E: When anticipating this episode, I assumed that it would pick up (as we so often do) with the end of “The Last Call.” That this would be where Alicia and Peter had the fight hinted at in the previews. As is perhaps more traditional with this show, however, we have to wait for the most explosive scene. And we have a lot of rather heavy-handed philosophy between us and that momentous fight.
Also, I kept thinking of the song “Pompei” by Bastille. If “The Last Call” was the rubble – the debris and the rolling clouds and the chaos – “A Material World” is definitely about dealing with the sin. If I close my eyes, will it seem like nothing’s changed at all? How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
M: Interestingly, the summer movie season appears to begin in April this year, despite the fact that in most of the country spring still hasn’t even started yet.
C: Certainly not in New England!
E: Yep. Despite the fact that I still have isolated snow banks scattered in my yard, we’ve got at least one full on summer style blockbuster premiering this week.
M: Isolated snow banks? Heck, it snowed THIS WEEK! Continue reading
E: If “A Few Words” was about the narratives we make out of progress, was our best self-promotion, then “The Last Call” is about the narratives we try to make out of tragedy, our search for meaning and reconstruction. How do we face a suddenly unimaginable future? How do we make sense of the unthinkable? Yes, it was an exercise in anguish, but it felt true to the way we experience grief. Every thing I’ve ever said in the wake of a shocking death gets said in this episode. That dumb sense of disbelief that comes over you when a pillar of your world gets taken away; we see a lot of that. In some ways, there’s more sleepwalking than tears.
Which is all to say, the pain isn’t going to end any time soon.
C: What with good shows getting abruptly canceled and once-good shows outliving their watchability, it’s not often I see the preplanned finale of a series I’m invested in. And in fact, I almost gave up on How I Met Your Mother at the end of last year (we can agree, I think, that Season 8 was pretty dismal), but I hung on because I was curious about The Mother. Yes, that ploy got me. And while the premise of Season 9 — the whole season taking place over Barney & Robin’s wedding weekend — should have been terrible, there have actually been some great episodes, especially those featuring the funny and delightful Cristin Milioti. Oh, and let’s not forget Billy Zabka. The gang lacked fizz with Marshall on a too-long road trip, but once Jason Segel was back in the mix, we got some scenes as good as anything in the earlier, classic seasons. I had no fears about the finale.
As it turns out, that confidence was a mistake.
E: Nope, it’s not the title of the new episode. It’s merely a suggestion. At 8:50, let’s have a little private celebration for the fans – an Irish wake, if you will. For Will, for Josh Charles and the excellent work he did for us for so many years, for the show that was, for the show to come.
So pick your poison, Good Wife fans, and send up a toast to the universe. Shots like Kalinda and Alicia? Scotch like Will? Red wine? Or just toss around a baseball; it doesn’t have to be alcohol, just something that feels meaningful to the show. Hoyas for the Georgetowners? Maybe it’s a little waltz around the living room with your own version of Diane. But before the show has us all sobbing like babies again, let’s take a little moment together. I don’t know about you, but I think we’re going to need it.
E: No, it’s still not a recap. I’m sorry about that, truly I am. But given that I’m not going to be writing a recap this week, I feel like I owe it to myself and to you guys to do more than (to borrow a phrase from Veronica Mars once more) flail my tiny effectual fists at the universe. It won’t be what you’re used to, but I hope you’ll be willing to bear with me to share some observations and anecdotes in a more conventional format.
So instead of going through every word in painstaking detail, I’d like to say a few things about my reaction to the episode.