All eight episodes of Prime Video’s new present The Guide made their debut Friday, permitting of us to fly via the whole thing of the office saga like the degrees of an addicting cell sport.
The present a few office that will get a weird new boss stars Christoph Waltz as Regus Patoff, Nat Wolff as Craig, Brittany O’Grady as Elaine and Aimee Carrero as Patti. I binge-watched the darkly comedic collection and loved it, however I felt just like the ending saved some rewards simply out of attain.
What about Craig and Elaine’s will-they-or-won’t-they dynamic? Is Craig nonetheless an worker at CompWare? How does Regus actually have a golden skeleton? Is he even human?
These questions may, in fact, be addressed in a second season. Whereas we wait to see if season 2 goes to occur, that is what we did be taught from the season 1 finale of Prime Video’s new collection, which relies on Bentley Little’s 2015 novel of the identical identify.
Inventive liaison no extra
As a refresher, The Guide follows Regus Patoff, a mysterious stranger who takes over at a cell sport firm known as CompWare after the sudden loss of life of its CEO, Mr. Sang. Younger workers Craig and Elaine subsequently expertise new calls for and challenges, comparable to Patoff’s absurd, honest request to Elaine to launch a real-life elephant in downtown LA to advertise the cell sport Mr. Sang’s Jungle Odyssey.
Elaine enlists her ex-boyfriend Patrice to do the deed for $20,000, the price range Patoff allotts for her. Then Patoff solely offers her half for him upfront. Within the finale, Patrice returns to CompWare to gather the opposite half.
The finale reveals the elephant died after it was shot with tranquilizers. Patoff takes his candy time to seem at CompWare, which is in full celebration mode after the discharge of Mr. Sang’s Jungle Odyssey, after which tells Elaine that Patrice’s cash went towards the festivities.
Undeterred, Elaine comes up with a chilly plan to trick Patrice into ready longer for fee whereas she anonymously suggestions him off to the authorities.
When Patoff appeared at CompWare, he shook up the corporate with heartless terminations, rushed sport launches and extra with the intention to supposedly enhance the enterprise. On the finish of the finale, Elaine approaches the boss’ workplace, seemingly signaling she’s CompWare’s subsequent CEO.
Regus and Craig’s showdown
If Elaine is counted as a winner on this darkish story, Craig is the most important loser. Although Mr. Sang’s Jungle Odyssey would not exist with out him, on the celebration within the finale, he is fully disinterested. His fiance, Patti, seems to have left him after he lied about being sick to spend time wanting into Patoff. However Patoff has intervened of their relationship greater than Craig is aware of. Patti did not ghost him — as an alternative, she’s typing up handwritten textual content for Patoff in CompWare’s information room.
Within the finale, Craig lastly learns the reality after he and Elaine handle to find Patti’s telephone. It is not Patti who has it, however Sang’s mom who disappeared some episodes again, and she or he was given the telephone by Patoff.
Craig and Elaine hurry again to CompWare. Elaine goes after Patti and an enraged Craig takes on Patoff. He grabs a big mallet used for an exercise in the course of the celebration and walks nearer and nearer to his evil boss.
Craig repeatedly hits and cracks the glass beneath the each of them on the higher flooring, and it is harking back to Mr. Sang’s Jungle Odyssey, wherein glass breaks underneath the load of heavy animals. Patoff tells Craig that his targets had been met, and prices had been justified, gesturing to Craig as a “value.”
Craig, who’d gotten a tip from the jewellery retailer proprietor Frank Florez that Patoff may, in some way, comprise a skeleton of stable gold, appears to guess on that as he smashes the glass. And Patoff does, in the end, fall via.
Craig does not get the lady
Earlier than Patoff slips via the glass, a few celebration tables breaking his fall, he tells Craig “you are not the hero. You do not even get the lady.” It is not instantly clear who he is speaking about.
Craig’s relationship with Patti seems to finish within the finale. We see her with curler luggage leaving a key with Craig. We additionally see Elaine a file within the information room with Craig’s identify on it.
Craig’s lies to Patti are little question a crimson flag, even when they weren’t appropriate. Patoff additionally explains within the finale that when Patti was within the information room (and seemingly in some form of trance), she helped Patoff full his file. “She’s seen your weak point, your betrayal, she poured it out on each web page in her personal phrases,” Patoff says. May he have executed this to make sure Craig by no means had a shot at Elaine both? If there is a season 2, we would must see these characters return to complete what was began.
Regus’ golden inside
When Regus takes his fateful tumble, one in every of his large toes is sliced off and lands in a pile of leftover celebration shrimp.
It is retrieved by Craig, who freezes it, boils and de-fleshes it to disclose a shiny golden bone.
So Patoff is actually product of gold. Is that why he has a lot hassle lugging his physique up and down flights of stairs? Does that imply he isn’t human? How may he be?
It is unveiled in an earlier episode that jewellery retailer proprietor Frank Florez made the golden skeleton for Patoff, and the expertise mainly ruined Florez’s marriage. There’s most likely some deeper which means right here, however I may additionally see a personality like Patoff getting gold physique components on the expense of a poor man’s happiness simply because that is what he likes to do.
One factor stands out as hinting that Patoff won’t be human. Florez by no means truly noticed Patoff in particular person whereas he crafted the bones. Nonetheless, he did obtain checks with Patoff’s signature. How may he have signed a verify with out a functioning hand?
Regus will get outcomes
Patoff bought Mr. Sang to log off on him taking up by promising to safe Mr. Sang’s legacy. By the finale, Patoff had certainly reversed CompWare’s dire course. Sang’s mom suggests her son is alive via Mr. Sang’s Jungle Odyssey. A unadorned statue model of Sang watches over a bustling CompWare.
“All I can actually let you know about Regus Patoff,” Elaine might be heard saying on the finish of the episode, “he will get outcomes.”
Simply do not take into consideration what it took to get there.
Patoff misplaced a dear large toe, but it surely did not preserve him from taking his companies to one more firm, Pterodactyl Robotics. A information report taking part in on the finish reveals the loss of life of its founder, who strived to develop the primary humanoid workforce. If Patoff is certainly truly a robotic, perhaps he’ll lastly discover some colleagues he can higher relate to.
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