After a wedding in the penultimate episode, the long finale turned back to the AIDS diagnosis of Pray Tell (Billy Porter), who was told of his condition in front of his girlfriend Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) that he had reached “the beginning of the end”. a nurse found out about protease inhibitor clinical trials from another patient.
However, these life-extending treatments were mostly intended for white patients, which led Blanca to fight against discrimination against people of color.
After visiting his estranged family earlier in the season, Pray Tell spent much of the finale dealing with his ball family, telling Blanca: “I want to be remembered as a representation of all that the balls can be. “
Their triumphant Diana Ross routine together essentially served as his final hurray, in which he sacrificed himself to save another, followed by Blanca’s emotional encounter with Pray Tell’s mother (Anna Maria Horsford) in a touching collision of these two worlds.
The narrative then jumped two years forward, providing both an opportunity to riff (amusingly) about “Sex and the City” and to underline that Pray Tell’s memory – his legacy – had indeed survived, with Blanca in a first season Looking back at Encounter as she was advising a new home trying to find its way into the ball scene.
“Pose” was at its best at the time, earning Porter an Emmy for best actor in a drama. The final season – a slightly disjointed seven episodes, several of which are oversized – got much of its strength from the plot of Pray Tell and the hospital injustice campaign (“Health care is a right!” The protesters sang) tied together ACT UP movement on concerns that remain prominent to this day.
“Pose” was created by Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, and it represented an admirable effort to highlight stories about the life and history of LGBTQ, something Murphy emphasized across genres as part of his Netflix deal, including his remake of the film “The Boys and the Band”. , the limited series “Hollywood” and “Halston” as well as the documentaries “A Secret Love” and “Circus of Books”.
During a pre-season press conference, producers insisted that the show was ending on their terms, and Canals said of the decision, “I could see the end … and it made sense to land the plane comfortably.”
At a time when the common tendency is for shows to persist past their expiration dates, credit “Pose” with recognizing the right time to exit.