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Now Apocalypse premieres March 10


"Now Apocalypse" stars Avan Jogia ("Tut," "Twisted") as Ulysses, who is struggling to figure out his life in the surreal and bewildering city of Los Angeles. Kelli Berglund ("Lab Rats," "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors") stars as Carly, Beau Mirchoff ("Awkward," "The Fosters") as Ford, and Roxane Mesquida (Kaboom, "Gossip Girl") as Severine, all of whom are on quests pursuing love, sex and fame. 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.

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That seems plausible, given that Nowhere was part of trilogy he called Teenage Apocalypse.

I remember liking the movie, although since it never got a DVD release in the US, I doubt I've seen it since VHS was a thing.

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This is going to be as polarizing as all of Araki's work, but I REALLY liked it.  And it does definitely seem like an update of Nowhere, not the least of which is a small cameo by James Duval, who I suspect is playing the same character.

And Avon Jorgia and Tyler Posey have excellent chemistry.

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The pilot was awful.  My guess is that the writers saw HBO’s failed Here and Now and thought they could do a better job.  Well, they didn’t.  If you can’t come up with a new idea, don’t bother until you do.

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I mostly enjoyed it, but I'm not being wowed by it. At least I feel something of a connection to Ulysses and Carly as the more rounded of the characters; Severine and Ford are just too flat for me to sympathize with. (The latter is totally going to get roped into being a go-go boy at a Bryan Singer-esque pool party, isn't he?)

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I feel like the show didn’t even really get started on the what the main plot was supposed to be until the last episode. Also not sure why they featured Tyler Posey so much when promoting the show, considering how often he’s actually in it. 

Agreed though that I definitely enjoyed the eye candy

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Watched the first two episodes so far and it's stupid fun. Not the greatest show out there by any stretch but fun enough with a likeable (if reckless) enough protagonist in Ulysses but the ratings don't seem to be the greatest for this one.

Have Starz renewed it for a second season?

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I wanted Avan to play Aladdin, but since that isn't happening, I guess watching him pretend to jerk off Tyler Posey in an alley will have to do.

This show is really testing my boundaries for gratuitous sex scenes, which I didn't even realize I had. It's basically porn vignettes with the stoner alien subplot thrown in to get it past the censors. 90% of dialogue between characters occurs during sex. The majority of characters are introduced during sex. Characters fuck within 10 seconds of meeting. Three characters masturbate (unprompted by anything) in almost back-to-back scenes in the same episode. I find myself sighing and saying "another sex/masturbation scene?" The cam girl stuff is at least plot-relevant so I'll give that a pass. But I am laughing at the visual of Ford's actor or some poor PA having a cup of...milk? yogurt? or whatever it was as fake cum to fling across his chest at the designated moment. And how many actors have lined up and filmed for a day just to pretend to jerk it at a webcam? That's definitely not a credit I'd want on my reel.

Overall, it just feels like actors who are tired of playing teens trying to prove themselves and force themselves out of that demographic by doing as many X-rated scenes as possible.  

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A couple of the actors who've played Carly's clients have at least had interesting twists to their parts, like the guy who was reading lines with her and the pee fetishist who turned out to be the Starz network exec she was pitching her web series to.

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