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The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 10 Review


***Spoilers Ahead***

Got Milk?

Credit: SpoilerTV


Last season, The Last Man on Earth returned in March with a stellar episode, what's more, the episode didn't feature any of the main characters. "Pitch Black" revolved solely around Mike landing on Earth and meeting a lunatic conspiracy theorist, Pat. The latter is easily one of the best things that the series has done to date. On the other hand, "Got Milk" is a different story. Don't get me wrong, tonight's installment is not a bad episode, but it does take a little time to get really good.

The episode, for one, feels nothing like an episode of LMOE from the start as we see Kristen Wigg's character, Pamela, addressing a crowd of people at an auction. Slowly but surely, we reach the point where Pamela is alone and this is where things heat up and it really feels like Last Man. Ultimately, there's nothing much that we haven't seen before. Pamela is alone and slowly deteriorates as time goes on. This is strikingly similar to the pilot where Tandy slowly goes insane or when Mike went senile in space. Just like the other plots, Pamela gets a character to play off of, here it's a puppy, and we watch her hopelessly try to get her to speak. While I brought up that this episode's plot is pretty similar to what we've seen before, that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it's more of a recurring theme than a repetitive plotline and shows just how poetic this show can be.

While I did enjoy Pamela's story in the back-half of the episode, the other characters felt out of place in The Last Man on Earth universe, though they didn't stay around for very long. The biggest payoff of the night was closer to the end where we see that it was Pamela who flew the drone to the Malibu mansion all the way back in season 2. Kudos to the Last Man writers for never forgetting it even when it seemed like we weren't going to hear about it again. 

"Got Milk" really can't be compared to "Pitch Black". The latter was much more creative and exciting, but it's still a hell of a ride on its own. It was very nice to see a little bit of background before the virus struck and Wigg's character was enjoyable, though I do wish we could have had an episode like this involving one of the main characters, preferably Tandy himself. Still, it was a very pleasant surprise to have the series focus on a new character and give some solid backstory.

Stray Thoughts

  • I'm sure I wasn't the only one who thought the title would be about the Got Milk commercial.
  • So if Pence is the 46th president then Trump has either died or resigned/ been impeached. Or maybe, he's still alive in the post-virus world.
  • What's better, Cat food or Raisin Balls?
  • Pamela poking Catherine's dead body like it's nothing is the perfect metaphor for the show, dark but goofy at the same time.
  • Totally didn't realize that Catherine was played by Laura Dern (Ellie from Jurassic Park) until a friend of mine pointed out. Pretty neat cameo. 

 Grade: A-


Thanks for reading my review of The Last Man on Earth, catch a new episode next Sunday at 9:30 on FOX. Share your thoughts on the episode in the comments below.