‘Now Apocalypse’ Review: Gregg Araki’s Insane Stoner Comedy Is for Generation Nobody — Sundance

IndieWire | 1/29/2019 | Staff
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For a TV series promising immediate action in its title, Gregg Araki’s “Now Apocalypse” sure takes its sweet time getting to the apocalypse. In fact, through the first three episodes, an “inciting incident” is entirely absent. Plagued by the same problem facing many feature film writers who decide to try their hand at TV, the familiar 10-episode Starz series is so focused on delaying whatever weird apocalyptic payoff it’s hiding that the early episodes never introduce an enticing, enlightening, or all that enjoyable story at all.

That doesn’t mean there’s a lack of brash, strange moments. The premiere, “The Beginning of the End,” starts with Ulysses (Avan Jogia), commonly called Uly, having sex with a married guy and escaping just before the hubby comes home. Narrating via a video diary he’s making, Uly knows his “gigantic adventures” are going to get him in trouble one day, but he can’t help himself. Whether it’s just to “avoid boredom” or “feel alive,” Uly follows his whims wherever they take him — often toward semi-anonymous sex.

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His intense flings are, in part, a reaction to his feelings for his roommate, Ford (Beau Mirchoff), a Kansas-bred beefcake who asked Uly to move to Los Angeles with him so he could become a screenwriter. (Uly thought about acting for a hot second, but ditched it before the first audition.) Ford is pretty but dumb, which doesn’t keep him from being noticed by a producer and invited around town to share his screenplay. His girlfriend is also part of some top-secret organization that will come into play later, but she doesn’t get up to anything too interesting in the first three episodes.

Roxane Mesquida in “Now Apocalypse”

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While Uly isn’t lusting after Gabriel (Tyler Posey), his latest cyber hookup that’s turned into a full-blown romantic pursuit, he’s chatting with Carly...
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