Just mild spoilers for Y The Last Man
In case the title is confusing, we will get the final three episode of Y: The Last Man’s first season. Episode eight will air tonight and there are two more coming. However the show is not returning for season two on FX on Hulu. The announcement was made yesterday by the showrunner, Eliza Clark, that FX chose not to renew it. Y: The Last Man is set in a post apocalyptic world where all people with a Y chromosome, including most animals (it’s unclear if all animals are affected) are wiped out in a mysterious global event. There is one hapless guy with a Y chromosome left, an aspiring magician who is the son of woman who ends up becoming president (played by Diane Lane). It’s based on a comic series of the same name by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. I read the comics years ago and am one episode behind in the show. The series is dark and has disappointed me so far. I don’t care about most of the characters, and everyone is out to get the one character I do care about, Agent 355, played by Ashley Romans. Apparently many people feel the same way I do and the show didn’t really catch on. Here’s more on this cancelation, from THR:
Showrunner Eliza Clark and star Amber Tamblyn took to Twitter on Sunday to announce that the adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s beloved comics will not return for a second season on FX on Hulu. The news, which FX has yet to confirm but sources told THR happened Friday, comes after a more than decade-long development process that saw the IP bounce around between studios and filmmakers before landing at FX for development back in 2015.
Clark, who took over as showrunner from Michael Green and Aida Croal, noted in her lengthy and thoughtful statement that she hopes the series about gender and identity will find another outlet. “FX has been an amazing partner,” she wrote. “We are committed to finding Y its next home…”
During a September interview with TV’s Top 5 podcast, Vaughan conceded that his comic wasn’t the easiest to adapt for either a film or TV series. “It turns out to be challenging subject matter,” Vaughan said. He noted that film takes chopped his source material down to the point where it “lost everything” and it was bordering on “becoming cartoonish.” “It can only be on television,” Vaughan said. Clark, meanwhile, was a fan of the comics for more than a decade and was interested in exploring society’s conversation about how gender has changed in the past 20 years. “I didn’t want to change Y but wanted to take ideas that were so potent 20 years ago and move them into the world we’re living in now,” she told the THR podcast, adding that she envisioned Y as a five-season, 50-episode series.
That plan will now need some serious help.
Now that I’m hearing about the problems making the show, the fact that it’s uneven makes sense. I enjoyed the comics but found the ending (no spoilers) unsatisfying. I was hoping the TV series would answer some of the questions I had. It’s not terrible, it’s just not entertaining and didn’t pull me in. I would imagine it’s expensive to make too. I wouldn’t be surprised if a streaming network picks it up though. Manifest got picked up for another season by Netflix, it could happen for Y: The Last Man.
Here’s the showrunner’s announcement. It’s true that they handle gender issues well.
My statement on Y: THE LAST MAN and Season 2. pic.twitter.com/rFtb6pXu5i
— Eliza Clark (@TheElizaClark) October 17, 2021