Hulu’s comedy/sci-fi series Future Man is now in Season 2. This time around, the time-traveling trio — Josh Futturman, a.k.a. Future Man
(Josh Hutcherson), Tiger (Eliza Coupe), and Wolf
(Derek Wilson) — head back to 2162 to see if
their humanity-saving efforts have paid off.
Unlike Season 1, in which the team time-traveled often, Season 2 is mainly set in 2162.
Wolf ends up living in the NAG (New Above
Ground), while Tiger heads off to The Mons (a
community of humans preparing for exodus to
Mars), and Josh is held captive at a facility run
by a shady group called The Pointed Circle.
The three locations are widely different from
each other, reinforced by the unique palettes of
sounds created by the Sony Pictures Post Production sound team in Culver City, CA, led by MPSE
Award–winning supervising sound editor Larry
The NAG is a miserable, dystopian community that embraces Stone Age technology. The
marketplace is filled with primitive craftsmen
(Wolf himself is a wheelmaker). Transportation
is provided by wooden carts and wheelbarrows.
And fire is the only source for heating and cooking. They shun technology so much that prisoners are forced to work in the Smash Pits, where
anything electrical or synthetic is smashed to
bits by rocks.
In contrast, The Mons is a technology-cen-tric community run by a holographic version
of Stu (Haley Joel Osment). Stu’s residence is a
high-tech Mecca: digital assistants, computer
screens, and interactive devices (like a robotic
pancake maker) prevail.
Sound designer Mark Petersen concretizes
the two communities’ inherent differences in
terms of doors. At the NAG, “Their manual doors
Sound editor Larry Goeb and his team build an
inventive sci-fi soundscape.
by Jennifer Walden