Just six 20-30 minute episodes AfterLife is without a doubt a massive win for Netflix on account of a Ricky Gervais masterstroke. Written and produced by Gervais the first season of AfterLife adds to the list of quality Netflix feature series and to some could easily be one of the best to come out of the streaming giant.
Following the story of ‘Tony’, a widower whom has been affected so immensely by grief that it has led him to lose faith in all people, all emotions and really life itself. In a both hilarious but also significantly profound way Tony does and says what he wants whenever he wants because in his mind he could always ‘fall back on suicide’. The concept itself is super super dark and the plotline and characters stand up to the subject matter.
In essence Gervais is taking you on a journey and exploration into grief with some pretty funny moments thrown in there too, and that’s really the novelty of AfterLife which is able to take a really original type of angle to the concepts of loss, grief and existentialism through a plotline and character ark that will keep eyes glued to screens.
The first season of this show almost feels like one big film and is more of a just under three-hour experience. Gervais is absolutely top notch and given the fact that he both wrote and produced the series you can just see the creative freedom that he had here paying off tenfold. For that you really just have to credit Netflix whom now get to reap the rewards of them actually keeping for the most part out of the production process (which is pretty rare).
As Tony finds himself completely exposed to anything and everything due to his mentality he finds solace in the strangest of places and equally so the strangest of people, but soon enough it’s those very people whom will get him to question whether he truly is now ‘invincible’ but rather ignorant to his true self.
The simplicity of the settings and the small community that takes shape within the life of Tony and within the AfterLife storyline only adds to it’s quality, there’s nothing flashy or any flexing of productive resource muscles nor should there be for something like this and Gervais has put creative integrity, quality writing and even better acting above all else in the production of AfterLife which no doubt is littered with his own essence as a creator.
With AfterLife Intrigue quickly turns to investment and investment rapidly devolves into binge watching episode after episode until you reach the end. We’ve seen the loved one with cancer before, we’ve seen the loss of someone close before and we’ve seen characters in self conflict over and over again yet AfterLife still is impressively able to produce an immensely original type of experience.
There is a lot that Netflix can take from the success of AfterLife, and the first season is Absolutely worth a watch and with the second season out that’s next on the agenda.