Dirt: Ita Missa Est (season finale)
(S01E13) That was... interesting. The writers definitely kicked it up a notch with this episode as things certainly felt more dramatic than they have throughout most of the freshman season of Dirt. A lot of that feel was do in part to simple things that were used very effectively. Numerous times in the episode, the power of silence coupled with the rhythmic sounds of a beating heart helped to cut together some very cool scenes unlike anything this show has tried before.
Add to that a rather off-beat cameo from Jennifer Aniston as well as the proper outcome for some of the show's minor characters, and we had ourselves a pretty decent finale. Savor it though, because unless FX is feeling brave (Starved and Over*There tells me they aren't), then I don't think we'll find out what happens next. Dirt may very well be the latest FX one-hit wonder.
The episode saw Don sink into his most severe schizophrenic delusion yet, as he was confronted by an imaginary Holt, Kira, and British accented mirror image. All three beings continually urged Don to kill Lucy. It was never explained why she was chosen or why he had been picked to, "cut the bitch's throat." Well... he is crazy.
As far as Jennifer Aniston's turn as Tina Harrod goes, it was different. Nothing too out of the ordinary for her on the surface, but it was certainly a character that you wouldn't normally expect her to play. The part really came across well acted I thought. In the end, with that final scene with Julia, I loved how Tina's true side came out when she busted out those pictures. She's just as manipulative as Lucy, but she's far better at hiding it. Then there was the kiss we've all been hearing about for weeks now. It was a quick peck. I'm over it. Some more info on Lucy and Tina's four "encounters" would have been nice though.
However, my favorite part of the episode was the evolution of Willa. She finally became the character I had hoped she would become from the beginning -- a cold-hearted bitch. Having been put through so much crap from Lucy, she finally took the reigns into her own hands. From telling Brent where to shove it, to getting that model in her pocket on the drug charges, it was awesome to see her change right in front of us. That last scene was the one we'll remember though. Willa at Lucy's desk, straight black hair and all. Very cool.
Here's what I didn't like, only because it was too safe an outcome. It was anti-climactic to be honest. Leo as Lucy's stalker? Big deal. Very disappointing. That's not even mentioning his story. Talk about cliched. "I did it for you Lucy!" It was just lazy to have him be the stalker if you ask me. I think I would have preferred to have found out that he was indeed the guy, but still have had Lucy in the dark. That would have least added to it a little.
The ending was good. I think it's obvious that Lucy lives. I'm pretty sure that Julia took the knife in the stomach though. Blame Tina for showing those pics. The funny thing is that she had to have known that Julia would go after Lucy too.
One other thing stood out for me, a brief exchange between Lucy and Holt as they were being chased. It was quick but I think it sums up the show:
Holt: Holy shit, Lucy! It's not like they have guns!
Lucy: It's worse. He has cameras.