Season Finale

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Fans of the NBC series “The Blacklist,” are probably still reeling from the two-hour bombshell, that concluded season four. The show runners have bombarded viewers with information, since they returned from hiatus on April 20, and the two-hour season finale followed in kind. With all the action that took place, including murders, betrayals, relationships dissolving , while new ones formed, there’s likely one revelation that shook long time viewers to their core. Apparently, Raymond Reddington’s the biological father of Masha Rostova, however the man that we’ve known as Raymond for the past four seasons, maybe an impostor.

The concept of the character that Spader portrays, actually being a man that adopted the identity of Raymond Reddington, had gotten bandied about by some of the show’s fans since the second season. This viewer never bought into that concept, however the show runners certainly left viewers with that conclusion heading into the summer. By taking the story down this path, it opens up a myriad of questions. Exactly who is this man, that the world knows as Raymond Reddington? Does this mean that four-year-old Masha Rostova, actually shot and killed the real Raymond Reddington? Did Mr. Kaplan realize that the man she worked for and loved, had adopted the identity of another man?

There’s a deep connection between the man we’ve known as Raymond, and Katarina’s father Dom, who returned to the series in the evening’s first hour. Raymond apologizes to him as he leaves his home, for not becoming the man that Dom hoped he would. The conversation sounded like a son apologizing to his father, could this man really be Dom’s son and Katarina’s brother? Is this man responsible for the suitcase filled with bones, that Mr. Kaplan unearthed? Perhaps even more importantly whose bones are in that valise, Katarina’s, or the real Raymond Reddington’s?

Should the show’s long-term fans feel cheated if the character we’ve invested four seasons into following, turns out to be an impostor? It’s a question that I’ve wrestled with since the final few minutes of episode 22, and I’ve come up with a rationale that I can live with. Whom ever this man that we’ve been intrigued by turns out to be, he’s the guy that’s kept us glued to our respective screens for 89 episodes. He’s the man who could end Diane Fowler’s life, with a bullet to the gut while telling her she talked too much. Yet he showed empathy and gentleness, when treating a young boy to three ice-cream sundaes, in order to obtain the name of his hematologist from his mother. This is the man filled with information on almost any subject, who can entertain you all evening with his anecdotes, and seems to get perverse pleasure out of emasculating husbands, in front of their wives.

If this man’s not Raymond Reddington, it doesn’t truly matter to me. If Red proves to be a phony, it just proves that the rabbit hole’s deeper than many of us previously thought. Was this man ever married to Naomi, or was the story he revealed about coming home to a Christmas Eve massacre, his true fate? If he’s not Raymond Reddington, then why would he have buried that suitcase full of bones at Tansi Farms? These are just some of the issues, that fans will be chewing over this Summer.

Can We Survive?

Team-Red’s on the ropes as the first hour opens, getting attacked on multiple fronts. Raymond finds out after surviving a shoot-out, that his suppliers have cut him off and his bank accounts drained. Trusted allies such as Brimley the geriatric torturer, and another crime-boss named Don Julio, are keeping their distance from Red, proving the old adage that nobody loves you, when you’re down and out. After asking Don Julio for help in locating his former driver now employed by Mr. Kaplan, he tells Red that the man just bought a Ferrari. Reddington tries tracking the driver through the dealership he bought the car from, but a shell-corporation’s listed as the legal owners.

Things aren’t going much smoother for the Task-Force, as Julian Gale’s gathered enough evidence for prosecutors to convene a grand jury. Aram Mojtabai’s been granted immunity to testify against his friends and colleagues. Because of the immunity deal, Mojtabai’s compelled to testify or risk being jailed for contempt of court. Aram’s warned that he’s not to share this information with any of his teammates.

Gale informs Donald Ressler, that he’s the guy that took the shot at Reddington, during their meeting with Kaplan. Ressler tries to explain the rationale of the Task-Force to Julian, but Gale’s disgusted at the concept of making a deal with such a heinous criminal, and refuses to listen. He then tells Ressler that he’s going to put him and each member of the Task-Force behind bars.

Kate’s morphed into the monster that Dembe said she’d become, in the previous episode. Her obsession with destroying Raymond, seems to have stripped her of her humanity. She’s so fixated with her mission, that she looks at anybody that gets into her way as collateral damage. Kate hires a master-thief named Mario Dixon, to break into the Stone Canyon facility, a government warehouse that contains all sorts of classified documents. In order to obtain the document that Raymond signed from the Justice Department, finalizing their agreement, she removes a man’s eyeball without anesthesia, to get past the facility’s security device.

Raymond realizes that his accountant Abe’s assisted Kate with cleaning out his bank accounts, and after getting Dixon’s name from a ledger, he repays Abe for his betrayal. Reddington gives the name to Keen and Navabi, who track down his younger brother in a correctional facility. Offering to take five years off his sentence for cooperating, the younger Dixon tells them he’d have given up his brother for free, and directs them to a store in Baltimore.

After threatening Dixon’s business partner, Reddington’s told that Dixon’s in Philadelphia. Navabi and Keen engage in a chase with Dixon, but they get help from a collection of government agencies, who got alerted when somebody from Stone Canyon informed them about the break-in. Dixon says he’s got no intention of talking, since he’s aware of the deal Reddington signed with the Justice Department. He tells the agents that he’ll start singing the moment he’s arrested. The agents inform him he’s not getting arrested, and instead leaves him in Raymond’s care.

Raymond and Dembe drive to Dom’s home, then Raymond and the old man head into his barn. He digs up a red strong-box that he buried there decades earlier, with strict instructions to Dom, never to dig it up. He then tells Dom about Kate, and how she’s destroyed his empire. However the reason he says he’s willing to give up the contents of the box, is to save Masha’s life. He says he thought he lost her once, and he’s not going to chance it again.

Dom’s enraged when he finds out his granddaughter’s alive, and he demands to know why Reddington didn’t contact him, instead of allowing him to grieve for the last year? Raymond replies that Mr. Kaplan knew every detail in Reddington’s life, except about Dom’s existence. He says he purposely stayed away from him, so that Kate wouldn’t find out about him. He then tells the old man, that if he fails to return Dom must find Masha and tell her whom he is.

Red offers the contents of the box to Dixon, in exchange for Kate’s location. He tells the thief that the box contains travel vouchers, and the deed and key to a 96-acre mansion, on an island near Dubai. When Dixon asks how can he be certain Reddington won’t kick him out once he takes residence, Raymond explains that the staff and the guards will pledge their undying loyalty, to whom ever holds the key. After obtaining the location, Raymond ends Dixon’s life with a shot at point-blank range.

Theaters seem to play a prominent part in this series, and Raymond and Dembe ambush Kate and her two henchmen in the theater she’d planned to meet Dixon in. After taking out the two henchmen, Raymond says he wants to end things peacefully and offers Mr. Kaplan all he’s got left, the contents of the box. Kate says the island would be her prison, Reddington agrees but says she’d be imprisoned in paradise. She refuses the offer, and suddenly we hear Julian Gale shouting out hands up this is the FBI.

Gale and his partner George start firing and go after Dembe and Raymond, but they lose them. They return to the theater to find Kate’s waiting for them. He says without the document that Reddington signed, the case he’s presenting to the grand jury will fall apart. Kate corrects him, saying she’ll gladly testify in open court, in exchange for immunity. She then asks Gale what he’s waiting for, and tells her to go ahead and arrest her.

Rising From The Ashes.

Lou Reed’s “Vicious,” brings us back for hour number two, as Raymond and Dembe sit in a seedy motel room, while Reddington destroys a fistful of phony id’s that Kate made invalid. At the same time Kate’s meeting with Federal Prosecutors, to see if her testimony qualifies giving her immunity. After a few minutes of conversation, the prosecutors agree to a deal, she informs them that she needs 24-hours to tie-up odds and ends, before she goes into custody. After the prosecutors initially refuse, she informs them that if she doesn’t get released she’ll remain silent, Kate wins yet another battle.

We see her next out in the country, and she walks up to a tree with the initial K carved into it. She then takes five steps from the tree, and removes a collapsible shovel from its carrying bag. She then says “Forgive Me Katrina,” and starts digging into the earth.

Raymond’s got one more card to play, and this move ends up tipping the balance of the game. He and Dembe pay a visit to the location of a nightclub, that former NFL player J.J. Brickman’s on the verge of opening. Raymond requests that Brickman contact his “Fixer,” Henry Prescott. When the former NFL player refuses, Reddington puts a slug into Brickman’s drug dealer, and tells him that he either contacts Prescott, or the dealer will bleed out there, which would end the club’s future that night.

Henry Prescott’s a man that rectifies situations, getting his clients out of scrapes with the law, and other assorted annoyances. Besides having Brickman among his clients, Prescott did a job for a highly placed member of the government, back on November 19, 2015. Henry’s got a warehouse where he stores all his “insurance policies,” and Raymond wants access to it. Prescott asks if Reddington’s going to kill him if he refuses, but Raymond informs him that’s not his intention. Instead he’ll make Prescott famous when the authorities find him along with Brickman and “Gun-Shot Wound.” Raymond says that will assure that Prescott’s client base will immediately dry up.

