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Need a laugh? Watch the new Heroes web series

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 21st 2009 11:34AM
heroes nowhere manAnd yes, you'll be laughing at it, not with it. Mostly because it's awfully unoriginal, unfunny, and it revolves around two of the most useless characters in the Heroes universe -- Eric Doyle (aka "The Puppetmaster"), and that d-bag who used to be HRG's boss at Copy Kingdom (who reminds you that he used to be the boss at Copy Kingdom two seconds after he shows up).

OK, maybe someone could make a good web series about The Puppetmaster (David H. Lawrence XVII is a good actor), but this ain't it. The five-and-a half minute opener, which premiered Monday, is mostly laughably bad, forgettable and uninspired.

Nowhere Man, that's what they call it, chronicles Doyle's attempt to go straight and work an office job. Copy Kingdom guy is his sleazy jerk boss who just happens to be dating the object of his affection.

The series starts the way most uninspired web series start, with the main character filming a video journal. Seems Doyle can't hold a job because his powers take over whenever he's agitated. And he feels the need to tell Claire all of this through a video journal. Because that makes sense.

This could have been a cool, clever little series with Doyle dealing with normal everyday on-the-job stressors (like Heroes meets Office Space maybe?), but instead we get a pretty blah story about Doyle dealing with an unbelievably cartoony (and very, very unfunny) agitator while trying to keep his powers in check. Oh, and points were taken off because Doyle earnestly uses the phrase "the puppetmaster is now the puppet" in the first few seconds.

Truthfully, I haven't been digging a lot of what the Heroes camp has been offering lately. Maybe this is something only die-hard fans can love.

NBC.com will premiere a new ep every Monday. Here's the trailer for Nowhere Man:

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rick cokely

I like the character. I assume this is what happened between the time he left Claire and was captured by Sylar? You're right that it's predictable, but then again so is most of Heroes... and comic books for that matter, which I kinda think is the point.

April 22 2009 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ethan Rom

I thought it was good. At least it's a good character. I think we needed more of the puppetmaster anyway.

April 22 2009 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David H. Lawrence XVII

I do appreciate your kind words about my acting - and I hope that you give the web series a chance. There are some things coming I think you'll really like.

Love the TVSquad either way!


April 21 2009 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to David H. Lawrence XVII's comment

David, I'm looking forward to the developments you mentioned. Like I wrote, I enjoy your acting. You deserve good scripts. Thanks for reading ... MM.

April 22 2009 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ahhh, webisodes..."We want you to watch them, but not enough people watch them to make them have enough impact to the show, but please watch these useless videos starring characters you may or may not know." I hope this whole phenomenon goes away for plot-driven shows. The Office webisodes are OK because they're comedy, but I still don't watch them.

April 21 2009 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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