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Sweet Tooth Looks Great But Is Horrible

Oh my god, I can’t get out of my head how much I hate this show. The first three episodes make it look great, but then the next five A) drag it out like a motherfucker and B) have some characters I can’t stand.

Most of all the kid. I hate this kid. Don’t get me wrong, the actor behind it is fine. The effects behind him aren’t great–his ears don’t look real, they look robotic. They don’t move like real deer ears. But that’s not what bothers me.

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What bothers me is that the kid is the root of all their problems. He’s the plot mover. Story slowing down? Get him in trouble. The kid is fucking incompetent. He can’t listen to instructions, has no discipline, and not an ounce of self-preservation.

Don’t have fires in the middle of the day. What does he do? Starts a fire in the middle of the day. That one I could forgive because it’s the catalyst for the story. But no, it doesn’t stop.

Maybe you shouldn’t piss off the guy with the gun who’s allowing you to follow him. What does he do? Pisses him off by eating all his food and medicine.

“Sit on the bench and don’t move while I get train tickets.” What does he do? He immediately gets out of his seat and starts wandering around.

“Don’t walk on the bridge, it won’t hold your weight.” What does he do? Immediately walks on the bridge and falls through. (Which leads to a dream sequence which I’ll talk about later).

“Stay still and don’t move or the man moving through the train car.” What does he do? He moves and knocks something over and alerts them. Do you want to die kid? Do you hate yourself (and me) that much?

Now is not the time to look for your stupid stuffed dog, there are guards on the train who will kill you and they are coming in. Maybe don’t wander away? What does he do? You guessed it… (At that point, Big Man is like “well, I know we’ll be too well off if I don’t go for his stuffed animal. Might as well resign myself to my fate.”)

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“Would you just fucking listen to me for once in your life?”

Fucking kid doesn’t think. What is he, ten? I have an eleven-year-old and I would trust her in a survival situation more than the kid who’s half-deer.

And at the very end is the piece de resistance, where he radios the bad guys his exact location. Whenever he starts a sentence with “Don’t get mad, but…” you know A) shit’s going down B) he knows what he did was wrong but he did it anyway. I don’t believe in child abuse but he’s only half-human. Can I half-smack him?

He gets his friend shot. How has he not learned there are consequences for his actions yet? The fact that he’s making mistakes isn’t the problem. It’s that he keeps making the same mistake over and over. He’s incompetent and he’s a liability to his allies.

This isn’t endearing. This isn’t “oh, he’s just a kid”. It’s not like he was never taught how dangerous and deadly the outside world is. AND HE KEEPS DOING IT. By the end of the series, I was rooting for Dr. Robotnik General Abbot to kill him, just to teach him a lesson.

The other character I can’t stand is Dr. Singh. I wouldn’t mind if Abbot gets him too. He’s such a whiny little bitch. He’s always crying about the cure and the medicine and what he has to do and PTSD from when the Sick first started. Bitch, didn’t you ever have a patient die? Medical school is not for the timid. I know, my brother-in-law is a doctor. I hate to be misogynistic, but man up.

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He’s ugly too.

He’s so brow-beaten by his wife. I’d rather the series be about her–she seems cool and tough. She’s horrified by what has to happen to get her treatments, but she also does not want to die. And when it comes to me and someone I don’t know, I might make the same decision. Especially if I’ve been doing it for so long.

And he keeps saying “she’s not contagious!” Bitch, how do you know? How do you know you’re not just immune. Or maybe even an asymptomatic carrier? I’m not a doctor and I know this stuff.

They’re hiding, essentially. Hiding in a nice gated-off community that has power and wifi and food and a doctor. And he’s keeping his wife’s Sick at bay with some kind of magic injection, but all it does is stave it off for a month. Then because they live in a neighborhood full of Karens, one of them finds out.

But just before she’s about to tell the world, they accidentally (fortunately?) kill her. But of course, because they love the drama, they hide the body in a freezer instead of A) burying it somewhere nowhere will find it or B) telling the truth because there’s no point to hide anything because the only person who knew about your wife’s Sick is now dead.

That would be the logical thing to do. But if this show embraced logic and rationality, the plot would never move forward. So we have to give characters the idiot ball just to keep things going.

