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19 June 2008 @ 08:18 pm
The Middleman  
I watched the first episode of chaodai's new show The Middleman (mondays on ABC Family) last night and it was really great. I'm generally wary of superhero parodies, because they're often made by people that don't get the source material, but this show had me laughing out loud. It's fast, fun, and crammed full of comic book-y goodness, just in the first episode, we've already had mad scientists, a hideous monster, a robot, and a super intelligent gorilla.

The plot follows Wendy (played by Natalie Morales), a sassy but blasé temp worker, who loses her job because of the superheroics of The Middleman, a low key, high tech hero that dresses more like a UPS delivery guy than a Justice Leaguer. Of course, before too long Wendy has been recruited as his sidekick and is off to adventuring.

The Middleman himself is played in great deadpan by Matt Kesslar (Last Days of Disco and Psycho Beach Party). The witty, fast-paced dialogue is reminiscent of Pushing Daisies and old Kevin Smith films. Setup-wise, it's clearly got some similarities to Men In Black. And the zaniness is somewhere between The Tick and Hercules.

If they can keep up the mojo they showed in the first episode, I'll be sticking around for sure.

Current Mood: 234
Listening to: Marah - "Barstool Boys"
Kegboy: Dance Of Joykegboy on June 20th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
saddly, I dont get Abc Family, as it sounds liek something I'd really enjoy. And who did that picture. I love it. Nice and simple. Need more info. Actually, info on all the pictures wouldnt go amiss.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green grassassmonkeydiary on June 20th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I did some snooping around, but I can't figure out where I found that one. If I come across it, I'll definitely let you know.
lalienlalien on June 20th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
I watched in Monday and thought it was cute, but they talked too fast even for me. I found myself straining to catch everything they said.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on June 20th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
I knew my years of watching Gilmore Girls would someday pay off!
saint_bonersaint_boner on June 20th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
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lalienlalien on June 20th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Oh good. I'm fine with fast talking (I talk Gilmore Girls fast myself) but this was more like supersonic.
Акимова Гульнар Рустамовнаgulnarr on June 20th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
orcaarroworcaarrow on June 20th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
You always seem to have the perfect picture to lighten my mood.

Thank you.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: king kong voyeurassmonkeydiary on June 20th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Excellent... I'm glad to hear that.
JuhnDonn: C'Thelugilmoure on June 21st, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
That pick embiggend my mood. Cool!