Representation of the Audience

This past week I began binging a new show on Netflix that a friend suggested. While the show is only one season for now, a second season has yet to be announced. With the season cut short to 13 episodes, and the network having already released renewals, No Tomorrow is unlikely to return.

This week in class we discussed class and gender on TV. Watching the show No Tomorrow and considering this week’s class discussion, I watched with a critical view on gender and class. Considering our talk on females and the pressured to live up to television women, No Tomorrow fails at representing various shapes and sizes of a women’s body. The show contains female characters that are all certainly under a size 4; the main character is tall and skinny with luscious blonde flowing hair that is always perfect. On the other hand, we also looked at men’s view on television characters. Men admit women and men are both unrealistic on television. The men in No Tomorrow represent: someone fit, someone chunky, and another scrawny. I found this interesting as we discussed women are more affected by body images portrayed on television, compared to the average male. No Tomorrow is an example as to why we may see this trend. While the male characters have various body types, the women were generally all the same. Each woman had her own personality that contrasted with the others, but there was only one body type.

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Unlike video games, which are typically consumed by a male audience, No Tomorrow would draw in an audience consisting of mostly females. Yet they continue to cast females who are skinny, tall, and perfect. I believe this is because women, even if they don’t admit it, want to see someone they imagine themselves to be, an ideal gender image. It also fits the myth: attractive men and women belong together. The show wouldn’t be as believable if they didn’t have a good-looking female character to match the attractive male character.

Xavier (Joshua Sasse), dealing with an oncoming apocalypse and being the love interest to the main character, quits his job and is living a free life. He spends his time and money ticking off his bucket list number by number before there’s “no tomorrow”. Xavier’s character is unlike the rest of the characters in the show, other characters are part of the working and middle class. No Tomorrow excels in its class as it presents warehouse workers, assistants, mangers, quality-control assessors, scientist, and more.

While No Tomorrow lacks in body representations of all females, the representation of class is close to accurate. Representing various people in different classes, it continues to drag along a common fault in television shows. Xavier runs into trouble with money and the bank repossesses everything… except his car? Ending up living with his girlfriend for a couple weeks, out of no where he has enough money to buy a recreational vehicle. The audience is left questioning how he was able to afford this, knowing he is millions of dollars in debt. It is also questionable how much money Evie (Tori Anderson) is making in her warehouse cubicle job. Traveling around, seeing the northern lights, buying random objects,  while owning a full size house that’s fully furnished, one could typically not compare this to a realistic world. Besides the few slips in No Tomorrow with money income compared to possessions, the overall representation of class is comparable to the audience.

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