Alice has put some kind of soul transferring ring of fire spell around the Gate Night Carnival, Presidio is on the move, in town trying to retrieve the “monster” that Samuel was keeping in the back yard and Viv and Geoff are about to have to choose sides when the town is in danger from both ends and they might be its only hope. With body-snatching Harlow residents abound, inhabiting the teenage bodies of friends and foes.
WHAT I LOVED: Alice’s husband trying to talk some sense into her in his new body. Finding out why and how Alice ended up in the bottom of the lake. Edith getting what she deserved for being a human supremacist. The twins figuring out who they are and what they want and determining their own path and definition of family. Fred and Omari (Daddy Warlock) in purgatory trying to sort out how to save their kids.
Deloris and Alice join forces to save their kids and takedown Edith for all the pain she has caused to both of their families, it was beautiful and poetic. I also liked that they left things kind of open with what happens to everyone and how life would go on after the town came face to face with real monsters, human and magical and won.
FINAL THOUGHTS: So much to unpack here, I’m not sure where to start. This finale was an emotional roller coaster filled with revelations, closure, understandings, and love. While this episode wrapped things up nicely, overall it was a consistent slow burn that really found its stride around episode five when the secrets started falling out of the Allen closet and didn’t stop until the final frame in the Presidio dungeon with an eerie feeling reunion of sorts. After episode five, the episodes work pretty well as stand-alone episodes but, I would suggest binge-watching all the way to the end because when everything is said and done it comes off as a really good mini-movie and a great way to spend a rainy, or lazy, afternoon.
SIDE NOTE: I also really liked the thumping in the house signaling that Grandpa Samuel was working on something even bigger in his mad scientist lab and I am hungry for season two!
“Do you think I want to hang out with you?” – Omari to Fred in the ghost realm, explaining what he needs to do.
BEST MOMENT: Three-way tie for sure!
Gina giving Moshe the nod in the car before he attacks the Presidio agent by his car window and she shoots the two on her side of the car. BADASS!
Phillip going full quarterback baddie to help Geoff escape to rescue Viv and save their friends.
To the townspeople jumping the Presidio soldiers and taking back the mansion.
EPISODE’S MVP: This finale is all about the ladies, kind of like the end of X-Men Apocalypse where all the women join forces and defeat him. And, while Alice coming to her senses and selflessly doing the right thing and joining forces Delores to save their kids and avenge their husbands and Cat giving Viv a pep talk and being ride or die to save the town. But, the MVP was Gina, the sheriff, is the definition of a badass! She checks herself out of the hospital, calls bullshit on Presidio being the FBI, heads to the carnival, meets Moshe, doesn’t freak out when he vamps in front of her and heads out to take her town back! I’m not saying she’s a superhero but, I am saying someone should get her a cape.