Sleep is nothing but a thing of dreams in this week’s NO TOMORROW, “No Rest for the Weary.” As Evie struggles to take on the responsibilities of two jobs, Xavier is getting frustrated with the lack of time he’s getting to spend with her. Meanwhile, Kareema’s secret relationship with her brother’s green card fiancee meets a crossroads, while Hank and Deirdre’s is called into question and Timothy gets a shot at taking his career to a new place professionally.
The episode was good, but there’s this interesting balance between drama and humor that the show keeps bouncing between. It’s always been cute, but it’s becoming more and more evident with every episode that the show hasn’t decided quite on its voice, humor-wise. I’ve personally found that the visual humor sometimes used in the show tends to be the strongest and naturally blends the easiest with the show’s overall voice. However, these types of bits aren’t always used as amply as one might expect or want for a comedy – even a romantic comedy. Overall, the show relies heavily on the heart of the story and its characters, which plays into its strengths.
Another thing becoming readily apparent in this week’s episode was the quickening pace with which these story arcs are developing. This is probably a symptom of the CW’s choice not to give the series a first season back-order. I’ll be interested to know if we’ll get to the day of the apocalypse by the season’s end because of that. I’ll be pretty disappointed if we don’t get to find out how Xavier handles realizing the apocalypse isn’t coming after all (I assume, since I expect you can’t continue a show after an asteroid destroys the Earth).
I was really sad (Spoiler Alert!) that Hank and Deirdre broke up in this episode. Honestly, I feel as though theirs is the most interesting relationship in the series so far. I’d also really like to see Timothy and Fern together. I want to know what happens there. I feel like that is a point of drama that could be really juicy for the show and hasn’t been touched on at all since it’s inception a few episodes ago.
Something that peaks my interest is the strange dynamic developing between Evie and Xavier. Evie calls Xavier out for his selfishness in this episode, after he helps her improve productivity at Cybermart, and then proceeds to help the workers enact a strike. Yet, once Evie manages to fix the deeper mess that Xavier has gotten her into in the first place, she forgives him and actually believes that he’s helped her (once again) grow to be a better person and stand up for herself. But I’m wondering if this sort of dynamic could actually last – is Evie such a pushover that she let’s Xavier push her into situations she doesn’t want, and then actually thanks him for it later? Evie as an awkward, play-it-safe kind of gal is great, but I want her to take a little more self-confidence when it comes to her relationship – after all, the whole reason she chose Xavier was to take charge of her life, instead of just letting it live her, right?
Meanwhile, Timothy’s orbiting storylines are starting to get a little weird – sure, he and Hank are friends, as are he and Xavier (sort of) but his presence hasn’t really added to the drama or development of the show in a while. That’s not to say there aren’t some very interesting storylines involving him just begging to be told – but I’m wondering why we’re spending any episode time at all at this point on Timothy trying to get a new job instead of focusing on Timothy’s love life, which is the only thing that truly intersects with Evie’s life at this point. When the show started, I thought that perhaps his importance as a character would come from the tension his presence would put on Evie’s new relationship with Xavier, but that hasn’t really turned out to be the case. And we don’t see him in each episode enough to really root for his pining. So I’m hoping that his story arc gets a little more spicy in upcoming episodes.
And then there’s Hank, Deirdre, and Kareema. I’m very disappointed that Heirdre (or Dank) are no more. And frankly, very upset with Deirdre for ending it, since her expectations of Hank’s loyalties are too high. Though she claims Hank is a bad boyfriend for not supporting her, I think the reality is that she is a bad girlfriend for putting Hank in a position where she not only manipulated her position of authority over him at work, but also asked him to choose between her and his friends. That’s not a fair thing to do at all. But in terms of character choices, it’s exactly what Deirdre would have done, because she’s the type of person who makes bad decisions like that and expects others to put up with the consequences. I’m just sad that she and Hank are over (for now) because I’m wondering if she will change as a character without Hank there to encourage her to do so.
There are so many places that this show could and should still go. I’m not sure if they can wrap it all up in the half season that they’ve been given, but I hope that they get a second season to continue the intriguing groundwork that’s been laid. In an effort to help promote that chance, I’ll encourage you to go watch this show if you haven’t already. It’s great!
Season 1, Episode 8 (S01E08)
No Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9PM on The CW
Tasha is a freelance writer currently based in Los Angeles. Originally from Kansas, when she’s not writing about or watching TV, Tasha is searching for the best BBQ place in LA to fill the KC BBQ hole in her stomach.
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