Aram goes to testify in front of the grand jury and he refuses to cooperate. After the prosecutor attempts to intimidate Mojtabai, he says that he’s proud of the work he’s done with Reddington. He then says that if she wants a trial, to give them a trial, let them show the American public all the good they’ve done. The prosecutor, tells the bailiff to remove him from the room and he’s to be held in contempt of court.

Raymond arrives at Prescott’s facility with Ressler, identifying him as his associate Frank Sturgeon. He tells Henry that Sturgeon needs to see the evidence, Prescott nods his head and tells them the facility’s arranged in chronological order.

The pair enter the warehouse and we see countless industrial size barrels, Raymond gives Donald a pair of rubber gloves, and when they arrive at the barrel marked 11-19-15, Reddington uses a crowbar to remove the lid. He then tells Ressler to reach inside, and Donald discovers Reven Wright’s body perfectly preserved. They remove the slug from her corpse, which Raymond predicts will match the bullets in the Glock that Hitchin keeps in her nightstand.

Ressler’s conflicted that after all this time trying to prove Laurel Hitchin murdered Reven Wright, he’s got to let her go now that he’s got definitive proof. Cooper and the Task-Force commiserate, however they tell Donald that he’s got no choice in the matter. He has to make the deal with Hitchin, guaranteeing her freedom, by her guaranteeing theirs.

Turns out that Aram’s on again/off again girlfriend Janet Sutherland, gave him up when she testified before the grand jury. We find this out when Navabi confronts her inside the courthouse, Sutherland says they promised to expunge her criminal record if she testified. Samar tells her that she’s going to let Aram know, but decides not to tell him when he says he’d never make it through the experience without Janet’s support. She tells Aram that Reddington’s attempting to squash the grand jury and not to give up hope.

Laurel Hitchin looks like the cat that swallowed the canary, when Reddington and Ressler enter her home, and inform her about the grand jury. Raymond tells Hitchin that she’s going to shut the grand jury down and she chortles, until Reddington informs her that they’ve met with Henry Prescott, and they now possess the bullet she killed Reven Wright with. If she wants to maintain her freedom, she’s going to make that grand jury go away.

The next morning, Hitchin struts into the room that the grand jury’s convening in, and informs the prosecutor and Julian Gale that she’s shutting them down for reasons of national security. Gale gets in her face and asks if Reddington’s gotten to her as well. She replies to Gale, that his career’s not completely destroyed, but if he makes another remark like that it will be.

Julian calls Mr. Kaplan and informs her that the Grand Jury’s been shut-down. She asks what that means concerning her immunity deal. Gale responds that its off the table, without the testimony, the government won’t give her immunity. She quickly hangs up.

Keen calls Kate and asks to meet with her, one on one. Kaplan responds that she can no longer trust her, and Lizzie responds that she trusts Kate. We soon see Liz walking in the street, when some of Kate’s men inform her that Mr. Kaplan wants to see her, and escort her into a black SUV. She’s dropped off at a beach, where she finds Kate sitting on a bench in a gazebo, she goes over and joins her. asking Kaplan if she’s okay.

Kate replies that she’s tired and she feels lost. She pledged to protect Lizzie with her life to Katarina, and she feels she’s let both mother and daughter down. She asks Liz if she wants to know the truth, the real reason Raymond came into her life. She tells Keen she can show her, but it must be Liz’s decision.

Now assured of their safety, Raymond and Dembe pay a visit to Julian Gale, surprising him in his car. After telling Gale that he looks fit, he says that they’re in search of Kate’s location. Julian asks how he expects to get that info, by threatening to kill him? Raymond once again says killing isn’t on his mind, he’s simply going to steal Julian’s phone to obtain the number from Kate’s burner phone. As they depart, Raymond says he’s sure they’ll bump into each other soon.

Harold’s able to track the burner phone from the number and tells Raymond where Kaplan and Lizzie are heading to, he says that agents are on the way. Reddington responds that his men are closer and they’ll track them down before Kate can harm Lizzie.

Kate’s SUV gets forced off the road by Reddington’s soldiers, she tells Liz that if she leaves the car she’s choosing Raymond, if she remains she’s choosing the truth. Although Liz told Mr. Kaplan on the phone that she trusted her, apparently this experience caused that trust to evaporate, as she leaves the vehicle. Baz walks over to the driver’s side window, and with his pistol drawn he asks Kate to shut off the vehicle and come out. Mr. Kaplan says oh Baz and then shoots him and drives off. Lizzie calls for an ambulance as the rest of the men start chasing her.

The final standoff takes place on a steel bridge, as Raymond and Dembe face Kate. She tells him that she won’t go to prison, and as soon as Raymond kills her, one of her men will present Lizzie with the secret they had buried at Tansi Farms. Reddington tells her that he’s not going to shoot her, and he regrets shooting her the first time. Saying once again she won’t go to prison, she climbs atop the bridge railing and plunges to her death in the water far below. There’s no doubt she’s gone as her lifeless body just floats on top of the water.

With the Task-Force’s problems rectified, Harold calls Keen into his office. He says that she deserves answers as to why Reddington came into her life in 2013, so he took matters into his own hands. He reveals to Lizzie that at one time he’d been considered a Golden Child, and he worked with Raymond in Naval Intelligence. He then says that Reddington got captured and beaten by his Soviet captors, and Harold recovered Reddington’s bloody clothes from an ancient evidence facility. He got a sample of Reddington’s DNA from the clothes and he sent in for testing, to find out if Raymond’s her father. He leaves her with the unopened envelope containing the results, and says he hopes she finds what she’s looking for.

Lizzie arrives at the seedy motel room that Raymond’s living in, and tells him that he lied to her. She then shows him the test results, stating that Raymond Reddington’s her biological father. Red tells Lizzie that she can walk away if she wants to, and she looks at him as if he’s crazy. She tells him they’re family and they belong together. She embraces Raymond, but there’s not the unconditional joy on his face, that you’d expect in that situation.

Laurel Hitchin summons Ressler to her home, as she wants to be the one to give him back his shield. She tells Donald that from this point forward, she’ll be calling the shots. Ressler says that’s not going to happen, and Laurel turns around angrily to yell at him. There’s a struggle and Laurel falls to the floor splitting her head open, her blood pouring from the back of her skull. We soon see Henry Prescott arrive, and tells Mr. Sturgeon that he should vacate Hitchin’s home.

We join Raymond and Dembe in conversation at Tansi Farms, Dembe questions why Raymond didn’t deny it? Reddington says because Liz believes that’s the secret that Kate wanted to share with her. He then says to Dembe they’ve got to find that suitcase. Zuma responds that he doesn’t think Lizzie’s ready to accept what Raymond did to her mother.

We get our first glimpse of Tom Keen on The Blacklist, since January, in the final scene. He’s on the phone with somebody and he says he’s following Mr. Kaplan’s final instructions. In his hand’s the valise, carrying the bones, and setting up season five.

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

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Whether M. Night Shyamalan, convinces the FOX Network to fulfill his vision and bring back “Wayward Pines,” for a third and final season, or this episode concluded the series, we departed the year 4032, with far more hope than we felt at season one’s conclusion. Unfortunately, not every resident received their happy ending, we ended season two believing that people finally learned how to break the unending circle of man’s inhumanity to man. That perhaps after yet another fresh start, humanity can take the proper path and help our species to truly evolve.

The finale opens minutes after the previous episode, as Jason Higgins’ gets rushed into surgery on a gurney accompanied by Theo Yedlin and his senior medical student Oscar. The student stresses they need to save Jason’s life, but Theo says that the leader’s just another patient. Oscar still calls for back-up nurses in the operating room screaming that Jason’s critically wounded. We see Kerry standing in the hospital hallway, covered in blood and in a state of shock.

Outside the electric fence, Margaret stands upon a cliff and looks out into a sea of Abbies. She screams and we watch several of the Abbies start to scatter. She keeps screaming and with every screech more and more start running. We then see a lone male perhaps from another tribe, exploring and then he sees the thousands gathered around the mountain. He yells to them and waves a tree branch and then heads down into the valley to join them.

In the operating room, Theo’s removing the bullet when Jason goes into cardiac arrest and they’re without the drugs needed to restart his heart. After trying to revive Higgins with the paddles Yedlin calls the time of death at 7:30 am. Theo then addresses the residents gathered outside the hospital and announces that Jason’s dead, he says that Higgins’ ran the town the best he knew how.

He then tells them all that the way to honor Jason’s by completing his last wish, that they survive. He says he realizes most of them didn’t choose to be there, but they’re all that remains of humanity. That when they’re revived they’ll find a better way and then tells them all to head to their homes and prepare for the evacuation.

Theo walks back inside the hospital and Oscar calls Yedlin out on whether he tried to save Higgins, saying that Theo failed to perform a procedure properly and then stating that Yedlin never makes mistakes. Both know he’s busted but Theo says he did everything reasonable to save the patient. He then tells Oscar he’s going to become a fine doctor. Oscar then mentions that Jason had a very rare blood type that only four other people in town shared. Three of the folks belong to the same family, but he found it strange that the other person’s Kerry Campbell.

