I Was Not Ready to Say Goodbye to Deborah Vance

It was two seasons and short, but Hacks came to an end almost abruptly in its second season. In a simple arc that speaks of the transformation of two opposite and equal women in so many ways, I was already tummy a little, but there was room for more. The only thing that holds up is Jean Smart‘s undeniable talent as Deborah Vance.

We will have SPOILERS.

In the first season, we meet the irascible and complicated comedian, Deborah Vance. At 70, she is still a hit but could be more. Facing a dangerous downfall, she agrees to work with a young writer, Ava (Hannah Einbinder), who is also forced into this partnership.

What starts as an impossible and hellish mission turns into a mutual journey to regain empathy and connection with the people around them. It might be cliché, but it’s smart. Deborah s and sees Ava, who still has the possibility of not repeating her mistakes, even if she makes – and likes – many others.

It would be easy for the two, due to their ages and needs, to transfer mother-daughter energy to the relationship. After all, both have problems with their respective ones and understand each other like no one else. Deborah, due to her maturity, can quickly identify that the two “are the same”, in a mixture of praise, criticism, and regret. The scene is one of the most emotional in the entire series and will surely earn Jean her second Emmy.

And Hacks also brings that difference. We always talk about the hero’s journeys and how, at the end of the story, it is transformed. Deborah and Ava’s transformation was only 100% noticeable to the two of them, watching each other. It’s a realistic but fundamental sorority. Ava matures, relaxes, and finds her voice as a copywriter. Deborah regains the humanity she put aside when she gave herself to a career in a man’s world. The two are saved, but it is Deborah who makes the biggest sacrifice. By breaking up with Ava, she knows she is – for the first time ever – putting someone else before her own interests. At this point, Ava is comfortable being Deborah’s support, to the point of abandoning larger projects to maintain the partnership. For love, the comedian does not accept. It is a very emotional farewell for those who followed how they got there.

I felt like Ava when Deborah tells her to leave. I learned to love this crazy almost sociopath, full of inconsistencies and accurate in her criticism. By pushing the young woman away, we do not necessarily see that she can fall back into the previous trap. Everyone involved has regained the basic connections for a happy life.

And ending with the success of Supertramp, Goodbye Stranger was even more exciting.

I will miss Hacks!

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