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August 19th, 2008


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12:36 am - Chocoholics Anonymous!
Watch this fantastic Doctor Who vid set to "Handlebars" by Flobots. That is the Doctor, right there. Fighting evil so you don't have to.

So the question becomes: why aren't you watching The Middleman? Hasn't your entire flist been talking about it for weeks? I didn't think I needed to say anything more. I liked it at first but thought it needed to improve, and then it did improve, so now I love it. I love its wacky imagination and its chyron humor and its pretty girls and cleavage and its deadpan humor and its snappy exclamations and its constant stream of pop culture references. I love that it doesn't take itself seriously at all except when it does, and it manages to have it both ways.

This week's episode was called "The Vampiric Puppet Lamentation," you guys. That's right. It was about VAMPIRE PUPPETS.

Monday night, 10 o'clock, ABC Family. You've only got a couple episodes left this season (which may or may not be the only season), but I know you can catch up. You have the technology.

Then check out themiddleblog, where Javi, who is a cool cat, annotates the dozens of references in each episode, most of which center around a theme. This week's, of course, was mostly Dracula and other vampire stories. The ghost episode had a bunch of Ghostbusters references. For no apparent reason, one week they threw in a ton of Back to the Future references. This is a fun show, people.

But this post is not actually about the show. You're already watching the show, surely. I am here to pimp the comic. You see, Javi initially did pitch this show as...a show, but when it was rejected, he turned it into a comic instead.

The Collected Series Indispensability contains all three volumes of The Middleman so far, and it's definitely worth checking out. There are some minor differences that may cause a little cognitive dissonance, but nothing huge. Wendy is Caucasian with red hair rather than Cuban with black hair, the Middleman is blond, and Noser is white. There's less Lacey and no Tyler. But other than that, the first volume (The Trade Paperback Imperative) is almost word-for-word, shot-for-shot the pilot, and the second volume (The Second Volume Inevitability) is almost identical to "The Sino-Mexican Revelation." There are still some great lines and moments that didn't make it into the show, however (at least one because the show is quite clearly—and endearingly—low-budget). It's pretty neat to see the episodes in comic form (their original form!), as it gives you even more appreciation for the people bringing them to life on TV. Unsurprisingly, the show is very much in the spirit of its source material, given that Javi is behind both.

The third volume (The Third Volume Inescapability), however, is where it's at, as it's a story we haven't yet seen on the show (although one line/moment did appear in modified form last week), and I'm anxiously awaiting the integration of some of the elements of that storyline into the show, if it lasts. Obviously, reading the third volume may spoil you for the show, but it's a good story. It's a good comic overall, actually, as it doesn't adhere to any one panel structure, simply using the medium however is best to tell the story.

You even get "The Alternate Ending Paradoxicality!" Which is...what it sounds like. It features, um, well...I won't tell you what it features because it must be seen to be believed.

Finally, you get Legends of the Middleman, which is a few stories—drawn by different artists—featuring the adventures of Middlemen past. They're very amusing, and I think they're basically AU since they break continuity and they're too ridiculous (yes, even for this comic) to be true.

All this, for a mere twenty dollars! The online retailers appear to be confuzzled, so I recommend walking down to your local comic book store and picking it up. Ask them to hold a copy for you behind the desk, and you might have it handed to you by an extremely cute girl with glasses and cleavage and hair and everything.
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:August 19th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
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Hasn't your entire flist been talking about it for weeks?

Huh, I've never heard of it until right now. Perhaps my flist lives in a cave.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 19th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Heard of it at all? The VH has also been talking about it for weeks.
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:August 19th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
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In the main MM thread? That's pretty much the only one I check. If it was talked about there, maybe I've just been skimming over it and not processing it since it meant nothing to me?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 19th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Probably.
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From:pandora_17
Date:August 19th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
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I think I laughed through the whole episode last night. I love how the bat puppet took off to the skies with the host limply dangling from him.

Who is the Middleman's lady love? I MUST KNOW. (If we're taking bets, I'm going to say it's someone we haven't seen yet. Oooh, maybe it's the high school mixtape girl.)

I've only read the first two volumes of the comic. I need to track down the rest.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 19th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
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All I know is it's not Wendy, thankfully! I have no idea who it is. Unless it's Roxy Wasserman.

Hee, Interrodroid.
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From:pandora_17
Date:August 19th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
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They did have vibes, but you think he would have mentioned or alluded to it or something. Although he was very adamant that they were reformed...maybe it IS Roxy Wasserman. Argh, I wish I knew when we find out. It's driving me crazy.

It's too bad we can't have an AD/Middleman crossover. I would pay cash money to see a scene between Franklin and the Middleman.
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From:evilstmars
Date:August 19th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
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I really need to buy the comics when I have the money, because my love for the TV series knows no bounds. I agree with you on it: it started good, and I liked it, but thought it needed to improve -- then, happily, it DID.
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From:mycenae
Date:August 19th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
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That Doctor Who vid is fantastic. When I first heard that song it sounded really silly, but the more I listened to it the more I liked it... kinda like how Doctor Who grew on me. It fits his character so well, thanks for the link!

I've only heard of The Middleman because of Comic Con. I have no idea what it's about. I will... eventually see it. I think.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 19th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
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The Middleman is about...the Middleman. He's kind of a one-man army protecting the world from all sorts of supernatural/paranormal/alien/etc. threats. These include vampire puppets, zombie fish, cursed tubas, and just about anything else you couldn't imagine. He recruits Wendy Watson to be his new apprentice, a Middleman-in-training, as it were. She's snarky and pop-culture-savvy; he's dapper and straight-edge. They fight crime!
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From:mycenae
Date:August 20th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
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I just started the pilot. How did they get the phrase "hentai tentacle monster" on a channel with the word "family" in it??? WHAT?

*back to watching*
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From:stella_hime
Date:August 24th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I really, really hope this isn't going to be the only season. It only marginally makes up for the travesty that is another show by the 7th Heaven creator. The Middleman is the best thing to ever happen to ABC Family since Smallville reruns. And now to go catch up on the episodes I've missed...
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From:bspalek
Date:August 25th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
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Okay, I come back to the world of LJ to find everyone in their Mommas recommending a campy looking ABC Family show I have seen a billion ads for and never thought once about watching. I will take your guys' word on it and check it out.

That DW video is awesome. It might have been the most fun I have had watching a fan vid.

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