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After Life: Third series is a hit with viewers, but less so with critics

17 January 2022

Image caption, Downton Abbey star Penelope Wilton appears regularly in the series for park-bench chats with Gervais’s character Tony

Mixed reviews have not deterred the third series of After Life from reaching number one on Netflix.

The final season of the hugely popular Ricky Gervais comedy was warmly welcomed by fans over the weekend, but many critics were harder to win over.

In a one-star review, Chris Bennion of The Telegraph called it a “trite, mawkish, soggy pudding of a series”.

NME’s James McMahon, however, said the show was “going out on a high” in his four-star review.

The third series of after life currently has a healthy 76% audience score on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, but only 33% average score from critics.

The series, which began in 2019, follows Tony Johnson (played Gervais) as he attempts to come to terms with the death of his wife from cancer.

Image caption, Tony is seen playing a prank with an airhorn on a colleague at the fictional Tambury Gazette newspaper

In his grief, Tony is nasty to many people around him and seemingly uncaring about the consequences of his actions and words.

The series follows him as he grapples with his emotions and finds glimmers of hope from within his own life. 

But many critics, who have generally welcomed previous seasons of the show, were disappointed by the six episodes of series three.

“Fans hoping for a satisfying, neat ending will be disappointed,” wrote Emily Baker of the i paper.“Not because questions are left unanswered, but because the questions have been abandoned altogether.

“Gervais’s intentions are good, and I admit I shed a few tears, but the almost evangelical proclamations of living life to the fullest were manipulative. Can a TV show that inspires emotion really be that bad? (Spoiler: yes).”

She awarded the series two stars, concluding: “It’s the right time for After Life to be laid to rest and even though he has said he was unsure about the decision to end the show, Gervais must know there was nowhere else for it to go.”

Abby Robinson of the Radio Times said: “The very act of mourning is heavy and monotonous, and Gervais refuses to sugarcoat that, instead leaning into its permanence. 

“As a result, After Life has become something of an endurance test, and even Penelope Wilton (Anne) isn’t able to lift us with her character’s more hopeful dialogue.

“That being said, it’s a given that the swathes of people who have followed the series from the very beginning (100 million households, according to Netflix) will relish the show’s final chapter. They are simply happy to spend time in that bubble, enjoying the many faces and their respective idiosyncrasies.”

Image caption, Motherland star Diane Morgan stars in After Life alongside Gervais

Netflix subscribers sent the third series of After Life to the top of its streaming chart over the weekend, in spite of some poor reviews.

“Gervais is better than this,” wrote Barbara Ellen in The Guardian. “I loved it when he used to host the Golden Globes, genuinely alarming the A-list audience. 

“Here, the finale, with superb use of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, shows imagination and spirit. Otherwise, I remain unconvinced by After Life’s exploration of grief. For me, there’s a blatant prodding of buttons; the sense of a cue card reading: ‘Audience, cry now!’ It’s time for After Life to slip gently away.”

In what was perhaps the most negative review, The Telegraph’s Chris Bennion said the show “wallows in its own cynical slurry pit of emotion and thin-skinned misanthropy”.

“This is not to say that After Life does not work on some levels,” he acknowledged. “It’s designed as a feelgood tearjerker, and as it reaches its denouement the emotional beats are punched harder and harder, and the indie-song soundtrack gets sadder and sadder. 

“Hardcore fans of the show – which are legion – will mourn its passing, but for the rest of us, Gervais’s maudlin curio remains a kind of purgatory.”

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Image caption, The Guardian said Gervais has been on better form during his multiple stints hosting the Golden Globe Awards

There was a much more enthusiasm from NME’s James McMahon, who awarded the series four stars.

“Unapologetically nasty, saccharine, lovely and poignant,” he said of the series. “It’s also often a bit of a mess, a little bit like life itself.

“[Tony] is often mean, a bit prejudiced, arrogant, he thinks he’s right about everything, the self-absorbed master of his own universe. And yet when the character achieves a genuine realisation – that life is brief and fragile, but worth having a good go at – it’s all the more powerful for being so.”

Metro’s Charlotte Manning was similarly positive,also awarding the series four stars while saying the show had been brought to a “natural, yet poignant end”.

“Of the core cast, Diane Morgan particularly excels as Kath. She offers further brilliantly cringe moments through a series of awful dates – and her sadness after they fail to go well,” Manning wrote.

