FUBAR: SEASON ONE
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Monica Barbaro, Milan Carter, Travis Van Winkle, Jay Baruchel, Aparna Brielle, Andy Buckley, Fortune Feimster, Barbara Eve Harris, Gabriel Luna, and Fabiana Udenio
Creator: Nick Santora
With the television landscape changing over the last few years, it’s no longer enough to just have huge movie stars like Harrison Ford or Sylvester Stallone lead your series. It needs to be good. Unfortunately, the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led FUBAR is merely fine, but nothing more. Like many Arnold blockbusters, FUBAR is a bunch of fun fluff…and there’s nothing wrong with that…but as the series goes on, even his presence isn’t enough to lift it beyond mediocrity. There are moments of humour and the father/daughter dynamic is good, but some oddly cast side characters and a lack of direction plunges this into forgettable territory.
Do you remember the USA network’s “Characters Welcome” era? With shows like White Collar and Burn Notice being so weirdly glossy and brightly lit that they looked cheap and fake? FUBAR is like Netflix made a True Lies-ripoff in that style, and somehow lucked in to getting Arnold Schwarzenegger to star in it. All that is to say FUBAR is not very good. Even the Arnold-loving kid in me from the 80s lost interest about midway through. It’s not particularly funny, the action isn’t all that great, and there is a lot of make-sure-the-old-people-understand exposition. Hopefully, this…and, for the love of God, Fortune Feimster…won’t be back.