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Review of "Now Apocalypse" 3/17/18 by Suzanne
airs Sundays, 8/7c on Starz

This show is clearly aimed at people under 30 (even though it was written by someone closer to my age), so it's hard for me to relate to. I didn't grow up with anything close to the idea of "gender fluidity."  The premise is that a bunch of 20-somethings in L.A. try to pursue fame and fortune while also having lots of casual sex.  Yet there's more to it than that.

Avan Jogia ("Ghost Wars," "Twisted") stars and narrates the show as Ulysses, a young pothead in search of true love (or at least, something close to it).  He meets the handsome young Gabriel (Tyler Posey of "Teen Wolf") for a date, and they feel an instant connection, which leads them to third base in an alley. Ulysses keeps having a strange dream that he feels is a premonition to something terrible (the Apocalypse in the title, perhaps?).  He and Gabriel experience more than just the earth moving.

I don't want to spoil what happens for you, but let's just say that things get very strange and otherworldly as the story progresses. We'll all have to wait and see whether it's all in Ulysses' imagination or if it's something else.  Other reviewers have complained that the show seems to have more style than substance. I'm fine with that as long as the characters and story keep me interested. It's a weird, quirky show, with actors that I like. I want to see more!


“Now Apocalypse” is a half-hour comedy series created and executive produced by Gregg Araki (Kaboom, Mysterious Skin). Steven Soderbergh (“The Girlfriend Experience,” Logan Lucky) and Gregory Jacobs (Magic Mike XXL, “Red Oaks”) also serve as executive producers. This surreal, coming-of-age comedy series follows Ulysses (Avan Jogia, “Tut,” “Twisted”) and his friends Carly (Kelli Berglund, “Lab Rats,” Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors), Ford (Beau Mirchoff, “Awkward,” “The Fosters”) and Severine (Roxane Mesquida, Kaboom, “Gossip Girl”), who are on various quests pursuing love, sex and fame. “Now Apocalypse” explores identity, sexuality and artistry while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles. Between sexual and romantic dating-app adventures, Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder if some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy is going on, or if he is just smoking too much weed. Araki co-wrote and directed all 10 half-hour episodes of the sexy, vibrant and fast-moving series that has a flip side of mythic, dreamlike creepiness. Karley Sciortino — author, sex columnist, and creator and host of “Slutever” on Viceland — co-wrote the series with Araki and serves as a consulting producer.

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