I Need A Hero...
by Barbara Early
Have you seen the Amazon Fire commercial lamenting the dreaded "show hole"? Apparently when a show you've been following ends, you have a hole that needs filling. Yes, roll those eyes and call it a first-world problem, but, you know, I think there really is such a thing.
Ugh...Rizzoli and Isles is gone. Castle is gone. Bones isalmost over (and probably should have gone sooner). And don't even get me started on one-season wonders like Forever and Limitless.
It got me looking a little outside the box. Well, at least my current box, and back to a revival of a former favorite.
Yes, I'm falling back in love with superheroes.
I grew up on Adam West's Batman (and, of course Batgirl). And Superman. And the Incredible Hulk. And Wonder Woman. I thought I'd outgrown them.
Then came Gotham, which intrigued me at first, but I've stopped watching. It's gotten just a little too dark for me.
So I caught most of Smallville, then binge-watched all of Lois and Clark, which I somehow missed the first time.
Then came Supergirl. And then the Flash showed up on a crossover episode, so I had to check that out. Of course I got hooked on that, which introduce me to the Arrow. Legends of Tomorrow is up next.
The superhero genre has developed quiet a bit. (And as writers, it's hard to just kick back without analyzing what you see.) The tone is a bit darker, the characters are more developed...and definitely more tortured. They not only fight the bad guys, but their own demons and darker impulses: substance abuse, guilt, anger. They struggle to raise children and maintain relationships.
Life can be hard, even without a dual identity.
OK, I'm hooked.
Question: Any new shows capture your attention?