Sunday 21 December 2014

Darragh McManus: Little to Love in Love/Hate finale

Darragh MacManus

Published 11/11/2013 | 14:39

Love/Hate 
Series 4 Episode 4 - Sunday October 27th 
Gang make a run for it Laurence Kinlan as Elmo, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge and Mark Dunne as Ado
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The much-hyped finale was, in the end, kind of boring. Not much happened. There was little resolution to anything, McManus writes.

It ended, not with the desired bang, but with a hugely underwhelming whimper.

Season 4 of Love/Hate hasn’t scaled the superb heights of 2 and 3, but it’s been pretty decent.

More importantly, we felt that this slow-burn was leading to an explosive denouement.

We were wrong.

If reaction to last night’s closer could be expressed physically, it’d come in the form of a tired shrug, possibly with a muttered, “Meh…’twas only alright.”

The much-hyped finale was, in the end, kind of boring. Not much happened. There was little resolution to anything.

Love/Hate 
Series 4 Episode 4 - Sunday October 27th 
Gang make a run for it Laurence Kinlan as Elmo, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge and Mark Dunne as Ado
**EMBARGO - NOT TO APPEAR IN PRINT, ONLINE OR SOCIAL MEDIA UNTIL SUNDAY OCTOBER 27TH**
Gang make a run for it Laurence Kinlan as Elmo, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge and Mark Dunne as Ado
The Weldon family held in ghost estate
Fran chases Kellie
The kidnapping scheme from Sunday night's episode of Love/Hate
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge with Mary Murray as Janet
Warren's First Holy Communion
Tommy and Aido in conversation at Warren's Communion
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge at Warren's communion party
Kieran O' Reilly as Detective Ciaran Madden
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge
Caoilfhionn Dunne as Lizzie and Barry Keoghan as Wayne
Caoilfhionn Dunne as Lizzie and Barry Keoghan as Wayne
Fran urinates in a graveyard
Silvia Napoleoni as Denise and Susan Loughnane as Debbie
Callous: Nidge sees the bodies
Keith Duffy in 'Love/Hate'
Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge.
Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge.
Fran (Peter Coonan) and Dean (Ian Lloyd Anderson) attack Andrew (Peter O' Meara)
Fran (Peter Coonan) and Dean (Ian Lloyd Anderson) dispose of Andrew's body (Peter O' Meara)
Fran (Peter Coonan) and Dean (Ian Lloyd Anderson)
Fran (Peter Coonan) and Dean (Ian Lloyd Anderson) attack Andrew (Peter O' Meara)
Fran (Peter Coonan) attacks Andrew (Peter O' Meara)
Fran (Peter Coonan) and Dean (Ian Lloyd Anderson) dispose of Andrew's body (Peter O' Meara)
Ado (Mark Dunne) with Tommy (Killian Scott)
Tommy (Killian Scott) collapses outside warehouse
Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Elmo (Laurence Kinlan drag Tommy (Killian Scott) into the warehouse
Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Elmo (Laurence Kinlan drag Tommy (Killian Scott) into the warehouse
Elmo (Laurence Kinlan) Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Ado (Mark Dunne) discuss what to do with Tommy (Killian Scott)
Ado (Mark Dunne) with Tommy (Killian Scott)
Brían F. O' Byrne as Mick Moynihan checking on Killian Scott as Tommy
Stephen O' Brien as Detective Terry arrests Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge
Brían F. O' Byrne as Mick Moynihan checking on Killian Scott as Tommy **EMBARGO - NOT TO APPEAR IN PRINT, ONLINE OR SOCIAL MEDIA UNTIL MONDAY NOVEMBER 11TH**
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Brían F. O' Byrne as Mick Moynihan checking on Killian Scott as Tommy **EMBARGO - NOT TO APPEAR IN PRINT, ONLINE OR SOCIAL MEDIA UNTIL MONDAY NOVEMBER 11TH**
Glen (Leroy Harris) guns down Wayne (Barry Keoghan). Love/Hate series 4, episode 6. RTÉ One.
Glen (Leroy Harris) guns down Wayne (Barry Keoghan).

The main storyline – and narrative core of the whole year – was the twin-track of Nidge’s big drugs shipment and Detective Moynihan relentlessly closing in, like a taciturn spider about to devour a shaven-headed fly in a tracksuit.

And what happened? Well, nothing, really. Tommy’s haemorrhage saw the soft-hearted Moynihan calling an ambulance, which meant Nidge couldn’t be directly linked to the heroin.

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge. Love/Hate series 4; episode 6. RT One.
Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge. Love/Hate series 4; episode 6. RT One.
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Killian Scott as Tommy **EMBARGO - NOT TO APPEAR IN PRINT, ONLINE OR SOCIAL MEDIA UNTIL MONDAY NOVEMBER 11TH**
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Tommy (Killian Scott) collapses outside warehouse
Glen (Leroy Harris) guns down Wayne (Barry Keoghan). Love/Hate series 4, episode 6. RT One
Glen (Leroy Harris) guns down Wayne (Barry Keoghan). Love/Hate series 4, episode 6. RT One.
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Bran F. O Byrne as Mick Moynihan checking on Killian Scott as Tommy
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Elmo (Laurence Kinlan) Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Ado (Mark Dunne) discuss what to do with Tommy (Killian Scott)
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Bran F. O Byrne as Mick Moynihan checking on Killian Scott as Tommy
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Stephen O Brien as Detective Terry arrests Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Ado (Mark Dunne) with Tommy (Killian Scott)
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Elmo (Laurence Kinlan) Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Ado (Mark Dunne) discuss what to do with Tommy (Killian Scott)
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Stephen O Brien as Detective Terry arrests Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Bran F. O Byrne as Mick Moynihan checking on Killian Scott as Tommy
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Killian Scott as Tommy
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Elmo (Laurence Kinlan) Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Ado (Mark Dunne) discuss what to do with Tommy (Killian Scott)
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Elmo (Laurence Kinlan) Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Ado (Mark Dunne) discuss what to do with Tommy (Killian Scott)

(But what about all the taped conversations? And the driver they arrested? And the fact Nidge was waiting around in a warehouse as the truck arrived? And possible testimony from the dentist, who they don’t yet know is dead? Ech – not only dull but illogical, then.)

Franno’s murder of dentist Andrew felt gratuitous, as if he somehow knew a killing was due in that section of the hour-long show and didn’t want to disappoint his fans. The Traveller bomb-maker just upped and emigrated. Siobhan is still sobbing, being indecisive and looking implausibly beautiful to be the partner of a Dubbalin scobie.

Even Janet, the scariest-looking madam this side of an S&M dungeon in Soho, seems fed up of it all. Though not as fed up as Trish, after Nidge’s successful world record attempt on “Shortest time between initiation and consummation of coitus in human beings.” He was quicker than a virgin flea.

The whole episode felt like a holding-station between this year and next: not a good feeling for a supposed end-of-season spectacular, and not a good idea for producers.

Worry too much about teeing viewers up for the coming season, and you risk boring them – and losing them.

Season 4, as mentioned, was unsatisfactory anyway, by the high standards the show set for itself. The handy conclusion of Lizzy and Danno’s thread was a really grievous mistake: it eliminated the most exciting storyline in the show’s history and (in her) a potentially great lead character.

So this finale, while a disappointment, didn’t exactly come as a great shock. But there was still little enough to love

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