Search Party saved the best for last, crafting a finale unlike anything we could have expected. And yet the answers were there all along.
In the Search Party pilot there was an immediate line about how Chantal could be fine and this was all just Dory overreacting. Turns out that’s exactly what this was because Chantal was found safe and sound. No leads that Dory actually followed added up to anything that made Chantal leave. She just decided to get away and once she saw that the news said she was missing, she just rolled with it.
This whole journey really never was about Chantal in the slightest, because she was a placeholder for Dory. But none of this was clear to Dory, no matter how many people tried to express this to her. It wasn’t until she literally killed someone and realized that this man was innocent that it all became painstakingly obvious to her.
Dory wore this like a second skin, thinking that the search for Chantal would somehow make her life more meaningly for herself. Drew even called her out on it when he figured out her affair with Keith, she put herself first and used Chantal as an excuse against her actions.
Search Party could have headed in so many different directions, the Chantal plot had to end some way but there was a lot left open. The show could slip into any path and make it seem believable because there was a lot that we knew, yet somehow it really was nothing at all. The crazy woman that was killed, the cult and even Keith were puzzle pieces of a very different picture than what was actually going on.
And it’s because of this that Dory ended up in an actual crime story, her own.
Search Party deserves nothing but praise for building up these clues from the very beginning, slyly mentioning throughout the show that maybe everything really was fine. But the more we found out, the more we wanted to believe that Dory was right. It’s the conclusion to this whole thing that should have us wondering if we were just as absorbed in all this. The need to believe that something really did happen became so strong that finding out nothing was wrong is too much to process right away.
There’s many ways that this story can go now that Dory really has dug herself into a hole that she just can’t get out of. It seems like that’s where this was going all along, with Dory crossing a line she can’t return from. No matter who killed Keith, this all happened because Dory went on a rescue mission that wasn’t hers.
Dory got everyone involved in her quest and now Drew killed Keith to save his (ex) girlfriend. Elliott brought up a great point in all the madness when he asked if it was really self defense. In the moment it really was, but once it’s put in perspective you have to wonder. Keith was an innocent bystander who just found himself interested in Dory to a point where he lied about his job. He followed Dory and she tasered him, almost killing him. He was about to harm her when Drew bashed his head in but at the end of the day he wasn’t a criminal, it could even be said that he was protecting himself from Dory.
Now he’s dead, Drew killed him and Elliott touched the murder weapon. Everyone but Portia is incriminated in this and for what? For a girl who wanted to disappear and wasn’t in danger to begin with? Chantal turned out to be just as self absorbed and selfish, choosing herself over everyone else that was actually worried for her safety. Like we saw in the pilot, the police isn’t exactly the most helpful so this group now has a bleeding body in the closet that is going to ruin all their lives.
Search Party was always presented as a Nancy Drew type of show but that twist in the end really made it something in a completely different league. There needs to be a second season because this story is not even close to being finished, there’s so much these characters will go through now that they became involved in an actual murder. Where do they go from here? Is there anywhere to go in a situation like this?
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