Season 1, Episode 8
Date of release: March 29, 2019 (Amazon Prime)
And thus endeth the first season of the show, somewhat giving it a round and proper ending, in spite of the Utrax storyline apparently being relocated, which means it will continue to be a plotline in the show, although I am hoping it won’t be. In this episode, Hanna tried to convince the girls, and only one of them went with her and Erik. There is no reason for Hanna to try and break them out again, even though I am wondering what the second season will be about, now that Hanna feels like she is finally free, and no one is hunting her down. The Utrax program leaders would be stupid to try again and catch Hanna, after she eradicated most of their soldiers, and Marissa is definitely not interested in catching Hanna, since she let her go. It looks to me like a different premise will be executed for the second season, but the interesting question is, how much of the show will bleed over to the next batch of episodes?
This was a satisfying finale. As expected, Erik dies, and as expected, he was able to put on a heroic show before he walked towards the light, which was the only possible death Erik deserved to get in the show. I was almost teary-eyed, as he was slowly passing away, and Hanna couldn’t do anything but listen to his final request. It was touching and emotional, especially when Hanna called Erik “Dad” during his final seconds, closing the circle and establishing the fact that Erik might not have been Hanna’s father, but he was always her Daddy. It didn’t need to be said out loud here, but it’s pretty obvious what Hanna thinks of Erik now, and how she will think of him from here on. Now she has lost both her parents. A 15 or 16-year-old orphan, possibly hunted by the entire world that thinks of himself to be like Jerome Sawyer, only having a couple of friends to call up on. It’s certainly freedom, but what really can Hanna do, especially with Clara in tow now? Their lives have to be reimagined, putting even more question into what David Farr is about to do for the second season.
Anyway, I appreciated how low-key the compound “assault” was, and how easy it was for both Erik and Hanna to kill their way through a bunch of soldiers, and even having the opportunity to at least try to talk some, if not all, of the girls into coming with them. Jerome might have counted on the fact that the girls could defend themselves against the introducers, but that would also mean Jerome had too much trust in his plans working out, which is probably why he always thought he could push off the killings he had to do on other people (and they always failed), and which is most likely why he ended up dead by Marissa’s hands. Still, the show always knew how to not overdo things and how to keep the action on a grounded level — the soldiers at the compound were outnumbered, probably didn’t have the training or experience to defend an assault, so it seemed pretty logical that Hanna and Erik would have it easy to slice and dice and shoot their way through the hallways. Although maybe Hanna was a little too perfect with her supersoldier moves. She was close to being a superhero, ready to get assimilated into the Avengers, and that made me think there isn’t a lot of difference between fictional characters like Hanna and Black Widow. Hanna could have done the same things Natasha was able to in MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, including piloting one of the Chitauri vessels and leaping her way to the top of Stark Tower. And now that I have compared HANNA to the NIKITA revival and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s time for some crossovers.
There isn’t really much else to say about this episode. It only had one purpose (the assault of Utrax), it finished off with a character (Erik), it established for good that another character has turned (Marissa), it teased a few elements that could be of importance in the second season (242’s questionable look to the left among her peers), it finished off the villain (Jerome), and it literally burned down the story arc that was keeping both the back story and the current narrative together (the Utrax facility). All of them little things this episode managed to deal with and put a closing stamp on it, as if David Farr really wanted the show to end with this episode. Sometimes there is an advantage to shows with a slow method of storytelling, as there is a lot of time to focus on one specific thing, to make the story more coherent, to make the excitement more long-lasting. But it also means there isn’t much to talk about in this day and age, where television fanatics like me like to browse the internet and search for clues what this and that means, or whether there are signs of an entirely different back story ahead of us between the dialogue lines. In HANNA’s case there aren’t, which means the show is basically over and done. Except of course there is going to be another season.
Best part of the episode: Clara’s use of the assault rifle, while Hanna is running around one level up. That was a beautiful imagery of an action scene, showcasing that Hanna can build her own little army to go against the people who hurt her.
Worst part of the episode: Ugh, Marissa had to keep Jerome alive, kidnap him, and use him to get into Utrax. Of course that could only have gone south. And of course Jerome didn’t make sure that Marissa was truly dead this time around.
Weirdest part of the episode: The soldiers at the complex were Stormtroopers, judging by their inability to hit anything with their guns. Erik and Hanna were pretty much out in the open, anyone could have finished them off. But no, they had to be fodder for the two main characters to kill.
Player of the episode: Clara looked good as a girl who got most of her senses together during Erik and Hanna’s assault. It’s good to be different. It probably saved Clara’s life in this episode, because who knows where the trainees are headed.