THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Angourie Rice, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aisha Tyler, Augusto Aguilera, and Geoff Stults
Creators: Laura Dave and Josh Singer
The Last Thing He Told Me is just good, old-fashioned storytelling. It grips you from the start, and as it unfolds, makes great use of its limited episodes by spacing out its revelations. Jennifer Garner is strong and empowering in the lead role, and she’s surrounded by many television veterans to help round out the supporting cast. This series wasn’t on my radar, but AppleTV+ has been batting a good average on the series side lately, so I decided to give it a chance. It’s an easy watch (seven episodes, all under 45 minutes), and it kept me fully engaged from beginning to end.
Since I haven’t read the book on which it’s based, it’s hard to know if The Last Thing He Told Me’s flaws are inherent to the original story or new issues stemming from the adaptation. Either way, it’s not an overall bad show, just imperfect and ultimately forgettable. At seven short episodes, the pacing is borderline atrocious, not really hooking the viewer until Episode Four, before it meanders towards an ending that kinda fizzles out. The pacing also is hindered by side characters that don’t serve any real function. Still, if you’re a fan of Jennifer Garner and uncomplicated mysteries, there are worse things to watch.