Twisted Metal: Twisted Metal Season 1: Full Season
July 27, 2023 2:25 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

A motor-mouthed delivery man is offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Starring Anthony Mackie as the "milkman" John Doe and Stephanie Beatriz as the carjacking Quiet. Featuring Thomas Hayden Church as law and order obsessed Agent Stone, Neve Campbell as the deceitful COO of New San Francisco Raven, and Will Arnett as the voice of violent clown Sweet Tooth.

The entire season is currently streaming on Peacock.
posted by miss-lapin (18 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who wrote the Deadpool trilogy and Zombieland are behind this series. You can definitely from the smart aleck patter.
posted by miss-lapin at 3:40 PM on July 27, 2023

Twisted metal like the video game?
I should have something for this.
posted by Acari at 3:43 PM on July 27, 2023

Yep it's a show based on the game. I don't know anything about the game, but I do like violent post apocalyptic dystopias so I thought I'd give it a try.
posted by miss-lapin at 5:04 PM on July 27, 2023 [1 favorite]

It's pretty good so far! Fills a Future Man shaped hole in my heart. Not expecting to enjoy this, and here we are.
posted by chainlinkspiral at 5:13 PM on July 27, 2023 [2 favorites]

Better and gorier than expected, although the CGI is pretty dodgy. The dialogue is a little much at times, which is saying something because Stephanie Beatriz's character can't speak.

Unabashed b-movie vibes. It knows it is trash and it wallows in it. Reminds me of the short-lived Blood Drive show, although that had more grindhouse/exploitation vibes and this feels more like a live action cartoon.

Surprisingly good job at adapting Twisted Metal's vague justifications for a vehicle deathmatch arcade game into something that works for a TV show. I now want to play an open world Twisted Metal reboot that uses the post-apocalyptic "milk man" as the setup. Twisted Metal + Crazy Taxi/Death Stranding + Mad Max 2015? That sounds kind of great.
posted by forbiddencabinet at 11:24 PM on July 27, 2023 [2 favorites]

How does it compare to "Blood Drive"? (Which was bonkers, but I loved it) (missed 'forbiddencabinets' reference - so, this is a go fo me, thanks for posting!)
posted by rozcakj at 6:30 AM on July 28, 2023 [1 favorite]

I had a copy of twisted metal for my original Sony Playstation lol, going to have to watch this
posted by some loser at 6:53 AM on July 28, 2023

Too bad that it's on one of the streaming services that I don't have, because it sounds like a more-fun version of Damnation Alley.
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:58 AM on July 28, 2023

I LOVED blood drive. This isn't quite that batshit although they may be working up to that for 2nd season. There are points it comes close to blood drive like the Mr Slam fight scene or Sweet Tooth's backstory. But overall, there's nothing close to the batshittery of The Fucking Dead and so far the imagination of the little pocket worlds they find along the way isn't as imaginative either.

However, it's a first season so hopefully if it gets a second it will take things to crazier heights.
posted by miss-lapin at 10:18 AM on July 28, 2023 [1 favorite]

I'm just watching this because one of the supporting actors has a funny podcast. (Mike Mitchell from the Doughboys podcast, playing Stu.)
posted by paper chromatographologist at 12:57 PM on July 28, 2023 [4 favorites]

Definitely not as insane as Blood Drive, but it has its moments. We can hope that if Twisted Metal is successful we might see the heights (lows?) of Blood Drive on a tv show again, but TM does have different sensibilities so even if it ups the bonkers factor it's going to be more like Shoot 'Em Up. It doesn't have b-horror in its heart like Blood Drive did.
posted by forbiddencabinet at 2:30 PM on July 28, 2023

better than expected, and that's pretty much due to the acting. it feels a bit dated, and the writing is derivative - even if they are the writers of Deadpool and Zombieland, they are ripping off their own work. no new beats. (i do feel bad about harshing on writers right now, though.) this is amusing, and the casting is spot on - every one of the actors gets ahold of their scene and chews it for all it's worth. which is fun enough in itself.
posted by lapolla at 4:20 AM on July 29, 2023 [1 favorite]

I owned a 2002 Subaru Impreza (WRX). What they had on the show was so modified that it doesn't really fit any year model, but I know it wasn't the car that I had. Still, I want you to understand my frustration. They said it was a 2002, but it wasn't actually. Thank you for listening to my episode of Car Complaints that Nobody Gives a Shit About.
posted by Quonab at 8:57 PM on July 29, 2023 [2 favorites]

3 episodes in, and am loving it. Sure it’s cheesy, w, dated and silly - but it’s fun! It doesn’t take itself seriously!
posted by rozcakj at 11:19 AM on August 3, 2023

Oh, this is marvelous.

It's silly but still has some substance.
posted by porpoise at 6:05 PM on August 7, 2023 [2 favorites]

I would've thought the murderous clown thing would wear out fast, but so far so good. The Las Vegas show that was a perfect recreation of the hotel advertising was, uh, really funny? Just the perfect combination of unnerving and unexpected.
posted by grandiloquiet at 8:19 PM on August 11, 2023 [2 favorites]

Sweet Tooth remained relevant even after the [history-as-child-actor] reveal.

Setting his own head on fire ought to feel tired, but this level of rationally intentional silliness hasn't been tried for a while so it feels fresh enough for me.

The 'Show' - yeah.
posted by porpoise at 11:02 PM on August 15, 2023

Jason Mantzoukas becoming a messiah in the post-apocalypse dystopia is the most realistic thing in this entire show.
posted by Etrigan at 9:00 AM on September 14, 2023 [1 favorite]

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