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Caper, Geek & Sundry (YouTube & Hulu)
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This series was co-created by Amy Berg and Mike Sizemore. I don't think I'd actually heard of either of them before, but apparently Berg has been a writer and/or producer on The 4400 and Eureka, both of which I liked, as well as some things I don't watch, including "Leverage" and "Person of Interest." There are four main characters, but only one of the actors is familiar to me: Harry Shum, Jr., who played Mike Chang on Glee. But there will be guest stars who are familiar to me, including Joel Gretsch (from "The 4400" and V); Scott Bakula (from Quantum Leap, Enterprise, etc.); James Callis (from Battlestar Galactica and "Eureka"); Colin Ferguson (from "Eureka"), etc. Anyway, the first season consists of nine episodes, which range from 7 to 14 minutes in length.

It's about four superheroes who share a loft together. (It's suppose to be a crappy place to live, because it's all they can afford, but so far I haven't really seen anything that makes it look that bad.) We see a bit of superheroics throughout the series, but those scenes are brief, and while most of the show is live-action, the heroic scenes are done in motion comics. Anyway, the show is narrated by one of the roommates, Penny (played by Abby Miller), who is the only one that's entirely human. She's a genius inventor who used to work for Clarke Industries, a company run by billionaire Sam Clarke (Gretsch), who's kind of a Tony Stark expy. Penny had created an Iron Man-like suit, which she uses to become a superhero called "The Machine," but everyone in the city thinks Clarke is the Machine. (Incidentally, the city seems to be a Los Angeles expy called "the City of Angles"- not "City of Angels.") I guess at some point, Clarke had stolen the suit from Penny, though I don't know the details about that. And then she stole it back, so she's no longer in his employ, and she's looking for work. Which makes coming up with her share of the rent difficult, not to mention the expense of maintaining the suit (and it requires a lot of maintenance).

Penny's roommates include a Thor expy named Dagr (Hartley Sawyer), a Viking from another dimension, who's supposed to be on Earth looking for some mystical thingamajig, but he doesn't seem to do much searching; an Amazonian former assassin-turned-heroine named Alexia (Beth Riesgraf), who I guess is sort of a cross between Wonder Woman and Black Widow; and a young man named Luke Washington (Shum), whose father died awhile ago, at which point his mother told him his real father was an alien, whom Luke never met. (I guess Luke is vaguely a Superman/Starman expy; and when I say "Starman," I refer to the sci-fi film/TV series, not the comic book character). I guess all three of them have super strength, plus Luke can fly and never gets sick. As far as I know, that's all the super powers. Anyway, Dagr is a handyman, Alexia is a personal trainer, and Luke is a former journalist turned blogger. And they all decide that it's not fair that their supervillain enemies are all rich, while they're so poor. They feel like they should get paid for their superhero services, but of course that's not gonna happen. So they decide to rob Clarke Industries. Penny was against this at first, because they're not supposed to be bad guys. But when she finds out from her father (Bakula) that his house is being foreclosed on and bought by Clarke, she changes her mind.

There are some minor villains in the course of the season, but most of the heroes' time is spent either with ordinary everyday situations, or preparing for the caper they plan to pull off. For the latter, they receive some training from a guy called Psycho. Meanwhile, a new villain called Doc English (Callis) comes to town, for a reason that isn't revealed until the season finale. Also in one episode we see an East Coast hero, Captain Southpaw (a Captain America expy played by Ferguson). And there's a possibility of romance between Penny and Dagr. And... the story has some plot twists that I don't want to spoil.

Anyway, it all seems reasonably amusing and clever. And the finale is pretty good, and I look forward to season two. Oh, also, every week there's a little bonus video on the show's Geek & Sundry page, about 2 minutes long, with characters doing stuff outside of the regular story.


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