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And we're done! With a season finale that I was not expecting at all . . .
This episode was hard to blog about because it doesn't give Gary the usual moral or logistic dilemma that I tend to zero in on. By this point in his life, he seems to have hit his stride as The Reader. All the conflict he runs into here is external, and he deflects it all expertly. Both his friends and the city police are now taking his strange vocation for granted. This isn't a "Gary episode," you see. It's a "Marissa episode."
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But this doesn't mean her life isn't affected by Gary's unusual vocation. In the very first "Marissa episode," we saw that one of his missions gave her a chance to return to her hometown, where she had not been for years. And when she reconnected with an old flame, she was able to say some things that she needed to get off her chest and he needed to hear. There will always be some spillover when a friend of yours has an important mission that you yourself believe in.
We see the same sort of thing in this episode . . . and I suddenly realise that Marissa has a higher calling of her own, as The Counselor. There's more than one way to save a life--and they're not all supernatural.
The Season 1 finale doesn't give me my favourite break from the Early Edition formula, but it was nice to see a show with an extraordinary conceit take some time to celebrate something as ordinary as a close and fruitful friendship.
Now I must thank all my own friends who have watched and commented on Gary, Chuck, and Marissa's adventures with me: Bat, Bob, Christopher, Entropy, Hans, Itinerante, Jenny, Jess, Noel, and Sheila! And a very special thank you to the Most Valuable Commenter on this series, Brandon! It was fun while it lasted, wasn't it? =)
Your Turn to Be the Hero: If Gary were one of your closest friends, would you be more like Chuck the Sidekick or Marissa the Counselor?