Saturday, January 29, 2022

What I’m Watching: As We See It (Season Finale)

As We See It: Season 1, Episode 8 “Please Don’t Leave” (B+)

This finale did not disappoint, though I sincerely hope that this show will be coming back for more. If not, at least it was a proper way to wrap things up and provide uplifting endings for each of the characters, which did not seem likely at the start. Harrison planning to move home was an unpleasant idea given the lack of stability he was going to find there, and it was hard watching his parents express such disappointment and outrage at Mandy for not doing what she was supposed to do, and then lashing out at her for walking away since she had lost Harrison’s trust. Violet was understandably frightened by the idea of going into a place that felt isolating and like somewhere Van could just dump her, and she’s obviously holding on to an idea of her parents and their ability to take care of her financially which isn’t in alignment with reality. It was endearing to see that these three grew up together and that Van wanted to go to Lou to ask for advice on whether it gets any easier, something he responded to honestly and well. Jack’s antics were the most entertaining, watching romantic commercials so that he could cry when he proposed – a huge step that was way too early to take – and considering the chicken satay waitress useless when she wouldn’t text him to tell him when a new tray was coming out. Ewatomi responded perfectly to his proposal, not even necessarily turning him down but telling him instead that she might be moving home to Nigeria. Being open to the idea of having sex was a nice surprise, and I love how that played out. And Violet might even be into Douglas, which is great! This show has been immensely rewarding, and I really hope we’ll see a season two and beyond.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Rick Glassman as Jack, Sue Ann Pien as Violet, and Albert Rutecki as Harrison

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