Hello and welcome to Conner’s Critiques. My name is Conner Sharp and I’m very excited to return again to do another review for this website and share it all with you. My reviews/critiques will be based on three categories: Story, Acting, and Overall. So lets begin.
With Season 2 coming out in January, we thought it’d be a good idea if we released a review of season one to get people interested in streaming it so they don’t miss out on watching season two when it releases next month.
The story is a basic tried and true story. Boy plays unbeatable video game, boy defeats unbeatable video game, time travelers from the future arrive to recruit past boy (A.K.A Future Man) to save the future. A concept used in The Last Starfighter in 1984. The story isn’t new, and it’s been done a lot, that being said, the show doesn’t pretend that the concept is new and makes jokes about it. What does happen next is the journey. The time travelers are slightly upset that a task to find a savior through a video game, would produce a week willed nerd, and not a battle-hardened soldier. However, he convinces them that he can still help, once they realize that the event that has to be prevented, is closely connected to the “Future Man’s” personal life.
In the effort to save the future, they are constantly making it worse. From Marty McFly-ing, himself, in both ways, as well as almost Philip J. Fry-ing himself through time. Pretty much any time travel mistake they could make, they did. That being said, it’s raunchy, funny and ridiculous.
It’s amazing to see Josh Hutcherson getting work. Everyone is team Peeta. His portrayal of Josh/Joosh Futturman is hilarious, and relate-able, while still being ridiculous. He plays the straight man, as well as the comic foil for the everyday man. Derek Wilson and Eliza Coupe as Wolf and Tiger are hilarious. Their portrayal of confused children in adult bodies makes the idea that time travelers would think a video game player would be physically talented believable. Each go on their own journey, and it’s interesting wondering how such talented characters could keep failing, until you realize that they are both basically idiot savants.
They take a crazy story, and turn it into not only watchable, but engaging premise. I can’t imagine the show with a different cast.
This show is a lot of fun. The 13 episode run will leave you wanting more, and since the new season comes out next month, you shouldn’t have to wait long. Additionally you could blow through these episodes in one sitting because you’ll be addicted.
It’s not going to be the best show you’ll ever watch, it’s no Breaking Bad, but it’s better and more enjoyable then a lot of shows. It’s worth watching, and it’s very engaging.
Conner’s Final Thought(s):
Do not watch this show with your children or parents. Socially awkward, and full bone show. However people who have a dark or raunchy sense of humor should check out this show!