TV Review: Sweet Tooth (S1) | A Captivating Adventure

This TV show wasn’t on my radar until the first teaser was released. I had no idea this was coming but the teaser trailer piqued my interest in the show. Created by Jim Mickle (Cold in July) and Beth Schwartz (Arrow), and produced by Team Downey, the series is based on Jeff Lamire‘s Vertigo comics “Sweet Tooth.
The Netflix series is narrated by James Brolin (The 33), stars Nonso Anozie (Artemis Fowl, Cinderella) as Tommy Jepperd Christian Convery (Venom, Lucifer, Legion) as Gus, Adeel Akhtar (Enola Holmes) as Dr. Singh, Will Forte (Booksmart) as Gus’ father Richard, Dania Ramirez (Jumanji: The Next Level, X-Men: The Last Stand) as Aimee, Neil Sandilands (News of the World) as General Steven Abbot, Stefania LaVie Owen (The Carrie Diaries, The Lovely Bones) as Bear, and Aliza Vellani (iZombie) as Rani Singh.

Premise: Ten years after the emergence of hybrids – babies born part human, part animal – coinciding with the spread of a dangerous virus. Hybrid children are hunted by many humans who fear they are the cause of the virus. Gus, a sheltered deer-boy, who grew up living safely in his secluded forest home befriends a wondering loner name Jepperd. The two will set out on an adventure across what’s left of America where they’ll meet unexpected allies and enemies, try to find answers, learn about Gus’ origins, Jepperd’s past, and the true meaning of home. Gus quickly learns the world outside the forest is more complex than he ever could have imagined.

Review: Giving that “Sweet Tooth” was a Vertigo comic, I expected something much darker and grittier. But a few minutes into the series I shed those expectations and revelled in the atmosphere of the series. Where most dystopian worlds are grim and brutal, the show is bright and hopeful with a hint of darkness and violence. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though, the series’ tone manages not to be silly or sugary.

The series follows a bunch of key characters that ends up giving us a broader view of this post-apocalyptic world. Each of these characters add something to the story, bringing answers as the season unfolds, but Gus and Jepperd’s story is the heart of the show. Jepperd’s surliness does a lot to counterbalance Gus’ hopeful disposition. Their surogate-father and son relationship is breath of fresh air and I loved it.

The first season of Sweet Tooth beautifully sets up the characters, and the world they’re in. It’s engaging and a fun watch.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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