My Hero - Season Two
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My Hero: Season 2 (DVD)
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's health-food shop-owner George Sunday, alias the world's most famous superhero, Thermoman! Thermoman, a down-to-earth superhero in love, is back for another series of out-of-this world comedy adventures. In Series Two, Janet tells her parents who George really is, which causes more problems than it solves; a long-lost fiancee and an enemy from planet Ultron cause trouble; cousin Arnie steals the Crown Jewels; and wedding plans are afoot now that Janet is to have Thermoman's baby.]]>
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I luv My Hero xxx
"Christmas"-Hilarious! From the toy Thermoman to Santa, it's packed full of laughs. The second half isn't as good as the first, but it still has a few laughs.
Best Moment: Jason (the little kid who sees George as Santa and accuses Stanley of being nothing to do with Santa).
"Parents"- After George ruins the NADS' play, Janet placates her parents by telling them that George is really Thermoman.
Best Moment: Mrs Raven's fantasy after Ella tells her about George.
"Girlfriend" -George's fiancee from Ultron comes along and insists on getting married.
Best Moment: George trying to put Xil off, but failing because of his genuinely helpful sweet character.
"Car" - Janet's parents think George should be able to afford a car for Janet, and Arnie wants his powers back. George gets Arnie's powers restored so he can do rescues and George can make the health shop a success.
Best Moment: Ultronian depression, especially Janet (standing in the corner and howling).
"Nemesis" - An Ultronian wants to ruin George's life for revenge and takes over Piers, becoming "Miracle Man".
Best Moment: Tyler giving the voices in his head a party. "All right, lads, who wants to play Pass The Parcel?"
"Pregnant" - Janet realizes she's pregnant and George gives her powers to protect their unborn child. Weakest episode on the DVD.
Best Moment: All on about the same level.
"Wedding" - Janet's parents insist the baby be born in wedlock and George knows the Ultron Council would expect it of him, so George has to convince Janet to marry him.
Best Moment: George proposes in the Health Centre and all the patients start telling her what to say, especially the man. "She'll never get anyone better, not with her weight problem."
I really do recommend this DVD.
Ardal O'Hanlon is in classic form in My Hero. I can only describe his style as "Father Dougal McGuire Meets Superman" in that he has many of the same traits as his classic role in the hilarious "Father Ted" series - a gormless but lovable simpleton.
In this series, he is somewhat brighter than his classic role as Dougal, but due to his unfamiliarity with Earth customs (due to being a REAL alien!) and an apparently native "Ultronian" tendency towards telling the unvarnished truth at all times, or (in the case of having misunderstood instructions from his cousin Arnie or someone) getting the wrong end of the stick, he is screamingly funny in his miscues, inadvertently insulting or discomfiting all and sundry -- including his long-suffering girl-friend, her mother, and co-workers.
There are interesting and zany elements of other "space alien" comedies, including the "Mork and Mindy" series, but Ardal and his colleagues bring their own brand of charm to the mix.
I unreservedly recommend this to all lovers of British (and Irish!) comedy. Ardal is brilliant!
Thermoman doesn't really have a gallery of evil masterminds, although he does get a supervillain of sorts in the form of an old classmate (in "Nemesis"). Instead Thermoman can be found averting natural disasters and fetching take-out meals for himself and Janet from all over the globe. The fun thing about MY HERO is that its premise is all about how an all-powerful superhero copes with mundane, everyday stuff. The show wallows in a Douglas Adams-ian sense of the ridiculous, specifically in the series's introduction of bizarre Ultron traditions. However, the themes touched on are universal enough to draw in everyone, while keeping very much within its British sensibilities. And, thru all the jokes and the poking fun of, the show never falters in its presentation of George and Janet as a couple truly in love. Yep, he's a costumed alien crimefighter and she's a normal girl from Northolt, England, but, amidst the wacky shenanigans, the show reveals a relationship being constantly worked on by these two, despite their innate differences. Or maybe I like this show so much, I'm reading stuff into it, giving credit where it isn't due? I dunno, except that I really dig George and Janet.
One thing is clear: even tame insults such as "prat" and "git" and "pillock" carry more weight by virtue of being uttered with a clipped British accent. Having said that, I must say that George's cousin Arnie, who has an American accent, in his war of putdowns with the acerbic and ever nasty Mrs. Raven, seems to deliver the more incendiary barbs ("Oh, it's your perfume. I thought it was the drains."). These two have some venomous, howlingly funny exchanges.
The excellent cast is spearheaded by the very deadpanned Ardal O'Hanlon as George Sunday (aka Thermoman) and Emily Joyce, delightfully down-to-earth, as his lovely, long-suffering nurse girlfriend Janet Dawkins. Meanwhile, two very funny standouts from the supporting roles are Geraldine McNulty and Hugh Dennis as, respectively, the aforementioned receptionist Mrs. Raven and the self-infatuated Dr. Piers Crispin ("I am always here.").
So watch MY HERO, not just this season, but all the seasons. Learn the third law of the superhero code. Witness Ultron's sacred stance. See the desperately perilous and ancient Chang Ching challenge (which is strangely reminiscent of a children's game), and also what Ultrons do when they get depressed (Okay, they face into a corner and howl mournfully). The special effects may be on the shoddy side, but the show's not really about smoke and mirrors as much as it is about characters you grow to love, yes, even and especially characters who sniff the air a lot and then spends ages of time in the loo.
For those who care, the following has possible episode SPOILERS:
- Episode 1 - "Christmas" - George tries to get into the swing of Christmas, but is it really a surprise that he gets it all wrong?
- Episode 2 - "Parents" - Weary of her unpleasant parents constantly putting down George, Janet reveals to them that he's Thermoman. This is a horrible move.
- Episode 3 - "Girlfriend" - Just as Janet complains that her relationship with George has fallen into a rut, George's Ultron fiancee pops in, wanting to get married.
- Episode 4 - "Car" - George's dodgy cousin Arnie pleads with him to intercede with the Ultron High Council to reinstate his superpowers, but George is reluctant to do so ("Arnie, I trust you about as far I could throw you - if I was someone who couldn't throw people really well.").
- Episode 5 - "Nemesis" - Janet accompanies George to his school reunion, held at a sci-fi convention. There, George runs into an old school mate harboring a personal, deep-seated grudge.
- Episode 6 - "Pregnant" - Janet is pregnant. And so, to protect the baby, George temporarily grants Janet super powers, but then being more than human goes to her head.
- Episode 7 - "Wedding" - The episode title says it all, with an ending that had me in hysterics.