Original air date: November 14th, 2017
I think we all go through life wanting more, thinking we are bound for something greater. I’m not saying we are handicapped by this or unable to function in society—just when we are alone with our imaginations we imagine more. Some of us read, some LARP, some play video games. We all have means to escape—but what if our fantasies came to life? Would we be ready to jump in and act like our alter egos? Probably not, there would be a learning curve (to say the least). Future Man is all about that learning curve.
Future Man is brought to us by Executive Producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir (This is the End and Sausage Party). I’m not going to say the show is for everyone—it is for the mature audience. There isn’t a lot of blood and guts, but if bodily fluids make you queasy, there might be some uncomfortable moments. I’m not above a good fart or penis joke or two, so there you go. It isn’t all bathroom humor, there are some clever moments and social situations that are funnier because we can look back on our history and say WTF?
Steeped in references to epic films of the Eighties and Nineties, if there was ever a show that tugged on my nostalgia heart strings, Future Man might be on top of the list (no small feat when comparing it to Stranger Things). This Hulu original is made for those that grew up with the Terminator, Back to the Future, Last Starfighter, Fatal Attraction, and Top Gun. Not only does it play on the movies, but the video games that have heavily influenced the past thirty years—we are talking Mario Bros. to Mortal Kombat to COD, and everything in-between.
Josh Hutcherson plays Josh Futterman, aka Future Man. By day he is a janitor at Kronish Labs, and in the rest of his free time he plays Biotic Wars. He is the first to beat the game and is visited by Tiger (Eliza Coupe) and Wolf (Derek Wilson), time travelers sent to retrieve the savior. That all happens in the first few minutes and is basically the synopsis on IMDB, so I’m not really giving anything away.
The first episode sets the stage for the following 12 episodes. Each episode runs 30-35 minutes long and is totally worth the binge time. I spaced my viewing over four days. The first few episodes were funny; I chuckled, and I enjoyed it enough to continue. But halfway through, the show gains momentum—I had to rewind parts because I was laughing so hard and missed parts. There were times I was laughing so hard I’m pretty sure my dog was worried about my mental health. You know a show is funny when your abs hurt after watching– that is what I got from this show and I can say it has been a while since I watched something that made me laugh that hard.
The cast of this show is perfect. Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games) really gets to flex his comedic muscles and does not disappoint—this show made me like him a lot more than I ever did before. Comedy is hard and usually you are the straight-man or the fall-guy. Hutcherson does both so well, and I want to see more of him in this kind of role. Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings) is not new to comedy, and is amazing as Tiger. She not only does the comedic bit well, but there are emotional scenes that play so well, you forget for a moment you are watching a comedy-based show. My scene stealer of the series is Derek Wilson. I only knew him from Preacher and he was just so damn funny in this show—I loved it. The three play so well off each other, I want to see more. The main characters are great, I’ve established that, but I want to mention the show is full of an awesome supporting cast: Ed Begley Jr. and Glenne Headly play Gabe and Dianne Futterman. Keith David plays Dr. Kronish and Haley Joel Osment plays adversarial Dr. Camillo.
I mentioned several shows Future Man harkens to, but the great thing about the show is the unexpected. So many times, the characters of a sci-fi show are too perfect; they easily rise to the challenges set before them, the soldiers never question their mission. The path is clear—what if that wasn’t the case? Our three main character’s foibles are what make this show so funny. That isn’t to say, that it is only funny, there are moments that are truly touching. We all mistakes, and that’s what’s make us human. Our cast is fighting to keep our imperfections intact—I think it is a rather worthy cause.
If there was a season two, that would rock my world. The show doesn’t end on a stupid cliffhanger (if you don’t know—I hate cliffhangers), the story is complete enough. There are some unanswered questions though, enough to build a second season. This chapter is closed, but I would love to see more, and I think Future Man is worth another season. I can’t say enough how much I loved this show, but I will say it is totally worth signing up for a free week-trial of Hulu, or do what I do and bum off your sister’s account.