[LSFF] Middleman-tittning imorgon 19/7

Lilith Liisasdotter asmodena at gmail.com
Sun Jul 19 06:07:26 CEST 2009

Jag kommer om jag vaknar


2009/7/18 Tommy Persson <tpe at ida.liu.se>

> 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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