Apollo Gauntlet Season 1 Episode 1: “Origins”
Directed by Greg Franklin
Written by Myles Langlois
Created by Myles Langlois
Starring Myles Langlois, Tom Kenny, Betsy Sodaro, Mark Proksch, Kelsy Abbott, James Urbaniak Adult Swim
Air Date: Monday, July 10th, 2017, 12:30am
Early in the AM hours, Apollo Gauntlet joined the parade of lunacy that is Cartoon Networkâ€™s Adult Swim. Adult Swim started back in 2001 and quickly became a cult hit with its briskly paced, sarcastic, and crude series like Home Movies, Harvey Birdman, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Apollo Gauntlet, created by Myles Langlois, is a perfect fit for Adult Swim with its old fashioned style of animation and nearly unending stream of consciousness style puns, one-liners, and pop culture references.
Apollo is Canadian police officer Paul Cassidy (played by Langlois), who we meet strapped to a chair by mad scientist, Doctor Benign… I donâ€™t why, but the name Doctor Benign (James Urbaniak) had me rolling. Benign likes sending people to random universes and examining the results. Things go badly when he turns a man into a pickle monster resulting in the three being transported to a medieval times-esque Earthlike universe.
Paul speaks almost entirely in references, some flew way over my head, but many I got and chuckled at. I like his â€œBrundleflyâ€ remark while trapped in Benignâ€™s lab. And at one point he engages in a conversation to the lyrics of Radioheadâ€™s “Creep.” Somehow later, he ends up finding a Flash Gordon-looking super suit complete with magical gauntlets that speak to him and have a psychic connection that allows them to understand his jokes… until he tells one, and, well, nothing.
Apollo Gauntlet is really funny, and if youâ€™re the type that speaks to friends and family in movie quotes and song lyrics and uses trivial entertainment-based knowledge as part of your daily lexicon, then this show is right up your alley. It also has one of the catchiest and funniest theme songs youâ€™ll hear. Itâ€™s like watching Johnny Quest or Scooby-Doo written by a group of friends having soup and coffee in a diner at 1AM on a work night.
Inspired by He-Man, Mystery Science Theater3000 and the work of David Lynch, self-taught, independent Canadian animator Myles Langlois createdApollo Gauntlet, a quarter-hour animated adventure comedy series set in a futuristic medieval society. The series centers around Paul Cassidy, an ordinary cop on Earth, but when the evil Dr. Benign transports him to another world, he becomes a new kind of hero. With the help of a magical suit and a set of talking gauntlets, heâ€™s able to fight crime exactly the way he wants…and heâ€™ll do it as APOLLO GAUNTLET!
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A hero emerges . . . and he wields a specific sense of humor. Apollo Gauntlet premieres Sunday, July 9th at 12:15am ET.