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Final Space 2×13

We’re here!

Overall, that was a good finale. My main qualm with it is the qualm I have with the overall season: I don’t like that Avacato’s back from the dead. Yes it’s plausible and yes it took sacrifices on the part of the characters but Avacato’s death was massive for the show. It turned the whole thing around. Suddenly no-one was safe anymore. To bring him back, and have him be pretty much apparently fine now, it negates all that and that makes me sad. I really loved the episodes where Little Cato deals with his grief and now they’ve lost a bit of their impact. Not all, but enough.

I do have an episode-specific qualm and that’s how fast and implausible Sheryl’s heel-face-turn was. A glance at an alternate past, put before you by people you don’t even know, that shouldn’t reaaaaally be enough. And I loved Sheryl as a total asshole. You don’t really get many female Total Assholes, especially not ones who are also mothers, so I adored her character for that reason alone and now… hmm. I suppose there’s the possibility that her semi-redemption might not last too long, but also: I hope Gary doesn’t completely forgive her. It would be in-character for him to do so, of course, but she doesn’t deserve it. She deserves nothing. Man I love her.

I didn’t see Nightfall’s death coming but it made sense, partly because it doesn’t really seem like a death. Her alternate self still exists and has finally been rescued. (Was anyone else expecting everything to go horribly wrong at that moment?) But wow, it was gorgeously animated:

The fact that she was calm and serene about it (plus, well, requested it) made it less tragic but spare a thought for poor Mooncake. He had to kill one of his friends! Strange to think those two even wound up friends.

I loved, LOVED that Nightfall’s (technical) last words were (sort of) to Ash – “You’re gonna be awesome”, ow my heart. I know, that was really more of a flashback, but I like to think it was still Nightfall saying it, in that moment, somehow.

That’s the other qualm I can think of with this series, considering how pivotal the Ash/Nightfall relationship turned out to be, why didn’t we see more of it?! I’m 100% willing to bet that’s not Olan’s fault, but oh god I wish we had. Ash holding Nightfall’s helmet at the end was really touching.

Hmm, that’s three qualms overall. Everything else was wonderful. This whole season has been wonderful, even if it hasn’t quite reached the heights of season one. Hopefully I’ll see you shortly for the rest of the story!

Final Space 2×12

Hooray, another excellent episode! Tribore was tolerable so it’s a win from me! There were moments between Gary and Nightfall and Ash and Fox. However the standout was…

Nightfall/Gary vs Sheryl! Lightsaber fight, essentially! And here’s where I simultaniously admire Gary and think he’s making a big mistake. Sheryl is a flat-out monster. Maybe she loves John in some strange twisted way but after all the shit she’s done she did not deserve to be rescued. I love Gary for being unable to kill her, the same way I love Luke Skywalker for being unable to kill Darth Vader, but I feel his compassion is gonna rebound on him in the worst way. Or maybe not! Let’s see.

A few questions and more stray thoughts:

  • Have we really seen the last of Todd? Based on some bits and pieces I’ve read from Olan I don’t think so but who knows.
  • I guessed at one point that Sheryl was an alcoholic. I was right! Poor Gary.
  • WHERE IS AVOCATO? I’m absolutely sure that soon we will see him die again.
  • The shot of Nightfall landing on the planet as her spacesuit flickers out is one of the coolest shots Final Space has ever done. Why’d ya have to ruin it, Gary?
  • I love Gary stealing the key from Sheryl last second. Dude was a thief after all.
  • What exactly does Sheryl think will happen when she gets John back? “Hi, honey, I heard you mistreated and abused our son for years after I died, plus a lot of murder. Fuck you.”
  • God I hope that happens. I love to hate Sheryl so much.

Final Space 2×11

Ah okay, so this is a Clarence episode. Dammit… wait, it’s about how much Clarence sucks and is awful. Okay, I’m back in!

This episode confirmed a couple of theories that everyone was pretty certain of already (honestly, Sheryl’s motivation has been kind of a given for ages now) but it also threw in some lovely bits of character detail and development which I appreciated. I love that Ash when told to lavish praise on someone went straight to Nightfall, I love that Gary always tries to minimise collateral damange, I love that Fox’s first instinct was to protect the rest of his family by shooting Clarence (even though he couldn’t do it in the end) and I love KVN’s final sacrifice.

KVN is the opposite of Clarence in a way. Both of them started off as annoying obstacles to Gary and things he outright hates, but while Clarence got worse and worse KVN became more and more part of the family, eventually giving up pretty much his mind so that Fox could live. Poor KVN. I hope Gary comes to appreciate you more, you little yellow ball of weird.

No such luck for Clarence. He’s left crying as everyone he’s ever cared about walks away. And I don’t feel sorry for him one bit! Like Gary says, too little too late. Oh, I’m sure he’ll be back for the finale and maybe he’ll attempt to redeem himself then. But I kind of prefer him as a cautionary tale.

He was however right about him and Sheryl being similar. Neither of them gave anywhere near enough of a damn about their children and both are lying, cheating assholes, no matter what seemingly noble path Sheryl is currently heading down. I wonder if she’ll meet an even worse fate than Clarence, because she thoroughly deserves it too.

