Moonlight: Sonata (series finale) - VIDEO
(S01E16) "Leeroy Jenkins!!!!"-- Logan Griffen
I deliberately chose a humorous quote to help us say farewell to Moonlight, rather than a more somber one. But other quotes in the running were: "Can my code name be Lando Calrissian?" and "It's going to be a freaking vampire apocalypse." It is not a spoiler but a fact that CBS decided earlier this week not to pick up Moonlight for a second season. The fat lady hasn't finished quite singing yet, though: Our own Brett Love reported that Nikke Fink thinks the CW might pick up the show after all. So, keep your eyes pealed for that possible announcement.
In the meantime, however, we have the season (and, thus far, series) finale to contend with. I don't know whether the writers suspected that the series would be ending, but surely they knew (along with everyone else) that the show was on the bubble. So, they ended the season in a manner that would provide some closure for us all, while also keeping things open in case it was continued. I, for one, appreciate that.
It wouldn't be Moonlight without a mystery to solve before we can get to the good stuff with Mick and Beth. Beth defines their dates as any time they go out when there's no murder involved, so counting tonight's episode, they have been on a grand total of three dates. But maybe three times is a charm.
Josef is opening a sports wing named for his human love, Sarah Whitley, at Hearst College, which he established after losing a bet with William Randolph Hearst. As fellow TV Squad writer Keith McDuffee pointed out to me, Hearst College was the school on Veronica Mars, too... which featured Jason Dohring, who plays Josef. I love it when TV shows get all meta.
At the reception, one of the school's star basketball players winds up dead in a hot tub. Josef's lawyer, a human "freshie" who also feeds him blood on a regular basis, is in the bathroom when he is hurtled into the tub, and becomes the first suspect. Simone may be a freshie, but she isn't a murderer, which is quickly established. Unfortunately for Beth, it's established after Mick tastes her blood to make sure the blood found on Dominic the basketball player's body isn't her blood type.
Of course Beth had a right to be pissed about what she walked in on. Of course she did. You have penetration and exchange of bodily fluids, not to mention bugged out eyes and fangs. It's a very sexual thing: and just like all sex, it can either be highly significant or, as some people insist, "Not a big deal." It's probably both, because it seems to be largely contextual. In Josef's case, he drinks from Simone. There is a symbiotic relationship, because she is literally feeding him. Mick was simply taking a taste. The act, however, is the same. It is intimate and so to dismiss it easily as nothing is highly contradictory. I suppose it matters, though, that Josef took the proprietary act of actually piercing her skin, before offering it to Mick. But that objectifies both women and humans in disturbing ways. Simone seems to accept her insignificance in the vampire world, but Beth won't.
In another supposedly non-significant act, Emma starts sleeping with Dominic to feel young again. The tables are turned: An old female vampire is using the same excuse for infidelity and dalliance that middle-aged men use. In this case, a man has been objectified (Dominic) and another one has been betrayed for, as Jackson notes, "Nothing." I loved how Emma and Jackson spoke in their visit in frequencies that humans can't hear, for privacy. There were so many nice little vampire developments every week with this show. It's sad to see it go.
Of course, Emma, in her infinite selfishness (and legitimate fear of going to prison), threatens to expose every vampire in Los Angeles unless Mick breaks her out of prison. She blames Mick for putting her there rather unjustly: If she had exposed them in front of Talbot when she was tearing apart the room, she might have been executed anyway for putting all of the vampires at risk. Even revealing her identity could serve as confirmation of their existence, which would lead to a hunt for others. Of course, the groundwork was laid for this investigation to happen because Talbot received a list of all of the vampires in L.A. You can bet he'd try to connect the dots between Mick and Josef and the rest of the people on that list.
Can we talk about how great Logan is? I loved him -- he won my award for funniest vampire this episode, not only by insisting on being called Lando Calrissian during Mick's Ocean's Eleven-type scheme. The other reason he was so funny was because he yelled, "Leeroy Jenkins" as he went to stop the prison vehicle. Leeroy Jenkins is a nod to his obsession with World of Warcraft; Jenkins is a character who often ruins missions for others by running into the fray, yelling his own name (thank you, Wikipedia). His glee when the van flipped was very contagious.
What would happen in a second season is anyone's guess: Mick declared himself to Beth and made it pretty clear that he wasn't going to allow any obstacles to stand in their way. It would have been pretty devastating to leave things with her crying against the wall and him leaning his head in the hallway, so I'm glad he went back in light of the series cancellation. Yet, in some ways, if the series had been picked up, it would have been better, more honest, and more bittersweet to leave them apart.
Good night, Moonlight.
|Yes. It would have been too sad for them to have left things apart.||830 (92.6%)|
|No, I think it would have been more heartbreakingly satisfying for them to have separated.||66 (7.4%)|