While it looks like Judith Light is alive, alive with the sound of music! Even in that truly hideous bra situation. Just give her the Emmy now.
When we last left the cast of Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor was dropped after several transwomen on set claimed he had acted like a creep towards them. Jeffrey himself claimed he never acted gross, and that the only thing he was guilty of was being a straight cis man playing a transwoman. Oh, and also that he might have been a jerk (not new news for Jessica Walter). Still, Transparent didn’t want anything to do with him, and he wasn’t brought back for the fifth and final season. Amazon just dropped the trailer for the finale, and they cut right to the chase about what happened to Moppa Maura Pfefferman.
There’s a reason why it looks like Judith Light is busting out a show-stopper in that picture above. Variety says that the fifth and final season of Transparent won’t be a season at all, but a two-hour musical feature finale. The Pfeffermans will come together to confront the news of Maura’s death, and to celebrate “connection, joy, and transformation.” I’m sure many women around the Transparent set were celebrating the joy they felt from no longer having to scoot past Jeffrey’s allegedly grabby hands as they passed him in the hall.
The two-hour musical episode was written by Jill and Faith Soloway and will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime sometime in September. Some of the musical numbers include “Your Boundary Is My Trigger” and “Sepulveda Boulevard.”
This finale looks like the result of being workshopped to death (no pun intended) with a very picky focus group. It’s almost as if Jill Soloway entered the room and asked, “Okay, so what would it get for you to forget Jeffrey Tambor was ever on this show?“. To which people replied by throwing out ideas like “Twelve extra episodes set in space!” and “Maybe there’s a talking dog named Transpuppy?“. And they went with the most reasonable and budget-friendly suggestion, which was “Give Judith Light two hours with a spotlight and some jazz shoes, and let her give ’em the old razzle dazzle.” Which is perfect! Although I’m sure I’m not the only one interested in that talking dog idea.