The Awesomes: Starting from Scratch in “Pilot, Part 1”

Superheroes come together to celebrate, and then disband at Mr. Awesome’s 90th birthday and retirement in the pilot of one of Hulu’s new shows, The Awesomes.

The opening scenes sets up what we’ll be seeing further down the line, a world where Prock, Mr. Awesome’s noticeably less awesome son, is the only superhero left in the world up against Dr. Malocchio. Flash back to six months before, where Mr. Awesome announces at his 90th birthday.

While Mr. Awesome retires, Prock hopes to take over The Awesomes from his dad but, learns he is second choice to the very aptly named, Perfect Man. He decides to strike out on his own and the other superheroes quit as they hear Prock accept the position.

Meanwhile, in the Maximus Penitentary, Dr. Malocchio, one of the villains Mr. Awesome put away, begins to plot to assume his position once again now that he has retired. His demands once he hypnotized the guards were quite funny “I need a Tom Ford suit…and one of those expensive smart phones.”

Prock then learns that his funding is being pulled, from Joyce Mandrake, a stoic member of a government committee and I couldn’t help but equate her character to another certain government agent trained to work with another set of superheroes. I hope we see more of her. He then asks the last member of the staff, who they end up just calling concierge, to help them reassemble a roster of superheroes to get their funding back. That roster includes Frantic, a somewhat unstable version of the Flash, Sumo, an 11 year-old who seems unassuming enough until you get him upset and a member of the original lineup, Gadget Gal.

Rachel Dratch’s voice got me really excited and happy, playing government liaison, Joyce Mandrake. And, Kenan Thompson lends his voice to Impresario, a superhero with mom issues. And, of course, Dr. Malocchio voiced by Bill Hader was great. Loved that there were SNL alums joining this project.

There were a lot of moments that made me snicker but, none that really made me laugh out loud. And, the censoring is interesting considering it’s on Hulu and there really isn’t a strict need to adhere to these rules. Also, thought the tag was kind of funny in that it recognized what it was, a plug for a product.

And, now on to the next episode.



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