The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 11 Review

***Major Spoilers Ahead***

The Spirit of St. Lewis

Credit: 20th Century Fox

I think what really defines The Last Man on Earth is the way it balances comedy and drama to the point where I'm not sure whether to laugh or stare in silence for a moment. There's also the fact that no one is really safe from death to the extent where main players can drop like flies at any time. But hey, it's a show set in the apocalypse, what can be expected. This leads us to tonight's comedically morbid installment.

The Spirit of St. Lewis does a complete 180 from the initial cold opening focusing on a senile Melissa tormenting the gang. One would expect the episode to center on her activities, but instead, her plot is pushed to the side in favor of Lewis. The character of Lewis has never really brought much to the table outside of his stint in The Open-Ended Nature of Unwitnessed Death where we finally saw him bond with Tandy as they talked about their deceased loved ones. Outside of that, Lewis was mainly neglected to his airplane simulations in the back half of the first half of season 3. It only makes sense that Tandy urges him to finally fly in a real plane with another one of his rousing speeches. Unfortunately, it expectedly doesn't go as plan leading to Lewis's demise. In the end, I can't really hate Tandy for getting Lewis in the plane, he was just trying to better a terrible situation and even if it was a long shot, the gang is fresh out of short shots.

While the death itself was rather shocking and heartbreaking, the funeral following it did not exhibit the same tone. It sprinkled in comedic elements such as Todd's song and Tandy reciting different famous figures. It's surprising that the group wasn't as depressed as they were with the deaths of Phil and Mike, but at this point, it seems that they've become numb to the pain and I'm glad that Last Man is showing that. 

Following the ordeal, Tandy has a chat with God and I really like how it sort of alludes back to the pilot, but at the same time, it shows how much Tandy has changed since then, going from praying because he wanted sex to genuinely giving his respects for someone. Tandy never treated Lewis well, though it was mostly unintentionally, so it's a nice sendoff for him to sit in a church and give him his best wishes.

Outside of Tandy and Lewis, Todd gives his own speech about how they are pretty much doomed in this world. Moments like these make you remember how dire the situation really is because it's really easy to forget that they are essentially at the end of the world when we also have a guy strolling around in a dinosaur costume.

It was also very nice to see Erica play a part in the episode after pretty much being neglected for the first half of season 3. One can't help but feel sorry for her since she's essentially lost all the ones she really cared for and I'm glad she's getting her moment in the sun, let's hope we continue to get more from her in the following episodes. 

The episode ends on a pretty interesting note as the elevator doors slide open and we see Gail lying there, showing a slight sign of movement. It'll be interesting to see if the gang will ever find her and if she is alive, but those are questions for a different episode.

Ultimately, "The Spirit of St. Lewis" is a phenomenal episode of The Last Man on Earth. It really puts into perspective how dire their situation is right now and how the series can still stretch its comedic muscles even if there are only a handful of people left on Earth.

Stray Thoughts
  • I swear this is the last time I'll use a picture of Tandy in the dinosaur costume
  • Lots of mentions of Mike, kind of makes you wonder if he'll be popping up later on.
  • Hoping we see Kristen Wigg show up at some point.
  • Poor Lewis, I knew something was going to happen when that triumphant music started playing.
  • I hope we'll be seeing more of The Post Virus Post.
  • I've lost track of how many people have died on this show.
  • I really want to know more about Erica dabbling with drugs.
  • Jim Henson!

Grade: A

Thanks for reading my review of The Last Man on Earth. Tell me your thoughts in the comments below. The Last Man on Earth is all new next Sunday at 9:30/8:30c. 

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