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#1 Posted on 21.5.14 2354.59
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I don't know that anyone's (still) watching this here, but this season finale was really good and a set up a great dilemma for season 2. There's usually no threads for this show, so I'm going to be vague as to not spoil someone not expecting to see this here.

I was lukewarm on the resolution to the murder mystery: a dying character staying alive just long enough run thru five pages of exposition which changes everything we know about a bunch of near characters seemed a little forced and a little cliched. (I was also a bit disappointed Larrick, who had spent the last few episodes going thru the supporting cast like a hot knife thru butter, was brought down relatively easily.)

The fall out from the revelations, and the follow up scene with their new/old handler giving the spies the missing piece while making an unthinkable request of them made it all worthwhile. The mystery pretty much folded upon itself, with most everyone added to the board in season 2 being taken off by the end of this episode, but going thru that sequence of events makes the story they've set up for season 3 a lot more organic. I don't know how it's going to play out and I can't wait to find out.

Stan's plotline specifically wrapped up things for next season. It seems obviously looking at the big picture that they couldn't have wrapped up any other way than it did - they would've had to completely change the series, or write of too many characters. On a moment to moment basis, I thought they would actually follow thru on the tease until the moment they showed the note. I wonder where they go with Stan from here, if he just finds his way back to normal work. Stan's dream including Martha stealing the files may be a clue, though I suppose that was meant to be quickly forgotten after amazingly explicit scene a minute later. The things this show gets away with showing on basic cable is still kind of amazing to me.
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#2 Posted on 23.5.14 1652.29
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Finally watched this today...I've been working Wednesday nights, so I haven't been watching this when it airs.

I agree that the reveal of the killer was a little too pat, and the end of Larrick's plan too easy (although give me Keri Russell kicking butt in handcuffs any day of the week!) Still, the family drama was facinating and the whole Stan storyline worked well.

All in all, it's a very good show and I too am looking forward to S3.
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