Tuesday, June 24, 2008

TV: "The Middleman"

When I saw the pilot for "The Middleman," I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Since it's a parody of a 60s spy series mixed with "The X-Files," it was a little difficult to process. Luckily, newcomer Natalie Morales' (above) comedic timing and writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach's ("Lost" and "Jake 2.0") snarky dialogue--the best of which he mostly gives to the perpetually-perturbed robotic secretary (Mary Pat Gleason)--makes for a decent sci-fi comedy.

The story centers on Wendy, an artist who gets recruited by a secret agent known strictly as The Middleman (Matt Keeslar of "Dune"), who battles evil forces for a mysterious company. Since Wendy has alluded to her M.I.A. dad in the last episode, I'm going to take a wild guess and say he might have something to do with her ability to handle weird situations, like a mad scientist who trains apes or a terra cotta demon out to destroy the last heir to a Chinese dynasty, without breaking a sweat. If you don't have anything on your summer TV schedule, I'd suggest giving this Monday night ABC Family channel series a shot. Watch clips here!
It's also a comic:

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