CJ Mitchum and Theo have a meeting in Yedlin’s office. Mitchum hands two binders to the surgeon and informs him each binder contains the lists that Higgins put together, one containing the names of those Jason deemed worthy of survival. The other one contains the people who didn’t make the cut. Mitchum tells Theo that there are still 300 people in pods who’ve yet to get revived and Yedlin can choose to use their pods to save those awake. However he stresses that every change Theo makes to the list, Yedlin’s choosing to pardon somebody by condemning another.

We get a glimpse of the radar screen tracking the Abbies and the crowd outside the fence continues to grow at an alarming rate. Kerry walks into Theo’s office and asks if Jason suffered and he asks her if she wanted him to? She says she doesn’t know and Yedlin responds that she’s now got a pod.

She’s repulsed by Theo’s apparent callousness and asks if he thinks it’s all just a joke? He says that she was always the brains behind the tyrant and she cries out Jason wasn’t a tyrant. Theo then asks he if she’s aware that Pilcher changed her records and she responds that she’s aware. He then says that Jason was put into cryogenic hibernation days after he was born and she went into hibernation shortly after giving birth and they shared a very rare blood type and leaves the room. She comprehends what he said seconds after he exits and proceeds to wretch into a wastebasket.

We check back with Margaret and we see that the Abbies have likely grown ten-fold since the last time we saw them. Margaret’s going to finally get the vengeance she’s wanted since Pilcher wiped out most of her tribe with an automatic weapon mounted on a helicopter in 4014.

There’s an announcement over the loud-speaker system in the town, saying that extraction teams are gathering the first group to take them back to the mountain. The announcer states that if you’re not picked up in the first wave to calmly wait at their homes until the shuttles return. However we soon see the ugly reality of families getting split up and folks left behind. Our first glimpse comes when a father’s told to wait behind as his wife and two children get shuttled to the mountain.

At Wayward Pines Academy, we witness a situation involving residents we know, as Lucy’s loaded into a school bus while Frank’s told to wait inside the dormitory. Lucy sees her older brother in the window of the dorm and starts calling for him. Frank hears her cries and tries to leave the building but he’s bludgeoned by a guard and passes out. The bus pulls away as Lucy cries that she doesn’t want to leave her brother.

The extraction team come for Rebecca but tell Xander that he’ll be picked up in the second wave of shuttles. Rebecca starts to protest, but Xander asks the soldier if they could have some private time. She tells Beck she’s not going to leave him, but Xander tells her she must and that he’ll always be with her and their baby no matter where they are or he’s at. There’s a tearful kiss goodbye and then the jeep pulls off.

Yedlin and Mitchum are taken along with Mario and Kerry to the mountain facility and then CJ and Theo sit down and talk about the future. CJ tells the doctor that each death means the end of a universe, while each life saved continues another universe. Theo recalls his conversation with Sheriff Pope in Hawaii, when Pope asked Yedlin if he could save a hundred people would he do it. He then says the decision’s easy to make in theory, but far tougher in reality. Mitchum starts to realize that perhaps Theo’s not planning on going back into hibernation.

Reality starts to set in for those left behind, as we hear Johnny Cash singing the old Tom Petty hit “Won’t Back Down.” Arlene’s sitting in front of the hospital with tears streaming down her face. Xander’s walking through the town square with a rifle on his shoulder as others take out their frustration in destruction. Breaking store-front windows and knocking over statues.

Theo’s alone in the lab and he grabs an audio recorder and leaves a message for the survivors. He informs the listener that David Pilcher was wrong and his vision was twisted. He built a town to save humanity but ruled in an inhumane fashion. Yedlin states there’s no such thing as the “Greater Good,” there’s just good, no matter how small the action.

He then explains that Pilcher brought along strains of the deadliest diseases known to man, theorizing the scientist planned experiments with germ warfare. He says that he’s going to inject himself with the three deadliest strains; the bubonic plague, typhus and the Marburg virus. He then tells the listener that after the 13-hour incubation period, he’ll step outside the gate and get consumed. He says the theorizes that the bubonic plague should kill about half to two-thirds of the Abbies and that Typhoid fever and the Marburg virus travel through communal water and should wipe out the rest of them by the time the humans get revived.

Mario informs Yedlin that Rebecca just reached the facility but there’s a disturbance at the gate. We see the crowd stranded on the outside of the fence try to prevent Rebecca and the guard from getting through the gate. Rebecca makes it inside, but the guards stabbed and dies outside the fence around the mountain facility. The crowd starts screaming and surging towards the fence when Mitchum arrives with his automatic weapon and scares the crowd off with a burst of fire into the air. He screams at them to go home.

As the rioting continues in the town square, Xander’s sitting in the remains of a building chugging on a bottle of whiskey, when Frank shows up and asks for a hit off the bottle. Beck says Frank’s too young, but he probably realizes how ridiculous the statement was as he soon hands the bottle over to the teen. Just after Frank takes a swig a jeep barrels into town and stops directly in front of them. Theo opens the door and tells the pair to jump in.

The trio’s about to head to the facility when two guys stand in the middle of the road, one holding a Molotov Cocktail. Xander tells Theo that he’s got this and steps out of the passenger door of the vehicle, the dude yells to Beck that he needs that Jeep and Xander best not do anything stupid. Beck aims at the bottle which explodes in the guy’s hand and he’s consumed by the flame. The trio head to the mountain.

When they pull up to the gates of the facility, Frank and Xander run inside to look for their loved ones, but Yedlin’s stopped by a familiar face. Arlene’s standing there and says to Theo that he should have told them and he agrees with her. She says good luck in the future and starts to walk away when Yedlin tells her she’s getting the pod of the guard whose corpse lies outside the fence. She thanks Yedlin with a passionate kiss.

Kerry’s standing in the area for processing already wearing her hibernation uniform on, when she almost jumps out of her skin when she feels a hand on her shoulder. It’s CJ, attempting to comfort her and she looks at him and says you don’t even know what’s going on. He smiles and says of course he does, David and Jason are gone. He then says that he’s going to need her when they’re revived and he says she certainly deserves a fresh start. Perhaps hearing the same words Pilcher said to her, provoked her response as she replied no thanks that she already had one and then leaves the room.

Xander and Frank find Rebecca and Lucy, while Lucy’s overjoyed Rebecca’s confused as to how her husband reached her. Beck nods towards Theo and the former husband and wife make eye contact. Later, Rebecca comes to thank her former husband for saving Xander with a hug. She tells Theo they couldn’t save their marriage, but he’s the only one who can save the town.

With everything in order Yedlin heads back to the lab to start the process that will sacrifice his life to hopefully save those who are in hibernation. Suddenly Theo hears his own voice talking about injecting himself with the three diseases. Kerry’s in the lab holding the recorder and says that she’s decided the best way to fulfill her purpose, is to sacrifice herself. Theo begs please don’t do this, but she drops the vials on the floor and announces she’s already done it.

Yedlin gives her a bottle and a syringe and tells her it’s morphine and for her to inject it into a vein two minutes before she goes outside the electric fence. She says that the world needs Theo and men like Theo to protect against men like her son. She then smiles sadly and says she’s just a girl from Idaho and then bids him farewell.

The hibernation process finalized, Christopher James Mitchum contemplates whether he wants to once again go back to sleep. He suddenly sees his wife’s vision standing in front of him and she tells him he looks tired. She then tells him that he can create any world he wants and Mitchum decides to enter his pod and join the rest of the survivors.

After Mitchum’s back in hibernation, Wayward Pines powers down and we see all the lights in the facility and then the town go off. We also get one final glimpse inside the greenhouse and we see that a plant’s sprung to life, meaning the soil’s no longer toxic. We watch a rather hazy version of Kerry opening the gate that protects the town and we hear the alarms sound as she shuts it closed behind her. Seconds later we hear the sounds of what sounds like the Abbies making a meal out of Campbell.

There’s one final scene, we’re not given a date however we see that the forest now seems to be populated by just a few Abbies and we hear a baby cry. Our last shot shows us an Abbie mother with what looks very much like any new-born infant. Did the viruses leave the surviving Abbies back on the path to humanity?

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Photo Courtesy Of NBC

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If I possessed the ability to predict the outcome of the stock-market, instead of the plot of a TV series, my wife and I could be comfortably retired on our own private island near Hawaii. Although Las Vegas offers wagers in a variety of areas, I highly doubt they have a book that’s devoted to TV show season finale outcomes. However as I wrote at the time, I put myself out on a limb a couple of weeks ago and I’m pleased I didn’t end up falling on my behind.

For the third straight year, fans of the NBC series “The Blacklist,” got treated to an exciting and action packed season finale, that provided some answers but left us waiting until October for answers to new questions. Once again we’re going to break format in order to summarize what we’ve learned in this campaign and hopefully provide some insight along with my opinions.

Elizabeth Keen’s Alive And Living In Cuba

Other than the fact that Kate Kaplan got Lizzie out of the country, no  real surprise here. If Megan Boone truly was leaving the show she would have gotten a far grander sendoff. As predicted Mr. Kaplan drew up a play in the dirt and left Raymond out of the loop. After picking up Tom and Liz outside of Mercy Hospital to transport them to a nightclub where Lizzie would give birth, Kate realized she needed to extricate the Keen family from Raymond’s life. So she convinced Nick to fake Lizzie’s death and Tom and Liz agreed to the plan.

