Future Man was a surprise delight when it aired in 2017, at first it seemed to be a fairly fun but nothing particularly special mix of time travel shenanigans and stupidity when Janitor Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson) turns out to be the only person who can save humanity, despite the fact that he’s something of an idiot and has no idea what he’s doing.
Teaming up with time travellers Tiger (Eliza Coupe) and Wolf (Derek Wilson) it was a take on bad eighties sci-fi movies until it decided to become ridiculously daft, and half way through the season it became much more enjoyable with episodes which saw Wolf become a master chef, getting addicted to cocaine, and the timeline being distorted so that Josh was suddenly insanely rich. Much much more happened to but it’d take an age to explain all of the ins and outs of the plot, if it sounds like a show you’d like to see you really have to start at the beginning, even though a couple of those initial episodes aren’t all that great it’s definitely worth doing so.
Season one came to a close with the world being saved but Josh in prison, though flashing lightening right at the end suggested Tiger and Wolf had returned to rescue him. Instead of this happening we see Josh back at home and now under house arrest, with employee Paul (Paul Scheer) hanging out with him and former detective Vincent Skarsgaard (Robert Craighead) making sure he doesn’t leave his home. It quickly becomes apparent that all is not as it seems though, and when Tiger and Wolf return to the present they reveal that while the future has been saved Josh’s life is in danger. Or is it? Or is something even stranger going on? Well, yes, yes it is, which those two questions kind of made obvious.
It’s never going to be the kind of series which offers insights in to life or which has something thoughtful to say about it’s characters, but then that’s not always such a bad situation, the main thing is that show wants to entertain and tell a twisty tale which judging by this first episode (and the last season in general) is pretty unpredictable. With this level of reality fuckery going on it’s hard to trust that what we’re seeing is actually true or not as well, especially as Wolf and Tiger aren’t involved, but I’m guessing the final few minutes of the episode are real and that life for Josh is going to continue to be rather difficult.
If there’s a complaint that I have about this first episode is that it’s a little plot heavy, but there’s a lot to enjoy in the way the rug is constantly pulled from under the audience’s feet, and there are a good few gags which work well like Derek’s two stars pun, Josh’s new freakishly large penis, a great joke concerning Josh’s code name, plus you get to see Paul Scheer being viciously murdered and who wouldn’t enjoy such a thing? And I say that as a big fan of the man and his work, but his skeezy character here definitely deserved to have a short life span. I’ve no idea where the show will go next but I like that factor a lot, and given that all thirteen episodes are available on Hulu today I have a feeling it’s going to be something I get a lot of pleasure from binging very quickly.