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A Toronto of Epic Proportions

Team Epic
The serialized web show Team Epic is quintessentially Toronto, hence our interest. Following the success of all things superhero, the series follows a team of Canadian superpowered do-gooders.
The team assembles after the death of the country’s number one hero, The Canadian Shield. Captain Epic—a Superman-style Silver Age hero who believes in truth, justice, and the Canadian Way—leads the bunch. Master Brood is an obviously-not-seventeen-but-supposed-to-look-seventeen goth kid who, due to a curse put on him 400 years ago, is forced to remain in perpetual pubescence. Then there are a couple of busty chicks, a blue alien, and a possibly gay Robin-esque sidekick.
A lot of people are going to be asking if it’s any good, but you know what? We’re not going to pass harsh judgment. It’s cute, quaint, and while the acting and production values and script may be lacking in some areas, they are no worse than certain other Canadian dramas aired on national television. Torontoist also thinks it would be really enjoyed by kids. (Although a character says “douche” at one point. Can kids hear the word “douche”? Is “mommy, what’s a douche?” too awkward a question for parents? Consider yourself warned.)
And when we say quintessentially Toronto, we mean it. Major landmarks abound: the CN Tower plays a major role in the plot, and the Hero Certified Burger sponsorship is hilariously shameless. It’s one of those shows where the location—or “setting,” if you want to be technical—is another character.
The first chapter of this season’s final episode goes online today. And, at the risk of starting a flame war, the whole thing is better than the latest season of Heroes.

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  • rek

    My personal favourite indie superhero web serial is Defenders of Stan, a Channel 102/Channel 101 NY series: http://www.defendersofstan.com/
    Any kid who doesn’t know what ‘douche’ is as an insult should turn in their kid card and go back to the womb.

  • ArnoldDarkshner

    What good is your site if you can’t produce some kind of opinion?

  • iantri

    “A lot of people are going to be asking if it’s any good, but you know what? We’re not going to pass harsh judgment.”
    That’s okay, I personally don’t mind passing judgment on this.. thing.
    You know that scene in Being John Malkovich when he jumps into his own head? “Malkovich, malkovich, malkovich, malkovich…” That’s exactly what this feels like. Except its “Canada, canada, canada, canada…” Did the government sponsor this thing as some sort of bizarre branding excercise?
    Seriously. Excessive patriotism isn’t a Canadian value, and this show seems to go “hey look! Don’t forget! Toronto! Here’s a streetcar to prove it!” or the like every thirty seconds.

  • Andrew Pulsifer

    The way I see it, the show is just as patriotic and jingoistic as Americen Silver Age comic books were at the time, which is what they’re going for. But I see what you’re saying, I do, I do.
    As far as I can tell, the show isn’t sponsored by the government…but I could be wrong.

  • goop

    These comments are the most ridiculous thing I have ever read.
    Watch TV. Every show based in any major city such as CSI Miami, Las Vegas, or Sex in the City, have nothing but establishing shots of various landmarks and parts of the city through the whole episode and half the time they are not even shot there.
    The only reason this team epics Toronto stuff sticks out to you is that you are so used to American shows based in American cities doing it that you don’t even think about it anymore while something different and Canadian sticks out so you notice it more and you think it’s too much.
    God, who cares if it pushes Canadian stuff. It’s exactly what American shows do all the time. There are plenty of real problems with this show to focus on.
    There is some really bad acting, writing and editing, but like a lot of Canadian T.V. There are defiantly jewels in the rough.
    The Alien, The Old man villain, (Bernard?) and the Jaqulin character seem to be strong actors amongst the rest.
    The shots look great and I love that this thing is ridiculous and hell, it makes me laugh. I have to agree with the article that just that is a lot more then most Canadian TV can do nowadays. It does seem to get better with each episode as well.
    I’ll keep watching it

  • rek

    I haven’t watched this yet, but goop’s comment reminds me of ReGenesis. It’s set in Toronto and also does the establishing TO shots like any US show.