It's with Kase that June decides to break free from Oscar and head to Oceanside, a place where formers party glamorously, unburdened by any memories of their lives before death. In Oceanside these ghosts live like Jay Gatsby sans inner turmoil. But something seems fishy. After all, June and Kase are coaxed there by a mysterious man holding a briefcase. Oscar is enraged to discover that June left him for this never-ending soiree, and they finally have a real fight instead of a passive-aggressive tiff. It's enough to compel Rudolph to ditch the Oceansiders' lavish bonfire party and run off with Oscar. To escape, they walk along the sea floor in a state of bliss, emerging in a new and unfamiliar place. They share a look of joy, but we, the audience, don't get to see what awaits them.
It's a surreal and beautiful ending that leaves plenty of room to explore should Yang and company get another season. "To me it's a fulfillment of the first frame of the series, but also we do have some ideas if and when we'd like to do a season 2," Yang told The Hollywood Reporter. "Because anything could happen at that point, and I think that's exciting. They've clearly resolved some sort of issue in their relationship, but I think there's still story left to be told."
But that conclusion also feels somewhat under-baked in just eight half-hour episodes, offering only a simplistic resolution for these characters. Rudolph so intricately crafts June's mix of guilt and frustration, whereas Armisen's Oscar is a little flatter. For his entire married life, he's been a nice guy who doesn't ask too much of his wife, and Armisen doesn't do a whole lot to deepen him beyond that exterior. Other opportunities to add layers go begging: Despite the quiet desperation that characterized so much of the first season, we only see June spend a short amount of time away from her spouse. And that seems unfulfilling for both her and the viewer. I want to see more of June busting out "This Is How We Do It," though maybe that's just because it's so fun to see Rudolph sing. Or maybe it's because that's the only time we see June fulfilling her own needs. It may also be an indication of the show's overall depth that the episode getting the most attention is a standalone one starring Downsizing's Hong Chau and Straight Outta Compton's Jason Mitchell as two realtors who begin a doomed affair.
Ultimately, Forever is a pleasant watch, but it feels a little thin aside from Rudolph's performance. Eight episodes in, and it's still hard to connect with the world that's being created. Luckily, if there's another season, it may be in an entirely new one.