The One season 1, episode 8 recap – the ending explained not worth the wait

March 12, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 1
Ending Explained, Netflix, TV Recaps
1.5

Summary

The One bows out with a whimper. With most of its twists and turns already explained, a perfunctory reveal lands as a disappointment, while unresolved character subplots read almost as threats.

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1.5

Summary

The One bows out with a whimper. With most of its twists and turns already explained, a perfunctory reveal lands as a disappointment, while unresolved character subplots read almost as threats.

This recap of The One season 1, episode 8 contains spoilers, including a discussion of The One ending.


The only reliable kind of truth is your own. But when you’ve spent a lifetime – or, at least, a career – backstabbing, exploiting, and manipulating people, it’s hard to know where the lie ends and the truth begins. This is why nothing Rebecca says at the start of The One episode 8, about floating her company on the stock exchange, selling her holdings and donating the proceeds, and spending her life with her true love, seems genuine. But whether it is or it isn’t, Kate still wants to uncover Ben’s killer. She approaches Matheus with what she knows and Fabio’s call logs, trying to persuade him to record Rebecca incriminating herself.

The One’s ending obviously makes room for Kate’s weird love triangle situation with Sophia and Sebastian, which hasn’t taken for me all throughout the season. The same can obviously be said of Mark, Megan, and Hannah. Mark tries to move on from this situation and stick with Hannah, which Megan is extremely unhappy about… but it’s just impossible to care, you know?

Rebecca at least seems to be casting her off performative associations, including Ethan, ready to embrace some semblance of the truth with Matheus. But he wants the real truth, and so she finally gives it to him. Who killed Ben? Well, Rebecca, of course. This comes as no surprise to anyone and a massive anticlimax to presumably everyone watching. We knew why and how and basically who way ahead of time. There was just no suspense here.

The One season 1, episode 8 attempts to inject some last-minute tension with an attempt on Rebecca’s life and a heroic self-sacrifice from Matheus, but shoddy acting and some obvious logical inconsistencies let this down, too. With the whole show feeling deflated at this point, the late montage tease of unresolved character subplots seems like a threat more than a promise. Maybe sales of the book will go up at least.

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1 thought on “The One season 1, episode 8 recap – the ending explained

  • March 16, 2021 at 1:10 am
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    Dude if you’re so unimpressed by the show then stop bothering to write about it. I get it if you’re a critic for a living but just summing up your opinions to “why should we even care” is such a cop out. What are you even getting paid for

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