Thursday, February 18, 2016

"You, Me and the Apocalypse": an 8-mile-wide comet would not be a laughing matter

Stories about an unavoidable apocalypse provide a lot of fodder for sci-fi, but the idea of total obliteration in the near future, after sudden notification, may not be as appealing as it sounds.  Especially for comedy, which is what NBC does with “You, Me and the Apocalypse” (aka “Apocalypse Slough”), first aired in Britain in 2015 and now aired in the US.  The end is to come from an 8-mile wide comet striking Earth in 34 days.

A number of disparate characters will migrate to hunkering down below a bank called the “Slough”, maybe for laziness, to watch the end of the world on TV in comfort.  Maybe they can get on a spaceship for another world. We all know this day will come eventually, as the Sun will become a red giant in a few billion years.

The episode tonight was “What Happens to Idiots” (with 26 days to go).  Spike (Fabian McCallum), a likable teen, hacks into some NSA computers and is waylaid.  Rhonda (Jenna Fischer) gets framed and has to take the blame, and then takes a lot of hostages in old west style. And a priest Father Jude (Rob Lowe) keeps a man from jumping at the Vatican, so it looks.

From my distant view, it’s dubious that this kind of comedy should work.

NBC’s link is here (“Rhonda Breaks Bad”).

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