'Counterpart' series finale: Final episode neatly wraps up STARZ show, proving what a gem they just lost
The very fact that it did not disappoint by leaving out loose ends within just two seasons proves how skillfully it was written.
STARZ's most underrated sci-fi series 'Counterpart' is coming to an end, and the finale will leave you with questions that will never be answered, given that the show has been cancelled.
Starring JK Simmons as Howard Silk, Olivia Williams as Emily Silk, Betty Gabriel as Naya Temple, Harry Lloyd as Peter Quayle, Nazanin Boniadi as Clare, Christiane Paul as Mira, James Cromwell as Yanek, and Sara Serriaccio as Baldwin, the end episode of the series has wrapped up in the cleanest and the most sensitive way.
Throughout the two seasons, 'Counterpart' has been trying to answer one important question -- how do you be a better version of yourself? Episode 10 of the second season, titled 'Better Angels', had an answer to that.
Over the course of the show, the Prime and the Alpha worlds have been in a silent conflict, with each trying to outdo the other by striving to be better than the other self.
In the process of snatching away what seems to be a better version, each character goes through several phases of self-doubt, self-realization, and self-rejection. In the end it all summed up to one simple answer, you cannot be any other version, but you.
Episode 10 does not hesitate in picking up one storyline after the other and neatly folding them away to a satisfying conclusion. As we already knew from Episode 9, Mira is putting her last plan in action and her actions have triggered some unlikely alliances between the Alphas and the Primes.
As the two worlds come together to diminish the one common evil between them, death is inevitable. Mira wanted to release a virus in the Alpha world in order to eliminate it but her plan failed (obviously) due to the tremendous effort of the workers of the Office of Interface who laid their lives in line in order to stop her.
It was not just death that they had to face. There was betrayal, there was hatred, and above all, there was the hurtful instance of unrequited love. At the bottom of it all lay the grazing guilt of not being as good as the other. We got a sense of this very guilt in the meeting of the two Emilys in Episode 9 which was a complete contradiction to what the counterparts have been feeling towards each other.
When the two Emilys met, there certainly was uncertainty and suspicion but the two managed to set their differences aside and consider each other as one person. On the other hand, Episode 10 saw an angle to their acceptance. This time the acceptance was to accept the self and deny the other.
Episode 10, titled 'Better Angels', sees the resistance against Mira get stronger as she underestimates the power of those who want to save their other selves. Mira confesses that she has never met her other but her hatred is as strong as her determination to eliminate Mira Alpha.
She keeps thinking that her Sleeper Agents would carry out the task of spreading the flu across Europe but she forgot that she is only a version of an entire person, and there is only so much she can do.
Mira is stunned by the fact that while she has been trying to destroy everything, there were these group of counterparts who very much wanted to be with each other.
Her plan quite naturally fails, but that is not the point of the show. The show never wanted to tell us who is good or who is bad, but it was always hinting at the fact that no matter who you are, circumstances will change into some other version- sometimes a version that you despise the most. However, in the end, the search for that one true self remains common among all counterparts.
In his interview with SYFY, Marks has explained, "One of the fun things we introduced in this show is it's all binaries. They're simultaneously moving toward that third point, both roaming toward who they could be, and that "other" self is someone different that can only be possible when you're confronted with this 'other'. "
Episode 10, titled 'Better Angels', is set to air on February 17 on STARZ. It is a shame that STARZ has cancelled 'Counterpart' but we do hope that Marks has more stories to tell about the two worlds, and the show will have a third season...maybe on some other channel.