In 2008 there was a comedy series aimed at us that really took a great and slightly cynical look at what it would be like if heroes or ‘Capes’ as they were known were a part of everyday society.
Created by Drew Pearce, ‘No Heroics’ gave a fantastic look at what happens when superheroes try and live their modern lives.
The series centres around four Capes, The Hotness (Alex) Electroclash (Sarah) She-Force (Jenny) and Timebomb (Dom) as they try an get recognition for their heroic deeds in a modern England.
Usually focusing on our heroes in their favourite hangout, a capes only bar called the Fortress, the show is superb with clever take on how normal situations would play out for superheroes.
I don’t give out spoilers so you will have to watch it but I will say the characters in No Heroics are very well thought up. You have the owner of the Fortress called Norse Dave, (a Viking God of war who is suffering from PTSD after the Falklands Conflict) the Fortress’ bouncer Called Thunder Monkey (who only super power is to summon his team of monkeys that live in a zoo a couple of hours away) and Excelsor (Devlin) who is the stereotypical ultimate cape, with a vast array of powers, huge public support and loyal fans but is constantly butting heads with the main characters.
The series is not for young eyes and ears, it carries a 15 rating due to some adult language and situations but it is not over top or gratuitous. This has turned into a guilty pleasure, it was not big budget but filmed in a way it never needed to be.
It has a devoted following and there were grumblings when the Americans wanted to make a transatlantic version but it was never picked up.
Have you guys seen it? If so what do you think….how many mainstream hero references can you spot?
Trust me there are a fair few of them.
Beware: Trailer is NSFW