It’s been a while since this show has aired on television, but with all things considered in the recent years, we thought it’d be a good idea to look deeper into the amazing apocalypse comedy series. So if after reading this critique you want to watch this series, you can do so in one long session with it currently on Hulu!
This critique, and it will be based on three categories: Story, Acting, and Overall. So let’s begin.
The series takes place primarily in 2021, and deals with the loss of almost all of humanity as a result of a pandemic that sweeps across the country. Finding himself alone, with everyone in his life gone. Phil goes on a search for any remaining survivors. Finding none, he returns to his home of Tuscon leaving signs around the country to alert other survivors. Before committing suicide two years after the pandemic, he finds what he believes to be the last woman on Earth. Commitment and lack of social skills lead to a wacky journey as we are regularly shown that Phil is by far not the Last Man on Earth.
Monica specifically told me on re-watch that she didn’t understand a lot of Phil’s actions, but after dealing with isolation, and lack of human contact, she completely understands a lot of his choices, and communication issues in the series.
The acting by Will Forte as Phil and Kristen Schaal as Carol is amazing and frustrating. They play well as an odd couple that also has sex… awkward and weird sex. The additional guest stars like Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis, round out a lot of interesting yet flawed humans alongside the full series cast members: January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Cleopatra Coleman, and Mary Steenburgen.
While there is one non-flawed human left on earth played by Boris Kodjoe, as the show movies forward you see he isn’t all there mentally either. It’s insane that only crazy people survived a pandemic.
I will be honest, I consider myself handy, and crafty. Watching the main character exist in the series and fail to regularly make wise choices, or even make advancements for his betterment that would be easy and simple to do, is infuriating. On top of that, Phil’s lacking social skills and skunk-like behavior starts off very aggressively. However, as the series grows you begin to see how he is trying to change and adapt to a social group that clearly doesn’t appreciate his journey. It becomes a lot easier to watch, and you begin to love his journey more as you can see some of your own self in his skunky shenanigans.
If you have gone a little crazy, and wonder what would happen if COVID-19 was a lot more deadly, then wonder no more by watching the fun, and at times infuriating series about the Last Man on Earth, and all the other men left on Earth.
Conner’s Final Thought(s):
My only hope is that now that we’ve lived through the prequel to the series, we’ll luck out and the network will realize their mistake in canceling the series, and will bring back the stars for an additional run!