The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 2 Review
The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 2: The Wild Guess Express
In the early days of The Last Man on Earth there was a simple formula, Tandy meets someone, screws up or lies, gets hated by the group, and ends up redeeming himself to an extent. I personally didn't mind it as long as the comedy stayed fresh, but I for one am glad they got rid of it, because season 2 of The Last Man on Earth was a friggin' roller coaster starting off with Carol and Tandy roaming the country and ending with a rather emotional finale as Tandy says goodbye to his brother Mike one last time.
While this latest episode of The Last Man on Earth doesn't exactly go back to it's roots, it resides pretty close to it, and after last week's stellar premiere I'll admit it was a bit disappointing, but still not a bad episode by any means.
We start up right where we left off as the gang is in the car driving away from Pat as fast as they can, ultimately arriving at Cher's house. We find Todd who's completely broken down about killing a person even though he basically did the right thing, It's a perfectly plausible moment for Todd who's always been the nicest person of the group, besides the bacon fiasco. In an attempt to cheer him up, Tandy ends up lying proclaiming that Pat is alive. This leads to chaos among the group who Todd ends up telling and that's essentially what happens the entire episode leading to an ultimate group hug from the gang as Tandy ends up telling the truth and the gang comforts Todd for his perfectly reasonable actions.
Throughout the episode it's nice to see the bond between Tandy and Todd which has recently been lost, they've been one of my favorite pairings and they work off each other very well. We are also yet again reminded of Tandy's growth as while yes he is reverting to his old white lies, this time it's not to get a girl or to seem like a better person, but simply to help a friend, and as a viewer you can't help but like Carol be proud of Tandy.
With that said, it's still a rather formulaic episode, Tandy tells a lie, whole group reacts, and they find the truth. What makes up for it is the comedy. Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, and Mel Rodriguez pull all the stops in this episode with Schaal's hilarious performance as Tandy is punching the Pat dummy, Rodriguez's over-the-top crying sequences, and my favorite, Forte's scene as he's trying to find Pat and brings along his ex-Marine and MMA fighter friends. It perfectly showcases Forte's madcap comedy style.
Overall, this episode is a step-down from last week's amazing premiere, but it's the acting that really makes up for the average plot, and as we find Pat's body missing from the garbage, it's a perfect setup for the next installment as the group gets ready for when Pat will strike next.
The Last Man on Earth is preempted next week thanks to the unpresidential debate , but catch the next episode on October 16. Also catch up on my reviews of The Last Man on Earth here.
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