Harper goes back in time to the day her dad died and tries to save him only to realize he’s still gone. She then remembers that he didn’t die in a car crash on that day but drowned in a lake saving her life. Meanwhile, Savannah has figured out how to travel through time and shows up in 2020 to show Harper and Griffin a picture of a girl who looks like Harper in the 1930s. The trio go back in time to try to rescue Harper only to run into the girl as the first season comes to an end.
After the penultimate episode where Harper and Griffin are able to bring some peace to both Bennett and Jess, this feels anticlimactic. I was really looking forward to seeing how they would continue it, but I’m not excited for a season 2 set in the 1930s. Right now, it seems like it will be Harper’s ancestor rather than Harper herself in the picture Savannah found. I’ll give a second season a chance, but I’m fearful this will be one of those shows with a very enjoyable first season that suffers a sophomore slump and then never rebounds.
This is, without a doubt, my least favorite episode of the season and the series to date. While I’m glad Harper was able to get one more day with her dad, but didn’t actually save his life, the rest of the episode just wasn’t that good. I’ve become accustomed to a certain style of storytelling and this episode had to slightly deviate from that style to get from beginning to end. I commend them for trying something new so it doesn’t become too repetitive, but I think they need to go back to the drawing board.
Despite my issues with this individual episode, this has been a great season of television overall. Nothing felt like filler, which is a big complaint of mine when it comes to shows broadcast on American TV. The fact that it was supposed to originally be a Disney+ Original Series probably helped it get rid of the filler and just hit the important points. I hope that continues in season two. And, while I don’t like the finale, the other 10 episodes are great and this is something I would definitely recommend for a family with kids who like suspense thrillers. It’s worth a shot.
Episode: 2 stars out of 5
Series: 4 stars out of 5
What did you think of the season finale of “Secrets of Sulphur Springs?”