Sweet Tooth is set at the time of The Great Crumble… No, not Chrimble Crumble from Friday Night Dinner, but the time when society collapsed.
Yes, if you hadn’t already witnessed that at the time of the inauguration of Trump/Biden (delete as appropriate, depending on which way you vote… don’t panic, they didn’t join forces!), then joking aside, this is the time when number of people are getting the Sick, their hands shaking wildly, and we learn nothing would ever be normal again, thanks to a killer virus created in a lab and released by [redacted].
Witnessed first hand by doctor Aditya Singh (Adeel Akhtar), the world’s falling apart with everything exploding, so it’s like an end of the world scenario.
At the same time, a number of babies are being born who are “hybrids” – part-human and part-animal – looking like something out of The Hobbit. We’re introduced to a boy called Gus (Christian Convery), who has ‘nubbins’ on his head which grow into antlers. His Dad has created an environment in the woods for them to live, without allowing in anyone from the outside world. In this extreme way of working from home, quite how he got down to Morrisons for a Tiger loaf, however, is anyone’s guess.
We learn, the reason for everything happening like it did was down to humans selfishly “taking from the planet“, and people don’t like the hybrds because “they were different“, and that setting the world on fire is a way of nature dealing with mankind righting the world in its own way. So, environmental/humans are bad blah-blah-blah.
Circumstances will lead to Gus being teamed up woth former American football star Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Anozie), as you can gather from the film’s publicity.
Based on a DC Comics comic book I’ve never read, to this newbit, Sweet Tooth comes across as a bit of a daft, but sweet fantasy drama aimed at anyone aged 12 and up. The opener passed almost an hour reasonably enough, but there wasn’t enough in it for me to stick with it beyond this first episode. If you are a fan of the books, then chances are, it’ll be more for you.
Sweet Tooth is not available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but is on Netflix from Thursday June 3rd.
Episode 1 Score: 4/10
Series Directors: Jim Mickle, Toa Fraser, Robyn Grace
Producers: Melanie Turner, Evan Moore
Creator: Jim Mickle, Beth Schwartz
Writers: Jim Mickle, Beth Schwartz, Christina Ham, Jeff Lemire
Music: Jeff Grace
Tommy Jepperd: Nonso Anozie
Gus: Christian Convery
Bear: Stefania LaVie Owen
Aimee: Dania Ramirez
Rani: Aliza Vellani
Aditya Singh: Adeel Akhtar
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