Appellate Judge Mac McEntire is a mediocre human.
"I had no idea there were so many superhumans out there."
Comic book superheroes have pretty much taken over the box office these days,
but what if they're not fantasy? What if there really are people in this world
with superhuman powers and abilities. That's the question posited in Stan
Lee's Superhumans as the reality show takes the Boom Tube into Season
Facts of the Case
The premise here is that legendary comic book writer Stan Lee has hired
contortionist Daniel Browning Smith, a.k.a. "the world's most flexible
man," to find real-life superhumans. Of course, said premise is a mere
framing device allowing Lee to do some narration and have his name in the show's
title. Beyond that, it's Smith traveling around the world and meeting an
assortment of amazing yet odd individuals.
In Season Two's thirteen episodes, we meet the following superhumans:
• "Unbreakable," a Shaolin monk able to endure great
amounts of pain.
• "Megahold," a man with incredible
grip strength, able to hold back 400 pounds of pressure.
• "The Planet's Greatest Archer," who can hit all manner of
tiny, moving targets from a distance.
• "Human Fire
Hydrant," who can drink a potentially fatal amount of water and then spit
it out with great force.
• "The Spring," an athlete
with incredible high-jumping skills
• "Shins of
Steel," a Muay Thai fighter who can kick anything without breaking the
bones in his legs.
• "Human 4x4," who mimics how
monkeys run on all fours, giving him great speed
Master," a shark expert who has studied how sharks communicate, and is
therefore able to swim safely alongside them.
Man," a man who's been stung numerous times by scorpions and survived.
• "The Nose," who has a bloodhound-like sense of smell.
He says his nose is "NASA-certified."
Master," who appears to be able to put any animal into a trance.
• "Fish Man," a long-distance endurance swimmer, who swims
through a challenging, freezing cold stretch of the Colorado River.
• "Mountain Man," a man who claims to be immune to altitude
sickness, climbing the world's highest mountains without supplemental oxygen.
• "The Web Maker," a scientist working on a super-strong
artificial spider webbing, just like a certain well-known Stan Lee character.
• "Human Spidermonkey," a female superhuman (it's about
time!) who can scale cliff faces with great speed and agility.
• "Anti-gravity Man," a skateboarder who can jump to
• "Kinetic Man," who claims to have
telekinesis. Could it be real?
• "Rocket Blader,"
with a jetpack strapped to his back, he can get up to 130 miles per hour on his
• "Motor Mouth," the world's fastest talker,
able to speak about 400 words per minute.
Killer," a man who claims to be unable to feel pain on the bottom of his
feet, walking through fire and broken glass.
• "Birdman," with one of those skydiving wing suits, this
guy can fly faster than terminal velocity.
• "The Ice
Man," a polar bear diver who swims long distances in ice-cold water.
• "Retro Runner," who says he's faster when running
backwards rather than forwards.
• "Hands of Fire," a
martial artist who says he can harness energy around him and turn it into heat
he expels from his hands.
• "Robo-arm," a man with an
unusually larger and muscular left arm.
• "Rollerman," an extreme sports enthusiast who skates
around in a suit covered with wheels.
• "Jack the
Knife," who claims to be the world's most accurate knife thrower.
• "Human Wrecking Ball," a huge dude who alleges the
ability to demolish an entire house with his bare hands.
• "Human Generator," who claims to be able to absorb any
amount of energy without being harmed.
Neck," who can balance impossibly massive weights on top of his head.
• "Yoyo Ninja," a yoyo expert who's so skilled, he claims
he can deflect a bullet with his yoyo.
who claims to be able to control electronic machines with his mind.
• "The Hurricane," whose lung strength is such that he can
exhale great gusts of air.
• "Steel Face," who
attaches hooks to his eyelids and uses them to lift heavy objects. (Holy
• "Speed Catcher," a man who can catch any
high-speed object flying at him, including baseballs, paintballs, and arrows.
• "Nunchuk Master," a martial artist who's trained for
years to be the best at wielding nunchuks.
Sight," a blind man who claims he can see with his mind.
• "Dolphin Man," a diver who says he can hold his breath
longer than a dolphin.
• "Human Magnet," a man with
adhesive skin, able to stick anything to his body.
• "Human Tool Box," who hammers six-inch nails and
screwdrivers into his nose, dangerously close to his brain.
• "Finger of Steel," a man whose finger is so rock-hard he
can use it to break open a coconut.
• "Twister," a
guy who can turn his feet around 180 degrees and walk backwards, without any
pain or discomfort.
• "Death Diver," a cliff diver
who leaps from extreme heights into the ocean.
Dagger," a stuntman whose high jumps appear to be gravity-defying.
• "Jaws," a bodybuilder who lifts huge weights with just
• "Human Shield," who can withstand
punches to the chest, neck or head without injury.
Ballistic," a quarterback able to throw a football across vast distances
with razor-sharp accuracy.
• "Jet Pack Man," an
engineer who has developed a working, and highly dangerous, flying jet pack.
• "Super Fist," who shoves his bare fists into animal
traps without harm.
• "Super Brain," whose memory is
allegedly so great he can remember everything that's ever happened to him, in
• "Super Fast," who claims to have
invented a bicycle that can reach speeds faster than highway speed limits.
• "Super Loud," a woman whose vocal chords produce sound
equal to that of a jumbo jet taking off.
Comic fans should know that Stan Lee's involvement in this series is mostly
just to add some star power. The majority of the show is a modernized version of
the old series That's Incredible (anybody else remember that one?), in
which Smith travels the globe and shows off a bunch of folks with strange quirks
Each episode spotlights four or five superhumans, and segments are roughly
the same. First, Smith meets the superhuman and checks out what he or she can
do. Then, they bring in a scientist or expert of some kind to determine how
these superhuman abilities are possible, and, finally, the superhuman is put up
to a test to push his or her abilities to the limit. It's in that third part
that the show often gets too hokey. For example, they take the guy who can drink
and then regurgitate huge amounts of water, and then have him use this ability
to put out a small fire. It seems like an unnecessary attempt to superhero him
up. Others are more interesting, fortunately, such as the guy who flies with the
wing suit. His athleticism is truly remarkable, and he actually does look like
someone who stepped right out of a comic book.
Stan Lee's Superhumans is hit-and-miss throughout. Showing the
remarkable abilities of a highly trained martial artist is one thing, but by the
time we're on our fourth or fifth highly-trained martial artist, you'll think,
"Haven't we done this already?" At other times, the show is genuinely
captivating, such as the "Super Brain" guy with his razor-sharp
memory, which has me wondering how life would be different if we could all tap
into that type of ability with our own minds. Then again, I've seen magicians
hammer nails into their noses and stick their hands in bear traps, so when dudes
are doing the same on this show, I can't help but be a little skeptical.
The best compliment I can give this show is that I enjoy its positive
attitude. Unlike other shows of this kind, the superhumans are never depicted as
something frightening, or as a punchline. On this show, being different is
something to be celebrated, and in that spirit, it makes the series hard to
Tech specs are middle of the road, with clean widescreen picture and 2.0
sound, and deleted scenes for extras.
While I don't believe Superhumans: Season Two is strong enough to
warrant a purchase, it is nonetheless a perfectly passable time-waster.
Not as much fun as an X-Men comic book, but not guilty, either.
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Studio: History Channel
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 676 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Reality TV
• Deleted Scenes