THE TRAGIC UNDERTOW TO THE FINAL EPISODE OF KIM’S CONVENIENCE

There is a truly tragic undertow to season five, episode 13 of Kim’s Convenience (Tuesday, CBC 8 p.m. and CBC Gem). It is the series finale, but was meant to be a mere season finale and, frankly, it doesn’t work as a satisfying conclusion.

It is often hard to feel genuinely sorry for people who work in television. There is always a lot of nonsensical and insincere talk wafting about in that arena.

Yet there is a truly tragic undertow to season five, episode 13 of Kim’s Convenience (Tuesday, CBC 8 p.m. and CBC Gem). It is the series finale, but was meant to be a mere season finale and, frankly, it doesn’t work as a satisfying conclusion.

Oh yes, it’s funny, warm and has some fine scenes, but there’s a lot left dangling. Watching it even with familiar pleasure you still sense – you know – there was more to come. And you understand why some cast were caught off guard by the abrupt ending and remain resentful. Star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who plays store owner Appa, told The Canadian Press recently, “It really is like grieving a death: With time it gets better, and sometimes it forms like a scab.”

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