Impeachment: American Crime Story is back with its final episode in its third season. After a great previous episode, the series had an easy layup to nail the landing. The fact pattern has shown that the third season has dealt with quality inconsistency, meaning that a sure-fire finale was everything but guaranteed. Does this episode serve as a great ending point or is it impeachable from the history books? Let’s find out!
In this episode, titled “The Wilderness”, The Starr Report brings the world to a standstill and The President (Clive Owen) is impeached. Linda (Sarah Paulson) faces the aftermath of her decisions, while Paula (Annaleigh Ashford) makes desperate choices. Monica (Beanie Feldstein) considers how to move on with her life. As evident as it may seem through the description, the finale was very convoluted from the start. Unfortunately, the season finale for Impeachment: American Crime Story served as another reminder of what was a symptom to a greater illness throughout.
Season endings can be tough to nail, especially with anthology series such as Impeachment: American Crime Story. In this case it falls into a classic trap– too much to wrap up with too little time. It demonstrates a problem that the series had constantly throughout the season, even through its high points. It didn’t know where it wanted to focus the story. Whether that was from a time perspective or a narrative focus.
Previous American Crime Story entries also found themselves losing momentum towards the end. This entry was destined to be similar due to the nature of its story. The political landscape and time frame of the story was always going to be tricky to navigate. There needs to be credit in attempting such a different entry with this season, but the inconsistency was too much to bear at times.
Typically, performances from the episode can make up for other lackluster areas. This was not the case this week, which is quite upsetting. After various juggernaut performances throughout the season, it would be safe to assume that there was one ace left up the sleeve. That wasn’t the case unfortunately, as the material was just not there. Again, the jumping around between characters and narratives didn’t allow anyone to truly shine this week. It’s quite unfortunate, seeing how some performances were so moving and captivating. Just a flat-out deceiving way to go out in
Overall, the final episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story was a severe disappointment. Its ending felt rushed and without no true resolution to its character arcs and story. It was a showcase of a greater symptom the show suffered from throughout, which was the inconsistency with its storytelling. Such an ending makes the overall product seem average, with no true point in going on the journey with these based on real-life characters. – Kenneth Colon
New episodes of Impeachment: American Crime Story premiere Tuesdays at 10pm/9c on FX.
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