'Now Apocalypse' episode 1 preview: Stage set for exploration of millennial world through their sex lives
Now Apocalypse directed by Gregg Araki is the show to keep an eye out for if you enjoy watching abstract films and series. The Starz show starring Avan Jogia, Tyler Posey, Beau Mirchoff, Kelli Berglund and Roxane Mesquida in lead roles explores the world of millennials through the sexual travails of its lead characters.
A series by Araki? It has all his signature elements of his films, specially the Apocalypse trilogy: Surrealism, aliens, exploration of identities through sex and more!
The first episode of the show, 'This is the Beginning of the End', which is about 30 minutes long, introduces audiences to the main players and their characteristics. Avan as Ulysses loves men, has sex with married men often despite knowing that its 'fu**** up', but also fantasizes about his best friend Ford's (Beau) girlfriend Severine (Roxane). This while he is in love with his best friend!
We have Carly (Kelli Berglund), an aspiring actor and secretly cams for some extra cash. She is also Uly's confidante, who listens to his dating life woes and talks to him about how men today force you to not get your hopes up.
Her boyfriend, Jethro, also an aspiring actor, has interesting requests when the two are having sex, which flusters her, but she wings it. While Carly cams, she also has the men read lines with her to practice for her acting class.
Ford, Uly's best friend is an aspiring screenwriter with red hot looks, which fetch him the right contacts in the industry, but not for his talent with his words.
He also knows that he is not the brightest one around, especially when compared to his girlfriend Severine, who is an astrobiologist. He is simple-minded enough to think that his girlfriend is a rocket scientist! He is excited that his relationship with Severine has stuck for six months and wants her to be his official girlfriend!
Severine, on the other hand, doesn't really care what he wants to call her. What she is strictly against is monogamy. Being interrupted by her boyfriend's roommate (Uly) while having sex doesn't shock her, but Ford wanting to be exclusive does. She wants it to be an open-relationship, but will she get it?
Uly will also meet Gabriel (Tyler), a guy that he met online! Uly and Gabriel's relationship to starts off on a rocking note and see the two share more than just a kiss and goodbye hug on their first date.
Not just this, the first episode also throws light on the giant alien lizard we see at the end of the trailer. Is it just Uly's imagination? Or is there some bizarre truth to his premonitions?
Watch the first episode of the show to find out the answers.