House of Lies ended without the bang promised by its finale’s title, “The Mayan Apocalypse,” although it did hit harder than I would have envisioned earlier in the season.
Originally, I started writing about this show in conjunction with Californication (which also ended on Sunday), contrasting the thematic overtones overlapping in the two shows. Thankfully, the show stood its ground with enough uniqueness to warrant its own, albeit scatterbrained article by this here writer.
The biggest revelation to come out of the finale was Jeannie’s (Kristen Bell) admission to her involvement with Marco, the Rainmaker (Griffin Dunne). At the night of the merger, the drunken sexpot approaches the podium and admits to her indecency, inspiring other women to stand up and join the impending class-action lawsuit for sexual harassment.
All season, I expected Marty’s (Don Cheadle) relationship with his son, Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.), to be at the center of the emotional breakdown of the protagonist. Marty’s battle with Monica (Dawn Olivieri) over custody for their son seemed to be the contrasting element between Marty’s domestic and business life.
All the while, we were introduced to the seemingly unimportant (or glossed over) detail that Jeannie was engaged to some rich boy named Wes (Michael Rady). Then we see her uncharacteristically being dominated by Marco. And then, at her most vulnerable, she breaks up with her fiancee after the aforementioned admission at the dinner party.
And to add a cherry on top, the creators left us with a tease. Did Marty and Jeannie consummate all that angst the night before what will probably be the worst day of their lives?
We’ll see, I guess.
Overall, this season of House of Lies did not disappoint. But that’s only because I didn’t have very high expectations, and also because the casting, in general, is fairly strong. In spite of caricatured characters like Doug (Josh Lawson) and Clyde (Ben Schwartz), even Greg Norbert (Greg Germann), we are usually treated with irritating but funny situations involving a plethora of snide remarks and caustic comments. I can live with that.
The still frame shots, in which Marty addresses the camera were usually hit or miss. It kept me at arm’s length from the characters, and more focused on Marty, but I’m not sure if this was a good or bad thing. I wanted to care for Marty more, but empathy was hard to come by. Which is odd that the season ended with Jeannie at the bottom of the barrel.
Only time will tell if I’ll be interested in picking up the story when the next season comes around, that is, if the Mayan Apocalypse doesn’t come first.