It’s been a rough week for the Collective team.
First, we heard that Wayward Sisters wasn’t being picked up by the CW, and now, Fox has cancelled The Last Man on Earth, AKA the only thing to make me laugh since November 8, 2016. The doomsday, postapocalyptic satirical series only lasted four seasons until Fox gave it the ole’ Firefly-esque chop, which, honestly, is about three seasons longer than most of their shows with a basis in speculative fiction.
That doesn’t make it hurt any less, however. The Last Man On Earth was a refreshingly original discussion of post-humanism and the doomsday scenario, and it was f***ing funny. I ranted about this on my Twitter the other day, so forgive me if I’m a bit repetitive because I’m still upset.
If you haven’t seen the show at all, it follow Phil, AKA Tandy, who believes he is the last man on earth (spoilers: he isn’t). Eventually, he forms a tight-knit family out of a group of fellow survivors, and the show depicts their struggles in a world without society, without structure, and without the amenities to which we are accustomed. Unlike similar shows *cough* The Walking Dead *cough*, this one pairs levity and satire with the depressing setting of the end of the world as we know it.
The show isn’t all about laughs, however: it also covers some really deep topics. Phil and his wife struggle with infertility; at least two of the characters suffer from a mental breakdown, and one in particular has a diagnosed mental illness; sexuality and gender are also portrayed as fluid, and one polyamorous relationship is shown in the series. In fact, much of the show’s conflicts stem from the characters adapting to the deconstruction of traditional values in a post-human landscape, or, what do you do when the world has ended and there’s only a handful of people left?
While the characters’ interactions with the desolated world is half-ridiculous/half-hilarious, the show never forgets that these are people trying to survive. Abraham Maslow’s theory of the hierarchy of needs is a constant for Tandy, Carol, and the others: the struggle to find food/water/shelter is never far from immediate for the group.
Oh, and wine. They always need wine.
The brain child of Will Forte deserves more seasons (also, because the end of season four was a cliffhanger and I need to know what happens next). If you like comedy and have a soul, here are some things you can do to try to get TLMOE picked up by another network:
- Tweet at Hulu or Netflix and ask them to pick up The Last Man on Earth.
- Actually, you can fill out this form to request shows for Netflix.
- Sign this petition to save the show.
- Keep talking about it on social media; continued interest may stir someone to pick up the show.
Also: does anyone know where I can get Tandy’s raptor costume? I need it for…reasons.