Sweet Tooth

  • 19 Jun - 25 Jun, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

We throw around the word “twee” a lot when it comes to TV shows that revel in their own preciousness. So many more shows have come out during the era that something like Sweet Tooth doesn’t even feel that bad. But, surprisingly, the show balances the preciousness-drama line well. The Great Crumble was a virus that killed much of the world’s human population; those infected had a tell tale symptom: A shaky left pinkie. One of the first observers was Dr Aditya Singh (Adeel Akhtar), and when his wife Rani (Aliza Vellani) comes down with the virus, life as we knew it was already going to hell. He busts through barricades and personnel in hazmat suits to get Rani to the hospital. There, he sees another phenomenon for the first time: Babies being born that are half-human, half-animal. They end up being called “hybrids,” and no one knows whether “the sick” brought about the hybrids or the other way around. One man (Will Forte) decided to take his son, a half-deer hybrid, out to the wilderness, away from everyone, and raise the boy on his own. Jim Mickle adapted Lemire’s story for TV, and he could have really tumbled the narrative into something ridiculously precious and annoying. The fact that he didn’t is an achievement in and of itself.