I'm using my Katrina Ghent face for this. She was sorely missed in this total stinkbomb of a finale. As usual, the official version is up at Tor.com.
A spoiler-free list of things I wish had been different:
- THE CHARACTERIZATION. The actual, official characterizations were perfectly good. However, every time the show needed a plot twist, someone would get amnesia or aphasia or a concussion and act like an idiot. That's frustrating.
- THE PACE. Let's not just drop things for weeks at a time, yeah? Also, maybe have a through-line with more suspense than "Will the King learn to hate David this week? Again?"
- THE WASTE. Let me get this straight; you have your lead character speak directly with Death - nay, have weirdly romantic tension with her - and you never follow up on that? Oh, Kings. Was Saffron Burrows REALLY so hard to schedule?
A spoiler-free list of things I loved:
- MOST OF THE CAST. Chris Egan and Girl Who Played Michelle can sit down. The rest of you get a round of applause. That was some top-notch acting, guys, don't think I didn't notice! Also, I hope that Susanna Thompson and Ian McShane get to work together again. I loved every time they had a scene together.
- THE MUSIC. Oh man, the music. NBC, I WANT A SOUNDTRACK. I am not kidding around. (The composter of Hannibal scored the pilot. I'm just saying, it's nice stuff.)
- THE PRODUCTION DESIGN. Sometimes you may have been dumber than a sack of hair, but show, you looked good.
I have no hopes that this show will open the doors to better-quality television, or that this show will get picked up, or even that the next random-religious-allegory series will fare better than this one. This show tanked, flat-out. However, I appreciate NBC airing the full season for those of us who wanted to see it.
Now just hand over the soundtrack album and we can forget this whole thing.