Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

2006, TV Show


The Thursday Playlist: Suits, FX Goes Legit, a Nerds War and Oprah Rides Lance

Patrick J. Adams

Winning the battle was only half the story — or, in this case, the season. USA Network's Suits returns Thursday (10/9c) to finish out a second year, its momentum from the crackling first half of the season somewhat stalled by the four-month break. Nothing in the first two new episodes quite matches the tension of the summer run, which was dominated by a suspenseful in-house battle for control of the Pearson Hardman (now minus Hardman) law firm.

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Episode 7: Hour 1 Recap

At the start of this week's 2-hour finale of Who Wants to be a Superhero, we were left with Hygena, Hyper-Strike, and The Defuser duking it out for the title. When Dr. Dark unleashed a super-sized evil Stan Lee on the city, it was up to the final three heroes to save the day once again. Despite the mission seeming to be as simple as cutting off the giant robot's power source, our man Stan couldn't really make it that easy for the final 3 combatants. Instead, he decided to take this opportunity to bust out a little test that seemed to be a fan favorite from back in season 1; the attack dogs. Suited up in plenty of extra cushioning to fend off the nasty bites of 3 seemingly untrained beasts, the heroes had quite the time trying to destroy their latest foe. After volunteering herself as bait, Hygena was able to distract one of the psycho dogs buying her teammates a little more time to find a way to destroy the giant's power supply. Shortly after however, psycho dog # 2 played... read more

Episode 6 Recap

With only four heroes left in the competition, this week's Who Wants to Be a Superhero kicked things into high gear by introducing us to evil Stan. Using DNA lifted from the pencil he stole from the heroes' lair a few episodes back, Dr. Dark was able to create an evil clone of the big boss man and used him to direct the heroes right into his little trap. Before Dr. Dark was ready to fully set his nefarious plan into motion, the real Stan (Thanks technogeek!) sent the remaining players off on yet another adventure. He instructed the group to find their way to an elementary school to work with a fourth-grade class and crack a code to find out where their next stop would be. Each hero seemed to take a different approach to this task. Both Parthenon and the Defuser pretended to listen to their group and then "suggested" what they already knew to be the correct answers. Hygena allowed her students to provide the answers but knowingly accepted wrong answers, thus wasting precious time. Th... read more

Episode 5 Recap: Tunnel of Fears

Who Wants to Be a Superhero? Apparently not Whip-snap! Well, she probably wanted to be one at some point, prompting her to audition for this show, but as soon as the cameras started rolling, so did the waterworks. I don’t think she's been able to hold back tears in a single episode since the start of the season. And in this week’s episode, she cried about the fact that she cries. Let’s dive in: This week’s theme seemed to be all about testing the heroes’ fears and weaknesses. Dr. Dark concocted a scheme to steal the city’s power, and it was up to the gang to restore it by crawling through a narrow tunnel filled with creepy crawlers. Without even knowing what awaited her inside the tunnel, Whip-snap was freaked. I really don’t know what that woman was expecting when she signed up for this show. It ain’t The Real World or Big Brother where you’re just hanging around the house all day — if you really want to be a superhero, you ne... read more

Episode 4 Recap

After two heroes were sent home last week on Who Wants to Be a Superhero, I thought the remaining crew would have some downtime before being thrown right into another sticky situation. However, immediately following the elimination, the heroes came home to find that their secret identities and some other important household items had been taken.As soon as the heroes began to search through their trashed home, two of them wasted no time in being the first to annoy me this week. Even though the Defuser is a cop, his take-charge attitude in assessing the mess in the house was totally unnecessary. We get it. Your prior training as a police officer has prepared you to handle a situation just like this but really... was it really a mystery who stole the identities? Did he really think he'd be calling in his crew to dust for fingerprints? On a similar note (yet again) Whip-Snap became overly emotional upon discovering that her belongings had been ransacked. I just don't get what she's all ... read more