“In the Love Actually-esque style finale, Tony realises love, actually is all around him (including from Brandy the dog, who we promise is fine) and there are ultimately many glimmers of hope for the future and reasons to stay put at last.”

Some critics drew comparisons with other shows which are popular with viewers but not always well-received by critics, such as the BBC’s Mrs Brown’s Boys.

“Ricky Gervais’s After Life is a conundrum, noted Hugo Rifkind of The Times. “Viewers love it and critics can’t figure out why at all.

Ashley Jensen
Image caption, After Life star Ashley Jensen previously appeared opposite Gervais in his BBC comedy Extras

“Treated with a little more care, I suppose all of this could be saying really interesting things about male failure and loneliness. It’s lazy, though. No idea or message is ever pursued. Nothing is. 

“The jokes, though, aren’t really the point of After Life, and I’m sure they’re not why it’s so beloved either. Some of them, frankly, are incongruous, with Gervais just standing in the middle of the street, swearing at people. No, the point is the sentiment, which goes all the way to mawkish.”

There was agreement from Louis Chilton in The Independent., who said: “If you’re not already on board with Gervais’s shtick then this is unlikely to convert you – anyone looking for the usual mix of pseudo-ironic homophobia, fatphobia and sexism won’t walk away empty-handed – but it’s undeniably better than the serious parts of the script.

“Monologues about grief and recovery are painfully trite, painfully single-dimensional; it falls short of even syrupy fare like [Apple TV comedy] Ted Lasso.

“Ultimately, there are little things that endear you to After Life – among them a great soundtrack, a cast of characters who don’t all look like conventional TV stars, a standout performance from Morgan and a brilliant cameo from Tim Key. But then it’s all undone by a descent into clumsy sentimentalism.”

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After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?
After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?
After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?

January 20, 2022

Ricky Gervais

London, W1F 0LE
UK

Dear Ricky,


Ricky I know that you don’t think that money will bring happiness although most people do believe that myth like Kath does!

Kath: Oh, here he is. I told you to wait outside. He’s giving me a lift to a meeting. We’re not an item, obviously. I just like turning up in a Rolls-Royce. He knows that, don’t you?

Colin: Yeah.

Kath: Yeah, works out well.

Tony: What’s in it for you, Colin?

Kath: People think he’s got a girlfriend. But he knows that can never be the case. Shame. What, with the Rolls-Royce and him being a self-made millionaire and a nice bloke, it would’ve been perfect, if not for the obvious. What? The face! Duh.

Colin: Yeah, the face. Even my mum calls me the ugly one.

Tony: And you’re okay with that, Colin?

Colin: It’s heartbreaking. I’m destroyed. I used to wish I was dead growing up. But what can you do?

Kath: Exactly, and that is why I want everyone to know he’s not my boyfriend. Maybe you should wear a chauffeur’s hat.

Tony: Or a chauffeur’s mask.

Colin: She fancied him for a bit, didn’t she?

Tony: She did, Colin. She did. She’s obviously got a type.

Kath: Anyway, come on, we’ll be late. Come on.

Tony: Like a dog.

Matt: Could you get back to work, please?

Tony: No way. It’s not worth it.

Matt: Please. Come on. Wasted enough time.

Just like Solomon in The Book of Ecclesiastes, Ricky in AFTER LIFE is examining life under the sun, which is life between birth and death without God in the picture. The key to understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes is the term UNDER THE SUN — What that literally means is you lock God out of a closed system and you are left with only this world of Time plus Chance plus matter.In fact, the phrase under the sun appears 29 times in Ecclesiastes. 

Francis Schaefer indicated Ecclesiastes is truly the book of modern man because modern humanist man’s philosophy has brought him to the nihilistic conclusion that all is vanity and meaninglessness. This appears to be the place that the atheist Tony Johnson has landed and many of the characters around Tony have come to pessimistic conclusions about life too, though they have searched for satisfaction and meaning in life by pursuing ladiesluxurieslearninglaborliquor, and laughter.

Diane Morgan does a great job of playing Tony’s protagonist Kath in AFTER LIFE. Kath is a person who thinks that finding a wealthy husband will be the answer she needs.

In season 2 of AFTER LIFE episode 5 Kath brings a date and she is trying to show how successful and rich that he is: 

Kath: My date, very successful, got a Rolls Royce haven’t you?

Date: Secondhand.
Kath: Still a Rolls Royce. Very successful.

Kath: Still a Rolls Royce

Date: Made a lot of money in scrap.
Kath: Don’t say “scrap.”

