‘Future Man’ is well cast, and well executed. While it is full of action and violence, and replete with time-travelling sci-fi tropes, it also manages to be subtly comic at the same time, cracking several jokes that could go by unnoticed if the viewer isn’t paying attention. And despite having mainstream, cookie-cutter character archetypes, all of the actors give convincing performances that involve the viewers and make them want to go along for the ride. If you enjoy sci-fi/action movies from the ‘80s and the ‘90s, then it’s difficult to not love “Future Man’, as it is a series that both celebrates those films and pokes fun of them at the same time.
Future Man Cast: Who’s in it?
The cast of ‘Future Man’ is led by ‘The Hunger Games’ star Josh Hutcherson, who plays the role of a janitor and world-ranked gamer, Josh Futturman, who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humanity after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion. Joining Future Man on his quest to save the world are Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson, who portray time-travelers Tiger and Wolf, respectively. The three leads share a fun, chaotic chemistry as the R-rated sci-fi comedy series does a stellar job of combining all of its disparate elements into one cohesive, entertaining story.
Ed Begley Jr. and Glenne Headly play the roles of Gabe and Diane Futturman – Josh’s father and mother, respectively. Meanwhile, Robert Craighead plays the role of Detective Vincent Skarsgaard, Jason Scott Jenkins plays the role of Carl, and Keith David plays the role of Doctor Elias Kronish. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Matt Tolmach, Ben Karlin, James Weaver, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir serve as executive producers of the show.
Future Man Plot: What is it about?
In the show, Josh Futturman is a janitor who spends his days cleaning the floor of a research facility, Kronish Laboratories. He is also a gamer by night who, using an unusual strategy, goes on to complete a video game called Biotic Wars – a game that no one had been able to complete prior to him. Once Josh completes the game, his life changes, and two soldiers from the future, Tiger and Wolf, appear in the present and inform his about his gargantuan task of saving humanity from extinction. What follows is an action-packed, and often comic adventure that sees Josh travelling back and forth time as struggles to understand his past, the future, and his role as the savior of humanity.
The finale of Season 1 of ‘Future Man’ shows Josh relaxing in his prison cell, when blue bolts of lightning – like those that accompany people time traveling – start materializing. They grow louder and brighter and suddenly in a flash, the season ends. Who could it be? Why did they come back? Are they coming from the future or the past? This cliffhanger marks the completion of Season 1, and Season 2 picks up from there.