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Brace yourselves, The end of the F***ing World is back for another season of brutal emotional truths, sporadic fits of shocking violence, & absolutely killer needle drops, & against the odds, they’ve almost gone và lived up khổng lồ the electric first season. Almost.
The kết thúc of the F***ing World’s first season did just fine when it debuted on Channel 4, but like so many imports, the UK series absolutely caught fire worldwide when it landed on Netflix. A breakout hit with the kind of buzz no kinh doanh machine can buy, The over of the F***ing World’s first season took us on a deeply dark and perversely funny road trip with two lawless teens; Alyssa (Jessica Barden), a rebellious young woman with so much pent-up rage she practically spits venom with her words & shoots lasers with her eyes, & James (Alex Lawther), a boy who thinks he’s a psychopath và decides khổng lồ join Alyssa on the road with the intention of killing her. Instead, the two fell sloppily, dangerously in love on a Bonnie và Clyde road trip to meet Alyssa’s father & start a new life together.
But nothing went lớn plan. They made a damned mess. James discovered he definitely isn’t a psychopath when he killed a man who tried to rape Alyssa và it shook him lớn his core. And Alyssa’s dad… well, he sucked, calling the cops on his own kid for a cash reward. James realized what was up và took the blame, và in the season’s final moments, James ran across the beach to draw the cops away, finally understanding “what people mean khổng lồ each other” và a shot rang out. Cut lớn black. Heartbreaking, but perfect, cementing the two characters in a precise & beautiful arc that said all it needed khổng lồ say.
Which is why there was, predictably, so much hand-wringing about whether or not there should ever be a second installment. After all, Season 1 was based on a pre-existing graphic novel by Charles Foreman, and the ending was part of the genius. But here we are, with eight new half-hour episodes upon us, & in a delightful surprise, the second season never undermines the impact of the first. Instead, it says “F*** you” to romanticized tragedy & makes the surprising decision to grow up, face consequences, và still make room for that spark of searing heart and humor that made Season 1 so special.
Netflix has asked the press not to reveal whether or not James lives, which makes it pretty hard lớn discuss the season at all, but suffice it to say, if Season 1 was built on the frenzy of first love và two teenagers learning that self-isolation has fruitless rewards, Season 2 takes us through the thrumming hollow of heartbreak, the cold calm of depression, and once again, how it’s the spark of hard-won human connection that can pull us through.
Oh, and Season 2 has a killer on the loose. No, not James, who turned out lớn be a pretty shitty killer after all. Meet Bonnie (Naomi Ackie), a young woman with a traumatic upbringing who has a murderous vendetta on her mind. Like James did in the first season, she fancies herself a bit of a cold-blooded outsider, but she already found her person. The bad news is, it was the philosophy professor that James & Alyssa killed (in self-defense) in the first season and Bonnie’s hell-bent on old-fashioned eye for an eye vengeance.
Ackie is outstanding in the role, bringing all the pathos, downright weirdness, và surprising tenderness to the table that make Barton & Lawther such an irresistible duo. She makes a fine pairing with Barton, in particular, bouncing steely gazes and unyielding willfulness off of each other in every scene. Worldwide audiences are about khổng lồ become familiar with Ackie in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and if her performance here is any indication, we should definitely start getting excited about meeting her mystery character.
The first season of The over of the F***ing World felt like a dazzling magic trick, zipping by in eight trim 20-minute episodes that thrust you face-first into the world’s carnal cruelty while lighting hearts aflame with a passionate story of emotional rebirth và first love. Season 2 feels like picking up the pieces after the magic trick phối the whole damn theater on fire, taking a look at the damage in the clear light of day, and deciding “I’d never vì that again. But it was worth it.” If that doesn’t sound as magical or electrifying as the first season, well, it’s not. But it’s still an impressive, emotional piece of storytelling that keeps hold of what made us fall in love with these characters in the first place without forcing them khổng lồ regress.
Most impressive is the way The over of the F***ing World Season 2 rebukes the very intoxicating tragedy that made the first season end with such a wallop. It’s a story that wants khổng lồ slap the poison out of Juliette’s hand & tell her to lớn get her shit together. Once again, it’s a story about the light that slips through the cracks in broken hearts; this time, the light may not be quite as dazzling, but it’s absolutely still worth capturing.