I remember watching the replay of the March 25th Twitter Live broadcast by Ricky and he opened it with the song “Jesus take the wheel” sung by Carrie Underwood. Actually one of family friends has written several hit songs for Carrie Underwood. (By the way the music for AFTER LIFE is masterful and I especially appreciate the placing of the songs).

The record business is a lot different today than it was in the 1960’s when the Beatles got started. My wife came to me about about 20 years ago and told me that our friends had a son involved in a struggling rock band in Little Rock and Jill wanted to know if we could give David a TV that we had put in our garage. We gave it to him and then just a few weeks later she told me the whole band was moving to Los Angeles and they had hit it big with a record contract. I had my doubts but several months later we saw the movie DAREDEVIL came out featuring two of the songs by our friend and his group Evanescence.

The rest is history and they sold over 18 million records and our friend David Hodges went on to write for many of the top performers in the record business and those included #1 smash singles: Kelly Clarkson’s“Because of You,” Daughtry’s “What About Now,” Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again” and many others. My personal favorite is A THOUSAND YEARS sung by Christina Perri. 

In October of 2016 David spoke to a meeting I attended in Little Rock. He said the 15 years he lived in Los Angeles had taught him a lot of lessons and the MOST IMPORTANT is the lesson from the BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES that TRUE JOY and HAPPINESS does not come from MONEY and POSSESSIONS.

Solomon was searching for meaning in life in what I call the 6 big L words in the Book of Ecclesiastes. He looked into  learning (1:16-18), laughter, ladies, luxuries,  and liquor (2:1-3, 8, 10, 11), and labor (2:4-6, 18-20). After searching  in area of luxuries Solomon found  them to be  “vanity and a striving after the wind.”

Ecclesiastes 2:7-11 English Standard Version (ESV)

7I had also great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. 8I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem…10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. 11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained UNDER THE SUN.

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36 (Christ’s words)

God put Solomon’s story in Ecclesiastes in the Bible with the sole purpose of telling people that without God in the picture you  will find out the emptiness one feels when possessions are trying to fill the void that God can only fill.

christina perri and david hodges on stage during bmi’s 61st annual pop awards at the beverly wilshire four seasons hotel on may 14 2013 in beverly hills california

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013“See You Again” No. 1 party BMI’s Jody Williams presents (l-r) Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey and David Hodges with their commemorative BMI cups, lauding the success of “See You Again.” Hodges, as it was his first No. 1 as a songwriter, also received the traditional BMI black acoustic guitar. (Photo by Rick Diamond)

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Daughtry frontman Chris Daughtry with opening act David Hodges at Pure in Caesars Palace.

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Three founding members of Evanescence, Amy Lee, Ben Moody and David Hodges

Kath and Tony spare over Tony’s rejection of the God of the Bible, and I know that Ricky grew up attending church but rejected Christianity and the teachings of the Bible in his youth, but has he taken time to examine the historical claims of the Bible to see if they are accurate?

I remember listening to a 90 minute lecture by Francis Schaeffer on the conclusions the great American archaeologist (William F. Albright) who changed his views over the years because of the archaeological evidence. Below is some of that evidence(You can access some of the evidence that convinced William Ramsey concerning the Book of Luke and Acts here.)

I went and secured a copy of the interview and read it myself. In a 1963 interview with Christianity Today magazine, William F. Albright (1891-1971) stated:

In my opinion, every book of the New Testament was written by a baptized Jew between the forties and eighties of the first century A.D. (very probably sometime between about 50 and 75 A.D.)(CHRISTIANITY TODAY, VII, 359, January 18, 1963, “Toward a More Conservative View,” interview with William F. Albright.)

The Bible and Archaeology – Is the Bible from God? (Kyle Butt)

The answer to find meaning in life is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.comhttp://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002


Taking on Ark Times Bloggers on various issues Part I “Old Testament Bible Prophecy” includes the film TRUTH AND HISTORY and article ” Jane Roe became pro-life”

April 12, 2013 – 5:45 am

I have gone back and forth and back and forth with many liberals on the Arkansas Times Blog on many issues such as abortion, human rights, welfare, poverty, gun control  and issues dealing with popular culture. Here is another exchange I had with them a while back. My username at the Ark Times Blog is Saline […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Biblical ArchaeologyFrancis SchaefferProlife | Edit|Comments (0)

