After the success of The End Of The F***ing World, it was only a matter of time before another show tried to grab a slice of that lucrative pie. In a way, Netflix’s I Am Not Okay With This tapped into this formula and pulled it off relatively well. Until it was cancelled several weeks ago of course.
Two Weeks To Live however, does not pulls this off well. Armed with a basic premise that’s as simple as it is forgettable, Two Weeks To Live is a series with a lot of potential that’s squandered through lacklustre comedy and a half-baked story.
That not for the want of trying though. The plot begins quite strongly but sadly fizzles out into indifference around the midway point. The crux of the drama revolves around a young girl called Kim who arrives in a diner with a wad of cash. It turns out she’s heading South in search of crossing things off her book. One of her to-dos happens to play a massive part in what happens to our characters.
Daughter to Doomsday Prepper Tina (who happens to be living in a tranquil cabin in Scotland), Kim sneaks out and drives down to the South Coast. When she arrives in a nearby pub, she makes friends with two brothers, Jay and Nicky. Together, they get talking about the apocalypse. Jay plays a prank and simulates a fake news report about the end of the world, sending Kim out to complete her mission sooner rather than later.
Unfortunately this prank goes horribly, horribly wrong and what ensues are 6 episodes of evading the authorities, mob goons and their own inter-personal drama along the way. Although pegged as a comedy, Two Weeks To Live leans much harder into its drama than the humour. This, unfortunately, makes for quite the dull and indifferent watch. There’s not enough variety with the humour to keep things engaging and the drama falls into the realm of dull melodrama we’ve seen a million times before.
Early on, Sean Pertwee absolutely steals the screen in his limited role but without him the rest of the script fails to come to life. On her own, Maisie Williams struggles to carry the comedy despite actually doing a pretty good job with the more poignant scenes. Whether this is a fault of the actors or the screenplay itself remains to be seen but there’s very little outside Sean Pertwee’s scenes that are laugh out loud funny.
This is made worse by the insistence of throwing in cliffhanger endings, a convoluted plot and all manner of issues that bubble up to a dramatic shoot-out in the finale. There are a few stand-out moments here but not enough to carry this to the finish line. It also makes this a tough sell for a second season.
Comedy is of course subjective but here the show just doesn’t have the chops to sustain a level of intense dark humour across its 6 episode run. It also doesn’t have the level of intrigue and character depth with its drama. Instead, the show relies so heavily on its cast to prop up the story that it buckles and breaks unceremoniously around the midway point.
It’s a shame too because Two Weeks To Live has an intriguing enough premise to get eyeballs on Sky’s new drama. Sadly, this is not a show to remember and I’d be surprised if people are still talking about this one in two weeks’ time.