BUFFY And BATTLESTAR Vets
Join Syfy’s Lame-Superhero
Pilot THREE INCHES!!
I am – Hercules!!
James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Smallville,” “Caprica”) has been cast in “Three Inches,” Syfy’s pilot from writer-producer Harley Peyton (“Twin Peaks,” “Bandits”) about a team of people with unimpressive superpowers.
Marsters will play the team’s leader.
Stephanie Jacobsen (“Battlestar Galactica: Razor,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) will play a hot girl who can shape the emotions of others.
Naoko Mori (“Torchwood”) plays a girl who can reproduce any sound.
The title refers to a member of the team who can move things three inches via telekinesis.
(“Three Inches” is not to be confused with “Alphas,” another Syfy pilot about another team with lame superpowers. Superhero pilots are all the rage this year, with NBC’s “The Cape” ordered for midseason and “No Ordinary Family” hitting ABC next month.)
Marsters also plays the lead villain in the new “Hawaii Five-0” pilot, which arrives on CBS next month.
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Aug. 26, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST
is sponsored by Viagra.
Aug. 26, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST
Aug. 26, 2010, 3:03 a.m. CST
Aug. 26, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST
Though Smallville and Caprica was pretty hard to sit through.
Aug. 26, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST
Hot hot asian woman....
Aug. 26, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST
by JT Kirk
Christ does the premise on this sound hackneyed. Who has a vision for a show like this, someone who thought My Secret Identity was too challenging a show?
Aug. 26, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST
by JT Kirk
Try maybe down by the docks.
Aug. 26, 2010, 4:18 a.m. CST
With a problem like Three Inches, shouldn't it be sponsored by Extenze?
Aug. 26, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST
So hot. Why does Torchwood have to kill so many characters?
Aug. 26, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST
by The StarWolf
The ability to shape people's emotions is hardly 'lame'. It's what role-play gamers call an 'I win!' power. A horribly be-weaponed, uber-tough bad guy? "OK, you like me now. You like me a LOT. I'm your best friend. See these other guys with you? They're trying to hurt me. Take care of them, will you? There's a good chap." Move things three inches? More than enough to change a surveillance camera's field of view, force a lock open and, oh, pinch a carotid artery, preventing blood flow to the brain. 'Lame'? Not really. Imitate sounds? What if the character hears a sonic disruptor and can then imitate that?
Aug. 26, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST
I'm betting on Hawaii as the better.
Aug. 26, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST
She was in a made-for-TV movie. That's it. Nowhere NEAR a BSG vet.
Aug. 26, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST
I imagine the whole concept is the characters moving beyond the supposed "lameness" of their powers and coming into their own as superheroes. Unless it's a comedy. Look at the Legion of Substitute Heroes in the Comics, who both for the most part mostly didn't have lame powers (why were Polar Boy and Fire Lad excluded again?), and regularly demonstrated that even if they had a "lame" power they were true superheroes.<p> In fact, the concept is more interesting than people with right-off-the-bat uber-powers. Like "Heroes." Although Emma had some potential as a cool-but-useless-power person until they turned her into mind-controlling sonicblaster deaf chick. And maybe Ando, whose boosting power is pretty lame if you think about it, until they decide to kick it up to energy blasting as well.
Aug. 26, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST
Aug. 26, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST
Just seems now every 5 minutes you hear about a new TV show about people with superheroes(though i haven't seen anything more on the Push spin off series) same as the last few years we've had True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Gates... what will be the next trend?
Aug. 26, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST
That's the next trend
Aug. 26, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST
As was posted above, that's actually pretty powerful. You could make people love you, you could make someone hate another person. Even if it only effected the emotions and not the logical part of the brain (ie, why the hell do I suddenly feel like I hate this guy?), emotions are a powerful thing and have a way of making us alot less logical. Of course, I'm sure the writers won't think of it this way and they will make it into someone completely benign and petty.
Aug. 26, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST
This is a hot girl we're talking about.
Aug. 26, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST
See under: Mystery Men No Heroics Misfits next!
Aug. 26, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST
I think you misinterpreted what Herc wrote about the superpowers being lame. After all he didn't write that the show about such power whould be lame. I think he meant that in a slightly sarcastic way and let's face it: Compared to let's say the power of flight or invincibility the here mentioned powers seem quite lame.
