Sunday, March 13, 2022

What I’m Watching: Pam and Tommy (Series Finale)

Pam and Tommy: Season 1, Episode 8 “Seattle” (B)

This was a relatively satisfactory ending, but I can’t help feeling like this show petered out a bit after a strong and furiously interesting opening. It’s hard to feel any sympathy for Tommy since being demoted to a pre-show from opening or closing it is hardly the same as what happened to Pamela’s career, and he couldn’t even understand that his penis being admired by people who had seen the tape meant that they revered him while making fun of Pamela. I did note when she mentioned losing the role in “L.A. Confidential” to Kim Basinger that Basinger would go on to win an Oscar for the part, something that likely wouldn’t have happened with Pamela but easily could have sent her career in a much more serious direction. Seth played a big role in the way things went here, trying to buy the rights to something that was already out there so that he could distribute it exclusively, and Pamela just wanted to be done with it and definitely not to make any money off of it. Rand’s newfound spirituality came far too late, and it seemed strange that he got a happy ending of sorts, permitted two coffee catch-ups a year with Erica and allowed to live a new life where people don’t even believe that he’s the one who stole the tape after he tells them it was him. It’s hard to know what to make of Pam and Tommy’s relationship given their multiple reconciliations, but I did find this show – and its performances – well worth watching.

Series grade: B+
Series MVPs: Lily James as Pam and Sebastian Stan as Tommy

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