What's it about?
No End Of Blame follows Bela Veracek, a political cartoonist in the midst of World War II who is struggling to find a publication that will show his work without censorship.
What'd I experience?
This show wasted no time in getting me to dislike the main character. The first time we see him, he's attempting to rape a woman. It was really jarring, like I barely know the guy's name and I'm already hating him. It wasn't a bad thing for the show though, I kind of like it when the main character is very unlikable or evil in a way. It could be like a Breaking Bad or American Psycho kind of situation where the main character is just a terrible human being, but because it's the main character and I follow him for so long I can't help but root for him. Usually, I even am shown some of their likable traits and those make me sympathize with them and feel sort of sorry for them. It's kind of sick in a way, because it has me cheering for killers, psychopaths, and other terrible people, making it look like I love what they do. But damn they did not give this guy any sort of redeemable quality.
There were only two real things I sort of liked about the character - he was not afraid to stand up to the Nazis and that he took insane amounts of pride in his work. Besides that, yeah, he was just kind of an asshole. He goes from country to country trying to find a company that would publish his work and nobody would take him, which in their defense was understandable. Nobody wanted to piss off a power like the Nazi Empire at that time, so it would make sense that they wouldn't want to publish Bela's extremely anti-Nazi cartoons.
But he's still such an ass about it. Sure he says some cool and profound things like "I believe the cartoon to be the lowest form of art. I also believe it to be the most important." But any asshole can say something cool and go on about their daily lives mistreating people and what not - I do it everyday (That's a joke, I'm actually pretty nice. Some people even tell me I'm tolerable.) This went on for a good amount of the show, going place to place and being denied. It got a little tedious for a bit since it was kind of the same thing happening every time he'd go somewhere, and I'm not gonna lie I did space out a good few times, but at the same time I was just thinking like "is he gonna get the message any time soon?" Like, maybe if he lightened up a little people would like him more or just realize that no one in Nazi Germany's immediate area is really gonna jump at the opportunity to bad mouth them. I mean, I admire his dedication but come one man, be a little more realistic. I'm always a huge fan of this kind of story, where a passionate artist is being denied their craft, but I was just having a lot of trouble getting through this one patiently.
I do have to say, though, I did like his work. They would occasionally have some of his cartoons up in the background when he would show them off, and they were pretty cool. They had a kind of monopoly man look to them (if that makes any sense) and were pretty obviously anti-Nazi. You know how you'll see some political cartoons and you'll have to think a bit to get the joke and commentary. This wasn't there for some of these. Some of them were the picture equivalent of writing "F*** NAZIS" on a piece of paper.
The ending was a lot more than expected, and not for what happens to Bela. Bela, eventually, did find a place to publish his work, but because of his inability to compromise he ended up losing that job as well as pretty much everything else in his life. This causes him to attempt to commit suicide, which he survives and lands him in a mental institution. I kind of expected something like this, because most passionate artist stories end with some sort of tragedy, in my opinion sending a very negative message to anyone who wants to join the art community. I'm surprised anyone makes art anymore with the way all these stories end up. But all that aside, the real unexpected end came when one of Bela's old colleagues happened to be in the mental institute too and apparently can make his metal bedpan levitate with his mind. Where the hell did that come from? Did I just miss the fact that Magneto was in the story or was it just a last minute curveball? There was no mention of any magic or superpower throughout the whole thing and then out of nowhere that just happened. I feel like it's me at this point. Like I'm just prone to these weird things happening when I go to see a show, and honestly, I love it.