Deception Review: Who's the Killer?

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Deception led us down plenty of twists and turns in "I'll Start With the Hillbilly" but at least we finally learned who killed Vivian Bowers.

Robert Bowers.

Joanna's Success

Deception tried to throw us off the trail by placing suspicion on Sofia, but there was never really any true question in these last few episodes Robert was Vivian’s true murderer.

The only trouble now is trying to prove it. Robert has never said anything and only the flashbacks and evidence have only alluded to him killing Vivian.

With Deception Season 1’s ratings what they are, it’s not hard to imagine we’ll never know how everything will shake out, how Robert evades the law and if Julian and Joanna will ultimately stay together.

This kind of season finale brings me to my biggest gripe about tonight’s episode. The finale served as a great launching pad for a potential second season, and it certainly whet our anticipation for resolution and answers; but that kind of ending is a double-edged sword in today's television realities. Shows fail, shows aren’t always given the fair push they deserve and shows sometimes aren't responded well to.

With all of that in mind, why would Deception want to end with so little closure?

Mia is finally beginning to find her new identity and role within a household of changed dynamics, with brothers becoming uncles and parents becoming grandparents, only to be kidnapped by Sofia’s ever growing Wyatt problem. Instead of worrying about Will bringing her a diet soda, Sofia should really be focusing on making sure Wyatt's taken care of. Robert certainly has the experience necessary.

Haverstok is only growing more powerful and his confirmation as Attorney General is only a formality at this point. It’s rather remarkable watching his transformation over the course of the season from distraction... to slime ball... ti shameless father... and, finally to a man focused on avenging the love of his life. He’s a complete jerk, don’t get me wrong, and he’s hungry for power; but at least he’s focusing on getting to the bottom of Robert’s deception.

More Thoughts and Questions:

  • Edward saying good-bye to his wife was so hard to watch.
  • Johanna, thanks to Haverstock, is still keeping her secret from Julian. I guess that struggle will end up being the biggest roadblock in their relationship if another season is picked up.
  • What did Joanna’s mother reveal to Julian?
  • Was anyone else thinking the dirty cop would be Robert’s next victim?


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (62 Votes)

LOVE THIS SHOW !!!.too bad it kit being renewed soo upset Julian and Joanna . Please NBC renews it .


Stupid series. So stupid that every time I think about it, I get mad. If there's a S2, I wonder what it will really be about. Seems to me, all this nonsense could be wrapped up in one season! Stwwwwwwwww!


Also, Julian and Joanna were the worst "ship" ever engineered. I seriously thought the big "secret" of the series was going to be that Dwight and Robert were gay lovers all along, not this stupid "Mia's dad is Haverstock" business that has been done to death. Also no doubt they'd plagiarize Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and have it turn out that Vivian just ran away to another country and her death was faked.


This show sucked and I find it hilarious that people attempt to defend it.


Now that deceptiOn has been cancelled, I wish the writers would post how it would have really ended, answering questiOns
That still needed to b known


I agree with m, it was a weak ending to an average show.


Love Love Love Deception!!! Especially the Julian and Johanna storyline!!!!


And given Julian's typical short attention span, I hope she keeps it quiet until Julian shows he is able to survive a few relationship ups & downs. most of the family & coworkes already know. Given how much Julian is photographed, it is probably best for her undercover work. Will Morena - I think this character is very poorly written and will need to be fixed in S2. From comments on Hulu, there is a rising resentment from men of color on the depiction - incompetent, unsympathetic, uncharismatic, rude, petty, jerk. Arch Villain - I think we already got the hint that Robert & Haverstock are going to take each other on in S2. That should give us people we can hate. Both are loathsome. For me, the weakest character is Sophia?


I am 100% addicted to this show. I love the epic family saga potential. I will agree that the scripts have not been uniformly good, but the show got next to no promotion and it was pitted against 2 powerhouse shows with established and dedicated following. And the worst possible lead-in - watching obese people struggle to lose weight straight to the top 0.1% living truly decadent lifestyles. I think the ending was the result of having to fit 5 episodes into 3 (they lost 2 episodes - 11 instead of 13; after the first 8 were already filmed). I am not too disturbed about the way it ended. We the die-hard fans will get the series a 2nd season. As for all the complainants, why would Joanna be in favor of having her relationship front & center after just a few nights? As a female, I like to keep my relationships quiet until it has had time to grow. And given Julian's typical short attention span, I hope she keeps it quiet until Julian shows he is able to survive a few relationship problems. Moreover, the only people in the family who do not know are Sophia (& possibly Robert). The role of Will is very badly written. I hate that he is portrayed as incompetent, I think that is not fair to the FBI. Also, from comments on Hulu - there is a possible backlash from men of color because they perceive that role as a negative stereotype. I really love this series and cannot wait for it to return


It was an AWFUL series. Some really terrible acting, and every hackneyed and trite plotting trick in the book. This series was an insult to intelligence and good taste.

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