|Superhumans among us
||[Jul. 31st, 2006|12:16 am]
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…