Why you should watch the finale first

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Why you should watch the finale first

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The business and artistic merits of the All Episodes Available at Once arrangement have been debated ever since Netflix gave us the opportunity to revel in the once-in-a-lifetime pleasure of Kevin Spacey speaking directly to you. But actually there are no rules. At a time when religious observance is at an all-time low, streaming lets you play god. So, gods, may I offer you the option to start FX on Hulus The bear with its finale if you definitely want to watch the series as a comedy.

I did this by accident. (If you’re reading this, FX PR, please rank your screeners in ascending order, not descending.) A finale is a very odd pilot, but a monologue given by a main character in its opening moments has an introductory quality and an essential portrayal rolled into one Conversation that another main character has about her background in nutrition. Then, at the very end some happens that I will not perish. Just know what appeared to be the cliffhanger for the second season plays, like a inflammatory incident for a television series. Again, I’m not going to spoil what’s happening, but from now on I’m going to talk about how the ending makes the viewer feel and how that affects the show. If you do not want more information, please stop reading now. LAST WARNING.

Knowing that things are working for this ragtag group of Original Beef of Chicagoland employees radically changes how the series plays from above. The pilot immerses you in the chaos of the restaurant, where everyone is disrespectful, if not hostile to one another. Everything is a mess. The beef delivery is late and wrong. People yell “Behind!” “Corner!” “Hands!” “Fire!” There is literally fire and so much bubbling, boiling hot liquid. The cuts are quick and sharp. Ironically, the knives are dull and they’re everywhere. The opening riff of Refused’s “New Noise” is played. It’s like if Unpolished gems was placed entirely in the trunk of Howard’s car. Many of my colleagues found these early episodes stressful. Some considered leaving the show if it weren’t for the exuberance of those of us who stuck with it. I found it funny. I found it funny.

There’s a comedy theory called “benign injury,” which says that someone must find a joke funny if it violates some kind of expectation, belief, or taboo. and this breach must be perceived as non-threatening. Only watching the finale makes it The bearThe opening sequences of feel less menacing. In the pilot, Carmy (played by a smoldering, inward-looking Jeremy Allen White), the former chef at the country’s top restaurant, has returned to run his late brother’s Italian beef shop in Chicago. The late brother’s best friend and employee, Richie (played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach, who delivers one of the best and most natural performances on television), hates that the world is changing around him and calls Carmy “Bobby Flay” as Response to his attempts to change the operating system of the Beef. There’s no pause in the music or a reaction shot, nothing to suggest this is a joke. Just a frantic close-up of Carmy tossing celery while saying, “Don’t call me Bobby Flay.” I laughed out loud. I know how utterly insulting it is for a chef with Carmy’s pedigree to be compared to TV’s most famous squirt bottle sauce dispenser, but I also know the context of Carmy and Richie’s relationship and, more importantly, where it ends. injury plus benign.

Vulture employees have been discussing Slack for days, whether The bear is a comedy or drama, comedic-drama or dramatic comedy, or possibly post-comedy. The show itself doesn’t offer easy answers in its first season until arguably the last five minutes of the finale. It’s a comedic ending in the almost Shakespearean sense, with two characters entering into some sort of professional marriage. Those last five minutes also provide pilot-changing information. Crucially, Carmy does it at the very end of the first episode Not do something that would have changed everything for the character and the restaurant. It would prevent all of the conflict and most of the heartache that comes over himself for most of the season. It’s a small thing and it is him To the right there. Knowing what I know plays like a hilarious irony. So much so that I suggest that if you decide to watch the series in chronological order, you go back and watch the last five to 10 minutes of the pilot after the finale wraps up. I promise you will find it funny. (Or watch the whole season again: you’ll find they have ending references throughout.)

Whether my employees have found The bear fun or stressful, everyone agreed they enjoyed the show. They liked it and it made them hungry. Like, literally hungry for food. And hungry for more episodes or to watch episodes you’ve already watched again. Yes, there is the creator’s vision of how the story should develop, but it speaks to the episodic craftsmanship of the series that you can watch any episode at any time and feel like you better understand the characters and their world. So, as of today, you have all the episodes in front of you. It will be no different when you order delivery and what used to be a starter, main and dessert are now all presented at the same time. You can eat dessert first if you think it will make the whole meal sweeter. it’s your binge

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