Advertisements I find myself watching episodes of this show more than once to get the full appreciation of them, and I expect to do that with this finale. So I'll likely have more thoughts later, but I wanted to at least get the conversation going and see what everyone else's reaction to this season-ender was. Overall, I thought this was some high-level television. Simplicity on top of massive complexity, funny, romantic, dramatic, erudite, sad... Not the best episode the show has done or anything, and it didn't massively reset the show the way past season finales have done (probably for the best), but still a satisfying end to the season. Last week, I found myself beyond delighted to see the Soul Squad in the Medium Place with all these recurring characters together at the same time: Sean, the Judge, Mindy, Derek. I'm fond of all of them and think it's so smart and clever of the show to weave them in an out of the narrative, never treating them as disposable, and bringing them back when needed. I felt similarly when Eleanor opened the office door in this one and there was Simone. I loved Kirby Howell-Baptiste in the role earlier this year, and how wonderful that they found a way to bring her back, and in a function that is truly impactful to the show. People like Sepinwall have said they're not sure they care enough about the Eleanor-Chidi romance for it to have become so central to the show. I probably agree in that I don't find myself 'shipping them, but I enjoy a good romance and I think the show has done a good job with their on-and-off relationship overall. Which is a way of saying that the emphasis on it here, including the emotionally manipulative memory movie in the town square, really worked on me. I don't necessarily care about the relationship and yet I was sad for what happened to it here, and kind of in awe of the sacrifice Chidi made. I think that means the show is doing something right. (And KB is so good at that kind of stuff. I never cry at anything and she almost got my waterworks activated.) One minor flaw is that Jason didn't have much to do here, and for one of the first times I felt like it made Manny Jacinto's acting a little obvious. Usually I think his stylized obliviousness plays pretty naturally, but in this episode it kind if felt like he was trying to put a little mustard on the few lines he had (especially in his expressions) because he wasn't given a lot to do. I'm sad the season is over, but I suppose a silver lining is that the next time we see Kristen Bell, we'll have new Veronica Mars to tide us over.