Starz 'Now Apocalypse' Season 1: Release date, cast, plot, preview, review and everything you need to know
'Now Apocalypse' is an upcoming surrealist comedy show starring Avan Jogia, Tyler Posey, Beau Mirchoff, Kelli Berglund and Roxane Mesquide, set to air on March 10 on STARZ
'Now Apocalypse', the upcoming STARZ show explores the life of a bunch of millennial friends, each of whom wants love, sex, and fortune. The lead character Ulysses — which is a clever play on Lord Tennyson's poem on 'Ulysses' who is unhappy with his dull life in Ithaca — is out to have some fun, find love and all in good company. All is well, until one fine day when he realizes that some world-ending events are about to happen soon. But is it just the effect of the pot that he smoked before bed?
The trailer of the surrealist comedy show gives us a pretty good idea about the 10-episode series. There is a lot that is packed in the trailer which is just under two minutes and every aspect of the series is treated through a psychedelic lens.
Ulysses, played by Avan Jogia, is part of the queer community. He and Tyler Posey are expected to play boyfriends on the show. His friend Carly, played by Kelli Berglund cams for cash when she is broke and from her tone, it is no big deal. Beau Mirchoff plays Ulysses' best friend Ford, an aspiring screenwriter and Roxane Mesquida plays Severine.
These lead characters, all of them colorful — characteristically speaking, add a good punch to a bizarre plot. In the trailer, Ulysses makes it clear that sanity is the last thing you will find in this show, because "Everyone in my life right now is insane."
Carly, who is speaking to someone she probably just met says, "I am a millennial, so sexual fluidity is kind of a requirement." She states it so matter-of-factly that there is nothing you could do but take her at face value. There are many stereotypes about millennials, and to subvert them with such dry humor comes across really well.
The same girl, when trying to experiment with some S&M in bed, which she gets painfully wrong (pun intended) adds more color to her character. This contradiction is what will drive the show into being a fun, entertaining watch.
But is the show only about sexuality and nudity? 'Now Apocalypse' is more than your customary fodder that feeds adolescent sexual fantasies. It seems to be a show with nuanced characters fighting identity crises and this is clearly visible from Ulysses' nightmare. He wakes up in sweats after dreaming about the "End of the world as you know it". He seeks help from a friend, who suggests that he "smoke a wee bit less pot before going to sleep". For a generation that supposedly feels too much about too little, this response and the contradiction in it is pure fun.
Not just the characters of the show, but even the color palette is trippy. It feels like the characters are leading life inside a kaleidoscope. From shots washed in warm shades of red to electric blue, there is a lot of color to take in on screen. The show is written by Gregg Araki and Karley Sciortino, who also worked together on the 2010 film 'Kaboom', which was also centred around the sexual awakening of a group of college students.
What can we expect from the show? In Carly's words, it could be "fairy-tale slash vintage gay porn" or it could be about four friends who try to live their dreams. Find out more when 'Now Apocalypse' begins airing on March 10 on STARZ.