'Future Man' season 2 Review: Show takes ridiculousness up three notches and fun down one
From a new future to different versions of our three protagonists – Josh aka Joosh, Tiger and Wolf - the trailers and teasers for 'Future Man' season 2 has promised much
The 13 new episodes of Hulu’s ‘Future Man,’ making the show’s season 2 will premiere Friday, January 11. From a new future to different versions of our three protagonists – Josh aka Joosh (Josh Hutcherson), Tiger (Eliza Coupe) and Wolf (Derek Wilson) - the trailers and teasers for the new season has promised much.
Major spoilers for season 1 and mild spoilers for season 2 ahead:
Season 1 of ‘Future Man’ established the tone of the show, and made it clear that they are not shy about pushing the boundaries of ridiculousness. From “powering up” before major battles to possum semen being the cure to all human ailment, the Hulu show has not really concerned itself much with censorship.
Irreverent in its purest sense, ‘Future Man’ even took it a few steps farther than ‘Back to the Future,’ Josh finds out he is entering the Oedipus zone while his mother’s nipple was in his mouth. To his credit, he does puke on her as soon he finds out.
The point is, if you are easily offended or not tickled by crass humor, then 'Future Man' is not the show for you, and if you've reached this far in this story, I'd assume you already know that. Does it continue to push the envelope in season 2 as well? The short answer is kind of, and the long, is as follows.
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As we know from the trailers, season 2 of 'Future Man' takes place in 2162 - not the one that Wolf and Tiger left behind, a different one, where things seem better on the outside, but when you look deeper, you see that the ugly side of humanity is at play - especially in positions of power. Both her and Wolf have doppelgangers, because they are not from this timeline and Tiger's secret of being a Biotic - or biotech as they are called in the new future - obviously has a huge a impact on her place in the new world.
As Wilson told Meaww, Wolf is quick to adapt to the new settings, as is expected of him, while Tiger is restless and feels misplaced in the world. Joosh, meanwhile, is in a hell of his own making - literally. The new future is a result of his actions in the past - he is the hero that saved the world from the "evil" Dr Kronish (Keith David), but unleashed a new hell upon the world. How the three cope with their individual issues and come together to save the world - again - is what season 2 is all about.
How season 2 goes, unfortunately, is a lot less fun than its predecessor. While the penis jokes, the irreverence for sex, and insults against no-longer-janitor Josh continue, the show seems to have forgotten how to pace out the jokes. The show was never and was not meant to be "ha-ha" funny, and that was never an expectation. However, where season 1 had managed a joke every other line, season 2 seems to focus more on the buildup.
That being said, would a fan of season 1 enjoy season 2? Absolutely, especially because what the show lacks in jokes, it more than makes up for in the ridiculousness that most of us fell in love with last time around. In fact, it expands on it.
There is a pile of dead Josh's to look out for and that's all I will say about that. Unlike the previous season, where the show took place in our world, the rules of which we are familiar with, the new world is foreign to us. It almost seems like the rules of this new world - which in itself is two worlds - is made up as the story moves along.
A familiar face we will see this season is Stu (Haley Osment), whose role viewers will love uncovering. It has been a few hundred years, and he still remembers - may be still in love with - Tiger, and the exploration of that relationship is pretty interesting. Regardless of his alliances with the time-travelling trio, he represents the secretly toxic nice nerdy guy trop, popularized in movies such as 'Revenge of the Nerds' and 'Sixteen Candles.'
All variations of Stu in season 1 were absolute trash, except for the one we see in the end, who is nervous and timid. Taking pity on him, Tiger had left him a message asking him not to go to Kronish tower, which is what kept him alive that day. For whatever reason and in whatever form, he exists in the new world, taking on a God-like role to the rest of the world, and being a dad to Tiger's counterpart who is the annoying personification of an anime character.
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Josh and Wolf's worlds, meanwhile, are intertwined, yet oh-so-different. While, Wolf thrives, having built a family with "three handsome wives and two beautiful husbands", Josh, not so much. Who are we kidding? Not at all. Unlike the last time, though, Josh's plight somehow crosses the thin line of funny to cruel pretty casually, and it is in this moment that you notice this shift and you acknowledge that season 1 of 'Future Man' was a lot funnier without being as mean in the narrative. Sure, Tiger and Wolf said some cruel things to Josh, and he was frustrated at many points, but it never brought him to the breaking point season 2 brings him to.
However, the story continues seamlessly and if you enjoyed season 1 of 'Future Man,' there is no way you can miss season 2 when it premieres Thursday, January 11, on Hulu.