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.
This one was… bizarre.
I mean, obviously, it was excellent. Very entertaining; Rhonda and Scotty’s plot this week was particularly well done. The show has managed to create a really interesting group of characters, all with believable motivations and responses to the crises they face. Something I really liked about this episode, actually, was the confrontation between Paterson Joseph’s General Gaines and Kyle Soller’s Scotty; it’s made very clear that they both love each other, and love each other strongly, but to Gaines, the end of the world is much more important than that love. It was a really well realised character moment, in point of fact, and it’s definitely worth commenting on.
But there remains an elephant in the room, because that was just one of the plot threads of this episode. In the other, of course, the paths of Father Jude & Sister Celine, Jamie & Dave, and Ariel & Sutton all crossed over, and there was… a rather seismic revelation.
There’s no way to talk about this without spoiling it, to be completely honest with you. If you haven’t seen it, jump out now – heavy, heavy spoilers abound.
Everyone is related.
Yeah. That’s an Empire Strikes Back level twist – and that’s how they did it. Father Jude is Jamie’s literal Father Jude. Diana Rigg’s Mysterious Old Woman is Jude’s mother. Scotty is Ariel and Jamie’s uncle, making Rhonda their aunt; Jude is Rhonda and Scotty’s brother, and Diana Rigg their mother.
(Incidentally – Pauline Quirke’s speech about the nature of parenthood to Jamie works really well, feeding into larger themes of family throughout the episode. The adoptive family is shown to be much stronger than the genetic one, which is nice. ‘Twas a wonderfully realised scene.)
It’s a really weird twist, and I’m not sure what to think of it.
On the one hand, there’s obviously more explanation coming, and I trust the writers to have come up with something interesting and compelling to go along with it – and yet, on the other hand, I really liked the charm of them being a group of eclectic, unconnected individuals, drawn together by a random series of events. I wonder if perhaps by adding in this connection, they’ve lost some of that charm?
It’s too early to judge, really. For now, it’s just… bizarre. Entirely crazy.
But crazy in a wonderfully entertaining way, and I admire their panache.