Spoiler-free review: Seth Rogen’s Hulu original ‘Future Man’ is so much better than it has any right to be
Don't feel bad about showing up late to this party.
None of the promotional material for Hulu's "Future Man" do the show any justice. Having finished the first season, the trailer is a disservice bordering on an injustice. You're completely within your rights to be hesitant.
A show produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg about a janitor trying to save the world by preventing the cure for herpes, via quantum leaps, accompanied by wannabe road warriors, sounds pretty out there. On paper, this show should be a disaster.
I'm gonna pull an Aladdin here and dare you to jump aboard this magic carpet. It's more of a bathmat covered in blood and meth but still.
"Future Man" doesn't just pay homage to classics like "The Last Starfighter," "Terminator 2" and "Back to the Future," it makes them backdrops of entire episodes. I'm not talking easter eggs. I mean there's an episode dedicated to James Cameron's [good] films.
Despite a cast of character actors in Josh Hutcherson as janitor Josh, Eliza Coupe as Tiger and Derek Wilson as Wolf, nothing feels lacking. This is the sort of material where you could forgive some lazy acting but the trio sells out every scene.
It might take you a few episodes to warm up to Coupe and Wilson but their arcs are worth the wait. We also get great cameos and supporting roles from names like Ed Begley Jr., Keith David, Haley Joel Osment, Paul Scheer, Martin Starr and David Koechner.
If you need more hard-R comedy in your life, look no further.
Give this a chance.