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All I have to say is...


HYPERSTRIKE WAS ROBBED.

That's all I'm sayin'.

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minotaurs
Sep. 8th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Totally. They shouldn't have dumped Parthenon. Really, he should have dumped Hygena and given Whipsnap one more chance. Then dumped The Punisher-ripoff. My final three would have been Hyperstrike, Parthenon and Whipsnap.
thespian
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Whipsnap was turning EVERYTHING into a freaking therapy session. She was seriously high maintenance. She needed therapy, not a reality LARP.
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, but she still had a lot of heart.
minotaurs
Sep. 8th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
I actually think that if Whipsnap had been able to get over her issues she and Defuser would have made a good team.
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
That's an excellent point.
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
I think that would have been my final 3, too, looking over the whole cast. I thought they were the most interesting, although I think Defuser and Hygena would have rounded out my top 5. Looking at all of them as overall heroes, Hyperstrike would have gotten my vote no matter what - he had the look, the heart, the mindset, and looked good on the green screen.
jsciv
Sep. 8th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
See, I think a lot of the complaints you have are influenced by Hyperstrike being young and hot. In his 1-on-1 with Stan at the end he really didn't shine any more than anyone else and kind of disappointed me. Defuser and Hygena both had way better personal motivations than he did. The show isn't about actually looking like a hero, it's about the heart of one. In that respect I do think that all three of them were good, depending on what Stan wanted. Sure, I'd have enjoyed the cute guy winning, but at the same time I see why it was The Defuser. And I don't really mind, in the end.
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
Actually I don't think Hyperstrike is all that cute - IMHO, he fit the role of superhero better than Hygena (who I thought was too wimpy, overall) and Defuser (who I thought was too pushy, overall). Sure, they all had great backstories (interestingly, Hyperstrike didn't cry like the other two, but I thought his speech on the block was absolutely spot on perfect for why he should win), but when I looked at them overall, I just really felt it should have been Hyperstrike.

I also note he definitely looked the best on film - that circus training obviously prepared him for the spotlight, and I think watching the movie (which of course will be infamously bad) would have been a hell of a lot more interesting with him rather than the dark-haired Dolph Lundgren known as Defuser. Bleh.

I will say that I'm glad Feedback won season 1 - he was, IMHO, the most heartfelt and sincere lover of comics in the bunch. :)
rvrjoe775
Sep. 8th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
Watching the show play out, I was glad that all three made it to the final round. Stan said it's about the heart of a hero, but it's also about being able to market a movie and comic book. I found Defuser rather boring. And I disagree about HyperStrike's back story - it seemed rather Peter Parker to me.

I suspect Stan was won over by the video footage of what a comic geek Defuser can be in real life. Last year's winner Feedback had the same advantage (mind you, I think he did deserve to win).

esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
And really, Defuser looked worse than Fat Momma against the greenscreen. Even Hygena looked better.
thespian
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
my feelings exactly. Hygena was at the end ONLY for gender balance, which, as a girl, is actually pissing me off.
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
And Parthenon was kicked off because he was gay. When Defuser's wife came up and he kissed her and told her how much he loved her, I turned to Quincy and said, "Could you see them letting Parthenon do that with his lover on national television?" Quincy said, "That's why they kicked him off - 'Oh, you have a hangnail... AND YOU'RE GAY. Bye!'" :)
jsciv
Sep. 8th, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)
Honestly, I think the reaction of the kids was pretty telling against Parthenon. He thought he was good with them, but he really was all about himself, and they could tell.

I don't know if being gay mattered or not (I think to state it as fact is overstating the matter), but I do know that I saw the way that he thought he was bonding with the kids when he wasn't.
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 07:40 am (UTC)
Oh, no doubt he fucked up the kids challenge royally, but based on his performance up to that point (which Stan repeatedly says he takes into consideration), I wouldn't say it was *enough* to kick him out for just that - as he said in the after show with Feedback, he'd been on all the winning teams, he'd won all the solo challenges, and he'd just been praised for his ingenuity when they were trapped in the storage container (even if everyone else said he was too pushy).

Certain Stan's decisions are seemingly arbitrary, but I really think they were looking for a reason to oust him because he was gay.

Either that, or when Stan says, "The person leaving the lair tonight is..." he throws a dart at a dartboard during that pause before announcing who's going home. :)
rvrjoe775
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
I'm so there with you. I liked Parthenon, but HyperStrike was ready-made for what the show seeks to accomplish with its winner. He looked great in person and even better when inked, and can do his own stunts for the movie.

And such a nice tush. Just saying.
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
I'm going to have to write some post-show Hyperstrike/Parthenon slash now. ;)
minotaurs
Sep. 8th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
post-show Hyperstrike/Parthenon slash - OMG, I really did completely corrupt you, didn't I? Me for the win! [grin]
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Look for the toaster oven soon. ::shakes tiny fist::
logisticslad
Sep. 8th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)
Much agreeance. Defuser was my least favorite of the final three. I feel like they took his real life role too much into account in making the final decision. As much as I loved Parthenon, he did screw up the classroom challenge and I think that did justify his elimination. Hygena overcame her fears, which made me happy that she was kept in the final three, but it wasn't enough for a win. I'm not sure why Hyperstrike didn't win, other than the thought that since his job is a circus performer, then maybe they felt he wouldn't be taken seriously?
thespian
Sep. 8th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
except that that's exactly the sort of thing that normally goes way over with Stan Lee's audience. Think of say, Nightcrawler. Hell. The guy's name was even John Stork - totally a 60s secret ID type name.

The problem is, Dark Horse doesn't do that sort of character, and they had a voice in the elimination discussions. Which is why something as gimmicky as Hygena or Fat Momma won't win, either. Dark Horse takes itself awfully seriously.
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
To be fair, Fat Momma basically threw the competition anyway. She's cool like that.
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)
When he went with 3 finalists it was kind of interesting - all had revealed too much info in the makeup room, but Stan praised Defuser and Hygena for their roles. Based on that, I thought Hyperstrike would go home, so I'm glad he went with 3. When I then looked at all 3 overall, I really felt Hyperstrike was the most suitable superhero, based on everything seen up to that point - Hygena was too wimpy, and Defuser was too pushy and "cop like." I thought Hyper had it all. Very bummed.

And as much as Parthenon screwed up the kids challenge, I still think he was sent home because he was gay. Interestingly, though, in his after-show interview, Feedback pointed out that Mindset and Whipsnap both got kicked out their first time on the block, too, but still...

But, like I said, I guess now is the time to write the post-show Parthenon/Hyperstrike slash, eh? ;)
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