‘Jett’: How a Twisty Finale Is Both a Shocking End and a Perfect Beginning

IndieWire | 8/9/2019 | Staff
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One of the joys of “Jett” is watching its title character think five steps ahead of anyone else in the room. Even in conversation, the audience can see her look past whoever she’s speaking to, plotting out all her possible moves.

So it’s a bit surprising when “Jett” ends its first season with Carla Gugino looking directly at the camera, as Jett wordlessly works through how to deal with the recent kidnapping of her daughter. For writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez, that last look — echoing the final moments of the show’s first episode — was the only way he wanted the nine-episode season to draw to a close.

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“Jett is nothing if not practical. And tactical. It’s always interesting to have someone who is so good at planning contingencies and potential scenarios be put in situations where at some point, that will all go out the window,” Gutierrez said via email. “In that sense, she’s the opposite of a gambler. Which makes the ending really shake her to her core. She makes a snap decision that very well may be the correct one, but the risk is enormous, and so in that moment she truly becomes a parent. With all the terrible weight that entails.”

Following a grand noir tradition, “Jett” has treated its timeline like an obstacle course, bobbing and weaving through past heists, trysts, and fateful first meetings. Even if this means that no one is truly gone, there’s a shocking kind of finality in seeing both the elder and younger Baudelaires (Giancarlo Esposito and Gentry White) murdered by unfeeling gunshots, not to mention the same fate visited on season-long villain Miljan Bestic (Greg Byrk).

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“I knew Bestic was going to die. Charlie’s fate was up to Charlie. But the more complex the relationship between Jett and Charlie grew, the clearer it became...
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