From the tale of two murders to a troubled shadow transport secretary and, of course, Billie Piper launching a pizza on the floor, Collateral had plenty of plots thrown into its story. But did the final episode weave them all into a satisfying conclusion?
Not exactly. Although we saw Karen (Piper) get her money by stealing from her au pair, Kip (Carey Mulligan) uncover a people smuggling operation, and Peter Westbourne (Richard McCabe) revealed as the villain behind the whole thing, viewers were left confused. In particular, many couldn’t see the point of several characters.
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Wow after a promising start #Collateral turned out to be very lacklustre. Multiple side characters and their storylines have no impact on the main plot so could have been cut entirely. What was the point in the Vicar, Billie Piper and John Simm?
— Andy (@andyturner123) March 6, 2018
What a very disappointing ending… Virtually none of the characters got a finish and half of it made no sense… What a waste #Collateral
— ◢◤ ?????? (@synthesisdream) March 5, 2018
Just realised that was the final of #Collateral ???????? Bit confused by the whole thing. Half the characters didn't even have a decent storyline ???? Another disappointment of a series! pic.twitter.com/kbAd0HClKT
— Jade Dunkley (@jid1993) March 5, 2018
Some simply thought the plot was spread too thinly across the show’s many faces…
Conflicted about #collateral – lots of great actors, brilliant 1st episode, but then…politics and issues and a story that actually wasn't that deep. Nicola Walker & John Simm are both brilliant actors but just ciphers here.
— Paul Fillery (@mokofil) March 6, 2018
Honestly, what did I watch for 4 weeks, completely pointless. No deep plot #Collateral
— ???? Ayy Hsaid (@AyyHsaid) March 6, 2018
— Four Seasons Total Transcaping ???? (@uisgebeatha) March 5, 2018
And viewers were left disappointed that the references to Kip’s pole vaulting career never had a payoff…
I think I might have enjoyed #collateral more if we’d ever found out the point of her being a pole vaulter. Or indeed if there had been a plot.
— Sarah (@sarahvanpelt) March 6, 2018
— Joanne Stannard (@JoStannard) March 5, 2018
Yes ok, but where did the ex Olympic pole-vaulter bit come into it?! ????#Collateral
— Tim Bisset (@timbisset) March 5, 2018
'If a pole is mentioned in episode 1, the protagonists must vault in episode 4.'
— Irony Man (@FerrousFred) March 5, 2018
POLE VAULT INTO THE ROOM KIP. #Collateral
— Paul Trueman (@paulwtrueman) March 5, 2018
But although there were those who were satisfied with the “intelligent” ending…
#Collateral – I thought it was fantastic. Great writing; great acting; good direction; intelligent television.
— Jonathan King (@KingOfHits) March 5, 2018
#Collateral was excellent from start to finish. More TV like that please.
— Michael. (@miguelhunter) March 5, 2018
— David Hassell, 3.5% #fbcoalition2024 (@dlhmarketing) March 5, 2018
…others were left asking what the point of the drama was.
Really well shot with an excellent performance from Carey Mulligan but otherwise a bit arbitrary in storytelling.
I thought they killed off one of their best characters in the Pizza girl too early.
And as others have pointed out, what was the point in half of it? #Collateral
— James Scholey (@JamesFromLeeds) March 6, 2018
Started so well but, honestly, I now feel like what was the point? So many pointless characters and wasted actors in a story I couldn't get into, not worth the hype! #Collateral
— Dalto65 (@Dalto65Sarah) March 5, 2018