A new apocalypse looms over our avid moviegoer eyes on the Disney Plus platform, but it fails to satiate us as it should. Y: The last man (Eliza Clark, from 2021) is based on the comics of the same name by screenwriter Brian K. Vaughan and cartoonist Pia Guerra (2002-2008), executive producers here.
Like the American showrunner herself, who got into this movie to play Courtney Tyler in the chapter “Panic” (10×13) of Law and Order (Dick Wolf, 1990-2010), the girl from the ashes in Swing Rebels (Thomas Carter, 1993) or the Daisy from the episode “Journey to the Himalayas” (1×12) of On Duty (Edward Allen Bernero and John Wells, 1999-2005).
But he has ended up writing scripts. For example, those of two chapters of Rubicon (Jason Horwitch, 2010), four of The Killing (Veena Sud, 2011-2014), another pair of Extant (Mickey Fisher, 2014-2015) and eleven of Animal Kingdom (Jonathan Lisco, since 2016).
Other apocalypse in memory
At this point in the post-apocalyptic stories, with the veteran franchise of The Walking Dead (Frank Darabont and Angela Kang, since 2010) so present, we appreciate that Y: The Last Man goes to the point to present the situation of the world; and with precise mounting of those clean and bleak images. And, from the outset, we cannot help but remember I Am Legend (Francis Lawrence, 2007), the third adaptation of the homonymous novel by Richard Matheson (1954), due to the protagonist’s attitude in more ways than one.
Neither of Apocalypse, the work of Stephen King (1990) made a miniseries twice as The Stand (Mick Garris, Josh Boone and Benjamin Cavell, 1994, 2020-2021), by the kaleidoscopic way with which they take advantage of the long flashback on what happened in the recent past to present the different characters of relevance in the plot.
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Perhaps he cares too much at first about his personal moves and not what he should to intrigue the public about the cause of the collapse of civilization in Y: The Last Man, who appears with shallow brushstrokes until the final outbreak occurs. But we cannot complain that the scriptwriters focus on the construction of their inner personalities and dramas; that also offer us certain unforeseen twists and a few successful schedules.
‘Y: The Last Man’ doesn’t get us excited
On the other hand, the score by the Icelandic composer Herdís Stefánsdóttir (We’re Here), whose film career is practically beginning, is abstract, minimalist and choral, and is quite absent except for certain critical sequences. So Eliza Clark has chosen flee from the pounding musicalization or, at the very least, the almost ubiquitous.
The cast from Y: The last man behaves properly, but never dazzles. From Diane Lane (House of Cards), Ben Schnetzer (Pride) and Olivia Thirlby (United 93) as Jennifer, Yorick and Hero Brown, through Marin Ireland (Girls), Amber Tamblyn (House) or Elliot Fletcher (Shameless) in the skin from Nora Brady, Kimberly Campbell Cunningham and Sam Jordan to Jennifer Wigmore (Anne with an E), Missi Pyle (Big Fish) or Paris Jefferson (The Counselor) as Regina Oliver, Roxanne and Marla.
It raises a few questions for us around the mysterious collapse of Y: The Last Man, which includes its scale and pinpoint accuracy; and, especially, with regard to where the hell the story is heading. But both issues are related to another fundamental: this series of FX and Disney Plus need what Eliza Clark and her team, before a panorama of spectators resentful by the profusion of global hecatombs on screen, justify the same existence of her; beyond its premise, of course.
Because, for now, in the episodes that have allowed us to see, does not achieve much emotional power, neither a remarkable dramatic intensity nor that we bite our nails by the enigma on which everything is based, and its apocalyptic dynamics we have seen before and more elaborate and credible. Thus the things, one can only wish that it is put the batteries and improves.