Free Download of ‘The Middleman’ Pilot Episode
For those of you who are iTunes-enabled, the first episode of the new ABC Family series The Middleman, based on a comic book series by former Lost writer and producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, is currently available as a free download. The series premieres this Monday, June 16, at 8 PM on ABC.
The episode will only be available for a limited time, so make it a point to snag it as soon as you have a chance.
For those who aren’t familiar with The Middleman, the series chronicles the adventures of a secret agency whose slogan is "Fighting evil so that you don’t have to." The Viper Comics series was filled with well-scripted humor, crazy science-fiction gadgetry, over-the-top action and a never-ending supply of creepy-crawly tentacled things for the heroes to battle. After picking up a copy of the first volume a few years ago (there have been a total of three volumes published thus far), I became a big fan of the series — so the news that a television adaptation was in the works was a nice surprise indeed.
Grillo-Marxuach initially conceived the story of The Middleman as a television project, but Paul Dini convinced him to kick it off as a comic. The pilot episode of the series was written by Grillo-Marxuach, who also serves as executive producer of the series.
Also available on Xbox LIVE in regular and HD for free.
Okay. Maybe the comic was good. But the show is GOD-awful. I forced myself to sit through the whole thing, just to make sure. But by the end, there was no doubt. This is a MASSIVE stinker.
Depends if you're a fan of camp. Like the old 60's Batman.
I wouldn't say god-awful. It had a good sense of humor, the characters were interesting, and they had a good knowledge of comics.. I think it was a pacing issue. The actors were good at snappy patter, yet the show still felt…slow.Watch Pushing Daisies and you'll see what I mean. Its characters talk in rapid fire, and the show flies by. This one didn't – the patter was there, but there was a sense of dragging.Not every first episode is gold – Freakazoid didn't pick up speed till ep 2, but WOW did it pick up speed.I'll give it another shot.