Based on Charles Forsman’s comic series of the same name, The End of the Fucking World focuses on two 17-year-olds who embark on a murderous crime spree in a small, ambiguous town outside of London. The “Bonnie & Clyde” adaption almost immediately felt like a Skins episode, but with a Wes Anderson flair to it.
The teenage love affair begins with James, a self-proclaimed psychopath, and Alyssa, a lonely misfit. After the suicide of James’ mother, he becomes engrossed with death, even fantasizing about killing Alyssa upon first meeting her. James is a comically disturbing character with his minimal dialogue and lack of eye-contact or blinking.
Alyssa, though equally unlikeable, is a bit more of a complex character. Much of her communication with others consists of either sporadic outbursts or inappropriate commentary. Though she is a clearly vulnerable person, she hides it fairly well by acting unbothered and alienating those around her.
Though the series starts off feeling a bit too much like an edgy rehashing of familiar stories, it definitely picks up. The characters start to feel more authentic, and the themes of identity and adolescent confusion are compelling. Meanwhile, James and Alyssa appear to have a genuine connection that makes their story feel endearing in some twisted way.