Crazy Fist is the web series that was created by David Airey and was made available on the streaming site Hulu. Aired on September 8, it chronicles the story of a former mixed martial arts athlete who returns to compete in an intense MMA match against a top competitor. This high-concept animated series follows the character Viggo Mortimer as he journeys across the country from city to city in search of the mysterious woman who killed his wife.
Viggo was an accomplished athlete in college, but because he didn't win the football championship his senior year, he decided to give up the sport. He trained hard for the next four years in order to be eligible to play in the NFL draft, but he never saw the success he had hoped for in the game. After retirement, he decided to come back to compete in a MMA competition, but first he needed to clear some legal issues that were connected to his past fighting.
One of the main themes of the show is the question of what would happen if your best friend were to die while you were still in the company. Would you continue to pursue your dream of becoming a professional MMA champion? Or would you hire someone who was able to fill your shoes as a professional athlete? The answer to this question is complicated, as it was never really answered in the original television show. However, Airey did say that if the show had been picked up by a cable or satellite TV station it would have been a very different story.
The main theme of the show centers around Viggo's desire to be just like his famous older brother, Rocky. His passion for learning new martial arts techniques, and training with the very well-trained and experienced uncle is the basis for much of the success of the program. The story includes many of the same fighters from the UFC, as well as some not so popular ones. The unique thing about the series, which is apparent throughout, is that Airey is not the only person who will enter a fight to win the challenge. It is more of a contest than anything else, although Viggo does say that his intention is not to simply win, but to leave with a championship on his shoulders.
There are many surprises throughout the first season of Crazy Fist, including how Airey is able to get away from an FBI trap, and also how he manages to foil a major conspiracy involving international terrorists. Some of the fight sequences are spectacular, and have actually been compared to the best fight scenes from the movie, Iron Man. The action scenes are intense, and really show how intense Viggo can be, especially when he is defending against a couple of Russian government terrorists, and is subsequently thrown into prison.
The first season ended with the surprising reveal that Airey was not the only MMA champion in the world, but that he was only one of three. This was a major surprise, but it is also a great example of just how realistic this fighting series can be. Even if you've never heard of the UFC, I'd still recommend giving it a try. If you're an avid fan of mixed martial arts fighting, or you already are, you'll be in heaven with Crazy Fist. Hopefully the hype around the show will die down soon, but until then I'll be enjoying my new blu-ray copy of this fantastic movie!