YouTube has released their first Weird City trailer today. The series comes to us from the Key and Peele writing team of Jordan Peele and Charlie Sanders. The show is described as a satirical sci-fi comedy anthology series set within the not-too-distant future.
You’ll notice right away how star studded the is that’s on display within YouTube’s Weird City trailer. Mentioned inclusions are Levar Burton, Dylan O’Brien, Ed O’Neill, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Mark Hamill, Lavern Cox, Sara Gilbert, Steven Yuen, Awkwafina, Yvette Nicole Brown and Auli’l Cravalho. Wow, right?
The show will be comprised of six half-hour episodes. Jose Molina was brought on to serve as showrunner for the series. Molina’s prior credits include The Tick, Marvel’s Agent Carter and Sleepy Hollow.
YouTube also previously announced that the Emmy winning director Adam Bernstein would helm the series’ first two episodes. The director’s resume includes stints on Fargo, Scrubs and 30 Rock in the past.
When originally announced, YouTube explained that “each episode is an exploration of issues that pertains to present day life, stories that could only be told now through the prism of sci-fi and comedy.” And you get to see hints of that setup with today’s Weird City trailer.
There’s some heavy class-based bias going on within Weird City. But really, that’s the entire gist of the show. It looks like our main players are upper-class citizens who venture “below the line” in order to see how those inferior live on a daily basis.
Under this construct, the comedy sci-fi flourishes. Topics hinted at in the Weird City trailer include smart homes, online matchmaking, virtual reality, body engineering, and – of course – border control.
YouTube hasn’t confirmed when the show will debut under their Premium subscription, but we do know it will be sometime in February. If the show ends up being as good as the Weird City trailer portrays it to be, we could be in for something special.