Review: As we saw last week, the group decided to leave Malibu out of fear for Pat, and this episode focuses on their journey to a new city. They’ve picked San Francisco as their new home, but getting there is harder than they originally thought.
Not only does it take longer, but when they finally arrive in San Francisco, they find out that the whole city is burnt down (thanks to Phil, as we can see in a flashback of when he was still roaming the country looking for other people). They decide to go on with their travels, without a plan or final destination.
On their way to nowhere, the cars break down (or drive away haha) one by one and the tension in the group builds, especially when Phil tries very hard to stay positive. Everybody is annoyed with him quickly (even Carol, who usually supports him) and on top of that a lot of people are fighting with each other. Carol and Erica have a small war about their pregnancies and Todd and Gail are arguing when Todd finds out that Gail packed her doll-(ex-)boyfriend Gordon. Then we have Melissa, who is still paranoid about how dangerous the world is. The only person who doesn’t seem to be crazy in this group is Lewis (he’s mostly just annoyed by Phil, as he should be..).
When the last vehicle, a prison bus, runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere, the group can’t do anything but walk until they find a place that has food. They finally get to a patio furniture store, which is not exactly what they had in mind. Pressured by the rest of the group, Phil agrees that they need to come up with a plan. But again, the group is tense and doesn’t seem to be able to agree on a place to live. Gail has had it with all the fighting and wants to leave and go to Napa Valley. Phil tries to stop her, but Gail is very clear that she is done with the group and that she can do fine on her own: “We’re not a family. We’re all just a bunch of people who happened to meet at the end of the world.”
This speech makes a lot of sense, after seeing the gang struggle for the entire episode. The people in the group are not friends, they would not necessarily hang out together before the virus, but they are stuck together as the last people on earth and just have to deal with it. I think it’s good that the show points that out.
But when the group almost seems to split up, things change a little for them when Melissa, still losing her mind, finds some kind of building with the lights turned on. Their new adventure awaits, as the gang walks up to the building to see what’s up.
We have seen some of annoying Phil in season 1, but as annoying as he was in this episode, he has probably never been before. It was a different kind of annoying though (and one that was needed to make us all understand Gail more), and I have to say that I still enjoyed most of his jokes throughout the episode, but I would have liked it better if he was more likeable in this episode.
The person I enjoyed most this week was Gail, when she lost her car (she better get her accordion back!), and also at the end of the episode. I’m also still laughing at Melissa’s meltdown and I wonder when or if she will get back to normal.
Last Man On Earth returns in two weeks.
Favorite gif ever.