Mr. Kaplan hired a small plane to transport Tom and Agnes to their new life in Cuba, but unfortunately Alexander Kirk’s operatives trailed Tom and Agnes and found out Lizzie’s waiting for her husband and daughter to their new home. The episode concluded with the Keen’s being held captive by Kirk and Raymond holding a pistol against Mr. Kaplan’s temple and asks “What are we going to do about you Kate?”

If anyone else had done what Kate did, their corpse would already be in a landfill dump in New Jersey. The fact that Raymond didn’t pull the trigger in that scene, lends me to believe that Red understands why she took the actions she did. The longer Raymond contemplates his next move the greater the odds he’ll forgive Mr. Kaplan.

Alexander Kirk Is Lizzie’s Father

Although there’s many fans that refuse to believe it, “Daddy-Gate” got resolved in the third season finale and Raymond Reddington’s not the Poppa. Alexander Kirk’s an alias for Konstantin Rostov, husband of Katerina and father of Masha Rostova. (The suffix “ova” is added to the “root-name” in many Eastern-European tongues, signifying wife of or daughter of.)

The purpose of Rostov wanting contact with his daughter and granddaughter’s unclear as the episode and season concluded. Is he simply trying to develop a relationship with a daughter he believed died in a fire as a child, or is he hoping Lizzie and Agnes can help him with his medical condition. Konstantin seems to receive frequent blood transfusions, which could be a result of a serious illness.

Raymond, Katerina’s father Dom and perhaps others went to great lengths to ensure that Rostov believed his daughter died as a child. They put her in Sam’s care and cutoff all contact with her, however Raymond was so confident he could keep her safe he broke the pact he had with Dominic. During episode 21, Red blamed Laurel Hitchin and the Cabal for exposing the name Masha Rostova to the planet. However if Raymond’s honest with himself, he’ll soon realize that it’s his fault the name surfaced.

Just before Liz shot United States Attorney General Tom Connelly in season two, Reddington revealed to Liz that her mother was a Soviet Spy named Katerina Rostova and her birth name was Masha Rostova. At the beginning of season three, Keen sought asylum at the Russian Embassy claiming she was a Russian spy. That act revealed her birth name which in turn revealed to Kirk his daughter hadn’t died.

Raymond Was Leaving The Task-Force

Raymond and Harold Cooper had a goodbye meeting just before Reddington left to try to assassinate Kirk and told Harold without Elizabeth being there his work was done, then told Cooper he appreciated him and his team and expressed his unabashed respect for Harold. He looked Cooper in the eye and said Charlene, inferring just with the mention of Harold’s estranged wife’s name they should get back together. He also begged Cooper to fix Aram up with somebody, comparing the Tech Wizard to a boy on a school bus with his first erection. However once they get Lizzie away from Kirk, look for them to both be back in the fold.

Ressler Chooses Justice Over The Law

Raymond’s plan was to have his sniper takeout Kirk, but Ressler found them before Kirk’s limo arrived and threatened to kill Raymond’s soldier. Reddington sent his man away and he grabbed the rifle and getting the scope ready as Ressler points his pistol at the back Red’s head while Dembe has his weapon on Donald. Raymond tells Ressler that if he plans to stop Red from taking the shot, he best shoot Reddington right now. But Donald pockets his weapon, Unfortunately Kirk doesn’t emerge from the limousine, it’s one of his lieutenants. Kirk’s flying to Cuba to meet his daughter and Granddaughter.

Senator Robert Diaz’s Campaign Song, I’m Your Puppet

Although Raymond told Senator Robert Diaz last week for politicians,  Reddington actually wants a favor from Diaz if he’s the next occupant of the Oval Office. He told the Senator he wants a full pardon for Elizabeth to clear her record even though he thought Liz was dead at this point.

What’s Up For Season Four?

Konstantin Rostov will become the designated  “Big Bad” at the beginning of next season. How long his storyline lasts remains to be seen. Lizzie and Raymond will return to the Post Office and the Task-Force will once again go after the names on Raymond’s list. Have a great Summer!!

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Photo Courtesy Of FX

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The FX Original Series “Tyrant,” ended its second campaign much like it’s first, with a bait-and-switch ending that caught this viewer completely by surprise. The mythical Middle-Eastern nation of Abbudin, emerged from its victory against the Caliphate Army with the citizens wanting reform and change and for most of the episode, it appeared their wishes would become reality. However fragile alliances fell apart, altering the situation and leading to the shocking conclusion of the season.

Abbudin’s President Jamal Al Fayeed, opened the episode addressing his citizens on Television, filled with pride over the country’s victory over the Caliphate Army. Jamal told his people that Abu Omar had fled Abbudin and that his forces captured rebel-leader Ihab Rashid. However back in Ma’an, Red Hand member Halima watches the address with disgust, when Sammy Al Fayeed walks in and Halima asks if Sammy’s heard what his uncle’s telling the world.

She tells Sammy that Abbudin won’t truly achieve victory until Jamal leaves the Presidency and she wants his help in overthrowing the government. Sammy tells her he won’t be part of the continued fight, as he and his family are heading back to California. Halima tells him that she’s jealous, then says she felt unabashed joy when the Red Hand helped defeat the Caliphate. Sammy tells her not to give up hope, that his father’s still alive which means that the movement for a free Abbudin still exists.

Elsewhere in Ma’an, Barry meets with Rami and Colonel Solomon and asks for a vehicle and some official papers so he can get Sammy back to the capital and Molly. Rami tells him he’ll take care of it, then asks his uncle if he’d heard from Jamal. Barry asks if the General has and he says indirectly, the Arab League contacted him and they want Jamal to resign the Presidency and asked if Rami and Solomon would help quell any civil-unrest. Barry responds that the Arab League has a tough task ahead of them to get his brother to voluntarily step-down. Rami tells his uncle that the ICC has information from someone inside the palace, that Jamal ordered the gas attack on Ma’an. He’s unaware of whom the unnamed source is.

If there’s any doubt in the viewer’s mind who that source is, we find out that it’s Jamal’s wife Leila. She and Colonel Mahmoud are meeting with three representatives of the Arab League and she promises to give a sworn confession that Jamal ordered the bombing, in exchange for her son Ahmed having a role in the new government. After some haggling between the two sides, a bargain’s struck.

On their way back to the capital, Barry and Sammy stop for a visit to Daliyah’s village. Sammy asks his father exactly what’s the nature of his relationship with Daliyah and Barry explains they literally saved each other’s lives and because of that, they’ll have a lifelong bond even if he never sees her again.

Daliyah tells Barry that she’s marrying Ahmos’ younger brother, so that her son Hani has a father. She gives him a present, some prayer beads to remember her by. She asks if when he becomes an old man will he still remember the summer he spent with a Bedouin woman. There are deep feelings between the two, but circumstances keep them from expressing them to each other. Sammy and Barry say goodbye to Hani and Daliyah and head to the hotel where Molly’s staying.

At that same moment, Molly’s trying to decide what dress to wear to welcome back her husband after a year’s absence, when the phone rings. Our Old Friend CIA Agent Lea Exley’s on the other end of the phone and informs Molly she’s not only in Abbudin, but she’s two floors above her at the same hotel. She asks if Molly can come to her room so they can meet.

There’s little small-talk between the two women, as Molly asks Lea what she’s doing in Abbudin and the CIA Agent explains that the United States would like to see Barry take over as the new President of Abbudin. She goes on that Barry had strong support from the people previously, but once it got revealed that he lead the Red Hand under the name Khalil, he became a folk-hero. Molly doesn’t seem too taken with the United States strategy, but says she’ll pass the message on to her husband.

We then witness a very poignant reunion as Barry and Sammy return to Molly. She tells her husband she can’t believe this is really happening and the two hug each other. Sammy’s eyes mist-up when he sees the love between his parents and that they’re now a family again.

Jamal walks into his bedroom and sees Leila getting ready for bed and says he didn’t see her at all that day. He tells her he got a call from some representatives of the Arab League and he’s meeting with them the next day. He tells his wife that they likely want to congratulate him for his victory over the Caliphate and then tells Leila to come to bed. We see the guilt in Leila’s eyes as Jamal walks away.

Back at the hotel, Molly walks in while Barry’s praying by the side of their bed. She’s surprised to see him praying and he asks her if it bothers her. She says that she also found religion when she thought he died and had gone back to church. She then says the prayer beads that Barry’s clutching are beautiful and they look like Rosary beads. Barry responds perhaps they’re not that different after all.

Molly tells Barry about her meeting with Lea Exley and he responds that he’s got no interest in being part of another coup. He says that he doesn’t believe that Abbudin’s solution would be for him to succeed Jamal as President of their country.

Ahmed and Nusrat have their first conversation since she told him that Leila pressured her into asking her husband to annul their marriage. Ahmed says that he’s thinking about staying in Abbudin, to help direct the nation’s future and tells his wife he wants her to stay by his side. He tells her he’s not pressuring her and believes what ever decision she makes will be the right one for her.

