Sunday, February 5, 2012

Daytime Heroes: Walter Melon (1998)

Walter Melon isn't, contrary to what some might think, loosely based on James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". Not even close. Instead, Melon and his assistant, Bitterbug, run a hero-for-hire service, in which they step in for a hero who is either incapacitated due to illness or distress, or is just plain unavailable due to being away for other matters. In truth, the series, based on a French-Belgian comic strip and television series, parodies pop culture & literature in the course of its run. Here in the US, the series aired on Fox Family (now ABC Family), but was cancelled after 1 season.

MrNickelodeon90 uploaded the series opener, with the episodes, "Marzipan The Ape-Man" & "Goldenrod", parodying Tarzan & James Bond, respectively.

I only saw part of an episode, which is how I came to the assumption that this was a modern take on Walter Mitty. However, it was enough to convince me that this series was doomed to failure. A 2nd season was planned, but never aired in the US.

Rating: C.

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