Sunday, August 14, 2022

Emmy Catch-Up: Maid (Series Finale)

Maid: Season 1, Episode 10 “Snaps” (B+)

Opening this episode with Alex watching her mother and seeing that she was fabricating a life that she didn’t actually have felt like it might be the last obstacle for her to face before leaving, but that was not the case. Despite Tara’s repeated assurances that this case would be very easy to win, it was unsurprising to hear that Sean was challenging what she had put into place. I was extremely concerned when, after Sean reacted negatively to having to meet Maddy at a playground with Paula there to supervise, he drove to the shelter, a location he shouldn’t have had. But that turned out to be an important turning point where, because he does still have decency in him, he recognized that he shouldn’t be around Maddy and decided not to contest anything. That leaves the door open for a possible future where, unlike Hank, who wasn’t willing to confront his past to help his daughter, Sean is determined to get better and not to be around Maddy until he knows that he is. Paula deciding not to come made some sense too since it’s hard for her to get out of her repetitive and problematic routine, and Alex is finally setting out on her own journey. This has been a very worthwhile and strong series, and I’m glad its Emmy nominations compelled me to finally watch it. This episode is up for directing while the previous one contends for writing and Margaret Qualley is in the mix for her performance, and while I don’t think it will win any of those trophies, I’d be very happy if it did happen.

Series grade: A-
Series MVP: Margaret Qualley as Alex

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