Similar to Sampson’s ponytail before him, Phil Miller losing his beard on ‘Last Man on Earth’ was the beginning of the end of his like-ability. While Will Forte’s character was chalk full of douche-bagginess from the start, the bearded underwear-man passed out in a kiddie pool full of margarita (complete with a ring of salt) was at least a loveable douchebag. While Kristen Schall (Carol) and Forte had and will have amazing comedic chemistry, the series got way too crowded way too fast.
So when the season one finale concluded with (SPOILER ALERT) Phil and Carol riding off into the sunset of nothingness away from the cul-de-sac taken over by “other Phil” (Boris Kodjoe) and the rest of the cast, I and many other viewers were suddenly re-intrigued for season 2, after almost certainly planning on dropping the series upon its return.
While show creators have gone on record that season two will be checking in on Phil Miller #2 and the others in addition to following Phil and Carol, it remains to be seen if January Jones (Melissa), Mel Rodriguez (friggin Todd), Mary Steenburgen (Gail), Cleopatra Coleman (Erica) and Kodjoe can form any semblance of comedic drama without Forte or Schaal in the frontcourt leading the way.
Of course, Phil and Carol leaving Tuscon opens up the world of ‘Last Man’, which should make for an exciting opening to the next season as we eagerly await just where and when we’ll catch up with the ex-President and his ex-wife.
Jason Sudeikis made a startling appearance in the final scene of the finale, stepping in to play Phil’s brother, the astronaut. He’s apparently stuck in a space station, hovering above the Earth counting the days of no response from his home planet. Presumably, he’ll be entering into the show on a much larger scale next season, although how on Earth he’ll make it back to Earth with zero help from his NASA counterparts (long dead) the show runners probably have yet to figure out. Will he be crashing his space station to Earth at a million miles an hour and then miraculously walking out unharmed? That doesn’t sound very likely.
Hopefully he figures something out, because Will Forte, Sudeikis and Schaal? That’s a winning combination if I’ve ever fucking seen one!