Even the most hardcore fans of the series cannot deny that Fast and Furious films have long since developed into outright cartoonishness. It seems that it is only fitting that series now has its animated realm with Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, a CGI Netflix show that revels in the franchise’s action-packed auto-absurdity. It appears that this is Netflix’s attempt to deliver a high-profile holiday counterattack against Disney+ who has various half-hour adventure for kids.
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers keeps quite a monotonous tone on family talk to a relative minimum. Instead, it chooses to place its focus on high-octane Moto-mayhem. There were races galore throughout its eight installments with a variety of outlandish rides fit with high-tech gadgets.
We were presented a blandly straightforward protagonist named, Tony, who wishes to follow his legendary cousin Dom’s footsteps. He prefers a pure-muscle Ion Motors Thresher, while his crew boasted their distinctive vehicles. Be it a souped-up racer for cocky artist Echo (Charlet Chung), a monster truck for meathead Cisco(Jorge Diaz)
or a collection of remote-controlled drones for techie Frostee (Luke Youngblood).
They have a colorful collection of joy rides that reflect their owner’s personalities. Very much like their adversaries sleek and hyper powered cars- which are equipped with grappling hooks, buzz saws, battering rams, spiked tires, and other assorted do-hickeys. We have a Ms. Nowhere who enlists Tony and company to track down Sashi Dhar (Manish Dayal), the leader of a criminal gang known as SH1FT3R who stages the crème de la crème of street races. Sashi is a target because he’s also been secretly stealing coveted “keys” that Ms. Nowhere fears may unlock something terrible.
It is the fast-paced narrative that helps Fast & Furious obscure its lack of logic. But one can not complain much as the series’ proceedings were designed for pre-teen kids to provide adrenalized cartoon thrills. There is little depth to be found here much less any adult-oriented inside jokes and profanity of DC Unlimited recent Harley Quinn.
A videogame-ish serialized narrative that’s comprised of various heist missions whose specific, convoluted details are largely beside the point. Instead, Hedrick and Haaland show Tony and his buddies partaking in daring robberies and flashy races set in global locales to gain intel, acquire valuable devices, and/or thwart sinister plans.
The story positions both capitalists and socialists are alternately heroes and villains. This point of view has its viewers confused. One wishes that Fast and Furious: Spy Racers should not have bothered gussying up its adolescent fantasy with political elements of any sort and just stuck to staging large scale scenes of cars attacking trains, spinning through tunnels and zooming about in direct defiance of the laws of physics.
Nonetheless, the targeted audience probably flies over the heads with such hot-button notions and will flock to it for its over-the-top racing craziness. It will not make anyone forget its live-action counterparts as it charms the audience with their how’d-they-do-that oomph that animation cannot replicate. Although, as a brand extension, it aims to bring new fans into the franchise fold. In the end, the primary purpose of this small endeavor succeeded in getting its job done with a moderate degree of speedy style.