The Kardashians is an American reality television show that follows the Kardashian–Jenner family’s personal lives. On April 14, 2022, the series aired on Hulu, a streaming service. The new show follows the conclusion of their previous show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which aired on E! for 20 seasons and ended in June 2021.
Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé Kardashian, as well as their half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and their mother, Kris Jenner, are featured prominently in the series. It also highlights the Kardashian sisters’ current and former relationships, such as Travis Barker, Kanye West, Tristan Thompson, and Scott Disick.
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The Kardashians Season Finale Recap
We don’t usually pay attention to the “Previously on” that plays at the opening of episodes, especially in this age of binge-watching. Why bother if you’ve already seen and remembered the last one? The Kardashians, on the other hand, have elevated the art form to a level we haven’t seen since “And that’s what you missed on Glee” debuted. The scenes chosen to frame what we’re going to see are painful pictures of a hopeful Khloe slowly but steadily establishing her life with Tristan — and the montage seems more like an episode than we’re used to with these intros.
The next episode will be much more brutal as a result of this. Kim is doing bicep curls in the early morning hours after learning of Tristan’s newest affair and love kid, and we pick up right where we left off. After calling her sisters, she finally reaches Khloe, to whom she delivers the news over the phone. While we’ve seen this scene before, this is the first time we’ve heard Khloe hear the news for the first time, and it’s as awkward as you’d expect.
So much so that Kim eventually signals for the cameras to be turned off (decades, as Blac Chyna would say). They convene a family gathering to lay everything out on the table, but Khloe is understandably absent. Instead, the gathering is an awkward scene in which Kris, Corey, Kim, and Kourtney review the event in full glam.
They appear to be tiptoeing around the matter since they don’t know how Khloe will proceed. We’ve been here before, so there’s no assurance that this transgression will lead to Tristan’s demise. They’re also well aware that the public is watching and judging everything that happens. Kim is torn between taking the high road and putting him on blast, as she is tempted to do. But, in the end, she decides to follow Michelle Obama’s advice: “When they go low, we go high.” A phrase that was mistakenly tailor-made for usage on reality programs.
We get to hear from Khloe alone, ominously driving in quiet like she’s in the title credits of Big Little Lies, despite the fact that she skipped the family meeting. She’s recreating every happy moment she’s had with Tristan in her thoughts, now that she knows it was all a lie — but she’s numb, and she even claims that after a few bad experiences, you get resistant to them.
If you were worried that there would be no lighter fare this episode, we cut to a hyperbaric chamber at Kendall’s house in one of the season’s most dramatic transitions. Like the chestburster in Alien, it unzips from within and Kendall emerges. She reappears, laptop in hand. She says, “I was watching a Netflix show,” before correcting herself like the businesswoman she is, “I was watching a Hulu show.”
Kendall says her house is full of “gadgets and gizmos” that are supposed to help her health, quoting Ariel from The Little Mermaid. She has an entire room dedicated to them, along with big apparatus like a TheraLight, HyperMax Oxygen, and, for some reason, a picture booth — the latter of which I have no idea what it does.
She FaceTimes Khloe after her hyperbaric session to chat about the situation, during which Khloe casually discloses that she fainted the other day from nervousness.
She not only has to deal with the treachery, but also with the public’s reaction, which she’s been dealing with from the first episode. Travis Barker has the brilliant idea of having Kris record a Christmas song while Khloe’s world is collapsing around her. Travis, we’re informed, is a huge Christmas fan – can’t you tell just by looking at him? Kris steps behind the microphone in his bicycle-filled studio, where all the lightbulbs appear to be blue, to lay down a tape of the definitive performance of “Jingle Bells.”
As she watches, Kourtney laughs and clarifies in her confessional that Kris is not pop or rock star, but rather “a theatre person, I guess.” What exactly does this imply? What does Kourtney mean when she says “theatre person”? Kris, did he just miss out on performing at the Tony Awards? When will she be cast in a stunt role in Chicago? Is there going to be a Gypsy production at the Hollywood Bowl anytime soon? When will “Rose’s Turn” be released?
