I’m a couple of weeks late to the party, but this show is a riot, and writer/director James Gunn is leaning hard into some of the 80s rock nostalgia. It’s poking fun, but with clear affection. So much about this show has an over-the-top sensibility that I think will appeal to many of us who have a fondness for some of the musical and cultural excesses of the 80s.
As is often the case in Gunn’s work, there’s a theme of problematic father-son relationships that helps explain how the deeply flawed title character ended up the way he is. But the pace is brisk, and the show is fun and action-packed.
And I mean c’mon, a show where two minor characters get into an argument about the band Cinderella? Pandering? Sure, but it plays.