Dawn is finally breaking for The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window. Because it’s over. I dunno, it made sense in my head.
I’m a pretty simple girl as far as they go. I’m easy to manipulate and pretty easy to please. Especially if there are lots of colours and pretty moving pictures involved. I’m also a sucker for a happy ending. I’ve been raised on Disney after all. Actually not really but I still like Disney a lot.
This said, even though I,m such a simple soul, I do appreciate it when a series has the chutzpah to stick to a downer ending. Or even better, a bittersweet one. You know, the type where no one is happy… I have come to accept the fact that not every narrative can cater to my personal toddler sensibilities (even though they would be much better that way). As such, I’m not going to blame The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window for its bummer ending.
If you remember, things were off to a pretty good start last week. Mikado had either killed or put his own father into a coma. Potentially deeply emotionally scarring his one and only mother in the process. Causing deep pain o the woman that had sacrificed everything to diligently protect and love him his entire life.
Also, the most likeable and least developed character in the entire series was slowly and literally falling to pieces for nebulous reasons and the second most likeable character had been turned into a zombie. Good times all around.
And for a while there, it looked like The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window was going to keep that momentum going. There was a lot of random talk about mountain climbing. OK, it wasn’t completely random but still. There was also a whole lot of feeeeelings being thrown around and ricocheting around the room and threatening to hit someone right in the…forehead.
But then, things went south. First Rihito revert back to his non-cute form which was tragic enough already. I understand that it was sort of inevitable but it’s still a blow. Then, of course, everyone immediately forgave any past behaviour and treated him as their beloved friend and potential lover.
I thought that the past few episodes might have softened me up to the idea of a Rihito redemption. And putting him as the damsel in distress. Well, in all honesty, I should have seen it coming. It really is the easiest and most common way for a story to try and make us forget that a character sucks. Make them a little vulnerable and the hearts of the audience will melt.
Well, that’s not going to work on me, baby! My heart is already 98% melted Half Baked ice cream. I,m immune to these little tricks (I’m really not but I strongly dislike this character). And so, sadly, after all the progress Mikado had made, he finally succumbs to Stockholm syndrome and decides to continue working alongside Rihito for weirdly sexual ghostbusting.
And that’s it.
When it’s all said and done, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window wasn’t a Bad show. It had its moments and from what I can tell, it did appeal to a certain audience. But I found it frustrating because I believe that it had the potential to be either a truly compelling supernatural drama or an absolutely hilarious mess and it missed out on both of them. In my opinion. I also miss all the dirty jokes of the early episode. However, as I write this, I’m not entirely sure I would skip a second season were it to get made. I can’t explain it…
Did you guys watch The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window all the way to the end? What did you think of it?
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep1- Dubious
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep2- Ménage à Trois
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep3- Mommy Issues
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep4- The Recycler
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep5- Daddy Issues
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep6- What Goes Up
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep7- Dream Team
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep8- Learning to Let Go
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep9- The House You Can Never Leave
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep10- Gone Fishin’
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ep11- Unbreakable