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Fans of feel-good sports dramedy Ted Lasso were left aghast at the low quality of a heavy-on-the-CGI wedding scene in the season finale.
The shot showed Ted’s assistant, Coach Beard, tying the knot with girlfriend Jane at sunset with the monoliths of Stonehenge visible in the background.
What was clearly intended as an idyllic moment of romance to bring the season to a close, however, was not received as such by viewers.
People took to Twitter in their droves to mercilessly pass judgment on the scene’s visual caliber as one branded it ‘the ugliest shot I’ve ever seen on any TV show ever.’
Fans of feel-good sports dramedy Ted Lasso were left aghast at the low quality of a heavy-on-the-CGI wedding scene in the season finale
The Apple TV+ show stars Jason Sudeikis as an aw-shucks football coach from Wichita, Kansas, hired to lead a soccer team in the UK
‘[T]his is maybe the ugliest shot I’ve ever seen on any TV show ever – am I being dramatic? Maybe but it’s so bad,’ wrote one viewer.
‘[M]y parents were watching the Ted Lasso finale and when I passed by the TV this shot was there. I’m kind of astonished that this is a real shot that was allowed to be released,’ someone else added.
‘Hallmark card,’ another cynic commented.
‘It looks like they cut out pictures of all the actors with scissors and glued it to a low res picture they found on the internet,’ a fourth said.
But, at the same time, many Ted Lasso diehards rushed to defend the oddly low-quality-seeming CGI of the segment by claiming the aesthetic was a deliberate attempt to evoke a dream-like atmosphere to play into the larger narrative arc of the show.
The season ends with Ted, played by Jason Sudeikis returning to his home of Wichita, Kansas, to spend time with his son.
Thereby, the scene’s unrealistic ambience is meant to be more of a symbolic nod to ‘everyone [Ted] left behind in the UK and the happiness he’s hoping for all of them,’ one avid viewer contended to DailyMail.com.
And, since the subsequent shot depicts Ted waking up suddenly on a homeward-bound flight, that interpretation seems to be supported.
Armchair critics wasn’t swayed by Ted Lasso defenders’ argument that the scene represented a ‘dream sequence’
One fan tweeted: ‘You see him waking up with a book in his hand about psychotropes. Hence the psychedelic look of his dream wedding.’
Some also believe that the lingering ambiguity – about whether or not the scene was indeed a dream – plays into the fact that Apple TV+ has not yet clarified whether the just-concluded third season will be the show’s last.
Thereby, those in the pro-Ted Lasso camp believe that the rather more abstract layers of meaning redeem the decidedly eyebrow-raising artistic merits of the Stonehenge wedding segment.
But, either way, it seems that many armchair critics will not be swayed with one concluding: ‘Look people, dream sequence or not, that green screen doesn’t need to look like a group of high school students did it. It’s awful.’