I stumbled upon The End Of The F***ing World, a dark comedy in 2017 when it had just been released. The trailer said that it was based on a graphic novel and was a story of two sociopaths that intrigued me to watch it, and it certainly did not leave me even a bit disappointed.
Alyssa and James are high school students who appear to be normal but are completely different when they’re in their respective comfort zones. Alyssa feels out of place in her family and wants to escape and James has this urge to kill living beings in an effort to make himself ‘feel’. It seems impossible for them to form a bond, but the show effortlessly does that and portrays an awkwardly sweet relationship. The two of them find in each other what we all are unconsciously looking for—people who genuinely care.
The two best things about this show are the background music, which is uncannily perfect in every single scene, and the fact that even though the circumstances are something most of us don’t relate to, the emotions that they go through definitely are. The show has this unique way in which we hear or view the character’s thoughts when they’re not talking to anyone and just after they’ve spoken, which gives us a deep insight into how they actually feel at that moment. When they said things out loud, I felt them, and when they were unable to express it to anyone but themselves, I felt that as well.
While the first season left me awestruck and heartbroken, the second one was certainly more engaging and heartwarming. It changed the way I look at people and made me realize that everyone around me has a story which makes them who they are, be it the guy with the burnt hand, the girl who’s unnecessarily mean, or even the quiet librarian.
The show is extremely well made, connects all the threads that it introduces, in an unconventional and convincing way, makes us feel like we’re a part of their world, trying to solve the mysteries and finding solutions to their problems like they’re our own. It’ll make you smile, cry, maybe even throw up, but most importantly, it’ll make you ‘feel things’.