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A Killer Among Us

The town of Gracepoint has to deal with a disturbing revelation.

If nothing else, Gracepoint's finale made me consider what it would be like to be in Miller's shoes. And I give the show credit for, while likely being unable to make a twelve-year-old a willing killer due to programming concerns, constructing a scenario that's not so morally black-and-white. Yes, the whole truth never comes to light in the town, but you could argue that Joe is culpable even from a legal standpoint -- the death occurred during the commission of the felony of pedophilia would be the argument, whether or not it would hold up -- and from a frontier-justice angle, his taking the fall for his son, who was defending Danny, seems warranted. Certainly Miller comes off looking terrible -- particularly when she declines Carver's call after his eleventh-hour detective work about the word "else" -- but again, there but for the grace of God and all. Miller's existence going forward would be hard enough without Beth's "How could you not know" echoing in her ears for the rest of her life. Again, I wish the show had been shorter and that the police work had been better, but balancing that is my affinity for a scenario that isn't unveiled by Sherlock-ian work; a lot of crimes are solved by the perpetrator(s) screwing up, accidentally or on purpose. It's a frustrating show, unbalanced and often meandering, but here at the end, I'm more inclined to forgive its transgressions than I was expecting.

But here's the real reason we're here: how Gracepoint-ish is the finale?

Gracepoint-ish Element Present?
Miller is accused of Taking! It! Personally! Well, she accuses herself in admitting to same, so I'll have to say it counts.
Miller flounders at aspects of job she wanted and Carver got Given how ineffective she is in questioning Vince before Carver mercifully lets him go, also have to say yes.
Carver is grumpy at/about Gracepoint Once again, whatever frustrations he's feeling, he doesn't blame the town.
Carver tactlessly gives voice to something the audience is thinking This is not really the episode for a lack of tact, and even Carver knows it.
Carver's curtness rubs off on Miller I don't know if beating the crap out of her husband qualifies as "curtness," and regardless, I don't think we can blame Carver for it.
A journalist behaves unprofessionally Journalism is out of the picture in this episode; Owen's too busy playing surrogate father, and everyone else is absent.
Pete the family-liaison officer is an awkward doofus On screen for like two seconds; not enough time to register.
Beth kind of makes you understand why Mark cheated on her, but then is awesome also For the last time, yes on (b), as her aforementioned line to Miller is credibly raw and harsh, but (a) doesn't track.
Grief, guilt, and/or junkie soft focus and/or slo-mo Slo-mo when Carver is on his way to confront Joe; also when Miller is tentatively approaching the Solano house.
Wide magic-hour shot, blue, with one warm light source It's way too late in the day for both the magic hour and the warm light source, but the beachside funeral scene is so beautifully shot I'm going to say what the hell.
Psychic Telecom Steve Raymond is rebuffed Also seen for two seconds; no dice.
Whales Tails, Prince Of Wales Not contracted for the finale.
4 / 12
Final Score
33%
Gracepoint
67%
I Wish I Hadn't Gone To The L.I.E. Well Already
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