"Metal Hurlant Chronicles" Makes As Much Sense As Its Title Review

Metal Hurlant Chronicles debuted in 2012 with a six-episode season that was followed by another sixer in 2014. Each episode is a standalone story set on different worlds and the unifying thread of the show is the titular Metal Hurlant, an asteroid passes through the solar system and encountering the various worlds that the show introduces. With a smattering of genre cameos from the likes of Blade Runner’s Rutger Hauer, Indiana Jones’s John Rhys-Davies, and Terminator’s Michael Biehn, the show shoots itself in the foot by seeming more like a narrative revue of past shows, specifically The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, than a wholly new and exciting creation.

International C-grade action star Scott Adkins stinks up the chroma-adjusted screen in three episodes, facing off against Spawn himself, Michael Jai White, in a role that won’t be bringing the voice of Black Dynamite back to live action-starring status anytime soon. With the typical SyFy color tints, from 300 golden hues to Pitch Black’s desert contrast filters, the series has all the old tricks and none of the budget or inspiration to pull off anything more than filling air time. Based on short stories originally published in a French magazine in the late 1970s, and then adapted into the animated films Heavy Metal and Heavy Metal 2000, the source material has a devoted fan base but the series does no favors. Compressing each story into a 18-23-minute episode, excluding commercials, and upping the slow-mo violence, lesbian kissing, and random has-been cameos does not a formula for the next Firefly make. First time director Guillaume Lubrano may just be regretting that he ever looked up at the sky and saw the Metal Hurlant screaming by.

BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES

French episodes for bilingual fans, featurettes, interviews, a piece focused on the anthology series’ panel appearance at Comic Con, and motion comics.

"Metal Hurlant Chronicles" is on sale April 14, 2015 and is not rated. Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. Directed by Guillaume Lubrano.

Jul
14
2015
Kyle North • Staff Writer

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