‘Transparent’ Review: Amazon’s Musical Finale Strikes the Wrong Chord, Too Many Times

‘Transparent’ Review: Amazon’s Musical Finale Strikes the Wrong Chord, Too Many Times
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Transparent” series finale, “Transparent: The Musicale Finale.”]

Right off the bat, it’s jarring to see “Transparent” go the “La La Land” route — opening not only with a big musical number, but with a bad song about L.A. traffic. As Sarah Pfefferman (Amy Landecker) belts out a tune about the endless yet inaccessible opportunities along Sepulveda Blvd. (which Los Angelenos will feel in their bones), it’s clear this “Musicale Finale” is gonna go out with a bang, no matter what.

“Leaving an impression” is kind of the point with Jill Soloway, whose Amazon original series has always tried to push the culture forward, so long as it was on their terms. First, the series’ groundbreaking depiction of people who are transgender broke important barriers and started critical discussions, but later “Transparent” felt like it was pushing back — specifically, against the learned wisdom that parts for transgender characters should
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