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‘Gracepoint’ Finale or Deus ex machina or A Pretty Red Bow Can’t Hide the Crappy Giftwrap

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Last nights episode of Gracepoint was brought to you by the letter D. D stands for Deus Ex Machina. For those of you familiar with the literary term, you’ll recognize this plot device as it was used in exemplary form on Thursday night’s finale. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, deus es machina is an ancient Greek phrase translating to “God as the machine” and was used during early Renaissance theater criticism as reference to the ropes and cranes used to lower angels and Gods down on to the stage and resolve the conflict, quite literally “out of thin air”.

But enough with the metaphors. In fact, what happened last night on Gracepoint could have used some metamorphosis — unfortunately it was too wrapped up in misdirecting viewership and (just one more metaphor here) dropping it’s fallen angel, Joe Miller, on our proverbial heads. What. A. Crock.

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‘Gracepoint’ 1.09 or Cameo by Max Headroom or ‘What Do You Even Do All Day?’

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Last night’s episode of Gracepoint was brought to you by letter H. H stands for Headroom. Excessive headroom. I thought I would point this out in defense of Gracepoint, since one of my on-going pet peeves with this murder-mystery has been it’s sunny aesthetic disposition, and not in an non-ironic way.  I had previously mentioned lighting and set design as culprits, but never framing because it was pretty standard — all by-the-book mediums and wides. In last night’s Gracepoint, however, the amount of headroom (the space between the top of someone’s head and the top frame of he screen) was out of control, making the characters look and feel small, almost pushed down by the weight of their environment. The episode was darker as well, both in tone and lighting. So, props?

Meh. Too little too late, if you ask me. It’s too bad that we didn’t feel that anxiety or fear or weight sooner but, c’est la vie. All we can hope for now is that this all comes to a fantastic and very well thought out conclusion. My expectations are low but my fingers are crossed. This week was another decent episode of a decent show. It’s not easy to make a decent show so I definitely will look forward to next week’s finale, although I’ll be glad it’s all come to an end.

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