Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Round Two: The End of the F***ing World

The End of the F***ing World: Season 1, Episode 2 (B+)

Episode two of this new Netflix series didn’t disappoint at all, and I’m glad to see that this show has maintained its signature weirdness. That means that along with teenage rebellion and murderous impulses, there are also going to be some odd, disturbing moments, like James not doing anything to stop the man who gave them a ride from touching his penis while they were in the bathroom. Alyssa seemed most concerned with the fact that James should be honest with her about whether or not he was gay, and she was more than ready to threaten to tell the guy’s family if he didn’t leave right away. He was awfully chatty, and neither of his hitchhiker passengers had much interest in talking to him. I’ glad we get to hear Alyssa’s voice too, like “Sometimes I look at him and think you are a bit dead,” as she talks about how they’d be American if this were a film and loves making trouble wherever they go. James humorously admitted that he ironically wasn’t in his element at laser tag, and he wasn’t too prepared for some sex in the car which resulted in a relatively low-key crash into the tree. After Alyssa tried to call her dad and they had a lackluster evening watching porn, she asked him to cuddle her and he looked at the camera nervously as if to suggest that he’s starting to care about her. We saw that his father did call the police to report the car stolen – I’m eager to see what comes next!

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