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Now Apocalypse (Season 1), 2019

  • LeratoEnchanted
    LeratoEnchanted
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    On 30/03/2019 at 12:11 Quote this message

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    Now Apocalypse follows a millennial's day-to-day life as he tries to find himself and what his purpose actually is in the world. Ulysses (Uly to his friends) loves the idea of love and being wholly worshipped by the person he's with, this is all accompanied by sex, loads and loads of sex in fact.

    As a young gay guy trying to find his feet in his career and social life, Uly often finds himself overwhelmed by how demanding life actually is. This is all done using satirical quips, which turns out to be a much needed distraction from an otherwise heavy show.

    So, he self-medicates by way of weed. He's stoned on most days, thus he can hardly tell between reality and what his drug-induced trips make him believe. This is where the focal plot comes in; while his chaotic life continues on around him, there's also an alien threat that only he seems to know about looming.

    Starz as a network has never shied away from having shows that have a lot of over-the-top sexual extravaganzas that most of their shows can be mistaken for something that can be found on P*rnhub, and this show is no different. In fact the sexual experience/education plot gradually takes more priority. I'm talking explicit gay sex, three-somes, group bangs, BDSM, you name it.

    As the episodes progress things on the sexual front start getting weirder and weirder. I was beginning to wonder if the writers were dimwitted and sexist, and basically everything wrong with how sexuality as a whole is and has always been percieved, or if this was some sort of twisted commentary on the reality of romantic relationships today. A friend pointed out to me that it might indeed be commentary, and after this confirmation I started to realise how important this particular show actually is.

    Now Apocalypse unapologetically highlights the expectations of a relationship and how ridiculous everything can get when two people are involved romantically and sexually. It puts a question mark on millennials specifically. Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves and ourselves so much? I actually came out learning a whole lot more about relationship dynamics between young people which opened a conversation re: my own expectations.

    All though there isn't as much alien and science fiction activity happening like I expected, I ended up enjoying the show a lot. For a first season, Now Apocalypse did a good job getting me interested in all its odd characters and the screwed up world they exist in.

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