Sweet Tooth, season 1 review: An epic adventure with animal magnetism

When comic book creator Jeff Lemires sweet tooth First hitting shelves in 2009, the remarkable series about a boy-deer hybrid’s journey in post-apocalyptic rural America earned praise from critics and casual readers alike, some calling it “Mad Max meets Bambi”. as described.

At the time, it seemed like a strange, surprisingly appropriate way to describe the series, and more than a decade later, it’s as true — and as oversimplified — as the Netflix version of Lemire’s comic. As for the adaptation, that manages to powerfully convey both the heart and the horror of its titular character’s saga.

Developed by Jim Mickle (Hap and Leonardhandjob stake Land) from Lemire’s series, sweet tooth As we know, a horrific virus outbreak has devastated the world. As if that wasn’t enough to contend with, the outbreak coincides with the emergence of half-human, half-animal children as the new normal for birth in the remnants of civilization.

The series stars young actor Christian Convery as Gus, an innocent hybrid deer-boy whose encounter with the mysterious bachelor embarks on a journey that will bring them both from one end of the country to the other, in this new , will experience the best and worst of the desperate. world. Along the way, they find themselves pursued by enemies with sinister agendas, and search for allies where they least expect to find them.

sweet tooth A story that was always destined to succeed or fail on the strength of its eponymous main character, whose affinity for sweet treats not only earns Gus his nickname, but also has a habit of getting him into trouble. Convery is exceptional in the role, and strikes the right balance of innocent gullibility and the certainty of his beliefs far beyond his years.

It’s hard not to be happy for Gus, whose infectious optimism provides a glimmer of light even in the darkest moments of his journey with Jeppard, portrayed by his giant traveling companion Nono Enoji.

Anozie and Convery have a chemistry that makes their unlikely partnership not only make sense, but feel more and more honest as they find themselves trusting each other more often than not.

In the series’ first, eight-episode season, Enozzi provides a performance game of Thrones and rocknrolla The actor gets plenty of opportunities to show his limits, and he manages to write off an impressive amount of emotion from Jeppard’s arc. His character quietly casts great shadows, but Annoji impresses Jeppard with a depth that makes him almost as charming to watch as Gus on his journey.

Gus and the other hybrids play a major part in the first season, and Netflix has clearly invested in making their non-human presence as plausible as possible. Fuzzy ears, horns, bushy tails, and feathers all pass from character to character with a natural twitch, but their animal features rarely hide their humanity—a theme in the series Hammers House as this one.” The real” depicts the human after another act of course Inhumans when it comes to hybrid children.

it’s a pity, sweet tooth The weakest is when the show turns away from Gus and Jeppard, whose journey is just one of many parallel storylines that run through much of the first season.

Award winning actor Adil Akhtar (murdered by my fatherhandjob ideal world) forces a doctor to choose between his ethics and his search for a cure, while Dania Ramirez (Its just matter of one dayhandjob circle) playing a woman who eventually calls into her life as the protector of hybrids. Despite both actors’ excellent performances, their characters’ arcs never generate the same level of emotional investment as Gus’s adventure. Their stories feel secondary at best to their exploration of Gus and Jeppard, and at worst, feel similar to countless other post-apocalyptic tales that explore the depths that humanity has in sinking into a lawless world. is enabled.

However, even with its unstable secondary arcs, sweet tooth is an engrossing – and at times, heart wrenching – series that balances the lightness and wonder of its titular lead with both the overwhelming beauty and terrifying ugliness of the world that surrounds it, as well as the saga comes to the fore. More than just “Mad Max meets Bambi” sweet tooth It’s a lesson in what it really means to be human, taught by a sweet child who can’t help seeing the good in everyone.

season 1 sweet tooth Now available on Netflix.

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