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Who Wants to Be a Superhero? Gets Renewed. WTF?

SciFi Wire is reporting that their reality show, Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, is not only getting an second season, but an expanded one at that:

The second season, which is slated to air next summer, will expand from six to 10 one-hour episodes.

WTF? I admit to being mesmerized to the first episode, even though I knew it to be quite lame. I revelled in its lameness, you might say. However, thanks to Tim, I quickly put the kaibosh on that particlar method of self-torture. I was waiting for someone to talk me back to the land of common sense and he did. Thanks, Tim! The funny thing is, Tim picked it up right where I left off. He was hooked. Now, if only he can get mail sent to him addressed to “Who Wants To Be A Superhero Enthusiast”, that’ll be a Major Victory.

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5 Comments on Who Wants to Be a Superhero? Gets Renewed. WTF?

  1. Yes, it’s true – I got sucked in. It was like watching a train wreck. I know it is horrible and campy, but I could not stop myself. I feel so weak. I think I can avoid the second one though – my first lapse was just due to weakness. I know I can 😉

  2. Oh, heck. If you want deep, hidden meanings, read a nice, fat book. Or go to a play. If you’re tired at the end of the day but not very sleepy yet, the 17th century solution would have been to stare at a fireplace. The 21st century equivalent is to watch silly television. There’s always more plot and character development there than you would find staring at a log undergoing rapid oxidation. Sit back and enjoy the show, and don’t be too snobbish to admit that it’s fun.:-@

  3. If you ended up not watching the series after the first episode, then you missed out on something really good.

    Yes, it was cheesy, and yes, it was campy. But it was also fun and very well put together. They scripted the show in such a way that it came off like a comic book, with standard tropes and cliffhangers.

    But more importantly, this was a show about a group of people striving to be role models, to display the best that humanity has to offer. This wasn’t about who could make the most money, or eat the most disgusting food, or make alliances that would help kick others off the show. This was literally about people who wanted to be heroes. And on that level, the show worked extremely well.

    I was disappointed with the final choice; I had been rooting for Major Victory, and there’s something slightly disquieting about how the final two choices were between a traditional white guy (Feedback) and a nontraditional African-American fat woman (Fat Momma), and the white guy won. But the show still entertained, and kept true to its theme of what a hero should be.

    I have no idea how they plan to make a second season work, but I intend to give it a chance.

  4. To each his own, but I think the show was about actors trying to get noticed. Whether known by the show’s creators or not, that fact that this went undisclosed to viewers seriously undermines the concept for me.

  5. It actually didn’t get completely undisclosed to the viewers. For example, Monkey Woman had apparently hidden her own acting ambitions from the producers, and when it was discovered she had lied, she had to turn in her costume. (Of course, there were other reasons as well.)

    I think another reason you might not view the show the same way I do is because of what it means to be a “reality” show. WWTBAS is obviously scripted in certain ways — at least, I think it’s obvious to anyone who has read comic books for a long time. (For example, having Steel Enforcer become the villain Dark Enforcer after two episodes had to have been planted early on.) So whenever I approach a “reality” show, I’m already inoculated against the idea that everything we see was completely, 100%, real and unscripted.

    But I’ll tell you the other thing that kept me watching after the first episode. I mentioned before that I was rooting for Major Victory. That happened because in the first episode, Chris Watters showed that he understood what it was to be both a superhero and his character. He was one of the few heroes who stopped for the lost little girl; he used his character’s “voice powers” (as well as a regular human can) when trying to assist her in finding her mother; and then he “saved” her in a “super-hero” way, by having her jump into his arms and by looking both ways before running her to the security office. (If he had had real superpowers, I’m sure he would have flown.)

    Anyway, that’s what convinced me to keep watching. And as surprised as I am to hear myself say it, I’m looking forward to season two.

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