You, Me and the Apocalypse: Episode 6 Bruce Willis and Diana Rigg (Review)

Episode six of You, Me and the Apocalypse; Home Sweet Home, finally brings that long awaited Bruce Willis reference (Armageddon anyone?) and finally Dame Diana Rigg appears; not hidden behind an oxygen mask either.

 You, Me and the Apocalypse - Season 1

Episode six of You, Me and the Apocalypse; Home Sweet Home, finally brings that long awaited Bruce Willis reference (Armageddon anyone?) and finally Dame Diana Rigg appears; not hidden behind an oxygen mask either. In the intro, one question is answered, the voice over and the twin in the show’s opening could have been Ariel or Jamie, this episode makes it clear that it is Jamie.

The plot thickens as does the amount of familial connections in this “end of the world” scenario.  In fact, all the players appear to be related to such an extent that it feels like a “knee bone connected to the shinbone” type scenario.  Ignoring the main storyline, for just a moment, lets us look at who is related to who.

Father Jude is Jamie and Ariel’s father, literally, and Sutton (the crazy lady that Jamie refers to in the intro) is Grandma to the twins.  The family ties do not stop there, Scotty McNeil is Ariel’s Uncle. (This is revealed in Sutton’s private Slough bunker, just prior to Sutton starting to have Ariel put down, aka kill him, due to his having impure blood.)

This means that Father Jude, Rhonda, Scotty, Ariel, Jamie and Frankie (Jamie’s daughter) are all related, and…It seems that there may be another “love-child” of Jude’s running around. Ariel, in an attempt to keep from getting that deadly injection, reveals that there may well be one more addition to the family, apart from the “pure-bloodbank” great-grandchild.

This oh so English comedy is twisting and turning in all the right places. Apart from all the  players being  related as a major plot point the series also has the youngest “Sutton” being the “messiah” (maybe). This young girl; Frankie, is  the one that Great Grandma wants as her personal blood bank.

You, Me and the Apocalypse - Season 1
Dame Diana Rigg as Sutton, aka Crazy lady, aka Grandma

Now before going any further some translation may be in order for those who live this side of the big pond:

Muppet: Stupid or incapable person.

Prat: Prick.

Finger: Cadbury finger biscuit (cookie).

Fish fingers: Fish sticks.

These words are used by Jamie’s adoptive mum, played brilliantly by Pauline Quirk, and while these terms and items  are well known in the UK, they may confuse the American audience.

Now the Storyline:

This week in You, Me and the Apocalypse: Mary meets Paula and is then crushed to death by a load of bricks. Jude and Celine head to Slough, in time for Mary’s funeral, and Jamie learns that the Father is his father. Ariel meets the madly eccentric, and apparent very rich, Sutton who needs him for his blood.

Rhonda heads home only to be turned into the police by her neighbors and she runs to the high school library.  Spike chews out his uncle Scotty for not helping and the boy then meets his mother at the library.  The Arkansas FBI agent arrives with the local police and Scotty saves the day.

Jude, Celine, Jamie and Paula,  as well as Dave, all have some tea and biscuits while Jude reveals the backstory of Jamie and Ariel’s mother. The bank manager does not react well and storms out of the “getting to know you” party. He heads to the experimental drug trial offices to volunteer.

Scotty takes Rhonda and Spike to a lake house and the general stops by and informs his boyfriend that he has to separate himself from the situation. As Scotty’s fella goes to leave, McNeil cries out, “But I love you.” General Gaines replies, “And I love you, but this is bigger than all that.”

At the drug trial office, Jamie is saved from taking the drug when Paula, Dave, Jude and Celine arrive. As Paula and Dave take on the security guards, Jude and Celine tell Jamie he has a daughter.

While Jamie stands stunned, it takes Paula shouting at him to get him moving. He decides to go find his daughter.

Standout Moments:

The graveyard scene; the casket in a  pot, Jude and Celine as they walk toward the grave and Paula’s reaction to the Father.

You, Me and the Apocalypse - Season 1
Mary, second before being squashed flat..

Mary getting hit by the bricks that Jamie walked under earlier.

Paula telling off Jamie at the end.

Ariel selling out his niece so Sutton won’t kill him.

Diana Rigg full stop.

The Bruce Willis reference at the beginning.

Final Verdict:

While not as hysterically funny as the previous episodes, the segment was more expositional than anything else, Home Sweet Home still amused and entertained. It also left the mystery of who Jude’s other child is as a carrot for the viewer. The implication seemed to be that it was Layla (Hawkwind) but that would be incorrect since it is only an assumption that Frankie is her daughter.