Aug. 26, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
How about "76.2 millimeters?"
Aug. 26, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST
Easily his best character since Spike. Should be fun to watch him as his Brainiac character's 31st century sucessor (and Legion of Super-Heroes member) Brainiac 5 in SMALLVILLE's 200th episode.
Aug. 26, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST
fuck me senseless. That's a hell of a super power.<br /><br />The ability to move things 3 inches? If used correctly, it could make your partner feel like you've got a longer cock.<br /><br />Yes, I admit it, all super powers are sex based in my mind.
Aug. 26, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST
Misfits meets Mystery Men. Could be fun, could be crap. let's hope for the best.
Aug. 26, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST
The guy who can hear the thoughts of animals (except their only thoughts are, (Eat, Rest,and Mate)and Bondo-Man, the Man of living Bondo.
Aug. 26, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST
That would still be pretty impressive. You could probably destroy a lot of big things by moving them three inches.
Aug. 26, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST
Good low-budget film from a few years ago about the "seventh-most popular" superhero team.
Aug. 26, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST
would come in pretty darn handy in Vegas as well... flip a pair of dice the right way, drop the roulette ball over to black. Yeah, I could use that lame power!
Aug. 26, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST
I understood that he was talking about lame superpowers...<p> As far as emotion control, what was described earlier is mind control. Which can involve very precise emotion control. Making someone hate their ally and attack them is powerful. Just making them feel "hate" could backfire and make them attack your teammates in a berserker rage. Same with love. If you can direct it toward a specific person and control what your target does, it's powerful. If you just make someone feel "love," then it's kinda lame unless you trigger it at the right moment, in the right circumstance. And like I said, unless it's a comedy, it'll probably about people figuring out those precise circumstances and strategies.
Aug. 26, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST
Would appear to be Light Lass who was able to make objects super-light until you realize she basically controlled gravity, one of the fundamental forces of the universe. No matter what your super-power, you could probably find some way to use it to maximum advantage.
Aug. 26, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST
Would be snapping people's necks.
Aug. 26, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST
I seem to remember there was a Special in Rising Stars who had the same sort of telekenetic shortfall as the title, so the government just had her working as an assassin moving peoples windpipes and whatnot.
Aug. 26, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST
by Mr Lucas
He seems to bounce around shitty genre shows like a pinball. At least he's getting work I suppose. <P> If that Japanese girl is the one I think she is, she's rotten. In fact everything about Torchwood stank. I tried to like it, but it was painful. Barrowman should never be allowed near a show that isn't about musical theatre EVER again.
Aug. 26, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST
OK, so he can move things three inches. Does that mean he can only do it once, and then have to wait for a recharge, or can just move it again a second later? Doesn't seem TOO limiting.
Aug. 26, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST
Neither do these people.
Aug. 26, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST
(insert obvious punchline here)
Aug. 26, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST
Misfits of Science... I think I watched them all.
Aug. 26, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST
TV shows would cast Star Trek actors to try to prop up their shitty shows.
Aug. 26, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST
Aug. 26, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST
by Snake Foreskin
It might be useful in certain situations. I don't know which ones, but I'm sure you guys can come up with some.
Aug. 26, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST
by Snake Foreskin
Ohhhhhhhhhhh. I went there.
Aug. 26, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST
...if anything, he needs to be cast in True Blood... imagine seeing him actually play a ruthless, sex machine vampire... oh Buffyverse, how Ive missed you
Aug. 26, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST
And also: a woman who can erase chalk markings with her mind.
Aug. 26, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST
The guy is in fucking everything.
Aug. 26, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST
with your mom's vagina because it stinks...
Aug. 26, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST
Look at me I can summon dustbunnies! And my friend there can make milk sour!
Aug. 26, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST
Here is a link to a comic webseries I created about the last two sons of Zeus and their adventures trying to find the Golden Fleece in Los Angeles. http://tinyurl.com/28x5797
Aug. 26, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST
The ability to instantly know who is inside any limousine one looks directly at. (not to be confused with x-ray vision; only works on limousines, not town cars or SUVs).
Aug. 26, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST
Q: what do you do when you want to pitch a super hero TV show, but don't have the budget to pull off impressive super powers? A: Give them LAME stupid powers!
