There’s no official word yet about the future of The CW’s quirky new show No Tomorrow past season 1, but its last-minute change in tone might be its saving grace. Still, with just the season (and possibly series) finale left to go, is it too little too late? Let’s discuss why the change it made was so necessary and why it could make the show actually worth giving a tomorrow.
The plot that No Tomorrow started off with really sounded like a show that would pretty much not live past season 1. A guy who believes the world is going to end in six months influences a neurotic and overthinking girl for the better with his lifestyle. Okay, sounds interesting as maybe a romantic comedy movie, but how can a show whose major plot mark ends in six months have longevity? What happens when this apocalypse does or doesn’t happen? Will we even care?
The show even had Xavier base this theory in actual science. Every time the theory was brought up, even those with scientific credibility couldn’t refute his findings. But this wasn’t what made the show worth watching. No Tomorrow worked best when it steered away from the apocalypse theory and focused on the more philosophical interpretation of its title. When we looked at it figuratively like Evie and not literally like Xavier, the show worked well.
Each character in No Tomorrow was on a journey of self-improvement. They were all in a place in their lives which they needed to take risks, something Xavier’s lifestyle influenced them all to do. Evie became a more self-assured person. Timothy started thinking outside the box. Dierdre and Hank took risks on love. Kareema actually allowed herself to love. Even Evie’s dad took the plunge and quit a job that made him miserable. All of these characters were changing for the better. The one who struggled the most was Xavier.
Throughout season 1, we saw Evie’s influence on Xavier as well. He toned down some of his more extreme impulsive tendencies because he now had someone he genuinely cared about. Together, they are finding a balance between critical thinking and risk-taking. The problem thus far, though, has been that the show always teetered too much on the side of risk-taking when it came to Xavier. Every other character had grown immensely except him.
In “No Time Like the Present,” No Tomorrow finally embraced the more figurative aspect of its title. Xavier finally realized that Evie was the most important thing in his life, and that the reason he had refused up until this point to question his theory was because he was scared of the future. For him, “no tomorrow” is his denial mindset about anything that isn’t presently happening. This is what works best for the show. Now that Xavier has (hopefully) moved past his outlandish apocalypse theory, the show could work with this central plot — a group of friends trying to find their way in life and take some risks, personally and professionally.
The problem is, with just one episode to go, No Tomorrow may never get the chance to explore this. We might not get to see how the show functions without the apocalypse in the background. This is a shame, because it feels like it could actually work much better without it. Hopefully, the show takes its fundamental lesson to heart with some big risks in the finale. The irony of the No Tomorrow title is starting to settle in.
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No Tomorrow‘s season 1 finale airs Tuesday, January 17 at 9/8c on The CW.
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