The Last Man on Earth: Season 2 created by Will Forte (Si Fi Company, Lord Miller, 20th Century Fox Television)
Starring Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Cleopatra Coleman, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Sudeikis, and Boris Kodjoe.
*SPOILER ALERT FOR PREVIOUS SEASONS*
Can the End of the World Last?
The extermination of humanity shouldn’t be funny.
Yet, Season 1 of The Last Man on Earth took a high-concept premise about a future dystopia in the wake of a global pandemic and weaves a humorous story about self-centeredness and the need for other people.
While much of its success emerges from its premise, the longevity of the series was my lasting question mark.
Is it even possible to tell a season-after-season story about the last survivors on earth and how they plan to repopulate the earth?
A Path Toward Salvation
Luckily, Season 2 suggests Will Forte and crew have a clear plan for landing such a crazy sit-com.
For starters, Phil (Will Forte) and his band of disparate survivors have resolved their differences at the end of Season 1 and have relocated to a mansion in Malibu.
With a static location, the cast of characters can build a burgeoning micro-society. And even better, the close quarters establish the drama and hijinks upon which many a classic sitcom is built.
Classic sitcom scenarios like love triangles and white lies to friends construct absurd meaning to normal humor.
Additionally, the larger narrative arcs of the season develop on 2 levels. At one end, as characters begin romantic relationships with each other, the prospect of children becomes a big question. Is such a harsh world without medical supplies a place to rear a child? Do the survivors have a normative responsibility to repopulate the earth?
Secondarily, the cliffhangers from Season 1 surrounding Phil’s brother, Mike (Jason Sudeikis) push toward conclusion as the space station becomes an untenable place to live.
A Lasting Comedy
Despite the eccentricities and absurdities of The Last Man on Earth, the show possesses a classic sitcom structure in the craziest of settings. For this reason, it should be able to last as long as its show runners decide to keep it going.
Verdict: 4.5 out of 5