Why The End of the F***ing World is More Than a Psychotic Love Story

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

     This show is weird, there is no debate on it. It is decidedly next-level strange.
     If you watched this show but were really put off by the first episode, as I had been, I really suggest giving it another go. After the first episode I had honestly been a little creeped out, not in a scared sense but in an 'omg my friends are going to kill me' sense, and didn't want to watch it alone.
     I felt that way because in this series we follow two very unique teenagers, to put it lightly. First there's James, a literal psychopath who is void of emotion and kills small animals, but he wants bigger game. He wants to kill a person.
     Then along comes Alyssa. She's an edgy girl with a troubled home who is more than blunt about what she wants and what's happening around her. In the lunchroom she sparks up a conversation with James and the two become friends in a very empty definition of the words friends.
     But then they run away and their actions get out of hand -- one of them ends up killing someone and now they're Bonnie and Clyde on the run.

     Now I'm here to say that the show runs much deeper than its first entertaining appeal of two pathologic teens on the loose.
     Both of our protagonists come from broken homes and each deal with their own heavy emotional trauma. James saw his mother kill herself at a young age and Alyssa's dad left when she was young and now has a stepfather who shows an unfatherly attraction to her. It shows how deeply rooted events at a young age can impact people as they grow older.
     It also delves into mental health without ever truly discussing it, and mostly from a standpoint of traumatic childhoods causing mental health issues. It's more of a thought-provoking concept rather than a sit-down talk between the characters. As you watch James, specifically, develop as a character you learn a lot about how fragile emotions and mental stability can be.
     There is one specific part of the show that leads James and Alyssa into trouble they can't return from, and that is where a man ends up dead. However, the circumstance of the death justifies it enough. I don't want to give spoilers, though this is a devastating part of the show. It deals strongly with victim blaming and protecting abusers and rapists, and if there is any reason for you to watch the show, it would be to witness the harm of and harsh reality of not believing the victim despite the extremities of the show's plot.

     One of my favorite things of the series was Alyssa's impulsiveness. I'm not a very upfront and decisive person so my personality is in stark contrast to her's and it was really refreshing. If you had ever thought of running away and just living recklessly, I think this show can give you that fix without you ever really stealing a car and living off stolen money.
     Early in the series there is a very blunt and more provocative question she asks of James which I found hilarious in the most bland-British-humor way. If you've seen the series you know what question I'm referring to.

     While the show is edgy and suspenseful, and grotesque, it does have it's more sincere and comical moments. Sure these children are murderers and robbers, but they took the stride to have that 'runaway' story everyone has dreamt of at some time in their life and it's easy to sympathize with. Plus the videography and design of the show is strikingly fast and unique, reflecting the darkness of the story and the carelessness of the characters.

     There are some shots that are hard to watch, such as the killing of animals and a sexual assault scene, so if you are sensitive to those types of scenes I wouldn't recommend this show to you as it can be quite graphic, but if you are able to watch it I highly suggest you do.
     It's definitely a show that can spark several conversations that should be had.
     Let me know your thoughts on The End of the F***ing World below if you have watched it, or why you haven't watched it.

     Thanks for reading,

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