Subscription-free streaming service Crackle has released a first-look trailer for the second season of their original series StartUp. StartUp stars Martin Freeman, Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi and Otmara Marrero. In addition, the series just got a huge boost thanks to the addition of brooding character actor Ron Perlman for the second season. StartUp is billed as a modern take on the crime syndicate drama, depicting a desperate banker, a gang lord, and a hacker as they unwillingly join forces in order to make their individual crime operations work in conjunction with one another. From the trailer, the second season looks to be full of action and cyberspace intrigue in store for StartUp fans – whoever they are.
StartUp is created, executive produced and directed by Ben Katai (Chosen, The Forest), and Perlman will serve as a producer on the upcoming second season. Despite boasting a handful of high-profile actors, the first season of StartUp hasn’t quite resonated with audiences. Season one boasts a lackluster 33% fresh on RottenTomatoes, and has been described as “just another exploration of underground crime and shady dealings that we’ve seen a thousand times before on film and television.” StartUp isn’t exactly breaking new ground, but that hasn’t stopped other generic series from going on to receive accolades.
The poor reviews of StartUp stand in stark contrast to Crackle’s most celebrated original series, Jerry Seinfeld’s talk-show-meets-car-show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee which boasts three Primetime Emmy Award nominations and two Producers Guild of America awards for Outstanding Digital Series. Crackle has been pushing for more original content recently, signing its first upcoming original film Party Boat and releasing a Snatch series based on the film of the same name earlier this year.
With the boost of Ron Perlman, season two of StartUp might be able to turn things around, but Crackle viewers will have to wait until the ten-episode second season debuts on Thursday, September 28 to find out.