My sources — otherwise known as Google — inform me that there will not be a Season Three of the Sci Fi Channel’s epic series event, Who Wants to be a Superhero? I’m feeling just a tad ambiguous about this. On the one hand, I enjoyed the first season quite a bit, and was happy that Feedback won. I enjoyed the second season too, though not as much, and I was pleased that Defuser won. What I enjoyed most about this show was that the qualities which were normally required for winning other reality shows — manipulativeness, deceit, and so on — were not required for victory on this show. On the other hand, sometimes it was just nigh on to impossible to figure out who deserved to be kicked off and who deserved to stay, and last year even Stan Lee had to resort to having the participants write up their own evaluations.
I think, though, that the biggest death knell for this show was how Feedback was “rewarded”. During the first season, the Sci Fi Channel promised a Sci Fi Channel original movie featuring the winner. Although having a Sci Fi Channel original movie made of your character is a dubious prize at best (I’m still awfully proud of my Sci Fi Channel Original Movie generator), the fact that Feedback only got, say, two minutes of screen time in Megasnake (a film that was ludicrous even by Sci Fi Channel standards) left a bitter taste in the mouths of a number of fans. So most people I knew who watched the show simply assumed that the winner of Season Two would be treated just as shabbily.
In short, I think the Sci Fi Channel screwed the pooch with how they treated Feedback after Season One, and didn’t do enough to recuperate in Season Two. Besides, Stan Lee has moved on to bigger and better things, like cameo shots in Heroes.
If there is a Season Three of Who Wants to be a Superhero, it won’t be anytime soon. And, really, that’s probably for the best.
In other news, I think a smackdown between Feedback and the Defuser would be awesome. Who would win?
Update: The Defuser himself left a comment over on my LiveJournal on this entry. I checked it out, and it’s really him. Which for me raises the question of how he found my Livejournal entry? The Defuser really does have superheroic powers. Almost makes me feel bad about getting my Evil-Doing Doctorate.
Via Slice of Sci Fi, I found a rumor that is bound to upset, shock, and dismay up to half a dozen people worldwide: Flash Gordon, despite a plan for a two-season arc, will probably not be renewed past the first season on the Sci Fi Channel. As someone who has seen plenty of my own favorite shows canceled over the years, I would normally offer my condolences to all five members of the show’s loyal fanbase, but in my opinion, there are better things they could be doing with their Friday nights: like, possibly, mulching their yards, sorting their sock drawers, or inserting flaming bamboo shoots underneath their fingernails — very likely a much less painful experience than watching that show.
In other news, tonight is the season finale of season two of Who Wants to be a Superhero? I stand by my prediction that Hyperstrike will be this year’s winner, but mostly I’m just looking forward to seeing a giant Evil Stan Lee marching through the streets, causing chaos, like an octogenarian Jewish Godzilla. You just can’t beat that!
If you know anything at all about the Sci Fi Channel’s series, Who Wants to be a Superhero, you know that the prize for winning is a comic book featuring the winning character, and an appearance in a Sci Fi Channel original movie. Last year’s winner was the pretty nifty Feedback (pictured here), and I know that I wasn’t the only one looking forward to a Feedback movie. Of course, it was going to be a Sci Fi Channel original movie, so there was never any doubt that it would be an awful movie, but we were expecting something.
Well, a couple of weeks ago, the Sci Fi Channel aired Megasnake, about a giant snake that goes around and eats people; it was a plot that could have come straight from my Sci Fi Channel Original Movie Generator, and it was predictably awful. It was advertised, though, as featuring Feedback, so I was at least a little excited. "Yay!" I thought. "Here’s the Feedback movie! Feedback fights a giant snake!"
What happened? He got a two minute cameo toward the end of the movie. And he wasn’t even Feedback; he was Matthew Atherton playing Feedback, and instead of fighting a giant snake, he was giving a lecture on electrical safety to a crowd of children.
For this I sat through two hours of a horrid movie? (Well, only ninety minutes; to be honest, we remembered the movie was on about half an hour in, and didn’t stress missing anything; these movies are nothing if not predictable).
There are a lot of people who are annoyed about this. Feedback himself has expressed some disappointment that this was the movie appearance that had been promised to him and to his fans. The forums on the Sci Fi Channel’s website are aflame with annoyed fans (not to mention the people calling for the immediate cancellation of Flash Gordon). And there’s even an online petition dedicated to convincing the Sci Fi Channel to follow through with a bit more. I don’t personally believe that such a petition will do any good, but I don’t believe that the executives at the Sci Fi Channel actually pay any attention to what their viewers say.
That’s the only explanation I can come up with: that they just don’t listen. How else can you call yourself a "science fiction channel" and not be aware that you’re a laughing stock within the genre community?