Sweet Tooth Review: Children Born With The Mixture Of Animal And Human Parts

The Bottom Line A impulsive, well-executed fairy tale.

Airdate: Friday, June 4 (Netflix)

Cast: Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar, Will Forte, Dania Ramirez, Neil Sandilands, Stefania LaVie Owen, Aliza Vellani

Creator: Jim Mickle from the comic by Jeff Lemire

Rating: 3.5/5

The story of Sweet Tooth begins 10 years after an event the characters refer to as The Great Crumble, a possibly connected series of incidents that included the widespread use of a deadly virus and the mass birth of so-called hybrids, children born with a mixture of human and animal parts. The combination of global tragedy and undermining of confidence in the future of pure-blooded humanity ripped society apart in ways these first eight episodes only begin to portray.

Staying on the outskirts of civilization, in a cabin in a natural haven, are a father (Will Forte) and the deer boy he calls Gus (Christian Convery). The child has heightened senses, furry ears, growing antlers and, thanks to the solitude of his upbringing, no real sense of the outside world. When that outside world brutally interferes, Gus begins a quest to find his unknown mother, accompanied across a very pretty post-apocalyptic wasteland by a former football star turned wandering vigilante (Nonso Anozie’s Tommy Jepperd) — one of those harsh figures who claim to hates kids but will surely experience a change of heart as the story progresses.

Sweet Tooth has a unique trait, it’s a very traditional story within the folkloric realm. The elementary message about accepting difference can be correlated to race or gender identity, and that plays with effective clarity. The “this is what happened because humans weren’t respectful enough of the Earth” environmentalist undercurrent is perfunctory, but rarely overplayed.

Sweet Tooth arranges to carve out its own space, one that’s extremely interesting. I just wish it kept up that feeling through the later half of the season. When the show withers into mystery and action, it loses much of what makes it unique — but at least Gus is still there to help you make it through. I recommend you watch it with your siblings and cousins.

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