'Now Apocalypse': Can Gregg Araki transcend gen gap to give Starz show a millennial perspective?
Greg Arakki is well-known for making the New Queer Cinema, but with 'Now Apocalypse', the filmmaker will have to accommodate a generation that is alien to him. Will he succeed?
Gregg Araki is 59 years old. He is well-known for portraying LGBTQIA+ characters with finesse and sensitivity while also exploring sexual identity with a dash of surrealism.
The cult director of films like 'Doom Generation', 'Nowhere', 'Kaboom' is now stepping into a full-fledged TV show 'Now Apocalypse' for Starz, which he has directed and also co-wrote with 33-year-old Karley Sciortino.
From the first look and trailer videos, the show is clearly aimed at millennials and post-millennials, which gives rise to the question whether Araki can successfully portray a generation that he doesn't have much in common with.
He sure knows his way around making films about battling with identity, but what about the unique characteristics that come with being a millennial?
The possibilities of what the show could achieve cannot just be about unraveling sexual desires without limiting oneself to sexual orientation. The word sexual fluidity is thrown around a lot, but will the depth of it be captured in a show that more or less portrays the lives of individuals who are all in one way or another marking time?
Will the women in the show have any layers at all or would it be limited to looking good, speaking big words on the surface to look intellectual? There certainly seems to be more when it comes to Carly and Severine, but how much of it will the makers dig into? Many a time, a great supporting character remains inconsequential in the grander scheme of things and Araki's 'Now Apocalypse' could also fall in that trap.
Also, Avan Jogia plays the role of a man who has not labeled himself when it comes to sexual orientation. As much as he loves a good sexual encounter with men on Tinder, he also weaves sexual fantasies around his best friend Ford's girlfriend and jacks off to it. While this does depict his free spirit, how successfully the show portrays the concept of sexual fluidity is yet to be seen.
Araki and Sciortino spoke to Queerty and spoke about the difference in generations and how it has contributed to their work.
Sciortino said, "I think really, with the generational thing, we have such a similar attitude toward sex. But it’s helpful that Greg came from this queer movement in the 90s, which I think, at the time, was very transgressive. And I’m part of a generation where there’s a new frontier for female sexual agency. We’ve really sort of embraced sluttiness and promiscuity. So while we have similar ideas about sexual identity and sexual adventure, I can’t write from the perspective of a queer dude as well as Gregg can. And I think it’s helpful that I am a woman with a variety of different sexual experiences to draw on."
Araki, on the other hand, explained how he could draw from Sciortino's experiences while writing. He said, "I was telling Greg (Jacobs) that a lot of times we’ll come up with something, and I’ll just say to Karley, because she’s a sexpert, 'Ok, they go to a sex party.' And I’ve never been to a sex party, but Karley has. So it’s like the first time you go to a sex party, what happens? So I’ll just hand that off to Karley. Then she comes back, and if I had written the scene, it would have been different, but it’s cool. And that was the fun aspect of the show for me: the surprises I would get."
How the show will pan out is something that we must wait and watch. 'Now Apocalypse' stars Avan Jogia, Beau Mirchoff, Kelli Berglund, Tyler Posey among others.