner.

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