Thursday, March 29, 2018

What I’m Watching: The End of the F***ing World (Season Finale)

The End of the F***ing World: Season 1, Episode 8 (B+)

This was a great end to what I would call one of the best new shows of the season, and it’s just a shame that it’s already over. It’s been two months since the show premiered on Netflix and more than six months since its initial run on Channel 4 in the UK, yet we have no news about the possibility of a second season just yet. Things escalated pretty quickly in this finale, with Alyssa’s father excitedly asking the two of them who they killed before dialing the police to turn them in. Eunice being outside the trailer enabled her to burst in at just the right moment offering to help them after Alyssa stabbed her father in the leg and James picked up the phone and confessed to being entirely responsible. I love that the flow of the conversation was interrupted by Alyssa wishing that she could have gotten James something for his birthday, and it was great to hear her say to herself how much she loved James. All she needed was confirmation from Eunice that there was no way they were going to the same place, prompting them to run away and for James to pull the same thing on her. I had thought this show would end with a murder but instead it reformed James and made him fall in love with Alyssa, who’s in love with him too. I’d love to see these characters again since they were both superb, and I’m a big fan of Alex Lawther’s now, who was terrific opposite Jessica Barden, who I already knew was great. What a fantastic show that really knew what it wanted to be – bring on season two, please!

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Lawther and Barden