FUBAR Season 1 Review – A surprisingly fun action thriller

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 2 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 -|Review Score – 4/5
Episode 4 -|Review Score – 3/5
Episode 5 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 -|Review Score – 3/5
Episode 7 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 8 -|Review Score – 3.5/5


FUBAR has absolutely no right to be this entertaining. With a simple plot, the star power of Arnold Schwarzenegger and 8 delightful episodes blending action and comedy together, this is undoubtedly a fun ride while it lasts.

Now, the show is far from perfect; the acting is a bit of a mixed bag at times; the show runs out of steam late on and it constantly relies on cheap cliffhangers; and some of the plot holes are a big egregious. But despite all of that, FUBAR comes out swinging, delivering a rip-roaring good time and a delightfully entertaining series – as long as you can go in with an open mind.

The story centers on a CIA operative named Luke Brunner and his enigmatic team, who are thrown through the ringer when they try to track down and stop a global terrorist called Boro. They have an operative in the field that needs saving and as fate would have it, it turns out to be Brunner’s daughter, Emma.

As Emma and Luke are reunited, the tenuous father/daughter ties are put to the ultimate test as they’re forced to try and team up, whilst simultaneously confronting their own flaws.

This comes in the form of “mini-missions” which are spread across the run-time, switching up the setting, tone and pace of the series in a pretty good way. There’s a prison break/swap that works to give comms operator Barry a little more character depth, while a train heist harks back to an earlier seemingly-throwaway therapy session that helps Luke and Emma’s characters grow.

These small moments add up to a pretty enjoyable show, but it’s also one of those that you really need to temper your expectations for. The plot is a bit nonsensical at times (especially the opening diamond heist) while the acting is a complete mixed bag. This is one of those cheesy shows that’s going to divide people right down the middle between those who love and those who hate this blend of action and comedy.

It’s worth persevering with though because despite a slightly wobbling opening episode, FUBAR definitely finds its groove after a while and is all the stronger for it. If you’re looking for an easy binge-watch over the weekend with a good blend of action, comedy and drama, this one’s certainly worth checking out.

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  • Verdict - 7/10

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