Uhhh what the hell happened? This was a pretty lame finale. I guess Episode 11 was the true finale with the death of Gus and capture of David Tate. Charlotte and Linder's stories doesn't really interact much with the main cast. I don't even know why Charlotte still hangs around Ray Ray who is a liability. We are introduced to yet another party who wants a piece of Charlotte's tunnel. I don't think Sonya is going to change how all the cops act in Juarez any time soon.
It's as those they had an 11 episode season, and then a 2 episode prequel for season 2. The last scene seemed like it was set up to be dramatic just so they would have some sort of cliff hanger (with a totally ludicrous premise) to end with, but it mostly felt like the season was already.
From the sound of it, the season really did end after the standoff on the bridge in the original version, which also doesn't seem like it had the Charlotte and Linder storylines. Which also kind of means we're just now seeing what storylines the writers of this version of the show can come up with on their own.
Also, they got renewed late and probably didn't know they were coming back for season 2 when they were doing this. This would've been a weird series finale.
The Charlotte story not linking up in any way is a bit annoying, and she's way too smart at this point to still have Ray around. (It's as if he's only being kept around to screw things up later for dramatic purposes.)
I dunno. I didn't really like how the David Tate mystery turned out (super smart serial killer is a creature in abundance in TV and nowhere else) and the newspaper reporters stumbling upon a dead woman with millions of money story felt like a lot of the same thing. Nothing on this show is grabbing me and there's enough to roll my eyes at. I think I might end up watching season 2 but maybe I won't if something else is on.
I was just praising this show a few episodes back of not slowing down even though there were 3 episodes to go but based on reading the wikipedia page of the original Scandinavian version all the best part are lifted directly from that. I'll probably read reviews/recaps first before watching Season 2.
Charlotte's story is absolutely connected to the others, and I admire the way these subplots are coming together.
Who is Charlotte's tunnel partner? The Juarez crime lord. Who did Marco go to for revenge? The Juarez crime lord. Who was Eve Guerra's ex-boyfriend? The Juarez crime lord.
That brings in the tunnel, the cops, and Linder. And the editing implied that Ray Ray's package is connected to the $60 million found in the apartment by Frye and Adriana.
The possibility that a vengeful Linder could stroll into Juarez and start some shit is fantastic. Every segment of this series is crackling, and the finale ends with Marco turning to the dark side. I'm all over this.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
(Apologies in advance if I'm a little muddy -- miserable cold, sinuses backed up into brain.) HBO is replaying season 1 of Carnivāle starting (from the beginning) on Monday 12/6. I think Carnivāle is excellent. Very intelligent.