Tuesday, April 12, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Dropout (Series Finale)

The Dropout: Season 1, Episode 8 “Lizzy” (B)

I’ll admit that this finale was actually somewhat underwhelming, if only because of the many unresolved threads that echo the reality of the damage that Theranos did. Focusing on a very insular response by Elizabeth away from the cameras and recording devices involving another romantic partner who could look at her without the knowledge of all that she had done was an interesting approach, one that served most to underline her disconnect with the devastating implications of forging ahead with a technology that didn’t yet exist. When I interviewed Michaela Watkins ahead of the show’s premiere, she mentioned a scene from this finale that she loved, and I do think that Linda expressing incredulity that Elizabeth couldn’t even acknowledge the gravity of how her actions had affected people was a strong and memorable way to finish, especially since she was one of the more ruthless and staunch defenders of Theronas throughout all this. Gary showing up from Medicaid to inspect the labs and categorically rejecting the presentation he was offered instead is exactly the kind of thing that should have – and could have – happened so many times before this, and that was the tipping point where they couldn’t just not answer questions and continue getting away with it. Tyler confessing to his grandfather was not a pleasant interaction, and it was good at least that George offered up a statement recognizing Tyler’s integrity to John. The facts and statistics presented in the closing credits were damning and horrifying, and seeing how Elizabeth was just happy to play with a dog and fade into obscurity was deeply unsettling. Even if this wasn’t the most emphatic end, this was a very strong series with some great performances.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth

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