Perhaps it’s more a testament to me being so terribly de-sensitized, but I nevertheless must comment again on how understated this show is. Yes, I’m describing something that just featured one futuristic jet plane spearing another, vastly larger airplane as “understated.” It all comes down to Dewey’s death - - or, maybe more precisely, what is said after it.
At first, it looked like they were going for some uncharacteristically brutal black comedy by having the big badguy get shut up, mid-sentence, with a metal, multi-ton sucker punch. Then, the blow is softened (both figuratively and literally, perhaps) by Dewey's miraculous reappearance. It looks like Holland’s going have to finish his own dirty work... but then Dewey takes the ol’ honorable swordsman’s way out and puts some lead in his own skull.
What does Dewey say then? It’s not some vengeful blood oath. He says there are so many things that they all could’ve, and should’ve, done better. His choice of words brings my thoughts on the show back to notions I’ve had from the beginning - - that Gekkostate are a team of replacement or seat-filler rebels.
That’s not actually a bad thing, narrative-wise. It makes all this business more interesting and unpredictable, certainly. We really don’t need another band of cookie-cutter heroes. Still, you can’t help but think of those archetypes, because these pilots do feel like they’re notably inadequate for these circumstances in comparison to them.
We've only got 22 minutes left to wrap this party up, and considering how it's damn near impossible to have callback to everything that's been set up in this mega series, I'm suspecting that the candy-coated conclusion's going to spin out with a mumble instead of a bang.
It won't be a frustrating ending, though. It'll be an understated one.