Episode 3 Recap

It was a huge week on Who Wants To Be a Superhero. Stan Lee jumped right in by introducing the heroes to their latest challenge. The gang was sent off to a Six Flags amusement park to go up against their newest foe, Dr. Dark. Upon their arrival, Dr. Dark informed the group they'd be split into teams in an attempt to figure out who is a hero and who is destined to live in the shadows as a sidekick. Separated into teams of 2, each team was forced to face their fears and ride on what appeared to be some of the countries biggest, baddest coasters. At the start of the challenge, all seemed to be going well and each team was working together to find the clues that would unlock the doors to Dr. Dark's lair. Although I've been able to take Mr. Mitzvah's kvetching (that's complaining for those of you who haven't been exposed to enough Yiddish slang) until now, the fact that he supposedly injured himself just running to grab the clue put me over the top. What a whimp? Then, just ... read more

Episode 2 Recap

This week's episode of Who Wants to Be a Superhero picked up exactly where last week's left off. The heroes reacted to the loss of Braid, and it was abundantly clear to everyone that the game was officially under way. Some of the heroes examined their own performances in the first competition to see where they needed improvement, while others tried to offer their fellow cast members a little advice.Initially, The Defuser's advice to Ms. Limelight was pretty useful and may have actually helped her in future tasks, but the friendly advice was quickly overshadowed by Mindset's personal attack on her intelligence. For someone whose only ability is to use his mind to get out of sticky situations, Mindset really should not have called out Ms. Limelight for not being the sharpest tool in the shed. First off, did he not recall Stan Lee's comment about monitoring the heroes at all times? Surely he would not approve of Mindset bringing another crime fighter to tears. Also, if he's so intellig... read more

Season 2 Premiere

I feel the need to start out this blog by admitting that I had pretty much written this show off after its series premiere last season. I just didn't get it. Right out of the gate, with heroes named Monkey Woman and Fat Momma, it seemed as though they cast anyone who bothered showing up for the auditions (I had a similar impression of VH1's The White Rapper Show... but that's a whole other blog in itself). Nonetheless, when I started seeing the ads for the new season, I decided to give it another whirl. I gotta say, I kinda liked it.To start, I was pretty happy they only gave us a brief glimpse at the audition process. I can only imagine the characters that these open auditions could have attracted. I found Homeless Man, Cosmic Bitch and the guy who has the power to really annoy his enemies to be the best of the worst. And I'm pretty sure I saw Monkey Woman's brother somewhere in the mix. After only about five minutes, they jumped right into the game and introduced us to this season... read more

Stan Lee Takes on Paris Hilton and Wannabe Superheroes

Stan Lee, Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

You're the man, Stan! As master of the Marvel Comics universe, Stan Lee cocreated Spider-Man, the Hulk, Fantastic Four and X-Men. But that's not enough for the 84-year-old wunderkind. He's just signed a mega-deal with Disney. He's developing a Paris Hilton cartoon series for MTV. Hasbro is about to issue a Stan Lee action figure (complete with his trademark specs, khakis and windbreaker). And this week he returns for his second season as judge on Sci Fi Channel's Who Wants to Be a Superhero? (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET). TV Guide: What sets Superhero apart from the other reality contests? Stan Lee: It's really about heart, and being an empathetic human being. There's genuine crying and caring among the competitors when someone is eliminated. Yo read more

What's your take on why NBC ...

Question: What's your take on why NBC renewed The Apprentice? Do they really have nothing better waiting in the wings? If The Apprentice was renewed just to fill a spot in its lineup, maybe the network needs to start improving its talent-development program. The Apprentice is so past its prime it could guest-star on CSI as the dead body on the autopsy table. I can't imagine that the show can be of any benefit to NBC either in terms of ratings or creating buzz. Maybe The Donald has given the head honchos at NBC the penthouse suite at his Atlantic Casino in exchange for the renewal? If they have to have a reality show (and honestly, do they really need one?), then I'd rather have something along the lines of Who Wants to Be a Superhero or even Grease: You’re the One That I Want. (PS: If it has to return, they should at least ditch all of the "improvements" of the last season, bring back Caroline, make the challenges more about business and less about sex, and maybe capture some of the ... read more

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Premiered: July 27, 2006, on SyFy
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Premise: Contestants garbed as superheroes compete in this reality series. The winner gets to have his or her alter-ego spotlighted in a comic book created by Stan Lee, plus a guest role in a movie made for the Sci Fi Channel.


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