No Tomorrow: Not the End of the World
If you’re looking for a pulse-pounding, action-packed emotional sucker punch that explores the depths and heights of the human experience through the lens of an apocalyptic asteroid, look no further than 1998’s wildly underrated sci-fi disaster epic Deep Impact.
What’s that? This is a review of The CW’s No Tomorrow? Oh, jeez. Okay, hold on. Ahem.
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Honestly, what did they do to her face?
The CW’s No Tomorrow stars Tori Anderson as Evie Covington, a beautiful yet shy and awkward young professional who aspires to greatness in her job managing a fulfillment team at a CyberMart (read: Amazon) warehouse. Evie is also working on finding joy in other parts of her life, and she doesn’t want to settle for less than butterflies. So, when a series of fateful meet-cutes drops the hunk of all hunks into her lap, she’s thrilled beyond belief. Except there’s a catch (isn’t there always?): Evie’s longtime on-again-off-again guy Timothy (Jesse Rath) is still holding a flame for her. Oh, and her new guy is a possible loon who is convinced the world is ending by way of an asteroid in exactly 8 months and 12 days.
Episode 1: Pilot
We first meet Evie in her element, which is to say, one of the myriad situations in her life where she’s trying desperately to excel while not being clumsy and socially paralyzed. This time, it’s work. Evie spends her days at CyberMart trying to gain the attention she needs to land her dream position and having quippy lunches with her friends Kareema (Sarayu Blue) and Hank (Jonathan Langdon), where she discusses her hopeless love life. Kareema begs Evie not to “be one of those women who’s defined by the quest to find the guy,” and, though No Tomorrow is certainly a formulaic romcom, it’s safe to say that Evie’s general state of yearning is more complicated than the mere search for romance. She cares deeply about leading a fulfilling life, and finding real love is only one part of that pursuit. She is close with her family and invested in their happiness, and has dreams of traveling the world in pursuit of adventure, but she also has a hard time screwing up the courage to do it — which is why Mr. Hunky Hunkerton (real name Xavier, played by Galavant’s Joshua Sasse) fills her with the fire of a thousand asteroids. He’s Evie’s polar opposite, playing by no rules but his own and riding the winds of life wherever they blow.
|They're both so beautiful, if you stare at them directly, you'll singe your retinas.|
Of course, the reason Xavier is so free to live his life without restrictions is because he believes he’s only got about 8 months left to live it. That’s right, Xavier, along with the rest of the world, is going to be obliterated by Asteroid 2000WX354, which he discovered while working as a copywriter for a science magazine. He knows he sounds crazy, but even Evie agrees that asteroid or no asteroid, we could all stand to take more risks in life and live like there’s — you know I’m going to do it — no tomorrow.
With the apocalypse drawing nigh, Xavier has compiled an “Apocalist,” which is my favorite new word, and which contains bucket list items because it is, in fact, a bucket list. Despite Xavier’s possible insanity and a surprise proposal from her sweet but safe sometimes boyfriend Timothy, Evie’s picking up what Xavier’s putting down. Add in a near-death experience in the form of a heart problem caught early (it’s a plot point that is introduced and wrapped up in the span of literally 44 seconds) and you’ve got a recipe for a brand new Evie, ready to take the world by the balls. She tells Timothy she definitely doesn’t want to marry him, and she and Xavier explode some aluminum foil in the microwave. What, like that’s not on your Apocalist?
Episode 2: No Crying in Baseball
Episode 1 might be flirty fun, but episode 2 is kind of infuriating. Most of the plot revolves around Evie’s discomfort with Xavier housing his newly escaped convict cousin (of course, it was on his Apocalist to make sure his cousin wouldn’t have to spend the last 8 months of human existence rotting in prison). Evie is nothing if not a straight arrow, and the situation makes her more than a little nervous, but Xavier is unswayed: “Some risks are worth taking, Evie. We all get to decide what’s important to us - end of the world or not.”
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Though there’s absolutely nothing in No Tomorrow that technically falls under the “horror” umbrella, you still may find yourself shouting at the screen and pulling your hair out at Evie’s decisions in this episode. As career-focused and responsible as she is, it doesn’t take her long to settle on throwing caution to the wind by hatching a scheme to ship the cousin out of the country USING ONE OF HER COMPANY’S TRUCKS IN THE COURSE OF COMMITTING HER CRIME. Watching this girl negotiate against herself by taking unnecessary risks for the sake of a guy is very stressful. But, I guess, yay for living in the moment? Ugh.
What’s worth living for:
No Tomorrow is beautiful to look at (hello, CW) and the actors are a lot of fun to watch. Not every plot line is engaging, but the two leads have some explosive chemistry that makes you want to fall in love. We can never have too many reminders of how short our time on this earth is, asteroid or not, and it’s fun to watch these characters release the weight they’re carrying and do the things they’ve always wanted to do.
What can take a flying leap into an asteroid:
With such a heavy premise at its core, this show is mostly bright and sunny. Hurts your eyes sunny. Executive Producer Corinne Brinkerhoff explains, “There certainly are plenty of apocalyptic doom shows. We wanted an apocalyptic joy. We all know on a gut level the clock is ticking.” Well, sure we do. We all walk around trying to forget that we’re going to die some day, which is a pretty damn dark state of affairs if you stop to think about it. But f you’re looking for horror (or even sci-fi) in this apocalypse show, you’ll probably be waiting around a long time. Maybe I’m wrong — maybe in the season finale, Evie’s boss Deirdre, aka “Demon Breath,” will turn into an actual demon and unleash mayhem and destruction as the world as we know it crumbles around her cloven hooves, but I wouldn’t bet on it. If you’re looking for horror with a CW stamp, you’d be much better off with the funny, gross, and sometimes heartbreaking iZombie.
Horror TV Honey Rating: 3 out of 5 Probably Nonexistent Asteroids
No Tomorrow premiered October 4th on The CW and airs Tuesdays at 9pm.
Are you down for this sunny apocalypse of joy? Or not?