Generic Girl is one of the most bizarre, absurd and funny satires of the world of comic book based media I've ever seen.
As the series opens we meet Gillian Romero (Allie Olson) a.k.a. Generic Girl, a closeted geek who is just trying to pay the rent. Her roommate is the earnest, yet very ineffectual superhero Pete Kirby (Matthew Bohrer), better know to the world-at-large as Captain Freelance.
Adventure and hilarity ensue when the super villain Doctor Mascalzone (Richard Hawkins) mistakenly delivers a powerful (and very horny) artificial intelligence - brilliantly named "deus ex machina"- to Gillian and the Captain.
Generic Girl springs from the wonderfully warped minds of Victor R. Solis and Steven Itano Wasserman. This dynamic duo (see what I did there?) has written a superb send up of many classic comic book tropes including:
- An amusing opening sequence complete with a Jack Kirby-esque origin for Captain Freelance
- Animated word balloons a lá the Batman live action television series from the late 60s
- A death ray, because what decent comic book story doesn't have one?
- A world where even superheroes and villains are no match for their respective labor unions
- A deus ex machina machine that doesn't live up to its name
- An inept, arch enemy who excels at the twirling of the moustache
The creators even sneak in a line that pays homage to the late, great sci-fi television series Firefly! Hint: listen for it in episode nine.
For your viewing pleasure, the pilot episode has been embedded below:
Generic Girls is a lot of fun, and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. The humor, while also a tad subversive, stems from a genuine love and appreciation of comic books.
I would also be remiss if I didn't include the excellent video tribute to legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby by the series creators:
Check out the complete 10-episode first season of Generic Girl by visiting the official web site: GoGenericGirl.com.
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