I was looking forward to Y: The Last Man tv adaptation for some time. I’ve only read the first trade paperback of the comic series, but I was aware of the praise that it received during its initial run. I remembered seeing that it was being made but I wasn’t aware of the progress being made on it. It snuck up on me in two ways, both as it was being announced for release and then also the actual release. The first three episodes were released Monday, the 13th.
The showrunner is Eliza Clark. Y: The Last Man is based on the comic by the same name by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra. It stars Diane Lane, Ashley Romans, Ben Schnetzer, Olivia Thrilby, Eliot Fletcher, Marin Ireland, and Amber Tamblyn. I only know a few of the actors in this from other things. Diane Lane does a lot of the heavy lifting in these first three episodes. Amber Tamblyn has a sinister air to her, like she’s constantly scheming for a power grab.
The plot of Y: The Last Man focuses on Yorick and Ampersand, the only two biological males on the entire planet that are left. Every other was killed by a mysterious event. Through the first three episodes, Yorick and Amp go from New York to DC where Yorick’s mother has become president through the lines of succession. He is sent to find a geneticist in Boston with Agent 355. You also follow Yorick’s sister Hero and her best friend Sam, who is a trans man. Kimberly Cunningham, who is the daughter of the previous president, is set up as an antagonist.
As far as I can tell every time you see Ampersand, a capuchin monkey, he is a completely digital being. He’s really well done and it’s distracting. I only guess that because a monkey would be hard to get to do everything that he’s done so far. The effects done when the cisgendered men die are pretty gnarly.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the story has been changed with how gender has changed since the comic was originally published.
With these first three episodes, a solid groundwork has been laid for the rest of the series. With a new episode being released every Monday for the next few weeks I’ll try to get better at reviewing it weekly. I will give Y: The Last Man 8 Ampersands the monkey out of 10.