There’s an element of Saint Ivory that is so evocative of mid ’00s-’10s of Montreal, that I have to take a moment to realize that I’m not just trapped in one of the slower, lilting, vocoder-ravaged sections of a Kevin Barnes fever-dream.
If you pause the trailer at just the right moment, you can see Tyler Posey and Aven Jogia enter the bone zone in the upcoming show Now Apocalypse. But, if we take a trip down memory lane, we’ll find that most of this cast had had masturbation tapes leak onto the net.
Severine is a dedicated scientist. French, gorgeous, brilliant, aloof and mysterious, Severine is an astrobiological theorist working for a NASA-like branch of the government. And it appears that whatever top-secret official business Severine is involved in is making her question not only her relationship with Ford but the future of the entire world.
Ford is a guileless dreamer. Aspiring screenwriter Ford has been Ulysses’ roommate/best bud since college, and he convinced Uly to move with him to LA. Unself-consciously hot, Ford is boy-next-door sweet, to the point of being comically naive. He is also so sensitive that he is frequently moved to tears, especially when it comes to his relationship with the beautiful and elusive Severine, a firm believer in the benefits of non-monogamy.
Carly is a thoroughly modern, 21st-century woman. Wannabe actress/Carney’s waitress Carly is Ulysses’ pragmatic, quick-witted, social-media-savvy best friend, who is a little too cool for the room. Stuck in a dead-end relationship with her self-absorbed boyfriend, Jethro, Carly assuages her sexual boredom by logging onto LiveCamGrrrls.com for kicks. She also makes some extra cash slipping on various sexual personae for her horny clients before ultimately getting bored with that too.
Gabriel is punk-rock/artsy and magnetic, absurdly hot, intimidatingly deep but also impossible to pin down. Gabriel is either Ulysses’ soulmate or the bane of his existence. The minute they meet there is immediate chemistry and a connection between them — as if they are destined to be — but then Gabriel disappears without a trace, leaving Uly to wonder why.
Ulysses is a restless romantic. Bisexual (though mostly queer), ethereal, a bit of a stoner, Uly is a creative, poetic type at heart. He is struggling to find his place in a world where everything has already been done and where art matters less than celebrity. Feeling adrift and somewhat cynical in a culture of energetic but unfulfilling Grindr hookups, he thinks he may have met his one true soulmate in the sexy and enigmatic Gabriel.
Jethro is not the brightest tool in the shed. Jethro is Carly’s narcissistic actor boyfriend. Believing that his new age-y tendencies make him more enlightened, he is always trying to get Carly to go with him to his meditation class.
The creator behind Kaboom and Mysterious Skin, Gregg Araki, is coming to Starz this March with his new show Now Apocalypse. Araki is the co-writer and director for all 10 half-hour episodes of this world-ending comedy.