Sunday, January 16, 2022

What I’m Watching: Search Party (Series Finale)

Search Party: Season 5, Episode 10 “Revelation”

It’s hard to say goodbye to any show and feel satisfied, and I think I’m still processing this finale. The first half was a direct continuation of the latest hijinks related to the zombies, with Dory and Drew failing to understand what was happening and more people turning into zombies with every moment. I liked a few choice quotes, like Portia’s “the pills are bad, babe. The disciples are zombies” and Elliott’s “there’s no such thing as enlightenment, just psychosis.” The two diners who thought it was just street theater surely met a terrible end, and after Marc was making out with another man just days after Elliott had allegedly died, it wasn’t much of a surprise that he met a dark fate since he ate a handful of the jelly beans. It was still a rather horrifying scene, as was the guy giving bridge directions getting eaten as he was about to get to the important part. It was good that Dory didn’t leave Portia behind, and of course that was the perfect opportunity for a masked firesprayer to emerge from a dumpster and turn out to be Chantal. Her arguing with Dory over who had caused the end of the world was futile, but it was fitting that Chantal was there at the end. What ensued was very typical for our characters, indulging in their own self-importance, celebrating Dory and Drew’s wedding and Portia’s “Broadway debut” while Elliott casually considered moving to Los Angeles so that he could be around new people. Getting sprayed and scanned to determine if they were still human and seeing a zombie Gail all happened in an eerily calm way. That final shot of Dory staring at the wall of missing people and then walking away was indicative of just how poorly her good intentions worked out and ended up with her being terribly irresponsible. To assign blame to her for destructive behavior wouldn’t help much because she’s a fictional character, but there’s plenty to unpack here about performative goodness and how much damage it can really do. In any case, it’s been a wild ride, and I’ll look forward to reflecting back on some of the craziest moments of this show.

Series finale: B
Series grade: B+
Season MVP: Alia Shawkat as Dory
Season grade: B
Series MVP: Alia Shawkat
Best Season: Season 1
Best Episode: Pilot

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