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Superhumans among us [Jul. 31st, 2006|12:16 am]
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So out of boredom, I was flipping though the channels tonight. I happened to stop at the sci-fi channel and saw this new reality show they have where contestants compete for a chance to become a comic book super hero. Judging by the commercials and the few seconds I saw, I was thinking it was going to be this campy and stupid show and I experienced little interest in wasting my time on it. Tonight, I was ridiculously bored so I decided to give it a chance.

First a little about the show though. It is hosted by Stan Lee, the guy who created Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, and several other comic greats. He hosts the show via a TV where he tells the people what they are going to do. The contestants also have communicators. The different people have created superhero names and personalities that vary from Cell Phone Girl to The Iron Enforcer. All the “Hero’s” live in a “Lair” together.

The first thing that happens is the group meets in a mansion outside the city where the show takes place. They all are drinking and talking with one another about the show and what they do in real life and what not when Stan Lee then comes on the screen and tells them that real superheroes don’t act that way. He then tells them about the location of their lair.

Upon arriving at the lair, he tells them that there was a spy among the group recording everything they had said and done while in the mansion. Prior to even getting into the lair, a guy was eliminated because he made action figures and sold them for a couple hundred dollars. This guy was obviously in it for the money.

The next day they have a challenge where they have to change from regular clothes into their costumes inconspicuously and then pass under an arch. There was also a little girl crying about being lost right next to the path that the people had to take. The night before, Stan Lee told the people that it was not a test of endurance or speed, but of the ability to exemplify human nature and kindness. I really was impressed. The first challenge had nothing to do with speed, but everything to do with helping the little girl. Ultimately, one of the guys who ran by the girl was eliminated. He also changed in the open right in front of everyone.

I have to say that I was actually impressed with the show. Its challenges were about doing the honorable and right thing more than proving ability. I think its commendable. Now if only I can get over this damned boredom…

[User Picture]From: emmavescence
2006-07-31 10:38 am (UTC)
You watched a reality TV show!
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[User Picture]From: ball_slap
2006-07-31 02:05 pm (UTC)
I know... I had to take an extra long shower this morning to wash away the dirty feeling I had too...

Honestly though, this one is not like the others in my opinion. Survivor has people competing against one another and then they decide who is kicked. The apprentice has people competing with ultimately one person making the final decision, but it is cutthoat competition. I just don't like how the competition seemingly destroys all essences of humanity in the people.

Don't get me wrong, competition is good and can be good, but when you put so much on eliminating the positive aspects of human nature in order to succeed, then you are doing more harm than good for society as a whole. People instead will see as they did during the 80's that one must be cruel, competative, not-caring, and inhuman in order to make it in the world. This show, however, penalized the people for not caring and sticking to the main goal.

I feel that the way this elimination round went was very positive because it encouraged people being human and stopping the extreme competativeness to go and give someone a hand. It was that which was the real race and not crossing the finish. I feel it portrays a greater image than eating bugs or ratting out your roommates.
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