Episodes 10 and 11 of The Crossing aired back to back June 9th, on ABC.
Wow, all I can say is, this was an INCREDIBLE two hours of TV. The Crossing was one of those shows that had a slow build, but I wish so much that ABC would have given it more of a chance because this was excellent storytelling.
I’m not sure I can do this finale justice, and I’m not gonna try to squeeze in every detail, but here’s how things played out in the end.
As we know, Lindauer and Eve’s plan was to kill all the refugees and make it look like a cult suicide. Eve had tricked Paul into making a video telling the world that they were all part of this cult, which they would then use after the refugees were dead. The plan was to give the refugees an “inoculation” which, of course, was going to kill them. But as we know, the best laid plans tend to come unraveled, especially when you have a heroic Sheriff who just can’t help himself.
Jude and Nestor had a plan of their own to save the refugees. Along with help from our APEX, Reece (rescued by Sophie and Jude), Marshall and Roy, Jude and Nestor get all the refugees out of the camp. And it turns out that the device Diana built to make the refugees “disappear” was an E.M.T. which would wipe out all the hard drive information on the refugees and the camp.
Jude’s plan pretty much goes off without a hitch, except that Roy is captured. There’s a final showdown between Jude, Lindauer, and Delilah (who has a gun on Roy), and Lindauer finally gives into his conscience and shoots Delilah. I don’t think Lindauer was really bad guy that he was made out to be. He had an admirable goal, to stop APEX and save humanity, but he was just going about it all wrong. All throughout this series we saw hints that he wasn’t comfortable with the decisions he was making, not like the evil redhead, Eve, who by the way, killed Paul shortly after revealing to him that she was pregnant when she crossed and that they have a son together.
In the end, the refugees are saved, and Jude answers to the powers that be about the refugees and what happened. But all he really tells them is that he doesn’t know what happened, or where they went, and he doesn’t know where Lindauer went either.
Jude delivers new identities to the refugees, and says goodbye to Reece and Leah. Reece tells him about the writing that was on the wall (loving this play on words, by the way) in Naomi’s cabin—Leah read it and noticed that the name “Ellis” was written over and over. Ellis is, of course, Jude’s last name. An ominous sign of the part that Jude would play in our history.
I love how this story was told. The finale completed the circle, and created a mind boggling paradox. Dr. Sophie Forbes, trying to save herself, had taken blood from Reece, even after being warned by Reece that only 7% of humanity had the genetic marker for the APEX upgrade (she had nothing else to lose, she was going to die anyway). In a funny little side twist, Reece had taken the “blood” and smashed the vial in the sink, showing how committed she was to making sure that APEX never got started. But our Sophie, always full of surprises, had only given Reece her B-12 vial, and after Reece leaves, Sophie injects herself with the APEX sample. Her friend is checking her vitals when her eyes start to change and she passes out. Later, when a bitter Eve sends her henchman to kill her, Sophie snaps the guys neck—our Sophie Forbes is now APEX, and the whole damn thing that they were trying to prevent JUST STARTED. What an amazing circle. The refugees came here to try and stop APEX, but in coming, they actually started it. Mind freaking blown.
What We’re Left With
Our time is officially up in Port Canaan, unless ABC decides to change their mind (hint, hint, ABC, it’s not too late to admit you made a mistake on this one!). What was tied up in the finale, what wasn’t?
- Far as I can tell (correct me if I’m wrong), the only refugee who died was poor Paul, at the hands of his vicious wife, Eve. Hannah had a serious accident in which she was electrocuted, but she seems to have made it out of it okay.
- Diana is alive, out searching for her wife.
- Lindauer disappeared after tossing his phone into the water, and giving up a piece of incredible information–
- Rachel. Jude gives Caleb a slip of paper and it leads him to a college where Rachel is outside talking to her friends. Shocked and in disbelief, Caleb approaches cautiously. He says her name and after a moment, she recognizes him. “Dad?” The two are tearfully reunited. We did not get an answer as to how Lindauer ended up with Rachel.
- Naomi, Rebecca, and the other refugees that our prophet took with her are all still out there somewhere, but we don’t have an official account of what happened to them.
- Our favorite HSI agent, Roy, is now working for Sheriff Ellis.
- Hannah and Marshall ended up together. We did not find out who gave her the locket with his picture in it, or how he was really connected to the refugees.
- We never really found out why APEX hated the rest of humanity to the point of exterminating them, and we only got a few clips here and there of their world and what it was like.
- All the information on the refugees and when they came from was wiped clean, and the camp was burned down.
Goodbye, Port Canaan. Thank you for the ride.
If you have a moment, stop by twitter and tell series creator @DworkinDan thank you for giving us this show. And please leave me a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the finale, and on the series as a whole.
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