Series 1, Episode 8
Date of release: October 24, 2017 (All 4)
Damn, now I really want to see more of the show. Preferably more than just the second season that was also the final one. And the ending is pretty obviously the ending of a television drama, and not the final scene of what was probably a movie once, making me rethink my original theory that THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD was conceived as a film first and then transformed into a television series, although maybe there were still five, ten minutes to the story which were cut for the sake of it being a TV show. But the way it was edited during the final moments made this very obviously not a film that has been turned into a show. By the way, I kind of hated how this episode ended. You already have a show with a minimum amount of episodes and the minimum amount of running time per episode, and while I kind of understand that you had to end the story on a cliffhanger, because there wasn’t much time to expand the story, it’s still an evil thing to essentially end a quick television movie on a cliffhanger. For heaven’s sake, that should be considered a crime, punishable by expulsion of the movie and TV business. There really wasn’t a need to end the show in a depiction of James running away and Alyssa in the hands of Teri, who expectedly didn’t care much about what was happening here (although how could she? She saw her partner on the ground, so she had reason to believe that the kids were evil).
I was a bit surprised however by how quickly Alyssa turned her love for her father into hatred for the guy. After the previous episode I was really expecting her to love the hell out of Leslie, to always be his little girl, and be manipulated by his words, but I guess the show needed to end, Alyssa needed to be with James again, and the premise of Alyssa hating all of her parental figures needed to be the premise of this episode. I actually didn’t mind, but Charlie Covell didn’t even play with the idea of Alyssa being fooled and manipulated by her father, all while James had to be of sound mind and soul to show his girlfriend the truth (what a change in character compared to the first episode!). Granted, that’s what he did when he put the guilt of the murder all on him on the phone, and as he continued to make sure that Alyssa won’t be in any legal trouble when this is over, but I was hoping for a bit more of an emotional connection during these 20 minutes, and not a focus on Alyssa pushing her words and the knife into her father and realizing she was never loved by her parents and other family members. There definitely is an emotional connection here, but it seemed underdeveloped.
Also, the climax turned out to be pretty generic. Alyssa has always been the risky teen of the two, so her decision to run off with James was not only logical, but also predictable. But it was James who surprised me in this episode with his development. In the premiere, he was a British Dylann Roof, six episodes later he cried over smashing a rock on a dog’s head, and now he wanted to save Alyssa by confessing to his crimes and his crimes only (which were all of them). If that isn’t maturity, then I don’t know what is. Although maybe James is being manipulated by Alyssa, considering all he was doing for her in this episode was directed by his love and affection for her. By the way, James was an awesome guy when he didn’t lambast Alyssa for not wanting to have sex on the beach. He was respectful. Men, that’s how you do it! James wins this round of being an awesome dude.
Well, there isn’t really much else to say about this episode. As always, barely anything else happened, the story was focused on one or two things, and it turned out the way it turned out. But at the end of the day, the world still needs Thelma and Louise, preferable killing off all the rapists and bad men out there, becoming heroes in the civilized world of victims. THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD didn’t become that show (there needs to be a show about that, preferably not a THELMA & LOUISE adaptation), but there is an opportunity for another writer to take on that idea. Or do I have to do everything by myself?