Having a protagonist be the last human being alive after some kind of catastrophe is a well used science fiction trope. From I am Legend to The Quiet Earth to WALL-E, it’s a story and character that we’ve seen many times, but we’ve never seen one quite like Will Forte’s Phil Miller in Fox’s upcoming The Last Man on Earth. It’s always someone looking for answers, searching for other survivors, but what if the last human being was just some slobby dude looking to amuse himself? This is exactly what the show envisions, and the network released this new trailer.
One of the perks of being the last person left alive, other than not having to talk to anyone or ever wait in a line again, is that you automatically become the best at everything. Phil’s now the greatest athlete alive, the handsomest, the handiest, and the smartest, as illustrated by the brilliant idea of filling up a kiddie pool with booze (we’ve all wanted to do that). Free as he is, he can do whatever he wants, like collect all the best stuff, hit on mannequins, and crash cars into each other to watch them go boom.