The final season of Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego wastes the chance to bring a fan-favorite ship to life.
Throughout Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego, one noticeable omission is a love interest for Carmen. At one point, it seems like Gray has a crush on her, but it later becomes clear he just wants her to be free of the Villain’s International League of Evil (V.I.L.E.) so she can chart her own destiny.
However, many hints have been dropped that Agent Julia Argent of Agency to Classify and Monitor Evildoers (A.C.M.E.) and Carmen actually have feelings for each other. Unfortunately, despite all the teasing, the fourth and final season never lets this fan-favorite ship come to fruition.
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The stage is perfectly set for this relationship because both women are career-driven and spend a lot of time trying to crack cases. Julia went back to school to teach ancient history this season when she got fed up with the Chief trying to paint Carmen as a villain, and when Carmen reconnected with her, sitting in the back of her class, she got nervous and began stuttering. It’s the mark of someone who has a crush, and it quickly became one of the show’s cutest, most endearing moments. Carmen’s seductive smirk says a lot, and the fact she jokes with Julia about being obsessed with work suggests they should take time off together.
This behavior is reminiscent of the sentimental exchanges the characters have had in previous seasons, but with something more added on. Season 4 sees Julia get rosy red cheeks for the Crimson Ghost, even brushing off Chase’s advances, but one can tell she wishes it’s Carmen hitting on her. To add fuel to the fire, the way Carmen tries to save Julia when V.I.L.E. kidnaps her and tries to drop her in an Egyptian pit proves she cares, more than as just a colleague.
What’s nice about their banter is while Camen’s flirty and confident, and Julia is coy and timid, they really work well together on the business end. They help each other out, have the same hobbies and are both history and culture nerds. Clearly, they’ve got something special between them, but it ends up being frustrating because the show wastes an opportunity for the two women to get together.
Ultimately, Season 4 should have seized the opportunity when Carmen rescued Julia after placing her in danger and decided to retire. They have a strong bond, one that’s more organic than most seen on TV because they’ve been on the same side since day one, sharing the same vision and passion.
Starring Gina Rodriguez and Finn Wolfhard, all four seasons of Carmen Sandiego are available to stream on Netflix.
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