Jamal, Mahmoud and Ahmed meet with the three representatives of the Arab League and the President’s presented with an arrest warrant, for crimes against his people. The spokesman for the trio tells Jamal that they have an unimpeachable source whose ready to sign a sworn statement that the President ordered the chemical attack on Ma’an. He says that if Jamal voluntarily steps down, his sentence will be far more lenient and he could perhaps avoid going to prison. Jamal kicks the three out of the palace, angry that this is his reward for saving his country.

Barry’s alone in the hotel room, when there’s a knock on the door. He opens it to see Jamal and his bodyguard standing outside. Jamal says he couldn’t wait a minute longer to see his brother, then kisses him on the cheek and hugs him. Barry starts to hug back, but then pushes his brother away. Jamal closes the door, leaving the bodyguard in the hallway and asks why Barry doesn’t seem pleased to see him?

Barry glares at him and replies to his brother that he killed his mother and he’s not sure he can ever forgive him for that. The President says he needs his brother’s forgiveness and that it was an accident, he then says he wants to make amends for all his terrible deeds and to all the people he hurt. Barry responds that he doesn’t think Jamal has enough years left to accomplish that.

The President then begs his brother to become his partner and together they’ll lead Abbudin. Barry says they don’t agree on anything, but Jamal says that he’ll allow his brother to call the shots. He says his dream since they were children was for them to run the country together. Barry says he can’t see working with Jamal and his brother asks him to think it over and then leaves the hotel room.

Later that afternoon, Molly and Barry are talking when Sammy comes into their room and says he just got off the phone with Halima. He then tells his parents that there’s a crowd of 5,000 people in the capital’s square holding pictures of Barry and chanting his name over and over. The three of them take a taxi to the square to see the situation first-hand.

The square’s got an overflow crowd and they are chanting Bassam, Bassam in unison when the taxi arrives in the square and the crowd’s excitement reaches a fever pitch when they realize he’s arrived. He tells Molly and Sammy to wait in the cab, then he gets out and one of the organizer’s leads Barry to the stage to address the crowd. When he climbs on the stage he sees Daliyah in the crowd, she’s towards the front of the throng but moves backwards when Barry grabs the megaphone.

He looks upon the crowd and thanks them for their courage for showing up. He then says if their battle against the Caliphate proved anything, it’s that no one person’s greater than the nation of Abbudin, including his brother and himself. He tells the crowd that this is their victory and their day, he tells them to keep their fight going until elections are called for. He says that’s the correct path for Abbudin, not the continuation of a dynasty. The crowd’s silent for a moment when he finishes his speech then starts chanting his name again, he sees Daliyah in the crowd smiling.

After the three return to the hotel, Barry tells Molly he’s going for a walk to clear his head, but in reality he calls Daliyah and meets with her. She lied to Barry and instead of marrying Ahmos’ brother, she’s moved to the capital and living with her cousins. She chastises Barry for coming there, saying they already said goodbye twice before, Barry asks her why they have to say goodbye at all? Daliyah responds that his place’s leading Abbudin with his children and Molly by his side. When he replies that’s not in his plans, she asks him to do it for her, he started this battle and now he has to finish it.

Jamal’s in his office in the palace, watching Barry’s speech on TV, when Leila walks in and the President says his brother betrayed him once again. Leila tells him to stop it, that it’s over then shows him the signed statement from her stating that Jamal gave the order to use chemical weapons in Ma’an. He shakes his head and replies first my brother and now you, she responds that he left them no choice.

There’s another knock on Barry’s hotel room door, this time it’s Colonel Mahmoud. He tells Barry that Jamal wants to see him, he doesn’t know the reason why.

Barry arrives at the palace and Jamal says you abandoned me again, Barry responds he hasn’t abandoned him, he’ll be there for his brother when ever he needs him. He says he’ll even stand next to him in court, but they can’t make a private deal that circumvents history. The people Jamal betrayed won’t stand for it.

The President tells his brother he’ll sign the confession that he ordered the chemical attack, however for the record Tariq ordered the attack behind Jamal’s back. He signs the confession and tells Barry that this is what he wanted his whole life, Jamal’s job and his power, but the younger brother says that isn’t true. Jamal says he hopes his brother’s happy now, Barry replies he feels freedom because he fulfilled a promise to a member of the Red Hand.

As Barry leaves Jamal’s office he finds Leila in the hallway and she asks what’s going on? He replies that it’s over and he shows her the signed confession. She says this is the last thing she wanted to happen, but now that it has, she feels like a weight’s been lifted from her chest.

Rami and Nusrat talk and he reveals what’s going on, that Jamal’s stepped down and Barry’s taking over as President. She’s numb from disbelief, saying she never thought this day would come.

However as Halima said to Sammy earlier in the episode, things are never simple in Abbudin. Mahmoud meets with his nephew, who plays him a recording of a phone-call between Leila and the spokesman for the Arab League. He tells Leila that the ICC has refused to grant Mahmoud immunity from prosecution, Leila screams I gave him my word and you gave him your word. The spokesman doesn’t know what to say and Leila responds you’ve forced my hand. She withdraws the signed confession, leaving the Arab League without any proof that Jamal ordered the chemical attack.

Barry talks with Molly and Sammy and says he thinks that he needs to lead the transition, Sammy stops him and says that he and Molly already decided not to leave Abbudin. Molly takes her husband’s hand and says this is our fight as well.

The palace’s filled with diplomats and media, for Jamal’s address announcing his resignation. Rami meets with his uncle and we can see the excitement in his face. Jamal comes into the room and starts addressing the nation, telling his people about the warrant from the Arab League and their promise for leniency if he resigns his Presidency. However he says that the Arab League has no proof of their charges and he’s got documents clearing him, as he’s got the signed orders by Tariq authorizing the attack behind Jamal’s back.

He says that he won’t be forced from office by outsiders, the so-called international community, or traitors in Abbudin. Suddenly we hear gunfire, it’s coming from behind Jamal and the bullets are fired at him, two in his back and one in the back of his head. When he falls to the ground, we see that Nusrat shot her father-in-law, she’s quickly subdued and taken away by security.

Barry runs over to his brother and tries to staunch the bleeding, however Leila says to him to let him go and let it end. Barry looks up at her with shock in his eyes and says, but he’s my brother. Leila says this is justice and we see Jamal still conscious on the floor with a pool of blood under him as the screen fades to black.

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Photo Courtesy Of AMC

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Life’s far from perfect, just when you’ve won a battle you realize that you’ve still got to fight another three, before you can finally take a breath and relax. The characters on the AMC Network Original Series”Halt And Catch Fire,” constantly battle, whether fighting the demons within themselves, or those around them. Even when they find happiness and contentment, it never lasts for long. They don’t believe they deserve to have it all, so they find a way to sabotage relationships and then become saddened when they examine the bridges they napalmed.

The second season finale concluded with the characters embarking on a new adventure and what they hoped to be a fresh start, however things weren’t rosy for all as the episode and season ended. An unexpected move by one of the characters, didn’t conclude with the desired results. And although we shouldn’t have felt surprised, one of the characters reverted back to form, taking advantage of a helpful gesture by a friend, for their own financial gain.

Our first image is that of Joe MacMillan driving through Dallas in an old pick-up truck. Then we quickly move over to Western-Group Industries, where Jesse Evans’ informs Jacob Wheeler of all the damage caused by Sinorous. Wheeler barks out to just give him the numbers and Evans tells him the company’s stock’s lost 8% and the company stands to lose millions. Jacob asks what about Joe and Evans says the board believes he’s responsible for the damage, but don’t feel it’s prudent to press criminal charges against him. Wheeler realizes what that means and says to Evans that they’ll need a scapegoat.

MacMillan walks into a lawyer’s conference room and the woman who shows him in, says that they’ll be right with him. Joe says he’d like to talk to his wife before the proceedings and the woman says as soon as she arrives she’ll bring her into the conference room. He sees some magazines on a countertop and the one on top’s Business Trade and their cover story says Wheeler’s Out At Western-Group.

Over at Mutiny, they’re playing around with a new videogame they created, where the user can create their character to look any way the player chooses. One of the Coder-Monkeys, whose now in charge of accounting asks Cameron if he can take over Tom Rendon’s old desk, as it has two drawers. We see that Yo-Yo’s back at Mutiny and he tells Donna and Cameron that he just signed up two more markets for Mutiny.

Back at the attorney’s office, the lawyer walks in with the dissolution of marriage papers for Joe to sign. MacMillan says he hoped to speak to his wife first, but the lawyer says Sara was already there earlier that morning. With her signature already on the paper he adds his. He gets into his truck and starts pushing the accelerator to the floor, then closes his eyes and lifts his hands off the wheel. The sound of a car horn brings him back and he slows down and starts driving again.

Cameron’s exploding because their new network’s hiking their rates. Donna says that’s the way the game’s played when you’re leasing space on a third-party network. Clark says she can do the dance and try to get the new network to lower the increase, but Cameron says she doesn’t want to do the dance, she wants to change the music. Donna tells Cameron she has to pick Gordon up from his group-therapy session.

