For the past few weeks, I sang In Plain Sight‘s praises. Every single episode this season, the writing staff and acting talent brought it ten-fold. Imagine my disappointment after watching this week’s episode. In fact, when I first started writing my review I used phrases like “WTF” and “WTH.” I was pissed. The show ended like it began. Then, I started to realize that maybe that’s the point.
In Plain Sight‘s initial pilot case introduced us to a beautiful young woman running from Eastern European baddies. The finale’s final case ended with a beautiful young woman running from Eastern European baddies. The pilot was unevenly written, but its core surrounded Mary as a mother figure. The finale was definitely unevenly written, but its core surrounded Mary as a mother figure (both literal and metaphorical). In Plain Sight’s pilot didn’t focus on the writing and character development so much as the characters’ personalities. Likewise, the series finale focused more on the characters and their relationship with each other than the five year history.
And, that’s what pissed me off. The finale threw off the past five years of intense writing and character interaction to give us a syrupy sweet farewell. In five years, Mary never pulled her punches, so her show didn’t need to. We’ve witnessed so much growth and potential in Brandi. So, I’m pissed that she returned back to square one. After all of her character progression, she returns to Mary’s house as a recovering, knocked up alcoholic who wants to move back in, without any means to independently support herelf. Seriously?!
The pattern repeats with Mary’s social life. The pilot opened with Mary sliding into a relationship with a one night stand. She didn’t want the relationship just the one night stand, but Raphael wanted otherwise. The series finale closes with Mary sliding into a relationship with a one night stand where she initially states she doesn’t want a relationship, but the guy wants something more. Really?!