Season one of Poker Face starring Natasha Lyonne dropped its season finale on Peacock the other day, bringing to a close a very solid freshman season for the show. Poker Face has been confirmed to have been renewed for a season two, and we got a pretty good idea what the overarching storyline for that season would be in the finale.
I have been talking all season about the show’s general format and how, after the first half of the episodes, it began to be tinkered with by the creators. It was important to keep the show fresh and not become dull. The show did an excellent job of varying the concept and this episode was totally different while still feeling the same.
I was shocked when, as Charlie was involved with a discussion with Sterling Senior, played by the epic Ron Perlman, was shot dead. He turned into the murder victim that Charlie was involved in. He had been offering Charlie a job to use her BS radar (which showed that he had not intended on having her killed as she thought). Benjamin Bratt set Charlie up for the murder, sending her on the run during the episode.
Simon Helberg returned to the show as FBI Agent Luca. He had gotten a promotion because of his last interactions with Charlie and he provided her with an inside perspective of what the FBI was doing in the case. Luca and Charlie had a nice connection and it added to the show’s ambiance.
I also enjoyed how they kind of looked at Charlie and some of the bad choices that she had made in her life, especially in connection to her sister and her sister’s daughter. This show did not go out of its way to hide the negative results of Charlie’s choices for her sister and it made the character even more interesting.
As it was solved, we discovered the hook (no pun) for next year. It seems as if Charlie is back on the run to avoid another crime boss. However, she went into it with more confidence and bravado than she did at the beginning of season one.
Benjamin Bratt brought it by randomly speaking the rap section of ‘Hook’ by Blues Traveler.
Suck it in, suck it in, suck it in
If you’re Rin Tin Tin or Anne Boleyn
Make a desperate move or else you’ll win
And then begin to see
What you’re doing to me
This MTV is not for free
It’s so PC it’s killing me
So desperately I sing to thee of love
Sure but also rage and hate and pain and fear of self
And I can’t keep these feeling on the shelf
I’ve tried, well no, in fact I lied
Could be financial suicide but I’ve got too much pride inside
To hide or slide
I’ll do as I’ll decide and let it ride till until I’ve died
And only then shall I abide by this tide
Of catchy little tunes
Of hip three minute diddies
I wanna bust all your balloons
I wanna burn of all your cities to the ground
But I’ve found, I will not mess around
Unless I play then hey
I will go on all day
Hear what I say
I have a prayer to pray
That’s really all this was
And when I’m feeling stuck and need a buck
I don’t rely on luck
Poker Face will be back on Peacock next season and I will be curious where it goers from there.