The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 6 Review
The Open-Ended Nature of Unwitnessed Death
The Last Man on Earth is a show that may be a comedy but never hides the fact that it's a post-apocalyptic show at heart and that it's not afraid to tackle death which it has done multiple times whether in a comedic fashion or in a morbid one. Tonight's episode tackles a new death along with reintroducing an old one.
Before we get to the stronger main plot that overshadows the rest of the episode, let's take a look at the B and C-plots. We have Carol wanting Gail to sign some adoption papers to become Gail's mom and her future daughter's grandmother. It's a pretty typical plotline but the mother-daughter chemistry between Steenburgen and Schaal buoys the plot to be much more entertaining leading up to the sad revelation that Gail has been a mother before and she doesn't want to repeat.
The C-plot isn't a fully-fledged storyline but a quick scene consisting more of Melissa's crazy antics before she disappears into the wall. It's more of an update on the relationship between her and Todd than anything else but it's nice that it doesn't take anything away from the main plot which balances comedy and drama with ease.
We start out the main plot as Tandy attempts (and fails) to cheer Lewis up about his dead husband Mark, but being Tandy it comes off as irritating. Tandy ultimately tries to take Lewis to Seattle to see if Mark is alive, but Lewis really doesn't want to go, to put it lightly, so Tandy basically attacks him and violently throws him into a police car to Seattle.
It's interesting to see Lewis's anger mount as Tandy continues to pester him about the possibility of his husband being alive, it's not really Tandy he's lashing out at but really the whole post-apocalyptic situation because when he finally reaches his home in Seattle, he ultimately bonds with Tandy a bit. Of course, Lewis is skeptical that his husband is still alive, but Tandy finally shows his true colors after pestering Lewis throughout the episode and gives him his own story of how the Alive in Tuscon signs ultimately lead to him restarting civilization.
It's a very touching moment when Lewis finally decides to leave a note because while the chances of someone withstanding the virus, let alone someone you loved, is one in a million, it just can't hurt to have a bit of hope, even more since Lewis never saw Mark die. This all goes back to Tandy's brother, Mike, who Tandy never actually saw die which leads him to change paths and head to Tuscon.
When Tandy makes his way through the house, it's amazing how quickly one can go from being annoyed with him to genuinely feeling his pain and it's even more heartbreaking as Tandy stands in front the closed door to Mike's room, he finally takes his own advice and leaves a note as the theme comes full circle. This ending is probably the best that the series has done because instead of having a black-and-white Mike is dead or alive, we're left with the fact that it's pretty tough to march into a room that will confirm the fate of a loved one, and it's much less painful for Tandy to leave a note and leave the death unwitnessed and open-ended.
Thanks for reading my review of The Last Man on Earth, check back next week for my take on the next episode.
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