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17 June 2008

The Middleman


Torchwood copycat! Oops my mistake, The Middleman is actually based on a comic book so if it isn't a copy of one thing, it's an adaptation of something else.

What is it about? How does the above photo strike you? Does it remind you of anything? Does it remind you of this? ------------->

Because it is, in a way, quite like Men In Black.

The Middleman (Matt Keesler) is that guy who's responsible for going after aliens, androids, monsters and creatures under our bed. The Middleman says they are real but thanks to The Middleman, we don't really encounter them.

Joining him is his sidekick, this Tina Fey look-a-like The Middleman recruits in this first episode.

Wendy Watson (Natalie Morales) is an office temp who has big dreams of becoming an artist. While working at a lab as a receptionist, an explosion ensues and Wendy is attacked by a monster blob. Wendy doesn't flinch at the sight of it, but instead stabs the blob with whatever office item she grabs hold of.

Enter The Middleman, ready to save the day. He operates rather quickly and tells Wendy she can never tell anyone he was there.

Later, he tries to recruit Wendy into whatever it is that The Middleman does. For according to him, Wendy has the eye for their kind of thing.

What I like about it: All the snark, all the campy-ness, all the sarcasm, all the repartee between The Middleman and Wendy.
Wendy: I gotta ask something...
The Middleman: Yeah?
Wendy: How can a former Navy Seal not cuss? I mean, you're all "darn" and "jeepers"... what's up with that?
The Middleman: Profanity cheapens the soul and weakens the line..
Wendy: But maybe....every once in a while you can let out a..."!@#$!" or "!@#%$#^"
The Middleman: You kiss your mother with that mouth? Huh, garbage mouth? Yes, you...
What I don't like about it: I'm not really sold on the comic-book sci-fi series genre, not quite. The show is fun to watch but with this type of story... my attention retention is a lot similar to that of a 3 year old.

Watchin' it or ditchin' it? If there's nothing good to watch, then this would be my first pick. If I want to watch TV just for the sake of "hanging out", without needing to analyze stories and plots, or cry too much or laugh too much, this would be one of my choices. If I happen to catch it on cable sometime, then I will watch it.

The Middleman began airing June 16 on ABC Family (USA). It will run for the whole summer of 2008.

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