Miracle Workers: End Times Review 4×10: ‘The End’

Geraldine Viswanathan, Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi
Geraldine Viswanathan, Daniel Radcliffe, and Steve Buscemi in “Miracle Workers: End Times” episode ‘The End’. Photo by Greg Gayne and used courtesy Warner Bros.

The end is nigh and the robot uprising is here in the last episode of this season of Miracle Workers.

I was provided with advanced digital screeners for Miracle Workers season 4. The opinions I have shared are my own.

The season finale picks up where the last episode ended, with Sid (Daniel Radcliffe) and Morris (Steve Buscemi) spending some quality ‘bachelor’ time while Freya is away. (Yes, they do the bit from Risky Business). Freya (Geraldine Viswanathan) returns from her time with her war dogs ready to take on parenting, but unfortunately, TI (Karan Soni) is with NeuralNet (Lolly Adefope) and leading the robot uprising. John Christ (Kyle Mooney) fresh from the past is ready to take on his role to save the world.

Unlike the other episodes in the season, there is only one plot in ‘The End’, as the various storylines converge. TI is helping NeuralNet because he feels Freya has been a bad friend. Morris originally turns himself into NeuralNet but learns that helping his fellow humans is the better thing to do. Thankfully, the show doesn’t decide to go grimdark and has the humans win – with the help of TI, who makes up with Freya, and with Sid ‘going feral’ (ripping his shirt and pants off in the process). The ending has Freya as the head of the HOA (taking us back to episode 1) and the two with their new baby (part of me wonders if the baby on screen is Radcliffe’s real baby).

Geraldine Viswanathan & Daniel Radcliffe
Geraldine Viswanathan & Daniel Radcliffe in “Miracle Workers: End Times”. Photo by Patrick Wymore and used courtesy of Warner Bros.

Overall, Miracle Workers: End Times was a hit or miss. The themes of too many of the episodes were counter to the idea of it being ‘the end of the world’. It seemed too focused on celebrating society’s bad parts, and not good.

The current episode had a great quote, however, that connected to what’s been going on currently with the pandemic and politics. Waiting for the robots to kill them, Freya says, “I don’t think this is the end. I just think no matter what time or place you live in, it always feels like the end of the world. But we find a way to get through it with the people we love.”

Great moral – too bad the rest of the season didn’t really live up to it.

I loved the previous seasons of Miracle Workers for the most part. But this time around, the show felt disappointing. Where they really could’ve made a commentary on how the pandemic affected the world, they instead focused on the joke that dealing with the day-to-day during an apocalypse is inherently off-kilter. Admittedly, it’s a good joke but felt overdone by the last episode.

With the current writer’s strike, there’s of course no word whether we’re going to be getting another season. But considering the theme of this installment, and the Warner Bros.–Discovery merger, it’s doubtful. I’m disappointed in the series overall: what could’ve been a bang ended up a whimper.

Miracle Workers aired on Mondays, and more information about the show can be found on TBS’s website.

Author: Angie Fiedler Sutton

Angie Fiedler Sutton is a writer, podcaster, and all-round fangirl geek. She has been published in Den of Geek, Stage Directions, LA Weekly, The Mary Sue, and others.

She also produces her own podcast, Contents May Vary, where she interviews geeky people about geeky things. You can see all her work (and social media channels) at angiefsutton.com.

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