Not only was You, Me and the Apocalypse Season 1 Episode 7 the most emotional of the series yet, it also provided us with the answers we've been awaiting.
Layla's revelation about her disappearance and Ariel's history was simply devastating. It's been pretty clear that Ariel is the villain of the show, but this was just a whole other level of cruel.
Screwing up Jamie's entire life for his own amusement is seriously sadistic, but what was most sickening was Layla's part in the torture.
The one good thing that came out of this revelation is that now, Jamie can finally move on from those seven years of purgatory. He is already showing signs of strength and perseverance, wanting to only focus on his daughter and not his relationship with Layla.
Layla: You were the best thing that ever happened to me.
Jamie: Funny, 'cause you were the worst.
Perhaps all of his self-pity about his life's misfortunes were actually warranted, now that we know that his bad luck wasn't bad luck at all. Let's just hope Jamie doesn't wallow about this revelation, and gets righteously angry. Jamie better give Ariel what's coming to him when the time comes.
I really enjoyed the subplot involving Jude and Celine. It was a little goofy, and it was pretty obvious that "Paradise Island" was really a sex orgy from the very beginning, but a few lighthearted moments here and there are good for the show.
But what I really found interesting was the huge progression of Jude and Celine's relationship. The signs of their eventual romance were hinted at for a while now, but neither one took definitive action, until now.
The whole affair brings up some really intriguing ideas about religion. Celine saw a billboard with four horses and interpreted it as a sign. Of course, there's every possibility that it was a coincidence, but Celine chose to see a sign where she wanted to, when it would suit her own desires.
Yes, maybe. Or maybe it's God. Which do you want it to be, Jude?Layla
She urges Jude to do the same, implying that making a choice was a simple matter of wanting it or not. Perhaps that's how a lot of people use religion, as a blessing for doing the things they want, and they look for signs in order to get confirmation.
It's also interesting to think about how people are acting in the light of the impending apocalypse. They can either throw away their life's structures and act on base desires (like Paradise Island), or they can live out their life normally, like the cops who still feel the need to arrest criminals.
Celine and Jude decide to break their vows, the vows they made to God and have committed to for their whole lives, in order to give into their feelings. It seems like they're only doing this because it's the end of the world.
But if you think about it, everyone is going to die at some point, so aren't we all living during the end times in some way or another? If it's okay to do everything you want because your life is going to end soon, that should be true regardless of the fact the apocalypse is coming or not.
Death is the apocalypse, but perhaps we all walk around in a delusion that we're going to live forever. So when death becomes national news, it awakens everyone to their mortality. And yet, some people still choose to live in a delusion.
The cops who insist on arresting Rhonda, for example, still carry out their duties like it really matters. It's heartbreaking that even when the world is about to end, the cop still can't find it in herself to let Rhonda live our her remaining days with the ones she loves.
It would be very interesting and amusing if, at the end, the apocalypse was diverted, and everyone must face the consequences of their actions.
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