‘Future Man’: Shocking, gross, amazing, unmissable
Five jolly good reasons to immediately binge on season two of Showmax’s fearless piece of sci-fi comedy
Future Man’s combination of silly comedy and clever sci-fi has made it a rare genre hit with critics, who gave its second season a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Collider hailed it as a “sci-fi comedy triumph” while Den of Geek praised it as an “unpredictable, one-of-a-kind comedy … a classic, fearless piece of sci-fi comedy”,
Season two, on Showmax in SA, picks up in 2162. Josh, Wolf and Tiger learn that their season-one mission to stop the herpes cure from getting out didn’t work. In this timeline, Stu Camillo is now in power, having created the cure, and has launched a plan to relocate humanity to Mars. A shadowy organisation called The Pointed Circle seeks to recruit Josh to take Stu down – but are they the good guys, or is Stu? Here are five reasons to binge Future Man immediately:
1. Josh Hutcherson as Josh Futturman
Hutcherson won four Teen Choice awards as Peeta in The Hunger Games but his character here couldn’t be further from that overachieving heartthrob. In Future Man he plays Josh Futturman, a slacker janitor by day, obsessive gamer by night, who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity at the hands of a super-race accidentally created by a cure for herpes. But some heroes are born; others are chosen … by mistake. Let’s just say Josh Futturman wouldn’t have survived long in The Hunger Games, even if he’s slowly growing into the hero Wolf and Tiger convinced him he was in season one.
2. Derek Wilson as Wolf
You’ll recognise Wilson as Donnie in Preacher and Kent in Rectify, but Future Man gives him his best role by far as Wolf, one of the time-travellers sent back from a dystopian future to recruit Josh. ScreenRant calls him “the show’s not-so-secret weapon” and “the MVP of season one”, rightly pointing out that his “hyper-aggressive, overly masculinised persona” was the “source of the show’s biggest laughs”. If Josh is hopelessly unprepared to be a military hero, then Wolf is even less prepared to blend into any era that values human life. Wolf happily gets more screen-time in season two – and a suitably unconventional family.
3. Eliza Coupe as Tiger
Coupe’s always been funny: she was featured in Variety’s 10 Comics To Watch and starred in hit comedies Happy Endings, Casual, Scrubs and The Mindy Project, among many others. But she’s a revelation as an action hero in Future Man. She plays Tiger – as Decider phrases it, a “kickass lady general who had the discipline and gravitas of every video game commander but the comedic timing of Amy Brookheimer on Veep”. In season two, Eliza gets to play multiple versions of Tiger (this is sci-fi, after all) and even has her own musical fantasy sequence that Den of Geek calls “a season highlight”.
4. Haley Joel Osment as Stu Camillo “I see dead people ...” Remember that kid actor in The Sixth Sense who became the first millennial male nominated for an Oscar? He’s all grown up now – and even has the beard to prove it. In Future Man he plays scientist Stu Camillo – described by Inverse as “the worst-case scenario of what might happen in the future if we let beta male tech magnates like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg take over the entire world”. He’s also obsessed with Tiger and takes part in what Inverse calls “the weirdest sci-fi sex scene of all time.” (Which, for anyone who knows sci-fi, is quite a claim.)
5. It’ll make you laugh out loud, a lot
As Decider puts it, “Future Man season two isn’t going to be the most prestigious show you watch in 2019… But there’s one thing I can guarantee it will do: it’ll make you laugh loud and often. Sometimes, that’s all you need.”
That should be more than enough of a sales pitch for Future Man to be on your watchlist. If you’re still holding out, we should add that two-time MTV Movie Award winner Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, This Is The End) stars as Susan – and is also one of the directors and executive producers – and that Future Man was nominated as 2018’s best new media superhero series by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.