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Pose goes out on a wave of deserved celebration and an insistence that its characters not just survive, but thrive, continuing the art-as-advocacy messaging that has defined the show from the beginning.
The time-jump really works in the show's favor, advancing these characters to new stages of their lives in a way that conveys hope while still acknowledging that the same problems they've dealt with in previous seasons persist.
Enough about their harsh realities feels genuine enough for such grandiose fantasies to come off as a necessary indulgence. Enough of what we know about life for transgender men and women transforms whatever the victories they score into fuel.
[T]he showrunners have proved that if you portray these people with all the complexity of their lives you can create a story that appeals to both those within and outside the communities you're portraying.
Those who found the melodrama a bit over the top in earlier seasons will find no respite in the finale. "Pose" is what it is: A flashy, high-budget, first-of-its-kind, Ryan Murphy-produced soap opera about trans women of color.