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DVD REVIEW: The Middleman: The Complete Series – True Blue Hero and Sardonic Sidekick Save The World From Comic Book Villains! Who Knew?

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One last season’s summer shows, ABC Family’s The Middleman, had me at the tentacle monster and reeled me in at the gorilla gangster. Javier [call him Javi] Grillo-Marxuach’s series – adapted from the graphic novel that was adapted from an unsold TV script [still with me?] achieved something that no other comics-to-movies/TV has ever done – the pilot script contained somewhere in the vicinity of 90% of the script that Javi wrote in 1988. The result was a fast-paced, character-driven and pop culture-fuelled super saga of a hero and his brand spanking new sidekick as they saved the world from villains that appeared to have jumped out of the pages of a comic – which is exactly what they were!

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HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Surprise! The Middleman’s Creator is a Fanboy!

Javi & Natalie Morales

After viewing the extras for the DVD release of the recently cancelled ABC Family series, The Middleman, I came to a conclusion that was confirmed by a quick peek at imdb. Middleman creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach [pictured, above, with series star Natalie Morales] is a fanboy! I had the opportunity to interview Javi [as he prefers to be called] about all things Middleman. Alas, we had to stop before I could ask him about such things as the inspiration for the series’ episode titles [one of the extras revelas that it’s an homage to the titles of the Robert Ludlum novels he read as a kid], the decision to use chirons [those text scrolls that identify time and place and such] and the plethora of extras on the set. We did get through the process the series went from unsold pilot, to cult hit comic and, finally, to the small screen – as well as toss in a plug or his upcoming new series, Day One.

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