Well, that season was- alright I suppose. After the big and dramatic Chorus Trilogy, its fine that the overall scale was wined down a bit, and there were some genuinely great character interactions. Caboose's whole arc was something I'd been waiting on for a while, all culminating into a very heartwarming final scene between him and Church. Still I can't help but feel- unsatisfied.
While a good bulk of the episodes were quite lengthy, the pacing just felt a little too quick, leaving characters little breathing room to develop. Were this a trilogy, I feel the writers could have taken there time to explore the characters a little bit more. Case in point, Dylan and Jax. This whole season was set up revolving around the twos investigation of the Blues and Reds, but when the Reds and the Blues enter the fray they regress to little more than plot devices. Jax had zero development, simply there to spew movie references and tropes. Then there's Dylan, who had potential in her character with things like the conflict between her husband and her job; plot points that go absolutely no where. Even some of the side characters felt handwaved, with Locus entering the fray for one second and vanishing the next. Again, little more than a plot device to assist Tucker and escort Wash. Lastly you had Spencer Porkinsenson, a character with such an iconic design and potential that literary serves no significance to the plot whatsoever, eventually being forgotten all together by the seasons end.
My other main problem was that there were multiple points where the season didn't know if it wanted to be serious or comical. A moment like Temple's backstory is followed up by a stupid joke from Jax which really murkies up how we're supposed to react to such a scene. That said, there were moments like Lopez's flying head that did make me laugh, and a lot of the jokes did hit bullseyes with me.
Besides that, I only really had issues with the direction certain characters were taken. After years of deception by forces like Project Freelancer and the Merc's on Chorus, I was floored that the Reds and Blues actually believed their clones intentions. I feel that had they apprehended the Blues and Reds upon arrival at the Desert Gulch but ended up being kidnapped, their remaining in the base would have at least been justified. Then there's the moment where Carolina and Wash ended up falling for Temples trap- immediately. No fighting occurs, Wash's paranoia never seems to factor, they're just straight up incapacitated. This scenario could have worked if the development of Tucker as a leader had been furthered- but it's only glanced over for a couple sporadic moments.
Overall this season isn't perfect. Had it been extended into a longer arc, I feel the ideas presented could have been executed perfectly. Heck, the first several episodes highlight the potential this story had. It's flaws do weigh it down, but it was pretty entertaining aside from that. I look forward to what Nickolsi has in store for season 16.