After Life (Season 2) Review
by J. Dalgleish
**** 4 Stars
‘After seeing this season especially, I notice that Gervais may be trying to send a message to everyone watching that life is very short and that nothing should stop you from doing things that you love which is a raw but nevertheless true message.’
Director: Ricky Gervais
Cast: Ricky Gervais, David Bradley and Paul Kaye
After Life season 2, carries on the story from Season 1 which was how Tony (Ricky Gervais) is dealing with depression after his wife passed away from cancer. It’s a very bleak show all round and is a very emotional watch. I was extremely sceptical to see what they would do for a Season 2 – but it all makes sense and doesn’t disappoint!
They added plot points to the story which just seemed so natural, not forced whatsoever. Tony, as per usual, is a character that we share every emotion with, and we can also sympathise with him too. In the first season he has no regard for human life as he is horrible to everyone because he feels like he can as he doesn’t care what happens to him. After encounters with other people, they stop Tony from thinking these suicidal thoughts and a common theme in this season is that he has sympathy for people and he is a kind man, a full contrast to season 1 Tony.
Tissues are needed for this season unfortunately, although that Tony is a happier man, there are a few hard hitting moments within this show that can cause huge emotional reactions, especially for the faint hearted. After seeing this season especially, I notice that Gervais may be trying to send a message to everyone watching that life is very short and that nothing should stop you from doing things that you love which is a raw but nevertheless true message. The story-line is relatively easy to follow along with too which makes it more of a relaxing television show rather than a show that you has you on the edge of your seat.
Overall, this show was great to watch, every emotion was shed (unfortunately) but Gervais is fantastic, in both a directorial and acting sense!
After Life Season 2 is currently available on Netflix and was rated 15 by the BBFC.