Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson) is a janitor working at a research lab. Josh, in the present day, feels like he has hit a roadblock in life when it comes to career choices. When Josh is not working, he enjoys playing a video game titled Biotic Wars which many have claimed is impossible to defeat. The fact the game seems unbeatable does not stop Josh from playing, and his determination grows as he tries to figure out how to move forward to the next and final level. One evening, Josh fires up the video game and has an idea on how to beat the last and final level. Josh is finally successful at defeating the final and most challenging level in Biotic Wars.
But soon after beating the game, two characters who feature in the videogame named Tiger and Wolf appear in Josh’s bedroom. Soon Josh discovers that Tiger and Wolf have in fact time travelled to his year and the video game which Josh has just defeated is a simulator. Tiger and Wolf explain to Josh that the one person who can dominate the simulator is the Saviour of their future. Now Josh will team up with the duo and travel to various moments in time, trying to prevent one of the most significant extinctions the world has ever seen.
For those who are not aware, this series is a comedy with a combination of sci-fi. The humour here is filled with quick and witty dialogue. There are also moments where the humour certainly pushes the limits as it sneaks in many crude and sexual references which are used to shock its audiences. The chemistry between the three leads is excellent, and I enjoyed how each character has quirks and personality.
As a plot, I found this series to be rather pleasing. The series is also filled with many references to films and general pop culture. One example of this is how many times the series laughs at itself, pointing out how the situation they find themselves in is similar to Back To The Future or The Last Star Fighter. Being a movie lover, I enjoyed the jokes, but did find the sexual gags a little too much and unnecessary to obtain a solid laugh. The plot is also unpredictable. Just when you thought our heroes are successful, the show manages to introduce a new, fun roadblock for our leads to try and fix. After watching a few episodes, I was quickly invested in the show’s crazy plot, plus the character of Wolf was easily my favourite, managing to make me laugh even when he’s serious. The actor commits 100% and I love it.
Overall, Future Man is a fun ride which is filled with a crazy but fantastic, wacky plot. The comedy here is also witty and humorous, but sadly the series goes a little too far when it comes to the crude sexual references, which feel unnecessary to gain laughs. The performances are also pleasing, and the chemistry between the three leads is also solid. I cannot wait to begin Season Two as I’m sure it will deliver another fun journey through time.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden