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Nightfly Reviews Stan Lee's Superhumans (#7)

Written by Nightfly on Saturday, September 25 2010 and posted in Features

Outhouse tvphile Nightfly recaps the seventh episode of Stan Lee's Superhumans on the History Channel.


Where last week was mostly about C-level villian 'superhumans', this week pretty well abandoned the 'Super' qualifier and just featured Hydra / Cobra type skills (except for the stretchy skin guy)

First up, Daniel Brown Smith travels to Wisconsin to meet a man with the first vital component every good Cobra or Hydra thug needs, snake bite immunity.  Snake handler Tim Friede, a.k.a. Anti-Venom is effectively immune to even the planet's most deadly snake bite venoms.  As example, Friede injects himself with a lethal dose (40mg) of Black Mamba venom without any life threatening effect.  The med-tech calls Tim, "a walking vial of anti-venom".  This profilee might actually help humanity someday as he works with doctors and geneticists to uncover the mystery behind his lifesaving power.

DBM then treks to London to share personal 'super' anecdotes with Garry Turner, Rubber Band Man, possessor of the stretchiest skin on Earth.  Disordered by the genetic mutation known as EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), Garry can stretch his skin to unattractively extreme lengths.  This guy doesn't really fit into the Hydra/Cobra theme, but he also isn't really 'superhuman' so much as "afflicted" with a congenital medical condition.  The doctor testing Turner said every one of us carries at least three (3) genetic mutations within our bodies, though the overwhelming majority are so minor as to not be noticed.

Daniel then introduces us to a man famed for having one of the most vital skills for any lowly Cobra or Hydra agent, sword swallowing (wink wink).  Man of Steel Dan Meyer suppresses his gag reflex, among others, allowing him to swallow up to 7 full sized swords at once, deeply plunging them down his throat all the way to his stomach.  Each time he does it he actually nudges his heart muscle aside with the swords.  Is this degree of bodily control 'superhuman'?  Calling this guy the 'Man of Steel' seems like a backhanded joke or insult, but whatever.

The last 'superhuman' Dan spotlights is Yves Rossy, Rocket Man, who rightfully could lead any wingpack air cavalry.  Residing in Geneva, Rossy is the world's first person to fly such a 'plane'.  His bodily control, his only means of steering, was genuinely noteworthy.
Air Raid
(Cobra Agent) Air Raid

I don't know what to say about this uneven series.  More often than not I don't think it lives up to its name.  The two subjects that most impressed me this time were essentially the equivalent of low level (supercriminal organization) thugs - not really superhero material, much less Superhuman?!


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About the Author - Nightfly


A proud member of NBCUniversal's and A+E Television Networks’ Digital Media Teams, Nightfly routinely interviews producers, creators and stars of various network programs and films with a concentrated emphasis on the Syfy channel. Formally educated in Communications, Computer Science and Music, his résumé reflects more than a decade broadcasting in the fields of television and radio. With pieces routinely published at ScreenFad and Press Pass L.A., his primary areas of interest include TV, film, music, web series, comic books, fashion, pen 'n paper RPG gaming as well as various other pop-culture topics. An avid Twitter user, Nightfly supports the arts, the entertainment community, numerous charities and crowdfunding projects through his journalistic netizenship and non-partisan, multicultural-centric activism.


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