There Can Be Only One 'FUBAR'

Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon give'r his all in a new Netflix series

Photo: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix (right)

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Feb 27, 2023

In May, Arnold Schwarzenegger will lead his first major scripted TV project with Netflix's FUBAR — meaning this nation will be asked to delineate between the latest streaming service arrival and Michael Dowse's Old Style Pilsner-soaked portrait of Western Canadian hoserdom.

Long before the Governator became Luke Brunner — a cigar-chomping CIA agent who has the Ahhnold jokes locked and loaded in protecting everything but his family jewels, per the show's first trailer — the acronym firmly belonged to David Lawrence and Paul Spence's Terry Cahill and Dean Murdoch.

The eight-episode FUBAR, created and executive produced by Nick Santora, finds Schwarzenegger's character "forced to go back into the field for one last job" after uncovering a family secret ahead of retirement, exploring "universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, action and humour," per an abstract.

Sure, the perspective is a little wider compared to buddy dynamics set against a provincial backdrop of headbanging, beer and a specific strain of Northern hooliganism. But between givin'r for copaganda or cracking cold ones, we know which one we're picking.

In fairness to the new FUBAR, the show does have an admirable collection of Canadians in its cast, including Jay Baruchel, Scott Thompson, Barbara Eve Harris and Devon Bostick. The series premieres on Netflix May 25.

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