April 24, 2024

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Monarch: Legacy Of Monsters “Beyond Logic”

Season One Finale

As I type this up, there’s no further word from Apple TV about whether or not there will be a second season of this series.  Considering it did well with both viewers and critics, that’s saying something.  The best explanation I have seen for this lack of a renewal is the service may be waiting for the next Godzilla x Kong movie to come out.  I suppose that makes a certain amount of sense.

However, this is the finale for the season if not the series, and it does a couple things right.  It does have Godzilla take on another Titan, and while this particular big critter doesn’t seem too formidable next to the big G, it is dangerous for Lee, Keiko, Cate, and May.  I know this series is about Monarch, but c’mon, people wanna see giant monsters fight each other in a Godzilla property.  It’s actually even a good fight even if that winged thing looks outmatched.

Next, there’s the reunion between a still-the-same-age-as-she disappeared Keiko with Lee.  Yeah, the scenes where Keiko realizes who Cate is and later meets Kentaro and reunites with her now adult son, or even learns the fate of her husband Bill, are fine, but the Lee scene works as well as it does because of how good Kurt Russell is in a role like this one.  When he says Keiko doesn’t need to see him right away until he explains how much older he is, and then when he sweet talks her, saying she and Bill really built something (and she insists he had a hand in it too), it works.

And then he sacrifices himself to let the others get back home.

And for a third thing, well, there’s Kong on Skull Island as the final shot of the episode, the season, and possibly the series.  If this is the end, well, it doesn’t feel like the end of the world because, well, nothing in this series felt like the end of the world.  There’s stuff here with Tim, Hiroshi, and Kentaro, but for all the talk that Monarch has to save the world…did they?  From what?  Titans?  Godzilla seems to have that under control.

But honestly, the aspects of this show that I liked best were the moments involving just exploring the world.  The characters were fine, but a world where giant monsters can pop up at any moment is one with a lot of potential.  Yeah, I may have never really connected with a lot of the human characters, but they were likable enough, and I never hated any of them.  A show about Bill, Lee, and Keiko’s explorations by itself could be a lot of fun.

As it is, it does seem like there’s a lot of stuff hanging out on the side here for the movies, and that could limit what the series can do.  I’ll watch more if they make more, but I likewise won’t be upset if they don’t.

But what now?  Well…I never did see that Echo series on Disney+.

I mean, normally I would go immediately for an MCU show, but I just haven’t found the time for this one for some reason.