Reviewed By: Eiphel
Review Date: 8/3/12 11:39 pm
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The End is again all that I have written about the prior two stories. Graceless really does succeed very well in defining a tone and a way things work. New character Kreekpolt, as well as having a smashing name, is a joy to listen to. I'm just going in circles here because everything I said about all the other characters I'm just going to restate. If I comment that his motivations are a little bit of a well worn idea, then I'm still just parroting earlier comments to point out how Graceless' strength is in taking simple, familiar ideas, and deriving from the a vast reservoir of character interest. I worry that in repeating myself so much I make it sound like the season is repetitive. It's not; what Graceless is, is constant. The Sphere, Compton, a Spaceship and the Planet of Rain are greatly varied settings, Marek, Daniel and Kreekpolt different people. And the style and plot of each story is very much its own. It's the themes and the facts of the universe which are always present, and what's so entertaining is to see how they do always emerge from very different contexts.
With all of that said, the End is significantly unique in theme also. The Sphere set our characters in motion, driving them onwards physically and psychologically even as they spent their time talking about stopping and settling down. Throughout the series constant progression has been a strong figurative and literal theme, and now we reach a figurative and a literal endpoint - it's right there in the title! The End is really a tale of two halves, with the former half feeling much as the earlier stories did, but the latter having a strong sense of an arrival. There is of course a literal arrival at a significant destination, and the characters all face a literal end of some kind, but there are also thematic aspects at work. If you view the series as chronicling the sisters' in flight, the End is where they stop running. Consequences catch up to them. And if you see the series as chronicling two sisters' development from a very protean state, then the End is where the impact of worldly experience is demonstrated. There is a rather excellent avatar for, almost, the series itself. A literal embodiment of the series' themes which the girls run up upon, and that is where they stop running. It really is a most excellently fitting finale to a very tightly drawn series. Another 8/10. I am excited for series two, and will definitely be preordering series three.