‘After Life’ review: Ricky Gervais brings his bittersweet comedy about grief to an end with its third season

Gervais’ wrinkle is to stress the severe nature of the lead character’s predicament — caught as he remains in an unlimited loop grieving the death of his other half, seeing old videos as he holds on to those memories — with incredibly broad funny of an extremely hit-miss range. As a human-interest press reporter for the regional paper, his character Tony experiences all sorts of eccentric folks, listening to their odd stories up until he can take no more, at which point he hints his professional photographer (Tony Method) to “Take a picture” and beats a tactical retreat.

The time Tony invests finding out about other individuals’s lives obscures his failure to discover peace within his own, having actually put himself at arm’s range from Emma (Ashley Jensen), the nurse he fulfilled while she tended to his late dad, who at first appeared to be an apparent bridge to lead him back to accept living.

The concerns surrounding that relationship, and what instructions it will take, are once again popular in season 3, however no more so than Tony’s interactions with his brother-in-law Matt (Tom Basden), among Tony’s couple of lifelines to the world, who naturally regrets his propensity to blast those around him.

The 3rd season (Gervais’ previous programs have actually given up at 2) does not precisely develop towards a conclusion, however the six-episode arc does lastly reach one, which must suffice reward for Gervais completists to binge the run. That stated, “After Life” still seems like among Gervais’ less accomplished solo efforts, in part since of the natural restrictions that a funny so immersed in unhappiness should labor to get rid of.

Gervais makes up for that by being simply plain wacky, especially in the network of supporting gamers. In such a way, however, the program’s most gratifying relationship ends up being the convenience Tony discovers engaging with his pet dog, who must truly get approved for some sort of unique canine Emmy.

In keeping with Gervais’ well-documented track record as a provocateur, “After Life” very well declined to opt for greeting-card responses to the concern of enduring loss. However in the last analysis, the program never ever entirely innovative beyond the preliminary appeal of its facility.

And with that, as Tony would say, take a picture.

“After Life” begins its third and last season Jan. 14 on Netflix.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.