After a couple seriously lackluster entries, Stan & Dan served up one of the series' best episodes this week. Frankly, the last couple of epis had me watching the clock wondering, "when will this end." When I finally did look at a clock last nite, I was genuinely disappointed that the show was about to end. Hopefully more installments will be as outstanding as this one was. Notably, none of the Superhumans this time were from (or in) America.
Famously bendy Daniel Brown Smith first traveled to the Caribbean to spotlight 'no limits' free diver Patrick Musimu, otherwise known as The Ultimate Diver! Patrick possesses the remarkable ability to lower his overall metabolism while storing enough oxygen to let him hold his breath over 5mins. He's also able to free dive to depths not recommended for SCUBA divers by incredibly using sea water in his sinuses to equalize internal pressures. With a single breath's worth of oxygen Musimu dives approx. 685 feet under water - twice the height of the Statue of Liberty. According to the doctor operating the Oxygen Saturation Meter, Patrick simply switches from Aerobic to Anaerobic 'respiration.' Until the first gilled human turns up, Patrick's the closest thing to 'Aquaman' (or Namor, as it were) we'll likely ever see.
We follow DBS next to England for a couple profiles.
Polish psychokinetic Miroslaw Magola a.k.a. Mind Force met Daniel in Brighton (U.K.) to test his uncanny skill of adhering to objects using mind (and skin) over matter. Using intense Yoga and meditation techniques, Magola developed the physiological power to (mentally) adjust his skin temperature and conductance to amazingly adhere to objects up to 4.5 lbs in weight. Miroslaw astonished Daniel and the neurophysiologist testing him and proved to be one of those humans with a truly supernatural ability.
Still in England, specifically Devon, Dan met a true (if overly eccentric) wildlife warrior in Shaun Ellis, dubbed by Stan, The Wolf Man. Not a lycanthropic werewolf, but rather a (let's say) "dedicated" wolf activist, Ellis left his family and civilized life to literally live among the wolves. Fully part of 'the pack', Shaun's wolf howl virtually mirrors the pitch and frequency of a wolf's. His super-power is what I would call being an 'animal handler' - he handles wolves well enough to feed among them. Of course, he's not a trainer, and to merely live amongst the pack he has to tongue 'em far more than I am comfortable with. He also never gets to bathe, and rarely changes clothes. Other than his wolf howl mimicry, I think he's more of a Superfreak than a 'Superhuman.'
Finishing out the show The Worlds Most Flexible Man journeyed to Norway to profile Eskil Ronningsbakken, known to Stan & Dan as Super Balance. Eskil is a balancing acrobatic artist who, by attaining a meditative state, physiologically switches off the natural (involuntary) fear response the mind creates to keep one safe. At spectacularly deadly heights Eskil performs balancing feats while mysteriously controlling his heart rate, eliminating the usual fear symptoms of shaking, sweatiness, etc. Surely, the daredevil in all of us would enjoy the casual ability to flip a mental switch to feel no fear.
This entry was a pleasure to watch and review. Three out of four ain't bad, and but for Wolfy, I'd like to have any one of the superpowers showcased this week. I've been asking for better Superhumans and this episode delivered! Keep it up, Stan. You've got me eagerly anticipating next week's 'Superhumans.'
Onwards and Upwards.