Bottom Line: While the season is only three episodes old, Thwackers is a fun spin on the “pro gamer” sub-genre. It combines the usual caffeine fueled inside jokes with a developing subplot (why is Cat really staying at her cousins place) which has to potential to make it an entirely different animal altogether.
Best friends Jakob and Mikey dream of playing video games for a living but they’re nowhere near ready to face their nemesis at the upcoming City Gaming Championship. Enter Cat, Jakob’s mysterious and potentially dangerous cousin. Agreeing to coach them in exchange for a place to hideout, her unorthodox training methods are only the beginning of what it’s going to take to turn pro.
Cast: Joshua Larsson, Quentin Grace, Shanae Tomasevich, Jodi Ward
Thwackers earns some major bonus points for the in-game commentary. At points these are almost as entertaining as Pure Pwnage. (Style 4)
The biggest downside to this show is that the delivery is a little stilted. The lines feel read in a lot of places, and that undermines what is otherwise a very entertaining show concept. There are still only three episodes in, so I expect this to get better as the show evolves. (Storytelling 3)
Thwackers is surprisingly entertaining for a show shot mostly on one set. The characters are fun to watch and the concept is clever even if the dialogue is sometimes a little heavy heavy-handed. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these. (Watchability 3.5)