John MacArthur on fulfilled prophecy from the Bible Part 2

August 8, 2013 – 1:28 am

I have posted many of the sermons by John MacArthur. He is a great bible teacher and this sermon below is another great message. His series on the Book of Proverbs was outstanding too.  I also have posted several of the visits MacArthur made to Larry King’s Show. One of two most popular posts I […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Adrian RogersCurrent Events | Edit|Comments (0)

John MacArthur on fulfilled prophecy from the Bible Part 1

August 6, 2013 – 1:24 am

I have posted many of the sermons by John MacArthur. He is a great bible teacher and this sermon below is another great message. His series on the Book of Proverbs was outstanding too.  I also have posted several of the visits MacArthur made to Larry King’s Show. One of two most popular posts I […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Adrian RogersCurrent Events |Tagged Bible Prophecyjohn macarthur | Edit|Comments (0)

John MacArthur: Fulfilled prophecy in the Bible? (Ezekiel 26-28 and the story of Tyre, video clips)

April 5, 2012 – 10:39 am

Prophecy–The Biblical Prophesy About Tyre.mp4 Uploaded by TruthIsLife7 on Dec 5, 2010 A short summary of the prophecy about Tyre and it’s precise fulfillment. Go to this link and watch the whole series for the amazing fulfillment from secular sources. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvt4mDZUefo________________ John MacArthur on the amazing fulfilled prophecy on Tyre and how it was fulfilled […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Biblical Archaeology | Edit|Comments (1)

John MacArthur on the Bible and Science (Part 2)

August 1, 2013 – 12:10 am

John MacArthur on the Bible and Science (Part 2) I have posted many of the sermons by John MacArthur. He is a great bible teacher and this sermon below is another great message. His series on the Book of Proverbs was outstanding too.  I also have posted several of the visits MacArthur made to Larry […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Current Events | Edit|Comments (0)

John MacArthur on the Bible and Science (Part 1)

July 30, 2013 – 1:32 am

John MacArthur on the Bible and Science (Part 1) I have posted many of the sermons by John MacArthur. He is a great bible teacher and this sermon below is another great message. His series on the Book of Proverbs was outstanding too.  I also have posted several of the visits MacArthur made to Larry […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Current Events | Edit|Comments (0)

Adrian Rogers: “Why I believe the Bible is true”

July 9, 2013 – 8:38 am

Adrian Rogers – How you can be certain the Bible is the word of God Great article by Adrian Rogers. What evidence is there that the Bible is in fact God’s Word? I want to give you five reasons to affirm the Bible is the Word of God. First, I believe the Bible is the […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Adrian RogersBiblical Archaeology | Edit|Comments (0)

The Old Testament is Filled with Fulfilled Prophecy by Jim Wallace

June 24, 2013 – 9:47 am

Is there any evidence the Bible is true? Articles By PleaseConvinceMe Apologetics Radio The Old Testament is Filled with Fulfilled Prophecy Jim Wallace A Simple Litmus Test There are many ways to verify the reliability of scripture from both internal evidences of transmission and agreement, to external confirmation through archeology and science. But perhaps the […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Biblical ArchaeologyCurrent Events | Edit|Comments (0)

Taking on Ark Times Bloggers on various issues Part M “Old Testament prophecy fulfilled?”Part 3(includes film DEATH BY SOMEONE’S CHOICE)

April 19, 2013 – 1:52 am

  I have gone back and forth and back and forth with many liberals on the Arkansas Times Blog on many issues such as abortion, human rights, welfare, poverty, gun control  and issues dealing with popular culture. Here is another exchange I had with them a while back. My username at the Ark Times Blog is […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Francis SchaefferProlife | Edit|Comments (0)

Evidence for the Bible

March 27, 2013 – 9:43 pm

Here is some very convincing evidence that points to the view that the Bible is historically accurate. Archaeological and External Evidence for the Bible Archeology consistently confirms the Bible! Archaeology and the Old Testament Ebla tablets—discovered in 1970s in Northern Syria. Documents written on clay tablets from around 2300 B.C. demonstrate that personal and place […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Biblical Archaeology | E

On Saturday April 18, 2020 at 6pm in London and noon in Arkansas, I had a chance to ask Ricky Gervais a question on his Twitter Live broadcast which was  “Is Tony a Nihilist?” At the 20:51 mark Ricky answers my question. Below is the video:

Ricky Gervais 25/07/2021 Facebook Live at 28:29 mark Ricky answers my question about Sam Harris

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