In the US: Tuesdays, 9/8c, The CW
Most love stories see boy meet girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl live happily ever after. The CW, being part of the Internet age as well as the home of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, knows life’s not that simple and the boy or girl of your dreams might turn out to be a complete fruit loop.
So it is with No Tomorrow, which should perhaps be renamed Crazy New Boyfriend. Based on Rede Globo Brazil’s Como Aproveitar o Fim do Mundo (How to Enjoy the End of the World), it sees uptight American girl Tori Anderson fall in love at first sight with carefree Englishman Joshua Sasse (Galavant). After a chance encounter reunites them, she’s all prepared to ditch mumbling dull boyfriend Jesse Rath (Defiance) for Sasse when Sasse reveals that the reason he’s so happy-go-lucky is that he believes the world is going to end within the year, thanks to an impending collision with an asteroid. He’s going to live like there’s no tomorrow and he’s got a Bucket List to work through.
At first, Anderson resists but a near-death pogo stick-induced experience causes her to re-evaluate her life – but on her terms not his. Will she and Sasse end up together or will she go back to Rath? And what will she put on her Bucket List?
How much you might enjoy No Tomorrow is almost exclusively down to how much you enjoy the company of Anderson and Sasse. Now normally, Sasse is the kind of transatlantic posh boy who gets on my nerves. He probably pronounces ‘water’ with a tap and his accent is sufficiently odd that The Guardian thought he was Australian. He was certainly annoying in Galavant.
Yet, there’s something actually quite likable about him here, a former science journal copy editor who gave up everything and became free and easy because of science and maths. Although he probably calls it math. He’s a bit controlling in his certainty but he’s got a good heart and is appealing. It’s also good to see an inversion of the usual ‘English dull, American fun’ and manic pixie dream girl stereotypes.
Meanwhile, Anderson is amazing. It’s hard to believe that she’s been confined to Nickleodeon and web TV series until now. She’s appealing, funny and lights up every scene she’s in. Which is pretty much all of them.
Don’t like them? Going to hate this, because it’s going to rely very heavily on their interactions. True, we have all of Anderson’s co-workers, her boss and her family to entertain us, each of them in their own way several shades of whacky; Sasse is a bit more on his own, although there’s a slight twist at the end of the first episode that suggests he might bring his ‘friends’ along for what is likely to be a far scarier ride for Anderson than she expected.
But ultimately, it’s going to be Anderson and Sasse going off on dune buggy rides, singing karaoke together and doing whatever other life experiences 20somethings think they should be doing before they’re dead. Could be good, but the evidence of the first episode suggests it might be more fun for them than for us.
All the same, No Tomorrow has a good deal of charm, two good leads and a promising first episode. One to try just to make your day a little brighter.