The suicide prevention holding ward is boring. Malcolm might just die of "boredom".
Losing an uphill battle against depression should be enough, but Malcolm now has something more to contend with. Now he has an extroverted junkie on his couch. Season Two of Existential Terror and Breakfast is an uncomfortable laugh mixed with stolen food and fatalistic musings. Malcolm's agonized mind and eccentricities have always been at ends with his goal to be normal. A suicidal junkie in his life only helps to make things worse.
Continue the countdown. See Malcolm fall. Eat stolen pancakes.
Mimzy Spire on Amazon wrote:
Fitzgerald delivers another schadenfreude-inducing round of psychological torture to Malcolm Steadman, framed by the mundane task of eating breakfast. Season two pushes Malcolm further over the edge, as his fraudulently normal life continues to collapse around him. While Malcolm's descent into madness is shown as dark humor, and it is often hilarious, it also captures some very real, very human, fears.
If Malcolm had one single person in the world who cared about him, all of his troubles could have been avoided. This is the fear of abandonment. He put his trust, however warily, in the wrong person, and was burned by it. This is the fear of betrayal made real. Malcolm's unwillingness to divert from his chosen course, to appear normal, to live 'The American Dream,' and to be seen as a good citizen, undermines itself and makes it so he cannot get the help he desperately needs. This is the fear of being an outsider and a list of cognitive bias to long to go into.
That's what makes Existential Terror and Breakfast so charming: while the author clearly delights in torturing his protagonist, the protagonist is a real enough character that it almost seems like he's torturing himself for our amusement.
If you've read season 1 of Existential Terror and Breakfast, then getting this one is a no-brainer, especially if you enjoy more character focused stories (but don't worry, it's still existential terror, not character terror). However, if you stumble upon this one first somehow, then let me reassure you that this is a deliciously special story about a man who is denies that to pretend to be ordinary. This arc of the story takes the existential away from Malcolm's boring, day-to-day life and makes it more whimsical, either out of a want to change pace or as a clever way of showing Malcolm's defense mechanism against existentialism: retreating into himself as he slowly belongs in the ward he has been placed. Of course, his mechanism is horrible and only leads to more trouble, but it also garners enough attention from those around him that he makes his first friend (not including the tech operators, of course)! Of course, this isn't exactly a good development, as shame for knowing someone so damaged and finding him sane slowly creeps on him until he steals some pancakes. Why? Well, you'll have to read it to find out! I promise you'll leave with questions about life, pity for Malcolm, and the feeling of having read a great book.
If it's any indicator, I saw that this came on Amazon on my birthday, and told all of my friends and family to hold while I re-read and reviewed it. If that isn't a measure of quality, then I don't know how else to entice you besides possibly free* pancakes?
*may not have been obtained legally
*seriously, this book is worth the almost criminally low price just for that scene