Thursday, April 21, 2022

What I’m Watching: Roar (Season Finale)

Roar: Season 1, Episode 8 “The Girl Who Loved Horses” (B)

This episode was not what I would have wanted to end on given the strength of some of the other installments, and, like the second episode starring Nicole Kidman, I just didn’t really see the draw in the same way. I guess I have seen actress Fivel Stewart before on “Atypical,” but I didn’t remember her, though I was very excited to see Kara Hayward, an exceptional actress from “To the Stars,” as her friend who was not enamored with horses. I enjoyed their banter and their dialogue, and that to me kept the episode more engaging than the overarching storyline. I was also surprised to see two supporting actors whose resumes are radically different: Leslie David Baker, best known as Stanley on “The Office,” and Alfred Molina, who recently returned as Doc Ock in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” This show certainly has no shortage of talent, and the performances from Stewart and Hayward show that. But especially in a series that took place almost exclusively in the present, or at least appeared to, this was a strange note on which to end. I’m terming this a season finale since I have a feeling that it may return for more episodes, though Apple hasn’t been entirely consistent about which shows it renews enthusiastically. With a new show premiering almost every week and plenty more on tap for the months to come, it’s hard to know what they’ll opt to continue. Overall, I think this was interesting, and I would love to see what talent is tapped next.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Merritt Wever

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