June 16th, 2008

Tom Baker

The Middleman

The new TV series, "The Middleman" is sixteen gallons of awesome in a six gallon jug. Let me put it this way: this show is so awesome it will be canceled in six episodes or less.

It airs tonight, the pilot is available on iTunes and the XBox download service. While there are lots of comparisons one could make about the show, the closest thing in living memory is "Pete and Pete" mixed with "The X-Files". Nerd friendly humor ensues, including obscure comic book nerdery.

I'll be honest, it has a hard time deciding where it wants to keep the Cheese Factor, and bounces from "Batman" level camp (the Adam West version) to "Pete and Pete" with occasional forays into "Spaced" territory. It never loses its self awareness though, and for a show like this, that's the most important thing. The acting is stiff and wooden, as it should be, and the bit parts are tiny bits and are as cardboard cut out as can be. This episode features cartoonish mobsters. Future episodes promise Luchadores as villains.

My conclusion? On a scale of one to ten, this ranks it an an awesome.