even now i wish rachel had been given some agency: despite taking susan’s/evie’s position, we only got to see her meditate and grovel to a faux-immortal dude for six solid episodes. then, after episode seven when rachel effectively tried to seize control of her own autonomy, she was choked and didn’t get to do much beyond sitting in a hotel room and then being dumped in an uber.
meanwhile there was time for mud (who?) revival (did it matter?) yannis (hello, plot device) and even p.t. (did anyone care? does anyone now?)
i’d have liked season five to focus more on its characters, and less on exposition, especially exposition that didn’t really end up being important in the end. the entire “let’s take down neolution” thing was rushed (al-khatib, anyone? who was he? does anyone know? does anyone care?) as were many other aspects of the show’s final season.
in conclusion: i am (a bit) bitter. let ob s3/s5 prove that adding conspiracies/bigger & bigger plot twists aren’t enough. it’s character development that tends to keep us hooked. by all means, have an original plot, be inclusive, and keep your show exciting. just make sure you don’t forget about your characters.