'The Awesomes - The Complete Series'
(Seth Meyers, Ike Barinholtz, Tarin Killam, Bobby Lee, Paula Pell, et al / 3-Disc DVD / PG-13 / (2013) 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: 'The Awesomes' is an animated show for adults that combines the thrills of comic book storytelling with the hallmark irreverent and inspired comedy of co-creators Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker (Late Night with Seth Meyers).
Showcasing the voice talents of current and past SNL stars, 'The Awesomes' introduces a group of not-so-super heroes who just might find a way to save the world.
DVD Verdict: In truth, I have to admit, having watched this completes series now, I'm still rather unsure who the target audience is. Maybe I'm exactly who it was made for, but I think this was a great show, cut short in its TV prime.
As a longtime superhero fan, and a gamer (and, admittedly, a superhero RPG player), I think they nailed the misfit Hero concept pretty comfortably. Sure it could have been a lot edgier and it could probably have been made to appeal more broadly, but it wasn't trying to compete with shows like Family Guy at the time (at least, I don't think so), so it most likely assumed it was ok to keep on keepin' on as was.
Playing devil's advocate though, the show has a great cast, and a great premise and is relatively enjoyable to watch; not necessarily laugh out loud funny, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Its main issues are in a few character's voice acting and a few sections of writing. Although Malocchio had very strong acting, Prock's is far too monotonous and dull. Just unbelievably cringe-inducing for the first season.
It gets progressively less so as the series progresses, but it is an issue that persists throughout the entire series in some capacity. Ultimately, its most prominent issue lies in the actual action sequences. The show seems like it's supposed to be satirical, but it actually tries to be serious in the fight sequences.
Overall, a mixed bag of a review, but what it comes down to (as always) is personal taste; and mine is locked firmly a little left of center on the fence of Love It, but Could Have Been Better. A breezy and fun watch for its time (2013), I actually now wish it was back on TV (with new episodes) - that's how addictive this new box-set is! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes complete with all 30 episodes plus BONUS trailers and promos from all 3 seasons!