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First Twisted Metal TV Teaser Fully Embraces The 90s

The first trailer for Peacock's "Twisted Metal" TV series has finally arrived, serving a healthy dose of 90s nostalgia and adding yet another reason for fans to look forward to the upcoming video game adaptation. It's been a long time coming for the show, since gamers first found out about it back in February 2021. Since then, many of the creatives involved in the project have been revealed, including "Deadpool" writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, as well as MCU star Anthony Mackie as John Doe and Thomas Haden Church as Agent Stone.

It looks like this show will be leaning heavily into the era from which "Twisted Metal" originated, the 90s. The new trailer features touchstones like a "got milk?" bumper sticker, a folder full of mix CDs, and even Len's 1999 hit "Steal My Sunshine" scoring the action.

Watching the mix CD pop into the car CD player — now a relic of the past for many vehicle manufacturers — will send plenty of 90s kids back to the old days. Seeing the slow loading screen as John Doe waits for the music to hit is a blast from the past, which then leads into scenes of Doe loading up his gun and firing some shots across the open road. It's a fun little dose of the kind of chaos and action the "Twisted Metal" series is known for.

Twisted Metal TV teaser delivers retro vibes

Fans got more than they bargained for with the 90s/early 2000s references in the "Twisted Metal" TV teaser, but the trailer also offered a look at a couple of fan-favorite characters from the game brought to life. John Doe is a character from "Twisted Metal Black," but the most fun reveal arrives at the very end of the teaser. Things take an abrupt turn in the last ten seconds of the trailer with a sudden cut to an ice cream truck. The distorted lullaby music in the background perfectly sets the scene for the arrival of the one and only Sweet Tooth.

After this jam-packed minute, fans had plenty of thoughts to share regarding what's to come for the "Twisted Metal" show. Plenty of viewers on YouTube found the trailer totally exciting and nostalgic, and just as many wished they could've seen even more than a brief teaser. Some found it too different in tone from the dark games, with the show seemingly going for more of a comedic vibe. Others embraced this humorous slant, pointing out that the series has always had a good bit of comedy at its core.

"Twisted Metal" has a lot of eager fans with high expectations for the new series. With this playful tone and 90s vibe, it'll be interesting to see how it turns out when it drops on July 27, 2023.