Friday, April 15, 2022

What I’m Watching: Severance (Season Finale)

Severance: Season 1, Episode 9 “The We We Are” (A-)

I’m very relieved that I knew this show was coming back for a second season before I watched this finale since it’s maddening enough to know that we have to wait for it to be written, filmed, and then eventually released considering that whopper of a cliffhanger. This show managed to build so much anticipation to when they would all finally be able to switch over in their normal lives, and it was fascinating to watch what was happening in all three locations. Irving seemed to have a map and his own research, and he had a one-track mind, heading to find Burt even though he ended up being with another partner. Mark made the most of his time, asking Rickon for a picture of his dead wife so that he could try to figure out who he might now and deciding that he could trust his sister after initially misreading the nature of their relationship. Unfortunately, his attempt to be nonchalant and polite to Harmony tipped her off, and even though she’s been fired and shouldn’t have been able to get into a Lumon event, she’s apparently loyal to the grave. The biggest shock was seeing Helly talking directly to Natalie, right before she found out that she’s an Eagan and has been using this entire operation as a pretext for encouraging people to sever. The way that the images were used to make it seem like they’re all happy-go-lucky and that severance equals serenity was immensely disturbing, and Helly was in a perfect position to be able to ruin all that. Unfortunately, despite Dylan’s ardent efforts, Milchick appears to have broken into the room and likely prompted the switchback, which leaves me and so many other viewers on the edge of our seats until season two finally premieres. What a mesmerizing and increasingly interesting ride it’s been. I can’t wait for more.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Britt Lower as Helly

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