Final Space 2×10

This is the episode of Final Space I found most frustrating. It had a lot to live up to, what with the previous episode being so dramatic and heartbreaking, but instead we got… well, we got more of Sheryl being awful, which was good, a heartwarming moment between the Final Space family, and… Clarence. Most of this episode, three away from the end of the series, just after we lost a major character to something awful for the second time, just as Gary and Little Cato were supposed to be navigating new territory seemed to be about Clarence doing gross stuff with an alien squid lady. That was completely inexplicable to me until I found out why:

Everything your frustrated about is the network. We had just those two story lines and the network wanted us to cram more jokes and more Clarence in. Sorry. We actually at one point had sooooo much more Sheryl and they made us strip it down. Frustrating yes. But that’s TV, TBS wants American Dad but we’re fighting to make something very different. You’ll find out early in doing TV pick your battles. This one battle I tried to fight and we lost. Which is way it’s not one of my favorites. -Olan

That… explains a lot. Explains why unfunny Tribore stuff has been taking up valuable time the past couple of episodes, for a start. But wait. Sorry, they want this show to be American Dad? They want this beautiful, creative, passionate story about love and life and death to be the pile of racist, misogynist crap that is American Dad? The fuck. The absolute fuck. No other words, sorry. Surely the network execs can’t be that stu-

I mean the network hates episode 4 of Season 2. I thought they were going to pull the plug after seeing it.

I’M SORRY, WHAT? (For context, that episode is the third highest-rated of the whole show and the highest of season two.) I can’t get over this.

Man. As frustrating as this is for me, as a fan, it must be a million times more frustrating for Olan. I’m just relieved he was still able to make some of this episode geniunely emotional. Sheryl turning to baby Gary in his crib and saying “I wish you were never born”punched me right in the gut. And Gary’s little speech at the end made me want to run into the TV screen and just hug everyone, these lovely characters I’ve spent almost a year with now.

Final Space will never, ever, EVER be American Dad, no matter how much the executives fuck about with it.

Some of my favourite Final Space fanart pieces from Twitter.

Final Space fandom seems to be mostly on Twitter! Which is unlucky for me since I don’t use Twitter much. But after the most recent episode I raced through the Twitter tag and founds lots of fantastic fanart which made me Feel Things all over again.

This show has inspired so much good stuff. Please, TV gods, let it get renewed.

Final Space 2×09

So I and the rest of Final Space Fandom were informed in advance that this episode would be the darkest, most depressing episode the show has ever done, but halfway through I was going “This is creepy as hell, but depressing? Nah.” Then the ending came. NOW it’s depressing.

But gaaah, all the good stuff keeps being interrupted by Tribore! I am SO SICK of Tribore, sorry Tribore fans, if you’re out there. The bit about him being able to switch genders is interesting (should I really be saying ‘they’ rather than ‘he’?) but since it was then played essentially for laughs I stopped being interested. There’s so much more you could DO with that rather than what they did. I appreciate that no sort of -phobia seems to exist in the world of Final Space (Shannon appears not to care what gender Tribore is, only that they’re not attracted to her) but everything else about Tribore is just so meh. Get rid of him and have more of H.U.E. tasering people upside the head for being rude to Nightfall. Actually more H.U.E. in general please.

(Big spoilers from here on.) Annnnd now Invictus is loose, Quinn is trapped in what we now know is essentially Hell, and Avacato’s status is… unknown. I loved that Little Cato having two father figures whom he loves equal amounts now came into play. But oh god, the poor dude. He has literally not had a single good thing happen to him in, well, very possibly ever. Now Dad 1 is gone again and Dad 2 is in a medical bay with what looked like at least one lung shot out.

This show continues to have some of the most chilling monster designs I’ve ever seen:

And also, the voice acting in this episode was stellar. Not only did it suddenly throw into sharp relief for me just how good the main cast are (Tika Sumpter sounds completely different as Quinn and Nightfall and seeing Quinn again reminded me how much) but the villain voices for this episode made me shudder. I don’t know how played Phil, who I suspect is actually Invictus, but their voice! Their horrible creepy skin-crawling voice! It was great. And the same thing again in the scene where Gary is possessed.

This show is amazing and it’s only just gotten started.

Final Space 2×08

WHAT AN EPISODE! So I guess we’re in the stretch that everything was building towards now. There’s a big ol’ loop of time travel closing up. Mooncake knew Gary because he already met him. It was the crew which accidentally killed Melanie Dewinter. (Who must have been a pretty shitty person, it turns out, seeing as she was working for the Lord Commander.) Avacato always knew the Lord Commander would murder him. And so on and so forth.

From reading other people’s reactions to this episode, it appears to have reminded a lot of people of Avengers: Endgame, and it does indeed have the same kind of confusing time travel shenanigans. I think I follow it all but I’m not entirely sure.

Is it safe to state that Gary Goodspeed is very quickly advancing his way up my personal list of favourite fictional characters ever? He was wonderful in this episode. Wrenching Little Cato out of the way and taking his place was a true Hero Moment and I loved it.

If only he hadn’t been monologuing at the wrong moment he might have saved the whole world, even! But I don’t think time itself (here represented in the form of a slightly Jar Jar Binks-looking dog-type alien dude) would have allowed that. It looks like time always snaps back into place, with one notable exception…

(here’s that big spoiler Olan warned everyone about!)

…Avocato is back! And I admit, I have mixed feelings about it. Avocato’s death in 1×06 was huge. It changed the whole course and the whole tone of the show. Suddenly, there were proper stakes. Gah, I’ll say it, bringing him back feels like a copout, especially since there was an episode just a few weeks ago about Little Cato letting go of his grief. I don’t doubt something interesting will happen with him, especially since he’s lost all his memories and y’know there’s still that whole “genocidal war criminal” thing to deal with, but… I think he should have stayed dead. Sorry, Avocato.

Anyway. This continues to be very probably my favourite show airing right now and I live in fear it’ll be cancelled before any the beautiful twisty-turny story is fully worked out.