Gordon’s attending a stress management session and we can see by the expression on his face, that this is the last place he wants to be. The counselor asks Joe to perform an exercise in front of the group and although he seems to open up to the counselor for a second, he then shuts right down and shows his contempt. He doesn’t realize that Donna’s watched the whole incident from outside the door.

Donna’s in the unfamiliar role of serving herb two daughters breakfast and she’s lost in her own kitchen, as Gordon’s reorganized everything since he’s become Mr. Mom. Joni, the oldest daughter says her waffle’s frozen in the middle and Donna blows off the complaint, so Joni picks up the waffle and flings it across the kitchen floor. Donna’s shocked and asks her daughter what’s going on and Joni asks why can’t Gordon serve them breakfast, as she sucks at this.

Donna takes a breath and says we all need to work together, your father got upset and the little one asks like he did in California? Joni tells her younger sister to shut-up and Donna then asks Joni what happened in California? Her daughter tells her that Gordon and his brother Henry got into a scream-fest and they had to spend a night in a motel. Donna asks what the fight was about and Joni runs to her room.

Joe meets with three executives from Stokes Capital and tries to pitch them a concept of a nationwide network, that could connect a user to any city in the nation. The spokesman for the trio Timothy Bondham, interrupts MacMillan at that point and asks if he was the guy that brought networking to Western-Group? Joe responds that he came up with the concept to lease their mainframe to third-party companies and Bondham asks him why he destroyed it? MacMillan says he didn’t destroy it, but Bondham says despite what the word out on the street is, he has good friends at Western-Group and they all say Joe’s responsible.

He then says they’re not going to give him a dime, they just took the meeting out of morbid curiosity. Bondham says he did some digging on MacMillan and brings up Joe torching the Cardiff Electric truck filled with 100 computers. He says he’s blown away, he’s never met a legitimate psychopath before. Joe gets up and walks out of the meeting as the three guys smile like fifth-graders.

Cameron comes up to Donna at Mutiny and says we should buy this, it’s an ad for IBM 30/30 mainframe, the machine’s ten-years-old and is old-school even for 1985. It would cost Mutiny every bit of liquid capital they had, plus their projected earnings for the next year. Also it’s located in Daly City, California and might be too big or costly to ship to Texas. Donna says it’s a reach even for them and Cameron says okay, but we can tell she’s not giving up on this yet.

Gordon goes into his garage cranks up his boom-box and opens the garage door and starts checking out these model trains he has stored on a shelf. Then Joe walks in, he says he rang the doorbell then he heard the music. He says he just stopped by to give Gordon a small present, it’s a piece from the IBM PC that they first rebuilt. He says he kept it as a Talisman and now he wants to give it to Gordon. It’s as if he’s planning to kill himself. Clark says he heard about what happened at Western-Group and he offers to help fix things. Joe says to him that Gordon looks great, Clark asks what about Sara and Joe says it was good seeing him and drives off.

That evening, things go from bad to worse rapidly at the Clark house. Donna comes home from Mutiny and Gordon’s in bed reading the article in Business Trade Magazine about Western-Group. Gordon says he feels bad for Joe and asks Donna if she has any misgivings of how Cameron destroyed Joe’s life? Things get nasty very quickly, as Donna tells Gordon that she was in on the plan to sabotage Western-Group. (Although in reality, I don’t believe she knew beforehand.)

This escalates the argument to dangerous levels as Gordon asks his wife what’s she’s become. She then asks him the same question and brings up the fact that he doesn’t take his therapy seriously. He asks her if she’s spying on him and she then asks why he didn’t tell her about the shouting-match between Henry and himself and Gordon spits out cause he had an affair. He says when he got sick, he looked for his marriage and couldn’t find it. He says she never was there and that’s why he held off telling her for two-months that he was sick. He then says perhaps their marriage is broken and they’re the only ones who don’t know it. Donna sees Joni outside their bedroom door, but Joni runs back in her room and locks the door.

Cameron attempts to make herself a cup of coffee, but the coffeemaker’s broken. She then heads into the living room and sees Donna sitting at her desk. Cameron remarks that Donna’s there early and Donna unloads her burden.

I don’t if Gordon and I love each other anymore. I don’t know if we can fix it. And I don’t know if I really want to fix it.

Howe grabs a chair and pulls it next to Donna, then she says she doesn’t know anything about marriage. She says what Gordon and her have, or don’t have is up to them to figure out. However, she says she believes that life gives us signs that lead us in the right direction. If she never worked for Cardiff, then Mutiny wouldn’t exist. If not for Gordon Clark the two of them would still be strangers. She then says sometimes you need a fresh start, how about we move to California?

She then says if Mutiny can’t bring the mainframe to Texas, then Mutiny should move to California. She says it’s a new life and a fresh start, something they both could use. Donna’s face’s a mixture of excitement and dread, she’s tempted by the project, but she’s not sure she’s ready to give up her marriage.

We move to a restaurant, the setting for a business luncheon held by the company that John Bosworth and his son James work for. Boz hold’s court among the senior management team, cracking them up with a bunch of his stories. The company’s CEO tells John he’s done great work so far, which is the reason that he’s been invited to this luncheon. He’s only middle-management right now, but he values Bosworth’s input. He then tells a joke to the group, but we can see that Boz suddenly feels out of place.

Gordon heads over to Joe’s apartment and he sees his former co-worker’s living a Spartan existence, a box-spring and mattress on the floor in the corner and a 15 inch TV set with a VCR on top of it. Gordon then tells Joe he feels terrible about what happened at Western-Group and MacMillan says it’s not Gordon’s fault. Clark says it’s not Joe’s fault either. He then says that MacMillan makes it tough for people to realize, but he’s actually a good man. He then pulls out a floppy-disc labeled Tabula Rosa and says that it’s the fix for the damage that Sinorous caused Western-Group.

Gordon says perhaps he can use it to win Sara back, then says what they had was something special and you have to hold onto that. Then he says he’s not sure it lasts even if you do hold on. He then hugs Joe, who hugs him back and Gordon leaves the apartment, while MacMillan’s fighting back the tears.

Donna’s standing in the backyard of Mutiny and she’s also fighting back tears, when Gordon enters Mutiny through the front door and keeps asking is she here. Cameron tries to tell Gordon he needs to leave when Donna hears the commotion and comes back in the house. He asks if Joni’s with her, that her younger sister says she ran away.

The couple head back to their house and Donna calls every friend of Joni’s she can think of. Gordon comes in and says he scoured the entire neighborhood. Donna says their daughter took her backpack, her lunchbox and her sleeping bag, suddenly their younger daughter calls them to the window. They see their camping lantern in the window of their toolshed and realize that Joni’s hiding in there.

When they go to talk to her, Joni says she had to run away as she told a secret and now Gordon and Donna don’t love each other anymore. They both tell her she did nothing wrong and then Joni asks if they’re getting divorced. Donna says Mommy and Daddy love each other very much, but they have some things they need to work out. They tell her to head in the house and that she and her sister should think of what kind of pizza they want.

Donna and Gordon start to talk things over and she says she doesn’t want to be the wife to leave a sick husband, but she’ll do it if she has to. She then says that Gordon’s going to write a check for almost every penny they have to buy a mainframe and she and he are going to repair it together. She then says that they’re moving to California and Cameron’s going to offer him a position at Mutiny and he’s going to accept it so they can work together.

Gordon asks her if that’s extortion and she says it’s an investment. From now on it’s not going to be one of them holding the kite strings, while the other soars, they’ll soar together. Gordon asks if Donna believes moving to California will solve all their problems and she says she hopes so. However she knows that the relationship’s doomed if they stay there.

MacMillan’s shown up again at Stokes Capitol without an appointment and he’s waited three hours when Timothy Bondham emerges from his office and says he just wanted to se how long Joe would wait. Joe has a face of stone and walks past Bondham and enters the office first and puts a floppy-disk into Bondham’s terminal at his desk. It’s got Sinorous on it and it soon infects the terminal and MacMillan tells him this is the same virus that destroyed Western-Group and soon it will infect their entire network.

Bondham says he’s calling security and picks up the phone, but Joe hangs it up and says that’s not the security he wants. He then says to Bondham that the exec doesn’t know what Joe will do next, hence the lack of trust. He says you have to build a wall around your system so you don’t have to rely on trust. He then takes out the first floppy and inserts Tabula Rosa and the virus disappears. Bondham asks him what he did to get rid of the virus and Joe smiles and says this is the vaccine and after what happened to Western-Group, companies are going to want this vaccine.

Pizza arrives at the Clark house when the phone rings and Gordon picks it up and it’s Joe. He’s ecstatic and says create the sickness sell the cure. Gordon says he’s got to go and MacMillan says hear me out, you just came up with this incredible product and we need to partner up and sell it. Clark says they’re moving to California and Joe says we can do this from California. Gordon says he has to start concentrating more on his family and he’s going to work for Mutiny. MacMillan slams down the phone.

A graphic appears that says 30 days later and Cameron goes to Tom Rendon’s house to tell him they’re moving to California and they want him on board. If he wants to do it meet them at DFW Airport that evening for the flight to San Francisco. Tom says that it’s awfully short notice and Cameron says look at it as not to long to over think it.

