Grace Unsaved, my take on the Saving Grace finale

Posted: June 22, 2010 by datechguy in catholic
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My wife and I watched the final episodes of Saving Grace last night.

The first was actually pretty stupid and seemed to both of us generally a waste of television time. You really get the feeling that the writers needed a filler since they weren’t ready to end the series not expecting to be canceled.

As for the last episode I thought there was too much filler and the resolution was hurried. SPOILER ALERT.

Most of all it reminded me of the Exorcist. To the untrained eye it appears that Grace has won, the explosion gets rid of the stuff Satan intends to use to blow up another building even though it kills her. She uses the cigars Earl gave her years ago to do it, thus suggesting she is “supposed” to do it.

In reality Grace is tempted by pride and fails. The Devil wins her soul because she plays by his rules.

First of all Satan can create a new batch of explosives any time he wants. So the idea of getting rid of them is just stupid.

Second of all the threat to kill is meaningless to Satan, every potential person he kills was going to die someday anyway. He knows that. His goal isn’t death it is souls. If they die but he doesn’t get the soul that is a defeat.

Thirdly the target was always Grace’s soul. He had her via many different types of sin, thus the reason for Earl but he falls back on the big one. Pride. He lays out terms: Walk out and live, I’ll use the explosives elsewhere. This is an empty threat giving her a choice that she doesn’t need to follow. All she had to do is say no, refuse the choice and she was fine.

Instead in dramatic fashion she throws her $750 cigar into the explosives detonating them and killing herself, much like the Exorcist where the psychologist priest isn’t patient enough for an exorcism and instead offers himself for possession instead of the girl and then kills himself, thus securing the devil the target he was always after the willing gift of his soul.

It’s Braxton Bragg after Chickamunga, if he can’t beat the Yankees with his plan he doesn’t care if he wins. Grace takes the easy way out.

Our Lady at Fatima stated that more people are damned by sins of the flesh than any other but there is a reason why Pride leads the list of the deadly sins.

In terms of drama I have no objection to her losing the battle, I do object if people don’t realize it.

  1. gerri says:

    Thinking about it now, I suppose the deaths of the other characters in Earl’s care were forshadowing of Grace’s death. I think if this were a film her death may have worked better, but viewers invest in characters on a TV series making the loss of Grace very dissatisfying and leaving us to feel that we, like Ham and Rhetta were robbed. Some are questioning whether or not any of the people Earl looked after learned anything or changed at all, but I think the most poignant and affecting line was Earl’s when Neely asked him, “Does God love us when we mess up,” and Earl’s answer was that “that is when He loves us more.” emphasizing the meaning of the show’s title, “Saving Grace.” We are only saved by Grace, not Hanadarko, but God’s grace, because lets face it we all keep messing up, and God is there waiting to love us and asking us to trust him with our lives. In that sense, I think the point was made, but I’m not sure Grace needed to kill herself, that part I believe robs us of closure for everybody, esp. since many have said, she couldn’t kill the evil with her bullets, so although the good lived on through the letters, perhaps the evil man lives on as well…