Television has reminded us that Hannibal Lecter is a character that we need in our lives. Television made a trip to Fargo worth it. Television reminded us why mothers and sons aren’t the best motel operators. Television has never been better. We think we can make television better.
Let’s face it, graphic novels and comics are television shows waiting to happen. But The Walking Dead has to end and when it does, what better to fill the void than another post-apocalyptic series? That’s just one reason why Y: The Last Man should be a television show. I’ll explain.
What Is It?
When my high school forensic science teacher recommended the series to me, I had to ask the same question. But, in short, Y: The Last Man is the dystopian comic book brainchild of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Vaughan is currently the show runner of Under the Dome, but that’s besides the point. The story here is that all of a sudden, all mammals with a Y chromosome are simultaneously wiped off the face of the earth, except one man (get it, “the last man”?) named Yorick and his male Capuchin monkey named Ampersand. What a duo. The series then follows Yorick as he traverses the female-filled world trying not to get killed and also trying to figure out how to keep humans from going extinct.
He spends much of his time disguised as a woman because the all-female world is a dangerous place for a man and he is somehow able to traverse the continents event with most of the world plunged into an anarchic state. There’s mass chaos, crazy science, even crazier people, an agent named 355 and so much action. Wow, I really need to re-read these.
Why This Would Work
IT’S ALREADY A COMIC SERIES. That means episode divisions are already pretty much worked out for you AND comics are basically a storyboard. Half the work is done. With five large books or ten smaller paperbacks (or sixty issues in total), this could develop into a show with a long run.
We know post-apocalyptic stories are all the rage right now (re: Walking Dead, Jericho, Falling Skies…) and I’m not saying we need another television show centered on a main male character, but this series is also ALL ABOUT THE LADIES who support him. Lord knows we need some more female representation here.
Okay, first of all I want the monkey from Pirates of the Caribbean to play Ampersand. There are no questions about that. Look at that fierce face.
Yorick could be played by almost any Hollywood actor but I’d really love to see Orphan Black‘s Dylan Bruce or Bates Motel‘s Max Thieriot as our last man. My hesitation with Bruce is that he might not be able to bring enough personality to Yorick. But he’s proven his worth in Orphan Black and he’s not too shabby to look at, either.
Thieriot has enough softness to be a likable main character and enough brawn to be believable as the last man on earth. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to get over his involvement with the terrible movie that is The House at the End of the Street. But he has the look.
And for his side-kick, body guard, kick-ass Agent 355 let’s get the queen of the red carpet Lupita Nyong’o. She hasn’t done any TV yet, but she did score a role in the new Star Wars film and post-apocalyptic story lines aren’t too far from Star Wars if you think about it. Sure, she might look a little too sweet to play the rough-around-the-edges character, but I think her Oscar-winning self can surely pull it off.
BBC America. Hands down. Look at the amazing shit they are doing with Orphan Black right now. It couldn’t be a more perfect network to take this to the level it deserves. BBC America could also handle the profanities and the sex pretty well (it’s no HBO, but HBO has its hands full).
Well, the rights for a movie were sold long ago (according to Wikipedia) and last year it seemed that filming wasn’t too far away BUT in a twist of fate, the rights will return to Vaughan and Guerra if filming doesn’t start in a few months. Which would mean a TV show could be a possibility in the future. I think a movie would be doing the series an injustice, but that’s just me.