We’re on the plane as the Coder-Monkeys start boarding, Carl and Bodie are having a discussion and Bodie tells Carl to shut-up. We see the Clark girls sitting together coloring and Gordon and Donna are across the aisle from them. She says their such good girls and Gordon says maybe when we get settled we can have another. Donna smiles and then says she needs to go to the restroom. When she gets inside, she starts crying over the child she aborted a few months before.

Cameron’s looking for Tom but he has yet to show. Suddenly the Coder-Monkeys start cheering as Boz comes on the plane wearing a cowboy hat. He says he never thought he’d say it but time to move to the left coast. The bulkhead door gets closed and Tom never arrived, we see the sadness in Cameron’s eyes.

Waiting for Donna to return from the restroom, Gordon starts thumbing through a computer magazine, when an article nearly takes his breath away. The headline of the article reads “MacMillan Utility Nets Ten Million Backing For ‘Anti-Virus’ Software Venture.” Gordon quietly says son of a, then cuts himself off and puts his head in his hands.

Our final scene’s Joe being shown some prime San Francisco office space. The realtor tells him that he’s have the whole floor which can handle 100 desks. She says because of the view of the Bay there are other bids out there, MacMillan says get the papers and lets sign, he doesn’t care about the price. He stares at the skyline from his window as the realtor goes to get the paperwork.

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Photo: Courtesy Of FOX

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 The FOX Network concluded their ten-part miniseries “Wayward Pines,” with an episode that’s kept social-media-sites buzzing, over the last few days. The finale divided fans of the series into two camps, those who think the show ended on a brilliant note, while others simply hated it. During the last few minutes of the finale, the show-runners pulled a “bait and switch” maneuver, altering the optimistic ending that got set-up during the hour, to a much darker conclusion. While many viewers enjoyed the twist in the final minutes, many fans got confused or disgusted with the ending.

Although I’ve yet to read any of the Wayward Pines trilogy of novels, written by author Blake Crouch, I’m aware that the miniseries ended differently than the first novel did. I’m also aware that a plot-device used in the TV show “The First Generation Of Wayward Pines,” wasn’t utilized in Crouch’s books. The fact that the mini-series used the youngsters prominently and they figured into the conclusion, has many friends of mine that read the novels, besides themselves in consternation. We’ve seen Hollywood reconfigure some incredible novels, into films that were barely recognizable to the book’s fans for decades. So we’re going to leave that subject alone, in this article and just deal with the perspective of fans who didn’t read the books.

The series and its final episode are recapped elsewhere on this site, so we’re going to concentrate on just the final scenes of Thursday’s finale. The creator of Wayward Pines, David Pilcher got shot to death by his disillusioned sister Pam, earlier in the evening. The show’s protagonist, former Secret Service Agent turned Wayward Pines Sheriff Ethan Burke, sacrificed his life to save the rest of the residents. Burke connected four bombs to a detonator and when the Abbies began to attack the elevator car he rode in, he blew them and himself up. The elevator exploded into a ball of flame and then dropped like a stone to the bottom of the shaft.

Hearing the explosion, Ethan’s son Ben stuck his head inside the shaft, looking and calling for his father. However, his search didn’t last long as a piece of debris hit him in the head and knocked him out cold.

A while later, things have calmed down in Wayward Pines, as the power’s restored, the people are safe and they’ve had a chance to catch their collective breath. Pam and Kate Balinger, Ethan’s former partner in the Secret Service, knock down all the barriers that have come between them for the last 12-years and level with each other. We see a pact formed between the two women, to help run the town and end all the secrets and lies that David insisted on using. Things appear to be taking an optimistic turn as the women attempt to put humanity in the year 4028, back on the right path. Then the screen goes blank for a few seconds, something doesn’t feel right, it seems unfinished. We soon find out that’s indeed the case.

When the picture returns we hear a female voice asking how are you feeling Mr. Burke? Ben’s in a hospital bed and Amy’s wearing a nurse’s uniform, he asks what’s going on and Amy says his doctor will be there shortly and explain everything. Ben asks her why she’s dressed like that and she replies she’s a nurse and graduated two weeks ago.

Ben soon finds out he’s been in suspension for the last three-years and four-months, along with all the adults from Group B. The First Generation Of Wayward Pines, overpowered the adults and after putting them all back to sleep, took over operation of the town. The fear and ignorance are back in full force, emphasized by corpses hanging on light-poles on Main Street, one having a sign around his neck reading “Do Not Try To Leave.”

Judging by the posts I’ve encountered on Social-Media-Sites, a sizable portion of the viewers were confused by the ending. They failed to realize that Pam, Kate, Theresa Burke and the rest of the adults from Wayward Pines, were back in their cryogenic tubes in suspended animation. Many also failed to grasp that the dozens of students that rode out the storm in the supply room of Wayward Pines Academy, had taken control of the town and running it just as the man they refer to as their Savior, David Pilcher kept things in order.

Another segment of the audience, believes that the last-minute twist was the perfect conclusion for the miniseries. Many felt that an optimistic ending, with all holding hands and singing “Kumbaya,” would have felt false and forced. This was after all the story of a psychotic genius, who kidnapped hundreds of people over a 15-year period, ripping them away from their lives and loved ones, so that Pilcher could restore humanity in the distant future. The optimistic conversation between Pam and Kate, was in fact just a mirage. A momentary feeling that they could reshape their society.

The last segment of the audience, simply hated the conclusion. They didn’t like the fact that Ethan Burke died and got more upset when they realized his death was in vain. The open and free society, that Burke envisioned never came about and in fact many folks got punished just for learning the truth. They didn’t play an active role into finding out what their circumstances were, but just by getting informed they got put back in suspension.

There were some published reports last week emanating from Internet-Based TV Sites that FOX had decided against bringing back Wayward Pines for a second season. However as of this writing, the network’s been mum on the series fate and no mainstream publication such as Entertainment Weekly, or USA Today have gone with the story running on the Internet sites. So as far as this writer’s concerned, the decision whether to bring back Wayward Pines next summer’s a 50/50 proposition and the controversy over the finale, helps the chances of FOX renewing the show.

As far as this writer’s opinion on the finale, it was far from being a satisfying episode. Had we flashed ahead and witnessed a teary-eyed Theresa, Ben and Amy at the dedication of a statue to the town’s hero Ethan Burke, for sacrificing his life to save Wayward Pines and all the residents were happy, that would have been a true “warm-and-fuzzy” moment. But the “bait and switch” conclusion, may have been the best fit. It was a dark-ending for a dark-series and 48-hours after being broadcast on the East Coast it’s still causing a buzz.

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

While many viewers of the FOX Network’s miniseries “Wayward Pines,” might be less than satisfied with the way they wrapped things up, it might have been the appropriate way to end the season. The last few minutes of the series, harkened back, to many episodes of the classic science-fiction anthology series The Twilight Zone, a show that very few episodes concluded with conventional happy endings. Good intentions, nobility and bravery, aren’t always rewarded in life. Sometimes we discover the correct path but still fail to follow it, we overlook the bad and give the title of Savior, to those whose names shouldn’t even get mentioned in the same paragraph the word appears in.

Chapter ten of the story, jumped into action in the opening sequence and kept the viewers on the edge of their chairs, until the screen went black. David Pilcher got pretty ticked off when Sheriff Ethan Burke revealed the truth about Wayward Pines, to all the residents and decided to display his anger by cutting off all the town’s electrical power. Including the power source for the electric fence, keeping the Abbies at bay for the previous 14-years.

We see that the Abbies have breached the perimeter in the opening sequence and they’re heading straight for Main Street. Ethan contacts the complex and speaks with Pam, who confirms what Burke’s already figured out, that her brother cut off all the power to the town. Six Abbies have been found inside the perimeter, the residents gathered on Main Street need to be moved to a secure shelter immediately. Ethan tells everybody gathered to head to Lot 33, where there’s an underground bunker, which should provide them safety from the Abbies.

Ethan, Kate and some of the men head over to the sheriff’s station and Burke starts passing out weapons to them. The two grads of Wayward Pines Academy, locked in a cell ask what’s going on, but their questions are ignored. We move to an interrogation room locked from the outside, where Jason’s body’s being stored and the teen that shot Harold Balinger and three other men to death last week isn’t dead. He comes to but doesn’t say anything.

Ethan tells Kate to finish  passing out the weapons and he’ll meet her at the bunker. They’re just about to leave the station when Jason shows himself through the glass section of the door he’s locked behind. He says that Pilcher’s predicted that this day was coming for a long time. The First Generation of Wayward Pines, would survive the storm in an ark. However  those too weak to swim like her and Harold would die. Kate contemplates shooting Jason dead, but decides it’s not worth the time and they leave.

Ben’s sitting by Amy’s side on her hospital bed when she regains consciousness. He hugs her and tells her how scared he was that he was going to lose her. Just then Theresa enters the room, she says they need to leave immediately, Ben says he won’t leave Amy. Theresa tells her son to find Dr. Carroll the surgeon who operated on Amy.

Pam walks into David’s office and he hugs her and tells her he’s so glad she arrived. He says they have to discuss preparations for reviving Group C and her face registers horror, upon hearing her brother’s words. She tells him that those are their people down on the ground and he has to save them, but he says he wishes he could but it’s too late.

