Ultimately, it's that theme which may have been the creative downfall of Privileged as a whole. All of the other storylines that promised to carry the show ended up being sacrificed in favor of little romance stories. Megan spends the bulk of the finale not with the girls, not attending to her family despite it being on the verge of crisis, and not on her career goals – in fact, the mention of Megan's book about Laurel seems almost tacked on here, as it doesn't add to the plot in any way other than saying 'see, we didn't forget about it!' Instead, Megan spends the episode worrying about her relationship with Will. Sage, likewise, is spending the whole time worrying about her young love life, and ultimately she breaks up with Luis after a disagreement jumpstarted by Luis's not being willing to attend Marco's marriage ceremony. Rose is the only character getting things right, trying to forge a full life for herself.
One of the troubles with all of TV, not just isolated to Privileged, is how reductive the medium is when it comes to depicting young people. TV writers can't seem to do anything with young people except put them in little romantic stories. If you're old enough to be able to look back on your high school, college, or immediate post-college days, was love and romance a part of them? Sure. Was it the whole thing? Absolutely not. There's so much more to your life story to that, but TV just isn't very good at dealing with those other parts. They're too focused on the one thing that's easiest to write because everybody has written it before. We've seen stories of young love before. What we haven't necessarily seen is characters with the fortitude of Megan Smith or Rose and Sage Baker going out on their own and forging their identities in really unique and uplifting ways. These characters could have been really unique and inspiring. Instead, they became largely interchangeable with those on any other young adult drama.
In the finale, Will and Megan break up after one too many arguments in which Megan looks down on Will for having everything come easy to him and Will can't stand Megan being on her high horse any more. During the wedding ceremony, Megan meets some British guy and hooks up with him, only to be awoken the next morning by a phone call from Will wanting to get back together, as Megan is in bed next to the British chap. It's all very yawn-inducing. Pretty much everybody seems to have ditched the Megan-Will bandwagon by now anyway, so their finally breaking up for good was just inevitable. And throwing a love triangle into the mix – whether it's Megan-Will-Charlie, Megan-Will-Editor David, or Megan-Will-AnonoBrit – doesn't do much to spice things up for a possible season two.
In the event of a possible second season, the show needs to refocus on its core premise. Megan doesn't interact with Rose and Sage after the ten-minute mark of this episode, save for a group dance – if the show had managed to create a season finale that got back to basics there, I'd be much more optimistic and hopeful regarding the future.
To be fair, Rose and Sage are showing that they are growing up in really positive ways, and some of that may indeed be due to Megan. But it would be much better if we could see that, instead of simply Rose and Sage remarking by themselves that Megan has influenced them. Still, the idea of Sage getting a little more serious about school, coupled with Rose exploring as many different possibilities as she can in order to find a unique identity outside her sister's shadow, are two really nice developments. Even if there is no second season of Privileged, at least we can use our imaginations to wish them well as they become the impressive young women they're capable of being.
You, too, use your imagination now. What kind of people do you foresee Megan and Rose and Sage becoming in the future, and what kind of accomplishments do you see in store for them? Which character will you miss the most? What was your favorite moment of the series?