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The breakup finale prepared the second season perfectly

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A perfect season finale requires subtle alchemy. When it comes to twisted dramas like Yellow jackets or western world, The finale has to reveal the answers to at least some of the mysteries the show’s writers have been dangling from us all season, or risk royally pissing fans off. However, if you reveal too much, a show risks ruining its momentum and leaving us tuning in next time for no compelling reason. It’s a tricky balance, though severance pay more than nailed it with its season finale, which debuted Friday on Apple TV+. The year isn’t even half over yet, but I’m willing to bet this will go down as the best TV episode.

severance pay tells the story of four employees of a shady mega corporation called Lumon Industries. They’re part of a top-secret department that requires workers to undergo a proprietary process called “severance pay,” which, as the name suggests, separates their workplace selves from their real-world identities. While at work, they don’t remember anything about the outside world – not their families, hobbies, or even their last names. Their workplace personalities, dubbed “Innies” in Lumon corporate parlance, are unaware of their existence outside of their small cubic farm. Their “outsiders,” or non-working selves, continue to live normal lives with friends and families without even remembering what they do between nine and five every weekday.

The series gets off to a relatively slow and world-heavy start as we are first introduced to Adam Scott’s character, Mark, who chose to be separated following the death of his wife. Scott’s nimble performance as innie and outtie Mark – happy and energetic at work, deep in grief the rest of the time – gives the show a rock-solid anchor. Still, it’s hard not to become deeply immersed in Mark’s peers over the course of the season, from rebellious newcomer Britt Lowers Helly, who is desperate to quit the job even though her “outtie” won’t let her, to John Turturro’s Irv. Irv is a corporate man through and through, until he falls in love with Christopher Walkens Burt, a fired employee from another department. The quiet romance that develops between these two men of a certain age plays out in furtive glances and barely touching fingertips. It’s the cutest, most heartbreaking thing I’ve seen in ages.

Name a better love story than this one.

Name a better love story than this one.
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As the season progresses (fair warning: From here there are spoilers), the history Yes, really picked up. After meeting a former colleague who had reversed the procedure, Mark slowly becomes a supporter of the resistance to severance pay, while his colleagues join the mission for reasons of their own – Dylan (Zach Cherry) learns he has children in the In the real world, Irv wants to pursue his love for Burt and Helly just wants out. After learning of a secret Lumon “overtime emergency” that, if triggered, could force an employee to return to their “inner” self outside of work hours, they band together to take down the company bring.

In an episode full of suspense from beginning to end, In the season finale, Dylan triggers the overtime mechanism for Mark, Helly, and Irv, whose “Innies” are awake on field work for the first time ever. Their mission is to find someone they can trust who will reveal all of Lumon’s dirty secrets – particularly the fact that “Innies” are essentially slaves. Along the way, each of the “Innies” gets a glimpse of their outside life. Irv learns he’s a single guy with a cute dog and a passion for exploring filth on Lumon. He immediately sets out to find Burt. Mark is at a party at his sister’s house and amidst the chaos, he must find a way to tell her the truth about his breakup. Helly’s identity is the biggest shock of the three – it turns out she’s a member of the creepy Eagan family who owns Lumon, and only broke up to better promote the controversial case. Although this was pointed out to the audience in a previous episode, Mark also learns that his wife is not actually dead, but is actually another Lumon employee (or, if she is dead, a clone/robot of his wife working at Lumon). ).

Despite these big revelations, there are still many questions to be answered in Season 2 – Apple TV+ Approved Earlier this week, work in progress. We still don’t know what the separated employees are all about to do at Lumon. (My guess is that they’re not really doing any meaningful work, serving more as lab monkeys ahead of a wider adoption of severance technology.) We still don’t know what the consequences of jailbreaking the Innies will be. And we still don’t know exactly what’s going on with Mark’s wife, although we do see Scott scream “She’s alive!” before the screen went black was one of the most satisfying TV experiences I’ve had in the last few months.

Overall, it was a perfectly executed television season. Now it’s time for the hard part: wait at least another year for season two. Sure, Lumon is evil, but if you told me that I could be detached right now and wake up again when the new season starts, I’d honestly be pretty tempted.

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Andrew Schnitker

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