Future Man

Future Man is the newest original series from Hulu. It is 13 half hour episodes of sci-fi action and crude humor. If you can get past the silly (borderline gross at times) humor of it, it’s actually a pretty decent little story that wraps up nicely…while also leaving open the possibility of a season 2.

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The show stars Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games), who becomes an unlikely savior of humanity. In real life, he is just a janitor who loves to play video games. The video game characters however are real, and time travel from the future seeking his help to save the world. The time travelling video game characters are played by Eliza Coupe, from the underrated and cancelled too soon, Happy Endings. And Derek Wilson who is mostly unknown, except for a small role in Preacher season 1. Hutcherson was surprisingly great here, I’d never seen him do comedy, but he did not disappoint. While Coupe really committed and sold her hard core, futuristic bad ass, Tiger. She was like a more vulgar Sarah Connor. I was however most impressed by Wilson who played Wolfe. Maybe it was because I hadn’t seen him do much, or the fact that he had a few episodes really driven by his side adventures in the 80’s that I just loved. I also thought Britt Lower (Ghosted) had a nice supporting role, since I was again not too familiar with her work.

There are other great supporting roles played by Keith David (They Live, The Thing, There’s Something About Mary), Haley Joel Osment (Sixth Sense, Silicon Valley), Ed Begley Jr. (Best In Show), and Glenne Headly (Dick Tracy) who sadly died during production. Then there are many other smaller cameo type roles filled mostly by comedians like Paul Scheer (The League), Ron Funches (Powerless), David Koechner (Anchorman), and Martin Starr (Spiderman:Homecoming). One of the funniest bits from the whole season comes from Megan Hayes as she plays the voice of an Alexa style smart home, owned by James Cameron.

I was honestly skeptical at first, but the show really grew on me and I really enjoyed it by the end. It was a lot of fun, jumping back and forth from the future to the past. Which allowed it to feature a great eclectic soundtrack. The 80’s songs especially stuck out, and inspired a cameo by Corey Hart (I Wear My Sunglasses At Night). It even had references to some of the more popular films from the time travel genre, like Back to the Future and Terminator. I was also impressed by the effects and action sequences, being essentially a half hour TV comedy, they seemed to spend a good amount of time and effort to make it look great and believable at the very least.

Give Future Man a chance, 6+ hours can be spent on much worse things. At the very least you’ll enjoy the music, maybe feel some nostalgia, and even get some laughs.

–Tony

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