The tension was building on the last episode of Ultra City Smiths. Donella Pecker ends her mayoral run after a sex tape is leaked, Detective Onasis succumbs to his wounds and passes away, and Street Hustler Boy robs a bank to raise money for his lover’s surgery. Then there’s the ongoing murder mystery of Carpenter K. Smith. With all the various storylines being juggled, hopefully the season one finale answer some of the big questions.
“Family of Orphans” continues the great character work the series has been doing all season. We gain more insight on the Most Dangerous Man in the World and his backstory. First, we flashback to his romance with Lady Andrea the Giant and how Little Grace came to be. It can be a bit graphic even for baby dolls. What is intriguing is his reunion with his daughter in the present and if and how he will help her. She is his flesh and blood but her tormentor, Rodrigo Smalls, happens to be a business associate. We’ll see whether family or money is more important.
In addition, we learn how he rose to the top of the criminal underworld and how he obtained his release from prison. His number one enforcer is the same person that took out Nico. It’s curious to find out his whole angle in the Carpenter murder case since he’s trying to stifle the investigation. The Most Dangerous Man in the World’s assassin also ratchets up the suspense as they carefully stalk Detective Mills to completely halt the inquiry into the late mayoral candidate’s death.
The bonds between the Ultra City Smiths become stronger as well. As individuals, many of them were lost souls but discovering they have siblings provide another person to turn to when managing their problems. Street Hustler Boy is in over his head and in his most desperate moment, he reaches out to his sister, Detective Johnson. Meanwhile, Trish McSapphire supports Lady Andrea by attending her underground match. The pro wrestler has one extra person showing concern for her and the pair finally have that lunch date. These are nice sentimental moments demonstrating how these characters aren’t as alone as before.
Speaking of McSapphire, a huge bomb is dropped at the end of the episode and the series reveals the identity of Police Station Baby. The news adds another layer to the complicated and interconnecting plot. However, that particular mystery has been something more in the background all season and hasn’t really played a part in the main narrative. It is surprising but doesn’t have as a big impact other than who the person is.
There is so much going on in this episode of Ultra City Smiths, that it can muddle the overall story, especially for a finale. Usually, the show does a good job balancing all the different pieces but here there are so many questions raised. Who is the assassin who killed Nico? What will the fall out be with Police Station Baby? What does Mayor De Maximum have planned with his gathering of the tweens? And so much more.
It’s definitely interesting to pursue all these paths moving forward but we haven’t received any resolution on many of the current big plots. We still don’t know who killed Carpenter. There’s no real progress to the bank robbery. I’m okay with ending a season with a cliffhanger, but there are so many loose ends that played a significant role this season, that it’s frustrating to punt on these issues while introducing more. The episode feels incomplete for a finale and is a little disappointing considering how well the season went.
“Family of Orphans” disappoints by leaving some of the season’s biggest plots unresolved but poses interesting questions moving forward and does great work developing the relationships between the Ultra City Smiths.
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