These last two episodes of season three may not qualify as a resurgence, but at least Masters Of Sex reacquired a sense of purpose in the closing weeks of an inconsistent stretch. Bill and Virginia have been fighting for so long—with each other, with their families, with the world—that the lingering question of the series finale is a tantalizing one: What happens when they stop fighting? He had essentially ensnared them both. Virginia was tied to him by way of the sex research, which inspired her and gave her life a welcome meaning. And for better or worse, usually the latter, Libby and Bill shared their children.
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Several conflicts come to a head that the whole show has been building to, yet so much of the episode is littered with the remains of story threads that have been lackluster at best. Even if there was any dramatic tension left in the love triangle, history tells us Masters and Johnson get married. By now, new love interests and contrivances feel like unnecessary wheel-spinning. Aside from the love triangle business, most of the finale deals with cleaning up the various threads left hanging. The show has introduced too many narrative cul-de-sacs to actually resolve the overarching story. Tessa was a mustache-twirling antagonist who the story repeatedly failed to invest viewers in, and Henry signed up for the Army only to disappear completely from the story.
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Sex, marriage, and relationship issues are of course all intertwined, but in its new season, Masters of Sex has chosen to focus on some of their most tedious aspects. Season 3 seems to be locking in on that and attempting to make it the entire show. Free Libby! She has to ask his permission to go back to school, beg him to give her personal space, and when an unexpected pregnancy occurs, Bill deems Virginia not moral enough to be a viable spokesperson for their upcoming book. And so, he orchestrates a sham marriage for her so that she can fit into the mold he has created.
Showtime reportedly canceled Masters of Sex today, declining to order a fifth season of a drama that was briefly one of the best shows on television, but had long since become a Peak TV afterthought. In my top 10 list for , Masters finished fifth and Mad Men sixth. For too much of the series, Bill Masters was such a cold, cruel, and brazen manipulator that it was hard to fathom why Virginia would stay with him; the final season worked hard to make him more sympathetic and complex, but at the expense of Virginia now doing a spiritual and becoming the shameless careerist. A season 3 story where Masters and Johnson were hired by a local zoo to encourage their standoffish gorillas to mate — which they managed to do after Virginia allowed the male to grope her breasts — seemed so ridiculous and desperate that many dismayed fans of the show suggested that Fluffing The Gorilla should replace Jumping The Shark in the TV vernacular. This season was better than last, though still uneven, but few seemed to notice or care.