Hey folks Jesse here, I wanted to talk a little about The End of the F***ing World. No, I’m not here to be a harbinger of the apocalypse it’s just a new comedy series streaming on Netflix.
The End of the F***ing World is streaming on Netflix now and stars Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther. It was originally a comic book series was written by Charles Forsman and it was originally eight serial mini-comics that later formed a graphic novel. It takes place in different parts of England while the two leads make a road trip across the countryside. The show is filmed in England and there are so many amazing shots of what the English country looks like versus the cool shots of the streets of London we always see. Scenes by the beach or in the woods reminded me of my home state of Maine. I can see why New England reminded everyone so much of Jolly Old England when people first started coming over.
So what’s it about?
James is a teenage boy in high school that hates his dad. He also feels like he might be a candidate for being a serial killer. He has tried out killing small animals and fantasizes something bigger but is just waiting for the right opportunity. Alyssa is a teenage girl in high school and she hates her mom. She has no homicidal ideation of her own but she is foul-mouthed and pretty relentless when it comes to being a pain in the ass. So we can immediately prepare ourselves for a coming of age story complete with all the angst you can handle!
James and Alyssa cross paths and are drawn to each other right away. They may be cynical and jaded but something about the other seems to be a perfect fit. The major problem with this scenario, is that James would really like to see what it feels like to kill someone. It seems Alyssa is in serious and imminent danger. This keeps proving to be unlikely as James starts connecting with Alyssa and finds himself a bit infatuated with her. They decide to run away from their boring realities and hit the road.
I found this show to be pretty funny in a lot of parts. Especially the two leads. The actors are both in their late 20s but can both easily pull off playing a 17-year-old pretty well. As they make their way across the country things seem to keep the odds against them. At one point during a breaking and entering situation, they realize they have unlawfully stayed the night in the home of a serial killer. When the homeowner gets home and realizes there is a young girl sleeping in his bed he thinks he won the lottery of ideal situations a killer could ask for. Things quickly get out of hand and the duo is now more closely resembling fugitives of the law. They go from escaping ordinary life to running from the police and going into hiding. All the while the characters never breaking from their jaded teenage outlook on the situation they have found themselves in.
There are some strong scenes later in the series with Alyssa and her father. They end up hiding out with him from the police and Alyssa gets to know him for the type of man he really is. Throughout the early episodes, you get the idea she idolizes her father even though he has been mostly absent her whole life due to his selfish free-spirited nature. Jessica Barden who plays Alyssa does a great job here when she sees through her father’s “cool guy” exterior and sees how little he has cared for her over the years he spent partying and carrying on without the responsibilities of fatherhood.
You might also recognize Alex Lawther from another Netflix show “Black Mirror”. He was in the Season 2 episode “Shut Up and Dance”. I liked him in both these roles and he has really started to create some memorable characters and I look forward to more from him in the future.
So, of course, law enforcement catches up with the kids because it had to happen eventually. They really never had a plan at any point so the police were always one step behind them. The ending of the season is actually pretty intense and exciting. It’s left at a bit of a cliffhanger and there’s no official word on Season 2 for the show. I’d be interested in watching another season although I’d be fine with the way this one finished. Netflix doesn’t shy away from bringing back more seasons to its popular programming, so it would be no surprise to see more from this show.
The soundtrack is great too. It’s got a great mix of Americana and classic country music. That may seem out of place in a British comedy show about star-crossed teenage love but it really works here. So go ahead and check it out it’s streaming now on Netflix.