Do you enjoy ironic pop-music syncs? Would you cheer at the spectacle of a cop car exploding to the guileless, pubescent harmony of Hanson’s “MMMBop”? Does the thought of an aerial apocalypse scored by Len’s cartoonishly upbeat “Steal My Sunshine” absolutely crack you up? Do you thrill at the prospect of watching a bad guy get shot between the legs, on the roof of a speeding car, as Oasis’ coruscating “Champagne Supernova” blares in the background? If so, you’re going to love Peacock’s new action comedy, Twisted Metal, premiering July 27.
But if the above juxtapositions don’t strike you as the height of wit, well then, I regret to inform you that they are all real, representative examples of the show’s sense of humor. In a serendipitous nod to Barbie mania, there’s also a torture montage set to Aqua’s “Barbie Girl.” It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that this bloody, quippy, self-satisfied adaptation of the ’90s Playstation vehicular combat games comes from the minds of Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (with Cobra Kai’s Michael Jonathan Smith serving as showrunner).