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No Heroics is a British TV series about super-heroes with rather limited powers and extreme human frailties. Very funny in a British satire style, the 'drama' revolves around a pub where the super-heroes are not allowed to use their powers, instead talking themselves up and competing with each other for fame and recognition. Full of foul language and political incorrectness, this show is the perfect antidote to Hollywood self-absorption and self-importance with Marvel heroes as it makes fun of itself. Mooncalf McGuire as Spidey is laid to rest here as the heroes bicker, have sex, fail at saving people and generally live like normal people. Well written and acted, this show will make you laugh, and then laugh some more.
British comedy is sometimes quite black and weird, but I like it, they
have a tendency to reverse how things are normally perceived and then
make a lot of fun out of it.
This is in many ways fun, super heroes living in full public and some of them being not so super or heroic as you might think they should be. It does become juvenile and full of bad clichés, that is most likely why it only had a short number of episodes.
I think they could have done a lot more with this and made some really nice hero comedy, but it was on a too narrow scale to make it really interesting and the super heroes that was the main characters was not fitting well together, they were not a good group together, but each their personality was great on its own.
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The guys 'n' gals who hang out at the bar The Fortress aren't your average Joes (and Janes): they're super heroes whose down and dirty private lives are about as down and dirty as they get. When His Higness The Hotness proves a pain in the ***, he gets "the lax attack" and ends up soiling his tights; when Thundermonkey buys the farm, his spirit seems to linger in the bar (like a Spectre, say)- or is it just coincidence that the bear-like barfly who takes up where he left off adheres to his philosophy of By-The-Rules to a fault? We learn, along the way, that the super villains likewise hang out at a bar, called The Stronghold. We are even given the address... NO HEROICS is down and dirty super heroes- no heroics on the premises, please- and one is left wondering if The Hotness will, in the end, migrate to America to join (for $20,000) The United Capes of America. Stay tuned.
This show has a similar premise to the live-action version of 'The
Tick' (2001-02) - a short-lived American sitcom that deserved better.
The big difference being that 'The Tick' was actually funny. 'No
Heroics', on the other hand, mostly takes place in a bar full of
superheroes who drink, hurl insults at each other, and generally behave
like moronic sex-obsessed juveniles.
There is precious little chance for the viewer to relate to any of the main characters. They are self-absorbed, shallow, and uninterested in doing good for the sake of doing good. Rather, it seems to be about who can score the most television appearances (there is a tally board in the bar). Anyone hoping for the offbeat, quirky intelligent humour that the British frequently dish out will be sadly disappointed. This is just tawdry low-brow drivel, almost completely lacking in style or grace. If you want to release the geek inside of you, check out 'The Tick' for a down-to-earth side-splitting treat.
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