“The Hole” brings Q-Force to a fitting narrative and thematic conclusion at a Pride celebration where the world hangs in the balance.
This recap of Q-Force season 1, episode 10, “The Hole”, contains spoilers, as well as a discussion of the Q-Force ending. You can check out our spoiler-free season review by clicking these words.
It’s only right that the first season of Q-Force comes to a close at Pride, though I suppose it’s only fitting that the Gyenorvyan rally is really a ploy to amass, in the show’s own words, “a big gay zombie army”. Given the show’s persistent themes of mistrust and hostility directed towards the queer community, it’s isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine an old-school bigot like Dick Chunley suspecting that every Pride is a takeover plot in disguise.
Q-Force season 1, episode 10 recap
Of course, the Gyenorvyan princess plans to enact her world domination through the exploitation of queer people who have been rendered her slaves through rainbow hats teeming with AIA mind-control technology, supposedly nixed plans based on the same Greyscale plot that turned so many queer agents into amnesiacs. Luckily, V and the rest of the gang have the agency’s backdoor kill code to free the victims from the technology’s sway: “Debra Winger has been in enough movies,” a sentence that, apparently, no queer person would ever say, and a good example of how this show can be funny without actually managing to say anything.
“The Hole” bends over backward to unite both its narrative and character subplots at this one rally, so Benji is there for basically no reason at all, and Stat gets her moment to finally be excited over something when it’s revealed that her favorite show, Cobblestones, holds the answers to all of their problems through its leaden expositional dialogue and ridiculous props. Gyenorvyan princesses, it turns out, don’t actually wield any power unless they’re married, which is why Buck, zombified under a Pride hat, is on the verge of getting hitched against his will. The only way to stop a royal wedding, it turns out, is using the Horn of Objection, which has to be retrieved from the Cobblestones prop warehouse. But this is mostly moot. Since V has the kill code anyway, a simple comment about Debra Winger’s career is enough to get all the chaos under control when all the hats are activated.
Q-Force ending explained
The day is, predictably, saved. And for once, Q-Force has the upper hand. Buck has spent the entire season realizing the worth of his queer contemporaries, and will only acknowledge it more after being saved from a life of servitude, even if he has some divorce proceedings to worry about. All the AIA’s controversial data is in the safe hands of the team, and Chunley gets his very own Pride hat. Mary finally gets his credit from V, and proudly introduces himself as an agent to Benji. Has he finally decided that now is the time to be truly open about who he is? Hopefully. Whether his relationship will survive a second mission will depend, one assumes, on how well this one is received.