I have been very curious to see Peacock's adaptation of Twisted Metal. I spent many hours during my college days destroying my friends in Sony Playstation's Twisted Metal series. Could they realistically adapt such a unique, not really story based, game? Simple answer, yes.
The show opens with crazy driving scenes set to Cypress Hill's song "(Rock) SuperStar" from their 2000 album Skull & Bones. Cypress Hill is one of my favorite groups of all time. So to quote Calvin Candie from Django Unchained, "You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention."
I dove headfirst into Peacock's video game television adaptation, and let me tell you, it's a full throttle fun! Boasting an all-star cast led by the phenomenal Anthony Macki, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelle Ramos, Neve Campbell, Thomas Haden Church, and the unmistakable voice of Will Arnett as the iconic Sweet Tooth, this adrenaline-fueled journey into the mayhem-filled world of Twisted Metal is an experience like no other.
From the moment the opening scenes grace your screen, you're immediately captivated by the show's superbly crafted visuals and eye-popping special effects. They quickly describe the set up to this crazy new world without delving into the realm of boring. The dedication to bringing the wildly unrealistic gritty atmosphere of the Twisted Metal universe to life is evident in every frame, and it's clear that the creators have painstakingly stayed true to the essence of the beloved video game series.
The casting choices deserve a standing ovation, with each actor perfectly embodying their characters. Anthony Mackie's portrayal of the enigmatic John Doe, a name he chose because he doesn't know what his parents named him, is fantastic. I loved Stephanie Beatriz and her dark comedic turn on Brooklyn 99. She now brings her talents as the character Quiet, who also seems dark and mysterious, with a bit less humor so far. Then I came across two big surprises. First, Thomas Haden Church as Agent Stone. I first fell in love with Church's acting when he played the dumbwitted Lowell Mather on Wings. His resume only grew to impress me with his acting chops playing an outlaw in Tombstone, a soon-to-be-married best friend in Sideways, to a conflicted villain in Spider-Man 3 and Spider-Man: No Way Home. His Agent Stone is a hardass ready to dole out his apocalyptic form of punishment at will. Then we have my 90s crush, Neve Campbell as Raven, the mayor of New San Francisco. She starts off as a sweet doting mother asking John Doe for a huge favor with a mysterious job, but quickly reveals there is something nefarious behind her facade.
But lest we forget, Sweet Tooth, played by Joe Seanoa or perhaps better known as Somao Joe if you are a wrestling fan, and voiced by multi-talented Will Arnett. I am a huge fan of Star Was and am very familiar with the importance of physical acting combined with the perfect voice. David Prowse perfected the movements and menace of Darth Vader while James Earl Jones provided the voice of the galaxy's embodiment of the dark side. Similarly, Joe Seanoa provides the perfect physical body and actions for Sweet Tooth. Likewise, Will Arnett adds the perfect voice to tackle the ridiculousness, yet menacing demeanor of the crazy clown. It also helps that he's based in Las Vegas, my hometown.
The storyline is an exhilarating rollercoaster ride of twists and turns, leaving you on the edge of your seat after every episode. The writing team has expertly balanced the intense action sequences with heartfelt character development, creating a connection with the protagonists that keeps you invested in their fate. Twisted Metal does an exceptional job of catering to both hardcore fans of the franchise and newcomers, making it accessible and thoroughly enjoyable for all audiences.
The action scenes are nothing short of awe-inspiring, with jaw-dropping car battles and intense showdowns that keep your heart pounding throughout. The attention to detail in the vehicular combat sequences is unparalleled, showcasing the iconic cars from the video game series, each with its unique weapons and abilities. It's a visceral experience that manages to exceed expectations.
On top of the stellar performances and exhilarating plot, the show's production values are top-notch. The cinematography, sound design, and musical score work in perfect harmony to create a world that engulfs your senses and immerses you in the high-octane chaos of Twisted Metal.
To put it simply, Peacock's Twisted Metal is a triumphant adaptation of a popular video game in every aspect. With its stellar cast, captivating storyline, and jaw-dropping action sequences, it stands tall as a testament to what a video game television adaptation can be. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the original games or someone new to the Twisted Metal universe, this adrenaline-pumping joyride is an absolute must-watch. Prepare to be blown away!
All ten episodes are now available on Peacock.
Check out the trailer below: