I've watched the last scene on it's own about five times now and, man, do I have some thoughts.
A good alternative title for this show could have been "Why Mac Got Ripped". Good God, that man's a beast.
Ok, now, for THAT scene. If you haven't seen the last quarter of this episode, even if you haven't watched any of this season so far, I urge you to just watch it. Now, my thoughts.
This prison complex interpretive dance scene was breathtaking. I kept expecting something silly to happen. Maybe Mac or the dancer would slip in the water or the prison gang would join in or something completely as random. But no, Mac danced and I couldn't stop watching.
A lot of people will say they understand what it means and argue over it's meaning. Others will say they don't understand it and blow off the episode as pandering. But, whatever metaphors about the woman representing God, the rain representing chains, the light representing Luther, whatever your interpretation, this scene beautifully demonstrates Mac's struggle in his eyes. And when Mac looked over to his dad in the middle of his performance, only to see him stand up and leave, made me brokenhearted. But he stood up and kept dancing, ultimately finding his pride.
This scene sticks out as a huge risk, a scene so completely out of place that I had to pause the show to make sure I wasn't watching something entirely different. And yet, amazingly, this scene works. And it negates any negative thoughts I had with this episode. Doesn't quite make up for some of the lacking shows this season, but this episode, for sure, stands out.
I know this show has been renewed for a season 14. But if the last ever scene of IASIP was a bloody, teary-eyed, infected Frank Reynolds clapping with newfound joy, I wouldn't be too upset.
Having said that, any piece of media that celebrates LGBT+ culture is fucking awesome regardless if they miss the mark