part 1 i think it being mona who killed charlotte was such a terrible reveal, firstly because it's incredibly predictable. like, she was the first a, she killed bethany, any oomph or shock that this reveal might have had is basically nonexistent because she's been revealed as the guilty party before, surprise comes when it's a new, unexpected character.
part 2 and secondly, the treatment of mental illness, this applying to both mona and charlotte, on this show continues to be abysmal. there’s nothing clever about making the villain mentally ill, it’s deeply deeply offensive, highly upsetting to the actually mentally ill people who watch this show, and outside of social responsibility, narratively, and in terms of characterisation it’s a cop out when it comes to decent motivation.
part 3 making mona ‘just crazy’ reduces her character by so much. charlotte too, but especially mona, who has been more present onscreen plus has had a shot at redemption. like, if they’re going to be evil, why can’t they just be plain evil? also, the transwoman villain for a second time around is terrible too. someone will probably write this out more succinctly but it’s just so awful.
RIGHT THERE WITH YOU
I’m waiting for Autostraddle’s review because they normally say what I’m thinking and do it with 10x the grace hahaha