Originally Posted by Zookster
I thought the exact opposite during the final fight scene with Maeve and Serac's henchmen: that the show ran out of budget by the time they got to that scene so they just did it the cheapest way they could, in pitch black with a few flashes of gunfire, some sound effects, and then bodies on the ground when the lights came up. Saves a lot of money on fight choreography, training, stuntmen, wire work, visual effects, etc.
Overall I thought the finale was okay in terms of the overall story. Good ending for Delores Prime. And a glimmer of hope that maybe humanity can survive the breakdown of society and end of Rehoboam. Perhaps the pending war with Halores's hosts will unite humans?
The worst parts for me were the headscratching moments: Why didn't Maeve just "push" Dolores to begin with to take control of her without risky fights (last episode, this one, and the fight with Yakuza-boss Dolores)? How does a police helicopter take Caleb wherever he wants to go? What did Maeve do to destroy Serac's control unit for her? Why didn't she do it sooner? Does her ability to control hosts extend to all electronics, including the light switch?
In spite of my complaints, I still really do like this show and I look forward to season 4.
My takeaway for that fight scene in pitch black was simply that it looked kind of cool. Flashes of light here and there, brief cuts of Maeve (usually literal cuts with her sword), and so on. And it did look cool. Don't think budget played a part there.
But beats me how Maeve now has control of all electronics apparently. She can override her control unit? And I guess the lights too, for that matter.
Police car ... no clue why it took Caleb to Incite directly. I guess it's normal during a riot to have random police cars land and take whomever enters directly to the one place nobody is supposed to get close to?
Overall, I thought it was an okay finale. Could have been worse, and S3 was definitely better than S2. Just that were a ton of little things they could have done better and some big things (like the Dolores-Maeve conflict) could have been written to make a little more sense.
Serac vs Maeve ... before Maeve's attack, I kept thinking how easy it'd be for Maeve to just take her sword, chop off Serac's head, and there, problem solved. She eventually sort of came to the same conclusion, but no idea why it took her so long.
If it's so easy to destroy the big brain by connecting a host to it, you'd think Serac might have taken some safeguards there.
Finale also had some annoying 'action film' scenes that always bug me, but that may be just a pet peeve. Like Caleb disarming a guard, throwing his gun like 2 ft from him, then walking away leaving the gun sitting right there. Or that other guard guy who attacks Caleb at the console, unarmed. Also kind of weird they'd let Caleb get close to the console at all. Or why Serac just didn't shoot Caleb and be done with it.