Based on the Jeff Lemire comic book series of the same name, Sweet Tooth is a Netflix original series that debuted in 2021. The show is set in a post-apocalyptic future where children are born as hybrids with animal features and a virus known as The Great Crumble has wiped off much of civilization.
The show centers on Gus (Christian Convery), a juvenile deer-boy hybrid, as he travels with Tommy (Nonso Anozie), a former football player to find his mother and learn the truth about his ancestry.
There are eight episodes in the first season of Sweet Tooth and they are all about an hour long. Notably, Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan Downey are executive producers of the show. The first half of the comic book series was covered in the first season of Sweet Tooth.
The series followed our two main protagonists as they went on their mission covering themes of family, survival, prejudice and hope in a world flipped upside down.
In the first episode of the series, we meet Gus who has lived in the woods with his father (Will Forte) and has always been advised to keep hidden from people. However, after his father pἀsses away, Gus leaves the woods and encounters Tommy who ends up becoming his reluctant protector.
They embark on a trip to find Gus’ mother together. They come into several groups of survivors as who move through the post-apocalyptic terrain who are fighting for survival in a place devoid of infrastructure or technology.
They stumble across Dr. Singh (Adeel Akhtar), a researcher who is trying to find a viral treatment and thinks Gus might have the key to that solution. They also meet Aimee (Dania Ramirez), a hybrid sanctuary manager who plays a significant role in Gus’ life.
Gus and Tommy encounter numerous difficulties and perils during the season including hostile people, hazardous hybrids and the harsh realities of a world without contemporary amenities. They battle with their own preconceptions and presumptions regarding the hybrids, which causes them internal conflict.
Gus develops over the season as he learns more about himself, the world and his place. We also get a feel of the more powerful forces in this post-apocalyptic society, such as the terrifying possibility of an impending environmental catastrophe.
The Last Men, a group of humans determined to purge the planet of hybrid beings and blame them for the virus are the greatest threat to their safety.
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Gus and Tommy finally travel to Colorado in the last episodes of Sweet Tooth Season 1, where Gus thinks his mother might be. The Last Men, who are looking for hybrids like Gus so they can do experiments on them, run into them along the way.
They are determined to capture Gus and utilize him for General Abbott’s own objectives under the leadership of Neil Sandilands as General Abbot. The Last Men kidnap and imprison Gus and Tommy, but with the help of other hybrids, they are able to escape.
They travel to a dam in an effort to locate Gus’ mother. Along the way, they encounter a number of challenges such as perilous hybrid animals and a significant flood brought on by the melting of the polar ice caps.
When they arrive at the dam, they discover Gus’ mother and a number of other survivors who are working to keep the dam in good condition and supply the surrounding area with electricity. But they also learn that the Last Men are preparing a big assault on the dam to seize Gus.
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Gus and Tommy are caught in the thick of a major conflict between the Last Men and the survivors at the dam that marks the conclusion of the season. Gus and the other hybrids’ future is unknown because it appears that the Last Men will stop at nothing to get them.