In the car, they play the finished result, and it’s a hit. Kris says she’ll be a lead singer if Travis needs her (there’s a petition going around for Kris to cover “All the Small Things” next), and Corey says he’s never heard a Christmas song that “thumps like that,” so he obviously hasn’t heard the Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping.” Kris claims that recording it was a lot of fun and that it “wasn’t work” — which is probably true because it wasn’t working at all. At the very least, who knows where this singing career will take her.
Kim visits Khloe on her colossal Big Comfy Couch–size bed, where she expresses her frustration with the situation. Kim is once again torn between wanting to rush in and conduct an intervention regarding Tristan and wanting to give her sister the space that the family provided her through the hardest moments of her relationship with Kanye.
Everyone in that situation, she said, went about their business to essentially let her realize how horrible things were in her own time, which she appreciated. But Khloe tells her there’s no need to get involved right now, implying that this is (hopefully) the last straw for Tristan. The chat is also acutely aware that the world is listening in — and it appears like Kim is pointing to her own experience of standing by Khloe to relieve some of her stress.
Because they’re well aware of the torrent of unwarranted criticism coming their way, they’re both justifying and excusing their decisions to stay in these poisonous relationships for so long. Regardless of what the trolls say, Khloe believes it’s time to step away, but she has no regrets about the opportunities and forgiveness she previously offered to try to make it work for True.
“I will locate each and every one of you fucking trolls on the internet who make Khloe feel like the biggest piece of shit,” Kim growls terrifyingly into the camera before her law-school instincts kick in, “and… not threaten you on TV, but it’s wrong.” Though we no longer receive the famed Kardashian Christmas cards that used to be exchanged with the entire family and would spark conflicts, the tradition continues as Kim tries to take one with her children.
It’s impossible to know for sure, but I believe the blurs racing through my screen at full speed are her children. With wailing, bolting toddlers encircling her, Kim strikes gorgeous postures in the thick of the turmoil. “Most of the images I viewed were worthless because North was sticking out her middle finger,” she claims, but I think they are the winners. Release the photos of the middle finger!!!
Meanwhile, Khloe Kardashian continues her press tour, meeting with each family member one-on-one and paying a visit to Scott’s home. They commiserate over their newfound shared singledom as a special treat for Scott and Khloe shippers, but hope for a better future, pointing to Kim’s relationship with Pete for inspiration. We learn that Scott has gotten friends with Pete, which is a clever move on Scott’s behalf as he works to establish himself on the show.
Khloe boxes up Tristan’s possessions in a single brown cardboard box that a producer most likely picked up on their way there, in a sad but cinematic sequence. I see a cat I’ve never seen before walking by. The team in front of her is shown by pulling back the cameras – pure cinema. With the family shooting the show’s title card, the season comes to a close. Khloe informs Kim that she had spoken with Tristan, but there isn’t much to discuss.
“I didn’t buy tickets to this fucking circus,” she continues, “but I’m sitting here seeing all these clowns perform in front of me.” They, on the other hand, see it as a watershed moment – finally, there is no grey area when it comes to Tristan. They take turns wrapping up their storylines with bows: Khloe finally moving on from Tristan, Kourtney focused on her happiness with Travis, Kylie preparing to deliver a second child, Kendall… Actually, she has nothing to wrap up, so they just gave her filler lines, and Kim is still going to law school. Rather than ending on that note, the season ends with a dramatic “To Be Continued” when we show Kris in a confessional apparently getting some breaking family news on her phone.
The Kardashians have proven to be a show about a variety of things, including ladies exiting cars in slow motion, Kris Jenner’s attempts to pronounce cacao e Pepe, and picture shoots. But, above all, it’s about one family’s struggle with celebrity. As a result, we’re the seventh character of The Kardashians, much like New York is the fifth character in Sex and the City.
Perhaps Scott is the eighth character, followed by us. Scott came first, followed by Landon Barker, and then us. Maybe Gayle King should be included as well because she kept coming up… Okay, we’re not the seventh character, but we do play a significant role as the general public. We’re the villain sometimes and the hero other times, but we’re always present, and our presence has a fascinatingly authentic impact on practically every narrative we encounter.
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