'Miracle Workers: Dark Ages' Finale fittingly ends with Al and Chauncley using fake plague to stop an invasion
Thankfully, the Valdrogians are equally fervent believers of "social distancing" when it comes to communicable diseases. They depart in a hurry, ending their siege, and the townspeople rejoice
The second season of the anthology series 'Miracle Workers', the 'Dark Ages' edition comes to an end with this finale episode. It is sad to see the story end, even though Al (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Prince Chauncley (Daniel Radcliffe) make-up and ride off, heading to Paris in a cart, sponsored by Maggies's "child crusades". The episode uses a "fake plague" to help our heroes win, which seems too darkly prescient given the context of our current coronavirus-ridden times. But hey, how could we have a whole season of a comedy set in the medieval era without even one mention of a plague?
Al tricks the invading Valdrogians into believing that the townspeople are all infected by the plague. In reality, they are only showing the effects of eating "rock sprouts", Eddie's (Steve Buscemi) favorite snack, that has unfortunate side effects like giving people black, tarry teeth, hives and making them violently sick.
Thankfully, the Valdrogians are equally fervent believers of "social distancing" when it comes to communicable diseases. They depart in a hurry, ending their carnage-filled siege immediately, and the townspeople rejoice.
Prince Chauncley is finally able to have his bard sing the "Party Mix" in his castle, abandoned by his father King Cragnoor (Peter Serafinowicz) for the relative safety and comfort of his "luxury yacht", and the townspeople dance the night away. We also have the prince and Al finally kiss under the voyeuristic eyes of Wesley Pervert, because well, he is a pervert coming from a long lineage of perverts.
It is little jokes like these that keep the finale episode chugging along, just like the season, which it brings to a close. Jokes like Maggie (Lolly Adefope) asking a nun for a headcount and she counts six people, instead of the actual five, because "Christ always walks among them". Or how Eddie reveals he has stocked his emergency seed bunker with "mayonnaise-based" food and rock sprouts. Or how the town crier gives "war updates" in the town square and says, "next up, Sports!" as the citizenry of Lower Murkford loses their s**t around him, trying to evacuate before the killer Valdrogians attack their settlement.
Can we also appreciate the beauty of Daniel Radcliffe picking up a stick (that looks very much like a wand) to charge at the Valdrogians before he is stopped in his tracks by Al? And then there is Eddie himself, about to lose his head for the third time this season and managing to keep his head yet again.
The ending also sees Al and Chauncley head off to Paris, Lord Vexler becoming the new King and Mikey being "promoted" to becoming his father's new Assistant S**t Shoveler. The finale does justice to the series that has been a pleasant weekday distraction on Tuesday nights. It has been a fun run and the series' sweet humor is a rarity these days. We wouldn't mind a season 3 and this time, creator Simon Rich could set up the next season in the future.
'Miracle Workers: Dark Ages' airs on Tuesdays on TBS at 10:30 pm ET.