Saturday, September 3, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Resort (Season Finale)

The Resort: Season 1, Episode 8 “The Disillusionment of Time” (B)

I had the benefit of talking to showrunner Andy Siara after watching this episode and before writing this review, which I think turned out to be helpful in processing my feelings about it. Our conversation - which you should absolutely listen to - had a lot to do with feelings of nostalgia and also with Baltasar as a Batman-like character, which I found very interesting. While Emma was really the protagonist of early episodes, and did leave that meandering voicemail for Murray recently, she’s faded into the background a bit in the back half of the season. That made her getting stuck in the cave as she was so close to finally getting answers all the more poignant and intense, just before she got to the pool of water to find the most devastating sight. Leaving things there, of course, would have been miserable, and so instead we got a much happier ending, one that does defy explanation aside from a simple one that they were merely preserved in time. They don’t know what to make of smartphones and Sam’s family thinks that he’s scamming them, but they’re alive and Emma is the one who found them. What happens to Emma and Noah isn’t all that consequential, as it turns out, but this was an important journey for them as a couple. I do agree with Siara that both Baltasar and Luna were initially introduced as potential villains, and I like the way that they’ve been revealed to be something completely different. I’m curious what a theoretical second season would look like, and Siara has said he has ideas, but maybe this is the best place for this show to wrap given the closed-loop nature of its arc.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Luis Gerardo Méndez as Baltasar

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