[LSFF] Middleman-tittning imorgon 19/7

Tommy Persson tpe at ida.liu.se
Sat Jul 18 13:20:47 CEST 2009


Påminner om The Middleman-tittningen imorgon söndag. Notera att det är
kul att se serien från början men varje avsnitt är avslutat så det går
att droppa in när som helst (just nu har 5 personer förrutom mig sagt
de ska komma). Är ingen hemma så är det förmodligen matpaus på
pizzerian.

  19/7: The Middleman-tittning hos Tommy Persson klockan 13. Vi ser
        från första avnsittet och så länge vi orkar. Mat på pizzeria
        eller liknande runt 17. Plats: Rydsv. 180A; 070-2821585

Vi såg första avsnittet på ett medlemsmöte. Det är avsnittet med
tentakelmonstret bakom en glasruta i början.

Jag tror jag gillar The Middleman av samma anledning som jag gillar
The Avengers men The Middleman innehåller betydligt
pop-kultur-referenser (i alla fall som man känner igen). Här är en recension
av The Middleman:

   http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117937411.html?categoryid=32&cs=1


  There's an explanation why most "Men in Black" knockoffs have failed
  -- namely, because achieving that balance of comedy and sci-fi
  action is pretty damn hard. Yet ABC Family has accomplished just
  that with "The Middleman," a delightful adaptation of "Lost" scribe
  Javier Grillo-Marxuach's graphic novel that brims with clever
  pop-culture references and disarming wit. Actually, this series
  could potentially work on any number of networks, and it's almost
  too smart for the room at ABC Family; nevertheless, this sprightly
  summer arrival should fit nicely into the evolving niche the channel
  established with "Kyle XY."

  At first blush, the concept looks like just another "slacker gets a
  chance to save the universe" exercise, with twentysomething Wendy
  Watson (Natalie Morales) introduced in a dead-end temp job -- right
  before a multitentacled monster smashes through the glass and
  attacks her. Enter the Middleman (Matt Keeslar), who subsequently
  reveals that he's an "independent contractor" who works solving
  "exotic problems" -- wielding oversized weaponry and gadgets from an
  unidentified benefactor (hence his name) to dispatch threats culled
  straight out of comic books.

  Lacking much else to do, Wendy -- by day an aspiring artist with a
  doofus boyfriend -- is recruited as his new sidekick. So far, you're
  probably thinking, "So what?"

  Still, as constructed by Grillo-Marxuach and director Jeremiah
  Chechik, just about everything here crackles. In the premiere, a
  shadowy figure is murdering mob bosses, yielding "Scarface"/"The
  Godfather" jokes. When Wendy grudgingly agrees to join up -- having
  honed hitherto-unknown skills playing Xbox -- a montage quickly
  ensues modeled after the kitschy black-and-white opening titles of
  the '60s TV show "The Avengers."

  Wendy's apartment, meanwhile, is drolly identified onscreen as "the
  illegal sublet Wendy shares with another young, photogenic artist,"
  while she refers to the Middleman's organization as "the
  paramilitary version of Amway."

  The opener (shot in Vancouver, though series production shifts to
  Los Angeles) also features "24's" Mary Lynn Rajskub in a guest stint
  as the requisite mad scientist, who Middleman disparages as
  "Blofeld."

  Kids and young adults probably won't get the more obscure references
  (which, in addition to the above James Bond drop-in, include "Shaft"
  and "Planet of the Apes"), but they should nevertheless find much to
  savor in the quirky tone, rat-a-tat dialogue and Beeslar's way-cool,
  clean-cut 1950s-style hero. Even Wendy's "woe is me" whining
  gradually grows on you.

  Bright and breezy, "The Middleman" manages the increasingly rare
  feat of being knowing but not snide. It's a show, frankly, for
  people who love (and have probably watched too much) TV. By that
  standard, it's far from the middle, but rather rises straight to the
  top.


-- 
/Tommy Persson




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