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okay, for non angst and woe related post.

Who Wants To Be A Superhero?

Let me say first I hate reality shows. I hate the fact that good or even bad creative pursuits. They are cheaper to make so shows like th bachelor and survivor continue and shows like Firefly get tossed aside. I have however been watching Who wants to be a superhero?

I will say the obvious up front, large portions of this show is silly in the extreme. I can only assume if things are not scripted somewhat then at least they are coached. The premise is ridiculous. 12 contestants who tried out for their part in this in full costume. I must admire their insanity or courage cause I would not do this.

The thing I like about the show though is unlike survivor and it's ilk that rewards the worst in human behavior, this show actually rewards people for doing the right thing and punishes people for not behaving with character. The first episode had a race to to the finish line and test of changing into the costume from the secret identity. The real test though was to see if anyone would notice a scared little girl calling for help to find her mom. Only a few got that. The next episode a test of courage involved walking across a back yard to touch a door. The catch was the yard had a pair of attack dogs. They dressed them up in heavy padded suits so they would not get to hurt but they had to make it across. If they could not take it all they had to do was say uncle and the dogs backed off. One guy made it across in short order. The guy could be a stunt double for Christopher Judd from stargate. A large guy who strode across the yard with the dogs hanging from him. they had another huge steroid using monster loose it after a foot from the door. Most of them did not make it. One of the girls in contention though was really cool to watch cause the dogs collectively outweighed her. They were jerking her around like a rag doll, but this girl would not call uncle. She stayed in kept going and took 10 minutes to actually reach the door. Good stuff. The show is silly but it is really kind of cool to see people getting rewarded for wanting be heroic. A bit of nice happy in a cynical world.

Oh and the prize is Dark Horse comics makes a comic based on the winners character. I honestly cant think of a whole lot of comics who would not enjoy having a comic superhero based on them.

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imperatrix
Aug. 8th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
I've been following this-- I too normally LOATHE "Reality TV" shows-- but this one I enjoy, because, well-- despite Stan Lee's antiquated ideas, the show really does do some interesting things to get the point across: they want a real Hero. And in the words of Major Victory: "Huh. I think flying would be easier."

And hey, it's always fun to point and giggle at people who are even stranger than we are. *grin*
chinook_wind
Aug. 8th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
I've gotten into it too ... and it's all imperatrix's fault. :) I love it. I think my favorites are Major Victory, Fat Momma, and Monkey Woman.
technoir
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
I like all of them except possibly Feedback. I honestly dont know who I would like to win.
technoir
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
Tell me Temeculous is not actually a larper at heart.
tomdpimp
Aug. 8th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Did someone at SI have a helmet that looked like the one he wears?
(Anonymous)
Aug. 8th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
I told you it was so bad its great!

Plus now they added a villian from one of the kicked out contestants
tomdpimp
Aug. 8th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
that was me
technoir
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
I think Stan "the Man" Lee had it right. He makes a better villain.
gosamyr
Aug. 8th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
I love that show.
technoir
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
What can I say i am a sucker for an honest goodness hero vibe.
goblinkatie
Aug. 8th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Ok, I LOVE THIS SHOW!

Stan Lee is the man. He's got a group of people acting like total asses for his amusement. God Bless him.

Personally I'm pulling for Major Velocity (I think that was it, the guy in red) to win. He cracks me up.

We (my friends out here and I) decided that if they do another run, they need to also have "Who Wants To Be A Super Villian" running at the same time. While the would be super heroes go through their trials, the foes must thwart them. I'd TOTALLY sign up for that one.
technoir
Aug. 8th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
I bet you would. Though I would be entertained if any of our friends for the hero. mickey would bve perfect for this show.
pipistrella
Aug. 8th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'm curious as to where they found these people. These are not comic geeks.
tomdpimp
Aug. 8th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Some of the people were recruit to the audition from a LA based con.
technoir
Aug. 8th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
The two first people they eliminated were proabably the biggest comic geeks. Levity, which was the only gay member of the cast made action figures for people as a side buisness. Nitro G actually worked in a comic shop I think.

As to where they found them apparently they had open auditions and people made their own costumes. They got to introduce themselves to the test people as their normal selves and then due an in character introduction. I am guessing they are encouraged to stay in character. Again I say mickey would be perfect for this.
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