TV Review: You, Me and the Apocalypse (Episode Three)

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You, Me and the Apocalypse is a bold, adrenaline-fuelled comedy-drama about the last days of mankind – boasting a relentlessly entertaining mix of action, adventure, romance and wit set against a backdrop of apocalyptic chaos.

The story follows an eclectic group of seemingly unconnected characters around the world as their lives start to intersect in the most unexpected ways, all triggered by the news that a comet is on an unavoidable collision course towards earth.

Another strong episode of You, Me and the Apocalypse, which is fast becoming one of my favourite TV shows. This episode displays all the same strengths as the previous ones, really; lots of funny moments (Nick Offerman is a gift), interesting character development (Father Jude remains fascinating) and entertaining interactions between characters (Joel Fry and Mat Baynton are a brilliant double act).

What’s most interesting about this one, though, was the furthering of the overarching mythology of the show, as You, Me and the Apocalypse begins to concern itself with a much wider ranging plot, with implications that reach far further – yet, at the same time, remaining tied to what we’ve seen before.

In this episode, we see Layla (if that is her real name) for the first time – the missing wife that Jamie is searching for. Her daughter (who, it’s implied, may also be Jamie’s daughter) is the fabled giraffe messiah. A whole crowd of people have gathered in Warsaw, worshipping this young girl in a giraffe onesie, and Father Jude and Sister Celine have come to investigate. It’s an interesting look at mob mentality, and the sort of mania that the apocalypse might create in people.

But at the same time, they imply that this young girl might, in fact, have some supernatural powers. Because she knows about Sister Celine’s dead friend, from the convent.

And then later on, we see a model of judgement day, built by Jamie’s mother – one which has a White Horse as a central part of it. The White Horse, we already know, is Ariel’s hacker name. So perhaps there is something to this?

It’s a genuinely fascinating concept, and I love the fact that this show has chosen to play around in that sandbox. It elevates the show further – playing around with this imagery and symbolism allows the writing to go deeper and play around with certain ideas, that opens up a lot more potential. It’s really encouraging, and it’s got me really excited for the rest of the show.

And, you know, if you’re not into all that, it is still consistently hilarious. 8/10


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