No Heroics, ITV2

by | Sep 19, 2008 | All, Reviews

Superheroes are everywhere these days. Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman in the cinema. Heroes on the tv. So now we’re seeing more unconventional Superheroes: Hancock and the forthcoming Watchmen on the big screen, and ITV 2’s own low-budget comedy answer to Watchmen – No Heroics. Featuring a London-based group of Superheroes with powers ranging from the ability to control machines to being able to see a minute into the future, this was a fairly wobbly first episode. Still, with plenty of potential for laughs, we’ll let some of the clunky introductions pass and see what subsequent episodes bring…

What was good about it?

* Patrick Baladi (Neil from The Office) taking on the David Brent role as Excelsor, the most powerful (and arrogant, and obnoxious) hero of them all. His constant bullying of Nicholas Burns as The Hotness was like watching a cross between Brent and Finchy in action.

* James Lance as Don aka Timebomb, the gay, alcoholic Spaniard who could see 60 seconds into the future. When he admitted to She-Force that he spent most of his days drinking and masturbating: “I beat little Don (pointing at his crotch) like he owe me money!”

* Rebekah Staton as She-Force. Though basically reprising her character from Pulling, she and Lance hoovered up most of the funniest lines.

* The Hotness having to roleplay with Supergroupie Vicci. The sight of a huge tattoo of Excelsor on her thigh put him right off his stroke.

What was bad about it?

* Nicholas Burns as inept hero ‘The Hotness’ (special power: setting fire to things). Well, not really bad, just unconvincing.

* Claire Keelan as The Hotness’s ex-girlfriend, Electroclash. Maybe it was just the script but her scenes didn’t even raise a smile.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

19/09/2008

Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!

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