It’s fairly obvious that they thought this might be their last season, and if it had been, it would’ve been a fantastic ending. While the series feels a little bit unfocused after… you-know-what happens to Leslie (which makes sense because her life is a little unfocused at that point), the final episodes are full of fan-pleasing continuity porn, hilarious crack-shipping, Chris Pratt being the comedic genius I am now convinced her is, and basically everything is awesome (pun intended). I was singing along with “Bye Bye Lil’ Sebastian” in the final episode.
Season six also did something awesome that wish Community had done, which is that after Chris and Anne leave (sorry for the spoiler, I won’t go into any more details - also i was quite fine with them leaving because they kind of jumped a shark for me after they got back together), rather than introducing two new characters, they just elevated two secondary characters to the main credits (Donna and “Larry”). I mean, unlike some fans, my only real problem with Professor Hickey was that there was zero payoff for all the development that they gave him (seriously? a former cop and military man with a dark past and none of that plays into your big finale?). That being said, it would’ve been better to just, you know, give better storylines to the Dean and Chang or to make Vicki and Neil recurring characters, or anything.
My one real gripe with this season was at the end where Leslie comes up with her way to “have everything”, and I’m putting it after the cut…
(1) A: Yassaibiin-doo, koo-misooree.
(2) B: ʾAi! Kuree nuu yaibii-ga? ʾIppee mijirashii mun yaibii-ssaa-yaa.
(3) A: ʾWaa-nu chira yaibiin. Mimigaan jootoo-yaibiin-doo.
(4) B: “Mimi-gaan”-ndi ʾyu-shee, ʾwaa-nu mimi-nu kutu yaibii-mi?
(5) A: ʾAn yaibiin. Kooti nji-misheebirani? Maasaibiin-doo.
Hey guys! Remember how Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno had the biggest box office opening for a live action film all year in Japan with ￥577 million/$5.7 million dollars?
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends has just earned ￥1.3 billion/$12 million in its first three days.
(Yes this pales to what American movies make on opening weekend, but it’s Japan, and this film didn’t cost >$100 million the way our blockbusters do)
So I really liked the second season of Orphan Black for the most part. The cast continues to be awesome and the story is still full of twists. Only one thing in it that really jarred for me: Tony.
Not the character - I actually liked Tony a lot, and Maslany played him very well - but how he was used. He appears right the heck out of nowhere (I had to check to make sure I hadn’t skipped an episode by accident), sticks around for one episode, delivers a vague message, and then is neither seen nor mentioned for the rest of the season.
At best this feels like tokenism - representation (a good thing) without any real plot importance (a bad thing). At worst this feels like a gimmick designed to get people talking about how progressive/edgy/corrupting our youth (in ascending order of social conservatism) the show is.
I hope season 3 will prove me totally wrong and Tony will come back (repeat: I liked him) and his message will be super important and this post will look stupid.
— Ron Swanson, “Anne and Chris,” Parks and Recreation