Airtime: Sunday at 9pm on Fox
By: Bryan Kastelan, Contributor
We return to The Last Man On Earth this week with high hopes after an engaging and promising set up last Sunday. This week, the path has become a bit shaky, but only future episodes will show if the set up to the series has been worth it.
With the beginning of the episode, we are given broader humor to start with. The first quarter of the episode feels like a different series without the dramedy intact. However, the ingenuity it still very much on display. Seeing Forte make popcorn with a flamethrower is a true pleasure. Kristen Schall plays her role very well, but you can’t help but to overlook her redeemable qualities from the series this far with the annoying material that she is given early in this episode. It is almost like we are supposed to hate her, which we are. I just wish that the cues weren’t as blunt.
Once again, the quiet and delicate moments are the strongest. The brief moments where Forte is alone retain the tone that blended together masterfully in the pilot.
However, the banter between the two is still funny, and is more original than the usual sitcom.
We get to the middle of the episode where Forte smashes the door to a banquet hall open with a sledgehammer. That was the moment that reminded me of how original and fun this story could be.
From here on out, the episode becomes much more promising. Instead of focusing on bickering, the second half uses the premise to its advantage.
I could see why focusing on the relationship between Phil and Carol is needed for character development, but I can’t help but to feel like this episode is a jumping point for the series to really let loose in the near future.
There are enough subtle laughs and original moments to keep the audience on board, but I wasn’t as engaged as I was with the first episodes…that is until the cliffhanger. It was definitely a set up episode. Next week will prove if it was worth it.
Bryan Kastelan is an avid fan of film and television. He is a screenwriter that dabbles in music and comedy. He has a degree in film studies and creative writing, and is a pop culture junkie. He would be great on a film and music version of Jeopardy.