Aug. 26, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST
Aug. 26, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST
The ability to believe the words of politicians.
Aug. 26, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST
by Mockingbird Girl
Surely that would be more of a curse than a power!
Aug. 26, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST
Aug. 26, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST
by The StarWolf
That one beats a Canadian crime-fighting comic book character, called Dishman, whose power consisted of ... washing dishes ?! (Honest! Look it up.)
Aug. 26, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST
Come the fuck on, a Trek show with him as the lead would be huge. You know it, make it happen, he can go until he's 80 in a Trek role.
Aug. 26, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST
UK show. Worlds 6th strongest woman, guy who can see a minute into the future or something, guy that can start fires but always stuffs things up, and the guy who can have an army of flying monekys attack on command..... in a few mins/hours. Why can't they come up with anew idea.
Aug. 26, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST
Syfy is really struggling for Quality shows. What a shame.
Aug. 26, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST
now that shit will rock
Aug. 26, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST
...ANYONE HERE has seen UK shows/read UK books? This is a total lift from "Misfits!" Jesus H. Christ. At least the lame US version of "Being Human" admits to being taken from the fabulous, intelligent UK original. Feh.
Aug. 26, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST
3 inches - Worlds tallest man with worlds smallest dick<br> Orgasma - Female able to fake an orgasm on a moments notice<br> Strange Brutha - Black man who likes skinny white chicks with tight asses<br> JarJar - Jamaican who joined scientology after watching Battlefield Earth too many times. He saw it once.
Aug. 26, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST
Aug. 26, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST
I loved him as Brainiac and Spike's evolution from a minor thug in the first season or two of Buffy until the last episode of both series is just unreal. His band wasn't that bad either for an "actor that can sing" type thing. Not bad at all.
Aug. 26, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST
Aug. 27, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST
Am sorry Herc, I know you love the guy, but he is a little weird and the rest of his physical appearance matches with the loser stereotype why not down there as well.
Aug. 27, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST
...the main culprit against Harry Knowle's adolescent socks.
Aug. 27, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST
seems like it should be back by now if it wasn't. Considering how Syphy does seasons<p> No news on it and they haven't had a marathon with existing eps, like they do with all their shows<p> So they're pretending that abortion didn't happen?
Aug. 27, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST
and they are holding back what they call "the second half of the season" until 2011.<br /><br />I know. They're fucking geniuses, aren't they?
Aug. 27, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST
Aug. 27, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST
by Brannagins Law
It only got 6 episodes and was supposed to be rebooted in Europe or something. And the states bought the rights but I remember reading somewhere that the network didn't do anything with it because the numbers were falling off of Heroes and they somehow thought the two were similar.?? It needs to be brought back with the original cast!
Aug. 27, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST
and her super power of incredible rapidly growing finger nails.
Aug. 27, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST
And hope that the costume budget is equally lame and she will be clothed in next to nothing.
Aug. 27, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST
His reply:<br> Ehhh, its a paycheck<br>
Aug. 27, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST
I've always enjoyed Marsters' work and it's nice to see him getting so much of it lately. So there's that, anyway.
Aug. 27, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST
I can admit it. Although he was a pretty good Ted Bundy, and I do enjoy his work on the Harry Dresden Books on CD.
Aug. 27, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST
That would be worth watching.
Aug. 28, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST
or is it that those who possess them (the characters) are lame? If you want lame powers, think Doug from the New Mutants. While being instantly fluent in any language he encounters is very interesting, and can come in quite handy at times, it's pretty useless in a fight. Those powers listed above, while not the flashiest, and somewhat limiting, can still be used to either attack or defend from attack. All Doug could do is hurl insults in his opponents' native language.
Aug. 28, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST
I'd actually watch it! Great idea!Three inches sounds crap. Overseas title - 7.5 centimetres
Aug. 29, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST
Seriously, what where they thinking? Also, Naoko Mori is relentlessly adorable, so I'll be watching.
Aug. 29, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST
Seriously your just one step ahead of Nigerian spammers. At least with them you know they're full of shit.
Aug. 29, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST
I cringe at every damn clip I see, but if Marsters is there... sigh. Maybe I'll just wait for his own clips on Youtube.
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