The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 6 Review

The Open-Ended Nature of Unwitnessed Death

***Spoilers Ahead***

Although The Last Man on Earth may be a comedy, it never hides the fact that it's a post-apocalyptic show at heart. The series is not afraid to tackle death in a comedic fashion or in a morbid one. In fact, Last Man has handled the concept multiple times. Tonight's episode tackles a new death alongside reintroducing an old one.

Before we get to the stronger main plot, let's take a look at the B and C-plots. In one story, we have Carol urging Gail to sign some adoption papers to become her mother 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. Eventually, it leads up to the sad revelation that Gail has been a mother before and she doesn't want to repeat the experience. 

The C-plot isn't a full-fledged storyline. It's a quick scene consisting another helping of Melissa's crazy antics. This is 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. The latter 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. Tandy ultimately tries to take Lewis to Seattle to see if Mark is alive, but Lewis really doesn't want to go. Tandy basically attacks him and violently throws him into the police car. 

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, Lewis is merely depressed about the whole post-apocalyptic situation. 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. This is when Tandy finally shows his true colors and gives him his own story of how the Alive in Tuscon signs ultimately led to him restarting civilization.

It's a very touching moment when Lewis finally decides to leave a note. While the chances of someone surviving the virus are very slim, it just can't hurt to have a bit of hope. In fact, Lewis never actually saw his husband pass away. This idea goes back to Tandy's brother, Mike, who Tandy never actually saw die. This leads him to change paths and head to Tuscon for a heartbreaking scene.

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. It's even more disheartening when 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. Instead of having a black-and-white reveal of Mike's status, 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. I's much less painful for Tandy to leave a note and leave the death unwitnessed and open-ended.

Grade: A

Thanks for reading my review of The Last Man on Earth, check back next week for my take on the next episode.   

Brooklyn Nine-Nine finally returns tomorrow so if you're a fan of that series, look for my review of the latest episode shortly after it airs. 

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