By Daniel Paiz
There is no other way to say it: a LOT has happened since I first wrote about this show about 11 episodes in. If you need a refresher, check out the initial article here. If you have read the above article and are caught up, then let’s get into it (if not, read the above article). There are spoilers below, so be warned!
So much has happened since the last time we spoke…
Things have shifted in scale since episode 11. The easiest way to describe it is that the “God Account” has given Miles and company a lot more to do, including handling multiple requests at a time, dealing with people that Arthur (Miles’ dad) worked with before and doesn’t want Miles to interfere with, and dealing with some information that has a larger than life impact on the world.
Miles and Reverend Finer have slowly but surely patched things up, as have Cara and her mom, and Rakesh has maintained a long-distance relationship with Jaya, who was at medical school in Minnesota. The oddly similar trio of Simon Hayes, Henry Chase, and Pria Amar all play bigger roles in both the second half of the season, as does the overall debate of what’s the best way of accomplishing a goal. Those are the two biggest themes of the second half of season one: reconciliation, and acceptance.
How the Season 1 ending best represents the show
So again, there are mild spoilers throughout, but this next portion literally spoils the end of Season 1, so you are warned!
So just a bit of backstory for new people interested in this show. Simon, Harry and Pria all went to school together. All three planned to change the world with algorithms, coding, and saving lives. One of them lost their sister, and never healed from that. Henry had worked on the Juliet code to honor his deceased sister; the code was meant to be used to predict and warn populations about natural disasters.
In the season finale, that technology had been enabled by Simon Hayes’ company, and it saved a young girl’s life. That reminded Henry what the goal had always been before the fallout, and was what reunited this prequel trio to Miles, Cara, and Rakesh. Here’s where things are truly cliffhanger status.
An unnamed woman chases down Miles, and tells him that the “God Account” has sent him as a friend request to her. Miles is stunned, and the show credit drops after he reacts. This creates a number of questions about how season 2 will proceed.
What will Season 2 bring?
Henry, Pria, and Simon are all headed to Paris to recreate the Juliet account after it was destroyed in a previous episode. Cara has been asked to join them and write a book about the work they are doing. This immediately puts a strain on the on-again, off-again relationship these two have fermented throughout Season 1. Cara is set to be gone six months and we’ll see how both characters adjust.
Speaking of relationships changing, Reverend Finer is going to get married! His love interest of the second half of the season, Trisha, has helped Arthur heal from the death of his wife from 17 years ago. This is big, because not only has Arthur not been chosen as the City Bishop, he leaves Harlem Trinity after realizing he has healed from his wife’s passing. Miles, his sister Ali, who had her own relationship end as well, and Arthur have all become closer, and Trish should help them stay that way.
The best way to sum all of this up is that Season 1 story arcs have come to a close, but Season 2 stories have been set up to keep viewers engaged all over again. Here’s why this show will deliver again in Season 2.
The importance of this show
Whether you’re religious or atheist, spiritual or truly unsure of what to believe in, this show isn’t actually focused on any of those things. It’s about life lessons, it’s about reflecting on what you’ve done to get you where you are, and it’s about learning from what you’ve done to change your future. Healing takes time. Acceptance and understanding take time.
If you think you are going to heal from the death of a loved one, or a lost love, then I have bad news for you. Time is supposed to heal all wounds, but it helps when you work to heal yourself. Other people can help you, but you have to be vulnerable enough to accept their help. As you have observed from these characters, it’s definitely worth it to let your intentions be known. Holding on only holds you back.