We are seven episodes in the first season of Y: The last man, and so far, it’s been fascinating to see which storylines from the comics have been selected for adaptation given the scale of the overall story changes in this reimagining. Last week’s episode, titled âWeird Al Is Dead,â found a way to recreate the vigil for extinct men that, in the comics, took place outside the Washington Monument forâ¦ well, phallic reasons, mainly. Although Yorick and 355 have already left Washington, the show has gone to great lengths to create its own version of the vigil as a pit stop on their trip, with a beautiful choral rendition of Radiohead’s âKarma Policeâ. It was a time for the characters – and the show – to slow down and deal with what had been culturally lost, given the frantic attention to rebuilding we’ve witnessed so far. Unfortunately, this slowdown allowed the military agents who were stalking 355 to catch up with them and see Yorick in all of his undead boyfriend. But wait! I will come back!
This week’s episode, titled âMy Mother Saw a Monkey,â features another even bigger comedic setting, the Marrisville Arc, and I’m especially interested to see the show tackle it. On the one hand, Marrisville offers a stark contrast to the desperation and destruction into which the world, from what we have seen so far, has fallen into. They have electricity! They have food! They are safe and satisfied! It’s the closest-to-normal thing Yorick has witnessed, but here – just like in the comics – there’s a secret to their success. This town is made up exclusively of people escaped from the neighboring women’s penitentiary. Yeah, in Y: The last manA vision of the post-apocalypse, utopia was founded by criminals.
It’s too early to say whether the series will continue its streak of social commentary by tackling prison reform, but it may not be necessary. Maybe it is enough just to show a group of convicts to re-enter society before the end of the sentence decided by the court, and to improve it. It helps that TV Yorick turns out to be less of a âmoralizing kidâ than his comedic counterpart, as this episode demonstrated. He’s curious rather than critical when he learns where his new benefactors are coming from, instantly recognizing how good they have it – and how lucky he is that they are willing to share it. Of course, the other reason I’m interested in seeing the show take on Marrisville is because the comedic arc comes to a violent conclusion … and right now the show has changed the nature of so many moving parts. of this tale that I can ‘I don’t see THIS particular ending unfolding anymore. So, unless we have a shiny new happy ending for this chapter of Yorick’s journey, that means something. different and evil is looming on the horizon.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. 355 stole an RV for Yorick and their new mate, geneticist Dr. Allison Mann (Diana Bang), to travel across the country – then fell asleep at the wheel and smashed it into a tree, because 355 is still on her “I don’t need any help. One of the interesting things about the show that takes so much agency away from Yorick and gives it to the women in its orbit is that instead of Yorick make the mistakes that get them in trouble, competent people like 355 have started acting like fools to push the plot along. Either way, the people of Marrisville come to their rescue, only they misinterpret the fact that Yorick was strapped to the back of the motorhome as a kidnapping rather than what it was – a demonstration of his escape artist prowess, natch – and lock Allison and 355 in the empty prison while Yorick wakes up in a nice cozy bed. Naked. So, you know, his dev secrets oiled! Besides this exciting start, not much is happening in Marrisville this week: Yorick convinces the locals that 355 and Allison are his friends, not his captors, and the town votes to let the group stay and get help since 355 has a nasty concussion. That’s a narrow margin, however, as they quickly realize that someone will eventually come looking for Yorick – and attention is something these former inmates would like to avoid. There is a quick hint of sexual tension between Allison and 355 before the agent shuts him down, so it may become a thing, and Yorick begins to sympathize with one of the locals as well.
The rest of the episode takes place in Washington, where Jennifer is stuck in the face of the fallout from this sighting of Yorick. Kimberly quickly teamed up with Regina Oliver, the returning new nut and who should technically be president, to try and find a weakness – a hint of scandal – around Jennifer to exploit. The most likely angle seems to be the ongoing investigation around the “Secret Service Agent” who stole these two helicopters and apparently killed two pilots, as it’s painfully obvious that Jennifer is hiding something. The problem is, they think too small. They assume Jennifer secretly hijacked government resources to search for Hero, but when agents return from their dusting with 355 and report seeing a man with a monkey, it doesn’t fit the story. Instead, it’s Marla, Kimberly’s mother and the former first lady, who puts the pieces together and realizes that she was not crazy when she saw Yorick in the Pentagon all these weeks ago. The good news is, Kimberly now knows exactly what secret Jennifer is hiding – her son’s survival, not the search for her daughter – but she’s also shrewd enough to know it’s more important than just knocking Jennifer down. the Presidency. She wants to find Yorick, in order to bring THE MEN back – as if that wasn’t exactly what Jennifer had sent her across the country to do in the first place.
The bad news is that all of the grief and grief eventually reaches critical mass for Marla, and not even the realization that a man made actually surviving can bring her back from the brink. She comes down from the roof and commits suicide – and Kimberly, who has just felt hope for the first time in months, loses the last member of her family.
Then there’s Beth, Yorick’s missing girlfriend, who suddenly shows up outside the Pentagon to the crowd of protesters and grabs Jennifer’s attention. She claims she just wanted to talk to someone who loved Yorick, because she feels guilty for turning down his proposal right before the extinction event. Jennifer is clearly delighted to see Beth, but she still doesn’t reveal that Yorick is alive. While her secret gets her into trouble with Kimberly and Regina, here it’s a godsend because, frankly, Beth is acting on AF. She said she couldn’t bear to see Yorick dead, and that’s why she never returned to the apartment they shared – but we KNOW he was marking her neighborhood. with messages for her for weeks before she left New York. She’s very curious about everything going on inside the Pentagon but doesn’t want to stay – even though we KNOW how miserable it is outside. No, something’s wrong here, and when Beth finally gets into a dark SUV to signal mysterious cohorts that things are rocky at best inside the New Capital, that suspicion ends up paying off. I don’t know who she works for or who she works with, but they’re not up to anything good – and now I’m curious if she was working with them before the collapse too.
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