Mosaic (2018)
I Would've Rated This a Solid 8... Until the Last Episode.
27 January 2018
Warning: Spoilers
This series had my attention right away. The acting was solid. Good character development. Every scene and every word spoken was significant and seemed to contain clues. I found myself rewinding scenes and rewatching episodes to make certain that nothing was missed. Every character seemed to be a suspect. A great "who done it". I ate it all up, but then at the very end someone punch me in the gut and I threw it all back up. What a waste of a good meal. I was left unfulfilled, too many unanswered questions and loose ends. I feel as if I missed a couple of episodes. -STOP READING HERE IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS- What was the significance of the bumper sticker and tattoo with the four arrows? I can guess but that isn't supposed to be how it works, is it? And why would anyone tattoo that on their hand? Why was there a fine piece of art hanging in a run down trailer? Who the heck was Cameron and why didn't we ever get to meet him? Why did they include the scene with Laura and (I'm guessing) her boss? Was it a clumsy attempt to make us think that she could be a suspect, too? Why did Eric throw his father under the bus and what did his mother have to do with it? I want to know. Are we supposed to believe that Alan went from an intimidating, hulking ogre to a kind hearted grandpa figure who suddenly starts helping Petra with her investigation after he ferociously tried to stop it? Are we to further believe that Alan isn't worried about retaliation? Are we supposed to be okay with the idea that Petra fights for the truth and succeeds in clearing her brother's name (the same brother who has a criminal past, that she turned in and had little respect for), but in doing so she ends up getting the wrong man to confess (a good honest man that she knew was innocent) and then that's when she stops fighting for justice... excuse me?!! Did Joel ever get a trial? What was his fate? Where WAS Joel between 9:46 and 11-something o'clock? And what about Nate!!? We were rooting for him, we wanted to see him get redemption and we never even saw him in the finale. And the very last scene?! What are we supposed to take away from that?! Are we now to believe that Petra is suddenly admiring the artwork of children, particularly a child's portrait of a smiling Olivia? Is Petra now taking inspiration from Olivia?! Petra never liked or appreciated Olivia as an artist or as a person and we were were okay with that. Olivia was no "hero" in this story. She was shallow and unlikable. She was the complete opposite of Petra. She was an accidental author, who published a children's book after having a dream. She appreciated the artwork of children and had a gallery dedicated to their art. She didn't have to work hard doing any of it and it made her a wealthy woman. Then there's Petra who repairs fine works of art and that takes talent and discipline. She's also an unpublished writer trying to write a book on the science behind art appreciation which takes considerable skill and knowledge. I'm left confused. Is this a story about who killed Olivia or is this a story about Petra finding herself through Olivia's inspiration? What ever the case, it doesn't matter because none of it works.
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