The episode left out conclusions to arcs we wanted and left us more on the cusp of the Dean and Hank drama we wanted than actually addressing it, but that is notoriously how Jackson and Doc operate–big premiere specials and really loose season ends.
We won’t complain though because we did finally see the rise of the Monarch come to fruition when he and Gary are tested and inducted as a level 10 villain and hench duo. To see our villainous favs go from rock bottom to fully realized and respected made for a very satisfying season. The trials themselves held the humor and increasingly hefty underlying mythos that makes the series wonderful, while also making the audience question their own views on the hero/villain tropes they continue to explore. The reveal from Watch and Word that genetic testing shows the Monarch and Rusty are brothers was an unexpected blatant reveal to an almost confirmed long-standing theory they kept hinting at, and we are thankful for the clarification and the almost artful way it was naturally buried into the story.
Brock eliminating an elite team of guild black ops while they borrowed Doc Venture and his return to form as the overly competent power player he is and seeing him have fun again was a breath of fresh air. The pee-break was laugh worthy and we are still referencing it among ourselves, as well as the cocky and too realistic “I learned to count when I was three” line in response to knowing the one gunner needed to reload. We know people like that and it was good writing.
Dean and Hank’s storyline failed to meet our expectations because it never addressed Scare Bear or the brothers actually confronting each other. While Hank’s comma was a hilarious bit and we were very into the intermixed Barbarella & Star Wars motifs, we would’ve liked him actually remembering the cheating and addressing his brothers. The saving grace was the amusement behind Dean reading a list of his wrongdoings (and a small glimpse of the past is always fun) and Sgt. Hatred’s failed advances on the receptionist to try and get back to see Hank.