Fox’s freshman comedy Last Man on Earth is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen on network television, and I say that with all the love in the world. Last week’s two-part series premiere set up the basic premise, that mankind — and presumably animalkind, as well — has been almost completely wiped out, with Will Forte and, as we find out later, Kristen Schaal representing the last two comically mismatched people on Earth. This week the show took that to the next logical step: procreation. Specifically, that the two of them would need to repopulate the world if the world was going to get repopulated. But first, marriage, per Schaal’s character’s request. And before the marriage, a bachelor party for Forte’s character, Phil Miller.
Let’s briefly check in on that, shall we?
Livin’ the dream.
As the episode drew to a close, the characters played by Forte and Schaal were settling into their married life and starting to feel each other out a bit with positive racquetball-based results. Then, this happened
Crashing into a speeding limousine in an intersection is strange enough here in our heavily populated, non-apocalyptic society, but it is exponentially stranger when you are somewhere approaching 100 percent sure that every other human being in the world has been dead for a not insignificant amount of time. And it’s about to get stranger, because…
Heeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyy, Betty Draper. Between January Jones popping up here and Jon Hamm appearing in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, this was a big weekend for unexpected Mad Men cameos in quirky comedies. I half expect John Slattery to show up in this week’s episode of Broad City now.
After the premiere last week, a colleague who hadn’t seen it asked if the show was any good. I replied, “It was a lot of fun, and not like anything else you’ve seen. I’m just not entirely sure how they’re going to sustain it.” Well, introducing an attractive blonde woman by having her crash a speeding limousine into the SUV of a newly-married, flamethrower-loving couple who thought they were alone in the world a split second earlier is a heckuva start.
Last Man on Earth is good. You should watch it.