You won't believe this, but "The Astonishing" concluded with a close-up of the main character's intense, worried face. Isn't that a major shift from the norm?!?
For the umpteenth week in a row, the show made it look like Jackie was on the edge of losing it - drug supply dwindling, husband questioning their relationship, daughter on edge, co-workers suspicious - concluding an installment with what it must believe is a character-based cliffhanger.
But do any viewers really think this will be different? That something truly dramatic will take place next Monday?
I can, at least, admit that I didn't see Bill's death by truck coming. It was nice to be surprised for a change. Can't say I have any reaction to his demise, however. His presence as Jackie's drug dealer just served to kill some time for a couple weeks while she searched for ways to support her habit.Might she get really desperate now? Might that result in some kind of drastic, series-altering action? I hope so. But I'm not confident.
Elsewhere, Coop's mourning period really has to end soon. It was sort of cute at first, it revealed just how child-like this doctor is... but now it's tiresome and it's making my favorite character less fun.
There were two positive notes from the episode, though:
- Who doesn't love former Wonder Years star Dan Lauria? His appearance also drove home just how committed to his marriage Kevin clearly is.
- Zoey used to be jail bait. Her bait used to be all about jail. Hilarious.
What did everyone else think?