He says the town’s sick and he failed them, but says he won’t make the same mistakes with this new group. He says  the Abbies will leave in the winter and then they can repair the town and start fresh. He says this time he and Pam have to be more hands-on, like in the old days.

Pamela says they’re not having a theoretical discussion, these are real human beings whose lives are in danger. She says Pilcher must turn back on the power and then send his guards down to Main Street to destroy the Abbies. David’s eyes light up when she mentions the guards, he summons two into his office and orders them to put Pam into suspension. He then has the guards round-up all the volunteers and he orders them all to be re-frozen.

Doctor Carroll tells Theresa that it’s too early to move Amy, but Theresa says they have no choice in the matter. Suddenly all the power goes out again in the hospital. Carroll says the generator’s acting up and he’s got to fix it and he’ll be right back.

Main Street’s filled with corpses, some Abbies but mostly humans, we see “Big” Bill, Theresa’s boss at the real estate office become a happy-meal for one of the Abbies. Pilcher watches all the carnage on the monitors in his office, while listening to an opera LP.

Pam and the volunteers are brought to Christina, who heads up the cryogenics process. Pam tries reasoning with her, the head-guard and a younger guard, but Christina cuts her off and says Pilcher’s their savior. Pam smiles and says he’s not a savior or a God, he’s just a man and he’s made a terrible mistake. The community’s thriving, we had a lot of birth’s in the last year. At that point the head guard knocks out Pamela with a Taser unit, the young guard starts to say something and his supervisor says he might want to stay quiet.

Some of the graduates from Wayward Pines Academy come into the sheriff’s office and release the two guys from the cell and Jason. One of them suggests they stay where they are, but Jason convinces them they have to go to the ark. He says that’s the only way they can survive the attack.

Dr. Carroll starts to reboot the generator, but he’s stopped pretty quickly by the Abbie right behind him. Theresa realizes Carroll’s likely not coming back and starts leading Ben and Amy out of the hospital. She reaches around a corner to make sure all’s clear but an Abbie grabs her arm, slicing her arm in the process. Ethan shows up and kills the Abbie with one shot and then he helps them leave the hospital and head to Lot 33.

Kate’s trying to keep one step ahead of the Abbies and goes into her toy store and bolts the door to the back-room. She’s just about to catch her breath, when she hears sounds on the roof. An Abbie falls through the roof and Kate kills it by repeatedly hitting it with a large steel instrument.

She gets out to the street and an Abbie’s munching on Tim the hotel manager. Tim’s still alive and he points to a bag about two-feet in front of Kate that contains the remainder of the bombs that Franklin built. Realizing it’s too late to save Tim, she grabs the bag and runs to Lot 33.

Pamela’s put back into a cryogenic-state. Pilcher watches and we can see the mixed emotions registering on his face as the tube’s she’s encased in get’s filled with the material that will put her back into a state of suspended animation. The rest of the volunteers watch in horror and disbelief.

Most of the town’s residents are in the bunker and Ethan goes over to Megan Fisher and asks her where the tunnels that also occupy the space where they’re at lead to and she says she doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Burke says he knows that Megan was with Pilcher from the beginning and she says she doesn’t know where they lead to. Kate asks Fisher if she wants everybody to die and Megan says David will save them all.

Burke tells her that Pilcher’s the one trying to kill them, he shut off the power and let the Abbies into Wayward Pines. Fisher says Ethan’s a liar, but Ben yells out that he’s not. He walks up to Megan and says you told us Pilcher watches over all of us, so how could he not realize the power’s off? Ben says you told us this is an ark and one crack can destroy us all, Pilcher’s the crack and we’re all going to drown.

Ben’s words resonate with Fisher and she tells Ethan that the Western tunnel leads to an elevator that she has the code for. She says the elevator will take them to the complex. Burke tells Theresa that he’ll be back soon and he and Kate head to find the elevator.

Jason and his buddies arrive at Wayward Pines Academy and there are a few dozen students waiting there. Jason opens the door to a supply room, stocked to the hilt with everything they can possibly need. Jason says this is the place that the First Generation Of Wayward Pines rides out the storm.

Kate and Ethan take the elevator up and we watch them shoot four guards. The guards with the volunteers hear the gunfire and the head guard runs to help, but the younger one stays behind. As soon as the other guard’s out of sight, the young guard points his weapon at Christina and tells her to wake up Pam.

After taking  out all the guards, Kate and Ethan return to the bunker and tell all the residents they’ll need to take several trips on the elevator, but they’re all heading to the Complex where they’ll be safe. Everybody starts to head to the elevator except for Megan, her husband Brad tells her it’s time to go, but she says she’s staying behind. She says that she saw some students on Main Street and if any show up she wants to let them in. Brad kisses her on the forehead and tells her to stay safe. A few minutes later, there’s a banging on the door and then the doors knocked off it’s hinges and thrown to the floor below. We don’t see Megan get killed but it likely happened quickly.

Most of the residents have made it to the complex, but Ethan asks where Ben and Theresa are and Amy responds they haven’t made it up yet. He takes the elevator back down and gathers the last group including his wife and son, but the elevator screeches to a halt short of the floor. Ben shimmies up to the top of the car and he sees a ladder and the elevator door.

Ben helps everybody out of the car and then reaches down to help his father get out, but Ethan says he’ll catch up with him. He’s got to make sure none of the Abbies can make it to the complex, he tells Ben to go on ahead and he’ll see him soon.

Burke gets all four bombs out of the bag from Tim and connects them all to a detonator. Pilcher’s watching him on his monitor and suddenly his voice is ringing in the elevator. The Abbies are climbing up the walls of the elevator shaft and Pilcher tells Burke he warned him the truth would lead to Wayward Pines destruction, but Ethan wouldn’t listen.

Kate enters Pilcher’s office with her weapon pointed at him and tells him to turn on the fence and nobody else needs to die. He glares at her and says he’s dedicated his entire life to these people and she comes in and tells him what to do? He says she’s only there because he chose to bring her, but she and Burke have to learn it’s not just about one person, it’s for the greater good.

He looks at Kate and chuckles and says she should go ahead and kill him, that she can destroy him but his ideas and legacy will live on, long after he’s gone. Kate says your ideas end today and suddenly we hear a shot, Pam and the surveillance operator entered the office and Pilcher’s sister killed him. The surveillance officer starts restoring power to Wayward Pines.

Ethan’s assembling the bombs and we become aware that the only way he can detonate the bombs is if he remains in the car. He flashes back briefly to Theresa and he giving Ben a birthday cake and he smiles. The Abbies start attacking the elevator, shoving their fists through the floor boards. Ethan hits the button and the car explodes, bursts into flame and falls to the bottom of the shaft. Ben hears the explosion and sticks his head in the shaft and calls for his father. A piece of debris hits Ben on the head and knocks him out.

A few hours have passed, everyone’s safe and starting to calm down. Pam approaches Kate and asks how Ben’s doing and Kate says he’s still unconscious. Kate asks if they have any beds, most of the survivors are exhausted and would love to get some sleep. Pam smiles and says they have beds in the East Wing. Kate says she’d really like to help, but the more information she has, the more help she can offer. The two women take a walk.

Pam shows Kate the suspension tubes and she tells her that in each tube, there’s a person inside, whose yet to be revived and Kate says she almost believes her. Pam says that’s the truth and Kate laughs and says they’ve never said a true word to each other in 12-years. Pam says well now’s a good time to start.

She says that they’ll run things the right way, no more secrets or surveillance. Pam says we are the future of humanity, we’re all that remains. Then the screen goes black for a few seconds. When the picture returns we hear a female voice asking how are you feeling Mr. Burke? Ben’s in a hospital bed and Amy’s wearing a nurse’s uniform, he asks what’s going on and Amy says his doctor will be there shortly and explain everything. Ben asks her why she’s dressed like that and she replies she’s a nurse and graduated two weeks ago.

Ben says you graduated, how long have I been unconscious? She says your doctor will explain everything Mr. Burke. Ben says tell me how long I was out for and what’s with this Mr. Burke routine. Amy lowers her voice and says they’re listening. He asks quietly how long he’s been unconscious and she says three years and four months. She says she tried to talk them out of putting him in suspension with the adults, but they say your father killed the savior.

She says I told them, then corrects herself and says I convinced them that you’re nothing like your father, that’s why they revived you. Ben asks where are his clothes and she says they’ll put him in suspension again and he repeats the question. She gives him a plastic bag with his clothes in it, but begs him to stay. He gets dressed and leaves the hospital.

He goes down to Main Street and there aren’t many people around, he sees a young woman on the other side of the street and one of the guards looks at Ben with a leering smile. Ben sees the merry-go-round is working and sees a young couple and their toddler sitting next to it. Then he looks to his right and gets startled. There’s a statue of Pilcher that’s been erected, he’s holding a book and standing up. The inscription reads,

David Pilcher

Wayward Pines

Visionary

Jason and the rest of the First Generation Of Wayward Pines, did survive the storm and then they put all the adults in suspension and installed themselves in what they considered their rightful place. In charge of Wayward Pines and in turn, the future of humanity.