John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Ten random things: February 3

Ten television shows based on DC Comics:

  1. Human Target
  2. The Kid Superpower Hour with Shazam!
  3. Superman: The Animated Series
  4. Teen Titans
  5. Batman: The Brave and the Bold
  6. The Flash
  7. Global Frequency
  8. Batman
  9. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  10. The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show

I'm continuing to enjoy the new Human Target series. That it bears little resemblance to the comic book series is of little concern to me; I'm not one to ask for 100% fidelity to the source text when it comes to adaptations of any type. A TV series is not a comic book, and some things that work on the printed page don't work on the small screen. The elaborate disguises that Christopher Chance uses in the comics don't play so well in three dimensions, as evidenced by the short-lived 1992 Human Target series.

One thing that I don't really understand about the new series is why, in reviews of and articles, Jackie Earle Haley's character Guerrero is so frequently referred to as a computer expert (see, for example, this TWoP interview with Haley). Granted, he's been shown as being very good at finding information on the Internet, but that just makes you a good researcher, not a computer expert. In fact, in the second episode, when the client was a hacker, Guerrero sought out another hacker to help with the case, which he probably wouldn't have had to do if he was a computer expert himself. Why not just call him what he is: a legman, like Nero Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin. Guerrero is more psychopathic than Goodwin, but I think the comparison is apt.

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