There were extreme highs and disappointing lows in Taboo’s Season 1 finale, which brought the London-based story to a close, killed off a lot of central characters and sent James Keziah Delaney off to claim his birthright in the Americas.
First: the good. Taboo has been building toward a massive confrontation between the various forces at play: the Crown, the Americans, the East India Company and, of course, Delaney. The payoff there was fantastic, with a big shootout in front of Delaney’s hard-won ship that had real stakes. The action sequence was well shot, but more important was how it had so many of the central characters in the same place at the same time. It felt like a real culmination of everything we’ve been working toward.