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Looking Back At FUTURE MAN

In the realm of science fiction television, there's a special space carved out for those shows that seamlessly blend humor, heart, and high stakes into a narrative cocktail. Such is the case with the 2017 series 'Future Man', a concoction of video gaming enthusiasm, time-travel escapades, and cultural critiques. With a concoction so heady, it's little wonder that the series quickly garnered its own cult following.

Of Video Games and World-saving Missions

'Future Man' made its debut on November 14, 2017, on Hulu, and at its core was Josh Futterman, an underachieving janitor by day and a world-ranked gamer by night. When he conquers the seemingly unbeatable game "Biotic Wars", it serves as more than just a personal victory. The game, he discovers, is a recruitment tool sent from the future, and by conquering it, he's been chosen to save humanity. His guides on this mission are Tiger and Wolf, two warriors from a dystopian 2162, and together, they embark on a journey through time to prevent the future's bleak outcome.

The series cleverly used its time-travel mechanics not just for plot progression but also for comedic and satirical effect. Navigating through iconic periods of history, 'Future Man' offered commentary on societal norms and the butterfly effect, wherein the minutest changes can significantly impact the future.

Echoing Past Triumphs

One cannot discuss 'Future Man' without giving a nod to the many influences that shaped its DNA. Echoes of 'The Last Starfighter' reverberate through its premise, where a video game serves as a test for a larger cosmic role. The dynamic between its primary characters, the camaraderie, and conflicts, had shades reminiscent of the beloved 'Back to the Future' series. However, while 'Future Man' paid homage to its predecessors, it carved its own unique path with its blend of crude humor, heart, and unexpected twists.

The Craft Behind The Screen

Behind the scenes, 'Future Man' had an impressive pedigree. It was the brainchild of Howard Overman, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir, and executive produced by the duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. With Rogen and Goldberg’s involvement, it wasn't surprising to find the series sprinkled with their signature comedic flair. The production saw them collaborate again with Josh Hutcherson, who starred as Josh Futterman, after their work together on 'The Disaster Artist'.

Shooting for the show often involved intricate setups to depict different timelines, requiring meticulous attention to detail in production design, costuming, and special effects. It was a production that demanded versatility from its cast and crew, given its narrative range, from dystopian futures to the psychedelic '60s.

The Stars of the Show

Besides Hutcherson, 'Future Man' boasted a versatile cast. Eliza Coupe played the fierce yet vulnerable Tiger, and Derek Wilson portrayed the earnest and often hilariously out-of-depth Wolf. The chemistry among the trio was palpable, making their misadventures and growth through the series genuinely engaging. The supporting cast, including Ed Begley Jr., Glenne Headly, and Haley Joel Osment, added layers to the story and showcased the depth of talent involved in the production.

Audience Embrace

Upon its release, 'Future Man' quickly found its audience. It wasn't a mainstream juggernaut, but its unique blend of humor, science fiction, and adventure drew in a dedicated viewership. Its debut season enjoyed steady viewership numbers, which solidified its place in Hulu’s roster and guaranteed subsequent seasons.

A Legacy in Laughs and Lessons

'Future Man' wrapped its journey after three seasons, leaving behind a legacy of laughs, heart, and a unique take on time-travel. Its charm lay not just in its comedy but also in its message – that while one can't change the past, the future is always in flux, shaped by the choices made in the present.

It's a testament to 'Future Man's impact that discussions around the show linger, as does its critical analysis. In an age of television where high-concept shows often take themselves too seriously, 'Future Man' stood as a reminder of the joys of absurdity, while still delivering poignant moments and life lessons.

A Glimpse Forward

As the curtains closed on 'Future Man', it left behind a void hard to fill. However, its influence is evident in the increasing number of shows willing to blend genres, push narrative boundaries, and serve up the unexpected, all while wearing their heart proudly on their sleeves.

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