|Forgotten UK Dance Troop: Lazy Kidz 4Eva|
But this BBC cult hit is available on Hulu.com, (and below) so watch it now, all of it (16 eps so far), before they make the American version that will likely be considerably less cool.
|The day Robbie Williams came to the set.|
Sounds like typical Superhero/ Comic Book origin and setup, right?
But it's not superheroes as much as it is "Young, Dumb and Full of Powers". There's no spandex, no costumes - unless you count Orange Jumpsuits. No Crazy-Season-Long-Villain. No Leader/Teacher/Trainer to help them. No "Save The Cheerleader - Save The World" missions. No secret base. No dragged out story-lines because the season are so short, they really couldn't if they tried.
|Orange: Not just for psycho-killers, anymore.|
|Sadly, none of them can control the weather.|
What's interesting to note (for me anyway) is how striped down, simple and clean this show feels compared to NBC's Heroes which used many of the same troupes. Except here, we're not following people who want to save the city. That's crazy talk to them. They're too busy worrying about their own little world. Clubbing. Whatever. They're young. One suspects that deep down, that idea of professional hero shit is just bigger than them, pose it to them and they'd likely reply, "And how the fuck am I supose' to do tha', yah?"
|"Seriously. Let's go find someone to make it stop raining."|
Is it perfect? Nothing is. But my quibbles are few, and fewer than almost any other show I have ever watched. When it's good, it's very good. Stylish but not slick, smart but un-pompous, it has edge with realism, and painfully funny. Nathan is the nuttiest wanker you'll ever meet.
And you can watch the first episode right now...
By Bill Sweeney