I liked it. It likely will never become one of my favorites, as I tend to enjoy more those episodes that focus on the characters. We had a good B story with Cam & Michelle, but as Cam's not my favorite of the characters & Michelle is basically a stranger still at this point, their interaction is not something I'm going to be dying to watch over & over again.
I loved seeing the sex talk issue resolved, though, and the revelations it brought out in the others. I think they did a great job of showing how a good, honest discussion of this topic could go. I also think the decision was addressed fairly and with respect. They did an admirable job of showing that it's important to take the decision seriously & to trust in yourself.
The focus on the victim this time around was nice. Some times last season the victims became objects of derision or humor, never becoming a person that either the characters or the audience sympathized with. I feel that these first few episodes this season have really re-upped the bar on bringing home the humanity of these people and helping us to see the tragedy of their deaths. We are being reminded again, as we were in the beginning, that we are all connected & that every untimely death effects us all.
I did not mind, at all, the fact that the killer was sprung on us at the end. He was just a nobody that came suddenly out of the blue. It was random & unexpected, like the crime itself. It's the shock, the pointlessness, the frustration, & the offensive audacity that some unknown should step in and take everything away at the last moment, that is the very heart of it. We make choices in our lives, we look at the evidence & make our selections, but in the end it can all be taken away by chance, ignorance, blind greed or uncaring cruelty. It's appalling, it's unfair, & that's the point.
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“When once you have tasted flight you will always walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward: for there you have been and there you will always be.” - Henry Van Dyke