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So the result is an intriguing first three episodes, and then five more of what I call “crying in front of the camera”. Each episode, when they’re not saving Deer-Kid from his own crapulence, is filled with heart-to-hearts, flashbacks, dream sequences, and whining/crying about their current situation to someone (when they’re the ones who got in that situation in the first place). They’re not character-building moments, they’re filler.

Not to mention, the plot is super predictable. Of course, Gus is a science experiment. You haven’t shown me that “magic” is a thing in this universe so the only other possible explanation is science gone awry.

I wish I hadn’t watched this. All it did was angry up my blood. But everyone was talking about it. Maybe because it’s aimed at a younger audience. Maybe because it’s about a relevant topic at a time we were binge-watching everything. It’s a fantasy-adventure that favors the child audience. But I know helicopters don’t crash into each other because of a virus and you still have to go to work and the world doesn’t end all at once.

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This is the only “Sweet Tooth” I need

This post may seem a little rushed but I just couldn’t hold it in anymore. And the posts that spew vitriol seem to get more views. I’m no rebel to the algorithm.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at http://www.ericjuneaubooks.com where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

6 Comments

  • Chester

    I completely agree! Holy shit! Thank you! And the other part that pissed me off was the Animal Army. They are all freaking kids! How the hell do they have all these things (weapons, food, electronics, a freaking RPG game when there is no internet) in an abandoned carnival?! And not to mention when they were about to execute Jepp, they had all different colors of smoke going into the freaking sky! How did the Last Men not see this? Basically giving away their location? And how the eff did they have a grown ass tiger? This isn’t the walking dead! Also, for this to be a Warner brothers production, was their budget like 100 grand? The second episode, when they were talking on top of the bus? The night sky looked so damn fake! But I completely agree. The first 2 episodes were great, but then it just became ridiculous. Oh and one more thing, how did Aimee not smell the cigarette smoke when it was literally right there on the ground, yet pig girl smelled it. Like, come on.

  • Mike

    You guy’s hit the nail on the head with your reviews! Wich is exactly what I felt like doing after watching this crap of a series, with my wife. Little kids running around in cheep animal costumes, low budget set’s, and terrible acting. This reminds me of another terrible movie I walked out on in the middle of watching called ” Where the wild things are”.
    Sweet tooth is much worse!
    The climactic fight scenes are so Laughable. The bad guy has a state of the art helicopter, machine guns and RPG’s but is destroyed by an old airline plane flying around with the door open dropping garbage on the army, Come on! This show is terrible guy’s. Save your precious time and watch something else. Unfortunately Good shows are hard to find as of lately. Once again, My wife and I found Ourselves saying “Dam we stayed up for this garbage”.

  • Pierrette Israel

    I hate this kid and every episode I pray for someone to kill him and take me out of my misery. He is not only stupid beyond belief, he actively helps the villains capture and torture kids like himself. I only started watching this shit because the kids came over and put it on, but once they leave I am tapping out. Good luck y’all. I’m out.

  • Tarok

    Yeah this kid is annoying… my big problem was something the contradicts

    The Train scene:
    In one scene they can ran as fast as a train. Next scene you see the train is driving fucking fast. It makes no sense … or in the train. Alle the time he can sniff stuff 1km away but can’t sniff his fucking stuffed dog that’s 1m away from him…

    I can live with an unrealistic story. But I can’t live with a story that contradicts itself

    • Eric J. Juneau

      I’ve always had a problem with heroes who have powerful senses of smell. Like Wolverine. I’ve seen him be able to tell the gender and height of people behind locked airtight doors. They can detect scents that haven’t even had time to dissipate through the air yet. Like, how are they not overwhelmed by all the smells in the air in the human world? A dog can detect each individual ingredient in spaghetti sauce, and you’re saying these guys’ are more powerful than that?

  • Violet

    I don’t actually agree here but I’m just making a comment. 1. Gus “what is he? ten” it says in the show he’s 10 lots of times, plus Gus is supposed to be intelligent, stubborn, curious , some people say he’s autistic and a little bit naive. Gus was isolated and sheltered for ten years and he doesn’t know much because of that. the more you watch and think about the show the more good it gets also the part where you said “I don’t believe in child abuse and he’s half-human can I half-smack him?” there’s child abuse and animal abuse in that so maybe think about what your saying and plus there are things you can KEEP in YOUR mind???? obviously

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