Thursday, July 3, 2008

Middle Magic

LOST has succeeded in influencing the entertainment world positively again. Javier Grillo-Marxuach, supervising producer on the first two seasons and writer of such episodes as All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues and Orientation, now executive produces his own show on ABC Family. Based on his graphic novel series, The Middleman is the story of Wendy Watson (known as Dubdub or Dubbie by her roommate and boss respectively) and her superhero boss The Middleman, who "fight evil so you don't have to." If Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pushing Daises, and Doctor Who were liquefied and poured into a premise blender, this show would be the shake the infomercial host would chug. It features absurd situations, the duoinc (hey, cool, I invented a new word I that sounds, uh, cool) collaboration, and reference-laden-oh-so-quirky dialogue. The third episode even featured the star of Only The Strong. I was shocked. Here are a couple gems I really appreciated:

Ben: I'm such a dolt. I thought that it would be art. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Wendy: So did the Carter administration.

Wendy: We're going to China?

The Middleman:
As soon as Ida gives us the precise coordinates for the heir. Let's just hope it takes mudman a good amount of time to figure out transcontinental travel and passport control.
Why can't the Chinese Middleman just take over the case?
The Middleman
: Don't be ridiculous.
China's a communist country. A hero will be reduced to the level of the common man.

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