“There’s magic out there.” I know I have started my other River posts with this line but it’s too perfect to pass up. Last week, the River aired its season 1 finale, giving us an interesting look into the heart of the Boiuna. Though there were some flaws with the episode and the season as a whole, the final episode not only increases the already fascinating story line but leaves plenty of places for the show to grow next season.
This season the River has given us ghost ships, a cannibalistic disease, troves of murderous warriors, a never dying hang man, spontaneous blindness and murderous spirits and demons. The season is topped off with a resurrection and a demonic possession. The show follows the crew of the Magus as they search for missing father/husband/boss/mentor/friend Emmett Cole. The search leads the crew to the Boiuna, a magically charged, supernatural expanse of the Amazon. Each episode pits the crew against some supernatural element of the Boiuna as they get closer and closer to their goal.
It has been debated whether or not this show was to be cancelled after a single season or how the show’s plot could support more than one season. After finding Emmett Cole during the second to last episode, it doesn’t surprise me that people began to wonder about the show’s future. I can’t speak to if the show will be cancelled or not, that depends on viewers and ratings, but I wouldn’t worry too much about the show’s plot. Beyond the end of the season finale, which shows the physical structure of the Boiuna changing to trap the Magus in it, the show has laid out many possible plots for the storyline to follow. The mysterious Source, the source of all magic in the world, has yet to be seen or explained. I think that Emmett found it but we still have everything to learn about it. Emmett’s other abilities still need explanations such as his ability to create fire, to use dragonflies and the protective cocoon in which the crew found him. Questions can also be raised about the research center where they found Emmett. Who lived there? Why couldn’t the research not be allowed to leave the facility? Why was Kurt’s wife there? Why was Kurt really on the expedition? There’s also the Boiuna itself, which declared its hatred for Emmett and the crew while possessing Lincoln. A little doffing uncovers many different possible directions for the plotline to take.
While the show boasts a stellar story, there are portions of the show that leave something to be desired. I have mentioned in an earlier post that I didn’t always care for the “quick fix” ending that the show sometimes uses. Problems weren’t always fixed by the crew, the problems sometimes just worked themselves out. Another thing that sometimes bothered me was the acting. While there were a number of great performances, the acting often times turned quite corny. Though I had a few complaints, the show also had some brilliant aspects. Beyond the story, Paranormal Activity creator Orin Peli brings his hand-held camera filming to television, creating a unique and intense show. Even though the acting gets corny there were still some great performances, specifically Emmett in his tapes and Lincoln when he was possessed by the Boiuna.
Though I don’t think this is a 10 out of 10 best show on television, I am a huge fan of this show. I think it has a ton of potential next season if it can iron out some of their plot and acting. I give the show a 6.5 out 10. What it lacks in acting it more than makes up for in creativity and storyline. I hope that rumors about the show being cancelled are false and that next season, we return to the Boiuna for some more supernatural adventures and more importantly, some answers.