It’s the season finale, the tenth episode of Hand of God. The big question is whether or not there’ll be a rabbit out of the hat, a loophole we might’ve missed, for PJ to survive. Or will everything be wrapped up nicely; was it always the intention for the show to last only one season?
That last question might sound like Hollywood outsider naivety – because of course there’d be a second season if the first was a hit – but in the case of Hand of God, it’s justified. Everyone knew this series wasn’t going to be a global scale sensation, for the title alone. Too risqué. Let alone the story, which involved a man getting messages from above – or is he? So the writers could’ve treated the 10 episode run as a mini-series, including a definitive ending. But they didn’t. In this season finale, they’ve actually put a lot of wheels in motion, not to mention the biggest wheel of them all, PJ.
Last week, we learnt Anne Wu (Elaine Tan) was in possession of PJ’s book. It could’ve been just a different copy, but Pernell (Ron Perlman) knew it wasn’t. It’s a bit weird, though, for Anne to have it just sitting there on her bookshelf. It’s one of the things that’s not explained (yet), Anne’s involvement. Maybe she was just angry with PJ after he broke it off with her, grabbed his book on her way out, not even realizing it contained his memory stick. Or maybe did realize, and wanted to get even by stealing his brilliant ideas. If that’s the case, then we can forget about a wild conspiracy behind it all.
But what if there is? Anne may have stolen the book because she was ordered to. A third party that got wind of PJ’s ‘code’ and wanted to get/destroy it. In order for the story to continue, I’d say you need an angle like this. Pernell could just keep on doing what he’s been doing all along; go after the bad guys. However, it’s strange Anne didn’t say she was working for anyone, or even imply it – or did she?
A Ride Home
Because not Pernell, but Crystal (Dana Delany) went after her. Maybe it was just curiosity, after hearing Pernell’s theories, maybe more. Fact is, Crystal gives Anne a ride home, quickly figures out she and PJ had an affair, and then all hell breaks loose. The show cuts away briefly, between Crystal talking and Crystal standing over Anne’s body, so maybe we missed out on Anne explaining exactly why she got the memory stick and who she gave it to.
Maybe. That’s the right word. As a great finale should, the episode clears a lot of things up, but at the same time poses new questions. Of all the key players, the only one who comes away without a scratch, is Bobo (Andre Royo). Everybody else is either arrested (Pernell), suspect (Crystal), suspect (KD), blackmailed (Paul and Alicia) or abandoned (Tessie).
It’s been quite a season. An unexpected surprise, this little Amazon original, Hand of God. Bold subject matter, perfectly shot, well written, at times absolutely superbly acted. Sure, the show took quite a few detours – like the ‘spa episode’ – but always remained entertaining. I guess it’s up to the digital (and apparently also physical now) bookstore, to decide whether or not a second season is something the higher power would be pleased with.