Whoa.

That seems to be a bit of a plot-hole, but as interconnected as all these various plot threads are, this seems unlikely.

You, Me and the Apocalypse airs Thursdays on NBC.  Tune in and bliss out at this brilliant British comedy, adjusted just a little for the American audience. If there are any terms that confuse, do drop a query in the comments…

Lucifer: Favorite Son – Wings (Review)

Watching the FOX series Lucifer, where God’s favorite son leaves his hellish post to mingle with humans and stores his wings in a cargo container in a storage warehouse on the docks, it is hard to believe that Satan is so enamored of becoming mortal

 Lucifer105_BTS-D2_059_hires1

Watching the FOX series Lucifer, where God’s “favorite son” leaves his hellish post to mingle with humans and stores his wings in a cargo container in a storage warehouse on the docks, it is hard to believe that Satan is so enamored of becoming mortal. Since he left Hell, the world topside has not been too overly pleasant.

Sure Lucifer gets to do as he wants and can still punish the guilty but he has had his identity stolen, been shot and injured by the object of his fascination Chloe Decker and now his wings have been stolen. While the prior events were unrelated this latest insult has clearly been orchestrated by one of two “entities.”

Either Mazikeen or Amenadiel (or the two together) must be behind the theft of what Lucifer tried so hard to keep safe. Certainly the angel, Amenadiel, is working a subtle attack on Morningstar by getting under the skin of Linda his shrink and willing sex partner. The sneaky Amenadiel provides the doc with enough religious training to really work on Lucifer.

As has been pointed out before, the Amenadiel of the series is much less violent and bloodthirsty than the one Neil Gaiman and co created for the comics.   Thus far the only time the angel has attacked anything was when he went “fist city” with Mazikeen, aka, the devil’s ninja.

Maze is suspect number two as Lucifer’s protector is desperate to get him back in Hell where he belongs. Although this theft is, like the depiction of Amenadiel in this version of the verse, too subtle by half.

Favorite Son opens with Tom Ellis’ Lucifer pounding the ivories and singing the Nina Simon song Sinner Man  while someone murders a security guard and steals Morningstar’s shipping container.   He later joins Decker (Lauren German) in her murder investigation only to leave when it proves to be boring.

“Just call me when you’ve got a murder with a pulse. Or at least someone good-looking.”

Decker is not amused and when Morningstar comes back, after learning about the theft of his property, she is even less amused.  Part of the storyline this week involves Decker and “Detective Douche” getting a bit friendlier. It also had Decker’s ex meeting Mazikeen and coming out second best.

Maze knocks him out, takes his clothes and puts him in a bed at Chloe’s house.  The end result is Trixie blackmailing her father for chocolate cake (for a year) to get him some clothes and not to tell her mom.

Lucifer insists upon calling Decker “partner” and he does take a proactive role in the investigation of his cargo container being stolen.  Chloe is not impressed and Morningstar has to apologize in order to question the Diablos.

At the biker hangout, they meet two of the gang, amongst others. Renny and the club’s leader Hank Cutter (Tom Sizemore) who, under the influence of Lucifer, admits that his true desire is to move into fashion. He also reveals that at 54 all the bike riding is enlarging his prostate. 

Later Cutter runs to confront Renny who killed the guard and took the container. Renny (Teach Grant) shoots Cutter and when Decker runs to the help the man, Lucifer chases the shooter down. There is a confrontation on a rooftop and after Renny explains that someone hired him to take Morningstar’s property, the killer jumps to his death. 

After the two “partners” recover the stolen container, Lucifer has a session with Linda.  She uses her new knowledge, provided by Amenadiel, and apart from annoying her  “client”  calls Morningstar “Samael the Lightbringer.” As Lucifer’s rage increases he punches through a cinderblock wall stunning the psychiatrist into shocked silence.

Favorite Son provides fresh insight into Chloe Decker’s acceptance of Lucifer as her “partner” when she admits to liking it when Morningstar helps on the cases, despite his “irritation” factor. Detective Douche, aka, Dan (Kevin Alejandro) appears to be pretty intent upon getting back with the mother of his child. 

The episode ended with a shirtless Lucifer standing on a rooftop drinking and raging about the theft of his wings.  The series airs Mondays on FOX, tune in and prepare to have a devil of a time watching this comic adaptation.