Killing Eve season 3 started of with a bang and a mystery but hasn’t been able to match those heights (similar to the ones Kenny stood from) or those of the previous seasons.
Season 1 was all about establishing these characters and season 2 was full of Villanelle and Eve’s unusual infatuation that began to blossom.
Season 3 doesn’t quite know where it is. We know who the characters are and no one new is really worth talking about. Eve and Villanelle know their own status quo but have cold feet to explore it further. The murder mystery just has not been that much of a focal point.
Carolyn seems to be the driving force this season what with everything seemingly being linked to her. Fiona Shaw does a brilliant job playing her.
Todays episode really pushed everything forward after last weeks charming reuniting with Villanelle’s family. We got some bits of information that really came from the left field, delivered in a very British drive down the country roads. Eve seems to be making steps and has grown a pair of cahones in Barcelona. Also never taking her on a first date to bowling.
Villanelle seems to be realising what she has probably wanted all along. Out. Thing is, what is out for her, she has no one? Maybe she has Konstantin but he’s more concerned with his actual daughter.
All in all I think we’re finally getting there with this season. Its taken a while but these last couple of episodes have felt closer to the show I know and love.
The Ricky Gervais Netflix original has just aired its second season, so what’s the deal with this emotional telling of grief?
You could be forgiven for hearing that the British comedian and part time actor, known for his sarcastic commentary on this world, has written and directed a new series and you’d rather miss it, thank you very much.
But here’s why maybe, just maybe you should take a (small 12 x 30 minute episodes in total) amount of time to give it a chance.
After Life is a simple concept, how do we cope with grief? It centres around an early 50’s character named Tony that recently lost his wife to Breast Cancer. In a P.S I Love You style she left him a video telling him not to be the, how do I say this, grumpy old man (she uses a not so nice ‘C’ word i’d rather not include), that he inevitably will become.
“It will make you laugh and cry in equal measure”
If you’ve lost anyone or know anyone who’s been through cancer, grab some tissues.
Does he listen? Does he fuck. She asks him to do one thing. Since Lisa departed Tony has taken the opportunity to say whatever he would like because being nice doesn’t get you anywhere. Throughout Tony talks about the want to kill himself and would have, if it weren’t for his dog. He refers to this like a superpower because if he ever went to far, he’d commit suicide and that would be that.
Once we get past the establishment that Tony is played by Ricky Gervais the show begins to let us into his life. We see his job, the regular people he meets and what he’s been not getting up to. The cast are charming and full of people you mostly recognise for one reason or another.
Its an honest as possible take that suits Ricky down to a tee. His comedy works because he explains why ‘its like a superpower‘. You excuse his behaviour, when once you may have found it not so funny or original.
The humour is consistent but not overbearing and its balanced by the emotions Ricky displays when he explains why everything is so painful. The lowest parts come when he is watching his old videos of Lisa, dealing with drugs or alcohol and seeing his Father in a care home. You’re sad for someone that used to be so happy.
“A charming slice of village life”
Tony impacts all the characters he meets and takes several steps of development in grief in season 1.In season 2 he realises its too far and dials back to his comfort zone but is less of a dick to everyone around him.
I wouldn’t expect too much of the other characters or development. They’re likable and we get to know them slightly but not attached. This can be frustrating as throughout season 2 Tony does get ever so slightly tiresome (we get it you’re Ricky Gervais and Tony is sad).
Just as you start to feel this way you’re reminded of why Tony is like this or the show shares another video and charms you in a sad kind of way.
Overall After Life does a very good job of letting you into one mans journey through grief and trying to move on. its a charming slice of a little village life and what loss can do to you and those around you.
It will make you cry and laugh in equal measure.
Definitely going to TV heaven out of 10.
p.s If you’re struggling with anything please, please reach out. We should alltake care of ourselves and each other at all stages of our life. Some people do some great work for example Samaritans or Mind.