This is the last review I will ever write for Generation 3 unless it is a special. For that this review is extra special. I want to be careful with every one of my words and really take a look at this episode in a way it deserved. Without passionate outbursts and solely looking at its beauty. Hope you enjoy it and as always let me know what you think.
When it comes to judging finale episodes I tend to look at how the episode tells the story and how it concludes. The finale is not the time to judge the storylines that have been developed over the series, but instead judge the conclusions. This is what I plan to do. I plan to look at the characters, themes, and the conclusions of the story lines. By doing this I came to the conclusion that Generation 1 and Generation 3 have amazing conclusions. This one in particular was breathtakingly beautiful.
No matter how we feel about the amount of screen time Franky has had or the amount of storylines that are tied to her. All of her storylines for the most part concluded beautifully. Her grief for Grace, her desire to find answers about her mother, her desire for family, and her triangle with the Levan boys. All of it was concluded beautifully in a hopeful way. She decided it was only fair for herself and the Levan boys if she picked neither of them. It truly is the best decision for all of them. She makes that decision. She is brave. After having one more conversation with Grace who told her everything she needed to hear and it also gave her a chance to say goodbye with a kiss no less. She was also given a sister Clara a new and different kind of relationship for Franky and she was led to her mother at the end. Franky after getting shit thrown at her left and right finally got her happy ending. Just like Grace promised her. She can now work on herself and be the amazing person we all know she is.
Levan Brothers –
I wish we had more time with both of them. Nick got short changed and so did Matty. However I am glad that they were able to work things out. Because ultimately family is most important and they need one another—Franky did them a favor by not picking any of them. Matty also follows Franky’s advice with the support of Nick and turns himself into the police. I loved that he did that because he really needed to.
Mini and Alo –
Mini matured quite a bit since the last episodes. She has embraced her life as a mother and offers some maternal love to Franky who needed it. She gave Franky a hug and gave her some honest advice. Mini also realized that being a hostile bitch (like she was in the beginning) does not help and it is not what is needed. I was impressed with her and she still had that Mini snark with her horror film commentary. Basically she is a Scottish mother who will be a force to be reckoned with. Alo also has stepped up his game in this episode proving to be a reliable mate who has learned to accept responsibility and love for his child. They of course ended up being the only couple at the end of the episode and they look like they will be happy. There will be bumps, struggles, and everything in between…however they have one another.
Always feeling alone and isolated finally confronts her fears about Alex leaving. He tells her he needs to leave and promises that everything will be okay. Liv starts to separate herself from Alex which is needed. It is a beautiful friendship…just may not be the healthiest. I also love her dedication to Mini in the beginning of the episode trying to apologize and work on their friendship. I was also so happy that Liv was in the hospital room helping Mini with the baby. With Rich right outside the door…Mini and Alo’s adoptive siblings there for moral support. Things may not be perfect, but things are starting to come together. She still has support.
Definitely a plot device who likes to take off his shirt and his jeans yet he still has a bit of heart. The friendship he provided Liv was sweet; however, he is an adventurous sort so he Is off chasing that adrenaline rush. I wish we had more time with him.
I plan to write a detailed analysis of Rich. So I won’t go into too much detail. Rich loved Grace. He LOVED her so much that when she died he still feels her. She lives in his head and she still has his heart. It is evident. He tries to get the gang together again by using Grace’s teachings and at the same time Grace is guiding him in other ways as well. That kiss in the pool was a kiss goodbye that it was time to let go and start moving on. The group is healing and starting to function again. He got into Cambridge and his future is full of potential. It’s time to move on even if Grace will always be a part of him. She taught him how to live, how to smile, and how to love. Lessons that will always be with him; however, Grace’s last wish for him is to just…FUCKING LIVE. It was sealed with a kiss. Then at the end when Rich had the last word he looks up and says the word “bye” with a smile. Bye to the past. Bye to the pain. Bye to the bullshit. It’s time to move on…and start anew.
She was the main character of this entire series. The episodes dealing with Grace’s death were the most beautiful. Her death triggered everything and yet at the same time she guided them all back together. With her personality, her love, her laugh, her acceptance, and her help guiding all the characters. She promised us that everything would work out. It did. Gracey always keeps her promises.
This series starts with loss and grief it ends with hope. HOPE that is what Generation 3 is. It’s about second chances. Taking responsibility. Growing up. Holding onto the good things and adapting to the world around you. Things may not work out the way you want it to, but if you hold onto the beauty that this world has given you (we all have some) you can get through those dark times.
I honestly think that this was the best finale we could have been given. It concluded most of the story lines with no annoying questions. It came full circle. It was beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous.