SWEET TOOTH – Review by Susan Granger

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If you’re looking for a Netflix series to stream, I highly recommend Sweet Tooth. As you might guess from the improbable title, it’s an unusual, post-apocalyptic tale, one that tugs at your heart.

As the narrator (James Brolin) explains, in the decade after the ‘Great Crumble,’ when much of humanity succumbed to the deadly H5G9 virus, human mothers began to give birth to half-animal infants.

In Episode #1, Pubba (Will Forte) trudges off into the wilderness with adorable baby Gus, who has the twitchy, furry ears of a deer and budding antlers. Settling into a cabin, Pubba teaches Gus how to survive within their idyllic compound, cautioning him to never, ever venture beyond the fence that separates them from the perils of the outside world.

Years pass and Gus (Christian Convery) is left alone. Then he encounters Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Anozie), a formidable ex-football player/nomad whom he calls ‘Big Man.’ Initially reluctant to befriend Gus, Big Man can’t help feeling protective of the kind-hearted, naively curious, ever-optimistic boy.

Desperate to find his mother, Gus is determined to travel to a bleak place in Colorado where she was last seen. But along the way, he and often-exasperated Big Man must evade the menacing ‘Last Man’ vigilantes who hunt hybrid children, blaming them for the pandemic.

Subplots abound. There’s the orphaned cult leader Bear (Stefania LaVie Owen), along with reclusive Aimee (Dania Ramiriez), who lives in an abandoned zoo. Plus Dr. Singh (Adeel Akhtar), working on a cure for the virus, and despotic General Abbott (Neil Sandilands) of the Last Men militia.

Filmed in New Zeland, combining sci-fi with fantasy, it’s adapted by director Jim Mickle from Jeff Lemire’s DC/Vertigo comics, concluding with a compelling cliffhanger involving Gus’ origin.

As for its prophetic timing, Lemire notes, “I wrote the book over a decade ago, so obviously that has no connection with what’s been happening with COVID-19.”

On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, Sweet Tooth is an intriguing 8. All eight episodes are streaming on Netflix, and a second season seems inevitable.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.