As some of you might know, my husband is a graduate student in Philosophy. Basically, his routine consists of studying, reading books, doing logic exercises and thinking… a lot. So when we have our quality time together we usually watch TV. It’s kind of his escape from all the mental work he’s done during the day. Honestly, I don’t mind since I’m a huge TV addict.
One of the shows that we are now watching together is You, Me and the Apocalypse. It was originally aired in Europe on Sky 1 in September last year, but here in the U.S. it only aired in January this year on NBC. We saw the commercials for it on the NBC app on Amazon Fire TV, and since we are huge fans of apocalyptic shows and films, we decided to give this one a try, and we loved it.
The show starts in the last seconds before a comet hits Earth and destroy all humanity. Jamie (Mathew Baynton), an average bloke, is narrating the story from inside a bunker with a lot of unconventional people. He goes back to when the comet’s collision course was announced and starts telling how he got to that bunker. He works as a bank manager in Slough, England, and realizes that he wants to spend his last days trying to find his wife Layla (Karla Crome), who’s gone missing for the last 7 years. His best friend Dave (Joel Fry) decides to help him on his journey. He then finds out his wife was seen with a known terrorist, Ariel who curiously looks exactly like him.
Meanwhile, Rhonda ( Jenna Fischer) is in a high-security jail, covering up for her son’s hacking into the NSA. There she meets Leanne (Megan Mullally), a white supremacist who decides to take Rhonda under her wing. While Rhonda is trying to get out of jail, her twin brother Scotty (Kyle Soller) is involved in a plan to try to save the human race.
Far from all of them, Sister Celine (Gaia Scodellaro), a young Italian nun, decides to go to the Vatican to help Father Jude (Rob Lowe) in the Devil’s Advocate office, where they investigate potential miracles, and now with the apocalypse, the esconde coming of Christ. Father Jude is not what you would imagine for a priest. He is constantly smoking and is not very careful with his language. He accepts Sister Celine’s since she steps up to his rudeness and lack of care for the rules.
And while they are each in their own path in the last few days of their existence, you can’t help but think what do they all have in common? And why do some of them get in that bunker with Jamie? And then you are hooked and can’t stop watching.
One of the reasons why we decided to watch the show was because of Rob Lowe and Megan Mullally. In very different ways, they are both extremely funny. And I don’t know about you, but after watching Parks and Rec, Rob Lowe just puts a huge smile on my face. From the beginning the show had all the right ingredients: The great actors, the unconventional characters, the apocalyptic plot and the back and forth timeline. How not to like it? Not to mention that it’s not an obvious show. It’s not as full of action as one would imagine on a show with this plot and the jokes aren’t as obvious as one would want. Having said that, the show is British, so the standards are different.
I enjoy guessing what will happen and what people will say, it’s like I create my own spoilers (my husband has learned to accept it), and usually I get 2/3 right; but with You, Me and the Apocalypse is 1/3, which is great, you are always waiting for something unexpected to happen. We still haven’t seen the last episode, and I’m guessing that it won’t be disappointing, since we already know the comet will hit Earth and they’ll be stuck in a bunker in the London suburbs. Or will they?
If the world was about to end, how would you spend your last days? Can’t wait to read your answers in the comment section bellow.