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'The Awesomes' season 2 premiere recap: Double dose of awesome

Season 2 | Episodes 1 & 2 | “Hotwire’s Funeral” & “People vs. Perfect Man” | Aired Aug 4, 2014

In the first season of The Awesomes, Prock (Seth Myers), the physically unimpressive but mentally astounding son of Mr. Awesome, stepped up to fill his father’s place as team leader of The Awesomes. And while Mr. Awesome’s retirement caused the whole team to leave as well, Prock and his best friend, Muscleman (Ike Barinholtz), built up a new team of heroes. The two set out to build a new group with Concierge (Emily Spivey), the superpowered secretary. The result of their efforts was the new Awesomes.

In addition to Prock, Muscleman, and Concierge, there was:

  • Frantic (Taran Killam): A hyperactive speedster who is well intentioned but has trouble staying focused.
  • Gadget Gal (Paula Pell): A retired former team member turned 25 again by a rejuvenation ray, who can use any old thing as a weapon.
  • Impresario (Kenan Thompson): A mama’s boy who can magically create anything, though it will always have his mother’s face and voice.
  • Sumo (Bobby Lee): An 11-year-old boy who can hulk out into an incredible strong sumo wrestler.
  • Hotwire (Rashida Jones): Prock’s crush, who has the ability to manipulate electricity.

Together, the ragtag team of heroes quickly became an unstoppable force for good. They persevered even when other heroes, like the world-renowned Perfect Man, fell to the mind-control powers of the evil supervillain Dr. Malocchio (who we discovered was Hotwire’s father!). But the victory was not without cost. While battling Dr. Malocchio, Hotwire died. And that is where season 2 picks up.

The season begins with a gag about superheroes who, notoriously, don’t stay dead for long. It is 30 days after the deaths of both Dr. Malocchio and Hotwire. According to superhero law, both these characters are now officially dead people. And while Dr. Malocchio’s family mourns his death and watches a video will he created for after his death, The Awesomes try to fill Hotwire’s old spot on the team, lest they be shut down by the government for having too few members.

While trying to fill the vacant spot on their team, The Awesomes run into more trouble in the form of renegade vigilante Metal Fella, a hero who flies around town in a suit of armor, fighting crime by his own set of rules. The team in general is impressed by Metal Fella’s powers and dedication to stopping crime, but Prock is unimpressed. Superheroes are supposed to be registered with the Office of Superhero Affairs, so in Prock’s mind, Metal Fella is just another outlaw.

At Hotwire’s funeral, The Awesomes and the Malocchios come together to mourn. Prock and Dr. Malocchio’s son, Giuseppe Malocchio Jr., make small talk at the bar. Prock complains about Metal Fella, then gets too drunk and accidentally points out to Malocchio Jr. how awful his life is. Upon thinking this through, Malocchio Jr. decides to use the gift his father left for him: a drug that turns people evil. Instantly, he gains the power of supersonic screams. His mother, wanting to be encouraging, gives him a purse that lets him fly.

When Prock is sure he’s discovered the identity of Metal Fella—a billionaire named Alexander Price, whose tech resume would make Tony Stark jealous—he pitches a plan to the rest of the team that they should catch Price in the act. The rest of the team just cannot get behind the Metal Fella manhunt. Besides, Malocchio Jr. is on an evil tirade through the city. The team feels that stopping him should be the priority.

Leaving the team behind to fight Malocchio Jr., Prock goes to the Natural History Museum to lay a trap for Metal Fella. Or so he thinks! It turns out that his prime suspect for the identity of Metal Fella, Alexander Price, isn’t even at the museum. The whole place is abandoned, except for Prock and Malocchio Jr. The trap was actually set by the supervillain to ensnare Prock.

Malocchio Jr. tells Prock that Hotwire is alive, but that she will soon be dead unless Prock goes along with his evil plan. He tells Prock to shut down the noise-canceling shield outside of the base at Awesome Mountain, or Hotwire will perish. Prock agrees, thinking that the worst-case scenario isn’t too bad, since the team will still be protected by the Auxiliary Defense Shield.

Of course, with Prock missing, bad decisions are being made at Awesome Mountain. Muscleman deactivates the Auxiliary Defense Shield to save on the electric bill, and Malocchio Jr. just comes walking right in. What’s worse, it turns out Hotwire isn’t alive! Apparently, supervillains lie sometimes. As he destroys Awesome Mountain, Malocchio Jr. offers Prock the evil drug. True to form, Prock declines and even comes up with a scheme to defeat the villain, by sending Frantic to get butterflies—Malocchio Jr.’s greatest fear. Metal Fella even stops by to help the team.

At the end of the first episode, all seems right. The team is safe and the villain has been defeated. Prock and Metal Fella are even bros now. And as Metal Fella flies back to his secret hideaway, we get a glimpse inside his life. We, unlike the heroes, see his true identity: Hotwire! We don’t know how she has survived, but she has. And she is masquerading as a male vigilante.

Episode 2

In the second episode, The Awesomes search for a seventh member of the team to satisfy the government requirements set out by their charter. Perfect Man offers himself to the team, having decided that the solo life is too hard, with administrative costs and such. When the Awesomes’ government liaison, Joyce Mandrake (Rachel Dratch), shows up, the team thinks they have the upper hand. But it turns out Perfect Man is being sued for treason because of the acts he committed while under mind control by Dr. Malocchio.

Prock, who has a J.D., agrees to take Perfect Man’s case after being prompted to do so by his teammates. While Prock tries to prep Perfect Man for the trial, the rest of the team auditions new members for Hotwire’s old spot. Prock discovers that Perfect Man is racist, which he worries won’t play well well at trial. Just when Prock seems to have the case in the bag, Perfect Man is tricked by the prosecution into listing all the races he “isn’t sold on,” then confesses to crimes he didn’t commit to avoid seeming like a big baby to the court. He’s convicted and sent to jail.

Fortunately, all his best friends are a bunch of impulsive superheroes, so they decide to break him out of jail. The stage a massive prison break to save him. When they bring him back to Awesome Mountain, they tell him he cannot leave or people will know they broke him out of jail. As for the new team member? The Awesomes decide to officially make Concierge a real member of the team after her amazing performance saving everyone during the prison break.

 The Awesomes can be seen on Hulu.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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