Marvel’s Hit-Monkey was one of the last shows developed by Marvel Television before being turned into Marvel Studios and like other animated series that debuted on Hulu, MODOK, it’s not 100% serious in itself. But it’s definitely more serious than its cousin series. But how serious or funny it is is the question we ask when we watch it.
Opening scene: A man is led by his bodyguards to the back of a waiting car, all of which are beheaded and/or shot by a mysterious assassin. The assassin jumps into the car, and we see the silhouette of a monkey in the suit.
Gist: Two months earlier, in Tokyo, an accomplished gangster named Bryce (Jason Sudeikis) rolls into town to take on an important job. He is a chatty person, talking to people about his difficult childhood and his “honest policy” even though no one cared to listen. After packing up his documents and a children’s backpack in full for half his fee, he strayed into his hotel.
The next day, at a rally for a progressive candidate for prime minister, Shinji Yokohama (George Takei), a veteran politician who manages the candidate’s campaign, is wondering about the more aggressive parts of the speech. Shinji’s young niece Akiko (Olivia Munn) says those are her ideas, and it seems Ken, the candidate, supports it. But their dreams of a new wave of Japanese politics died down with Ken, as Bryce went on to do his job, using a series of rifles to assassinate the candidate from a nearby skyscraper.
He was crossing the double track at the mining site, an hour south of the city; He tries to explode and shoot his way out of the mess, but gets shot himself. He wandered through the snowy forest and passed out. A family of snow monkeys drag him to their hot pool and nurse him back to health. However, a monkey (Fred Tatasciore) opposes Bryce’s presence, thinking he will only bring evil. Because of his trouble, the chief sent him away.
But when a group of military officers come looking for Bryce, they not only shoot him, but the entire family of monkeys arrives to protect him. The exiled monkey, looking at the weapons the soldiers were using, picked up the two automatic weapons and let loose, killing the assassins one by one. Bryce, somehow barely continuing, tells Hit-Monkey that they are now connected. “You will find assholes who did this to us and do it to them. You hear me?”
What shows will it remind you of? How many shows have the monkey killer as the main character? We’ll admit that the animation reminds us of a nicer version of the ’80s version of what Joe? or Transformers. It’s not quite as raw as those shows, because there are some anime elements added. Let’s just say it looks somewhere between those shows and Archer.
Our Take: Hit-Monkey is one of those shows that hit you or just went over your head. The first episode summarizes Hit-Monkey’s origin story pretty well, and solidifies his relationship with Bryce. What we’re wondering is just what tune this show, created by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, is trying to achieve.
Perhaps the timing of the movie is influencing this thinking, but, as we like Sudeikis, his character Bryce is essentially “Ted Lasso is an assassin.” He gossips – perhaps too much – and shares too much. He has strange feelings for a man who is doing a very careless job. At least in the first episode, the Venn diagram between Bryce and Ted almost resembles a circle.
But Hit-Monkey himself is mortally dead, and it looks like much of the show will be scenes of him, guided by Bryce’s spirit, hunting down everyone who killed his family. ta. Now, isn’t the idea of a killer monkey a bit funny? Sure. Also, the monkey will probably run into problems because, as it is, a snow monkey is out for revenge.
By the end of the first episode, though, we’re not sure where the show will land on the timbre line. Takei and Munn’s characters can go either way. And, given that we don’t know much about Bryce, we can learn things about him that highlight Sudeikis’ considerable dramatic acting abilities.
We don’t need Hit-Monkey be serious or funny. But it’s really hard to handle what it wants to be, much less where it is.
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Farewell shot: Hit-Monkey, a gun slung over his shoulder and Bryce’s sunglasses on his face, was waiting at the train station to go to Tokyo and started cracking his skull. He turned and saw the green light of Bryce’s ghost. “Told you this was going to be weird,” Bryce told him.
Sleeper Star: When Takei is in a movie, he will always get the sleeper award. He’s proven over the past 15 years that he’s a great actor, and he seems to have an interesting role as world-weary Shinji.
Most Pilot-y routes: Apart from a small font for the subtitles of the monkeys, we couldn’t see anything.
Our call: INSTRUCTIONS IT. Marvel’s Hit-Monkey looks like it will give fans of the comic book character a good story and Sudeikis did a good job as Bryce. But if you’re a fan of Sudeikis’ Emmy-winning current series, it might give you a few flashbacks to Ted Lasso.
Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting, and technology, but he’s not kidding: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, VanityFair.com, Fast Company and others.
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