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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

    Tonight's episode of Three Inches

    by alan_poon

    is sponsored by Viagra.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST


    by NADO


  • Aug. 26, 2010, 3:03 a.m. CST


    by NADO

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Happy to watch Spike in anything.

    by Saen

    Though Smallville and Caprica was pretty hard to sit through.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Naoko Mori is a woman, not a girl.

    by V'Shael

    Hot hot asian woman....

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

    So, not a remake of Inch High, Private Eye?

    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

    Sorry Nado, nobody here wants to fist you.

    by JT Kirk

    Try maybe down by the docks.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Three Inches sponsored by...

    by Wungolioth

    With a problem like Three Inches, shouldn't it be sponsored by Extenze?

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST


    by Jayemel

    So hot. Why does Torchwood have to kill so many characters?

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Lame? Hardly.

    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

    Marsters...always with a back-up plan.

    by david_boreanez_cunt_hairz

    I'm betting on Hawaii as the better.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Stephanie Jacobsen = Battlestar Vet? No.

    by Xaximus

    She was in a made-for-TV movie. That's it. Nowhere NEAR a BSG vet.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST


    by Gislef_crow

    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

    Sounds like a rip-off version of Mystery Men

    by Madmarek

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Superheroes are becomming the new Vampires of TV

    by ahdvd

    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

    Steampunk, ahdvd

    by bah

    That's the next trend

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Emotion manipulation isn't worthless

    by Alientoast

    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

    Not worthless; redundant

    by bah

    This is a hot girl we're talking about.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Old Hat

    by Celtican

    See under: Mystery Men No Heroics Misfits next!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    @ The StarWolf & Gislef_crow

    by notgeorgekaplan

    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

    Needs a new title

    by The McPoyle Clan

    How about "76.2 millimeters?"

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Marsters was great as Captain John Hart in TORCHWOOD

    by SpyGuy

    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

    Controlling emotions? I'd make Julie Benz want to

    by V'Shael

    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

    sounds a bit like

    by redfishbluefish

    Misfits meets Mystery Men. Could be fun, could be crap. let's hope for the best.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Favorite Bob Burden Mystery Men....

    by cookylamoo

    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

    If you could move the Washington Monument Three Inches.

    by cookylamoo

    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

    Rent "The Specials" instead

    by njscribe44

    Good low-budget film from a few years ago about the "seventh-most popular" superhero team.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    moving something 3 inches

    by redshirt

    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


    by Gislef_crow

    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

    The Wimpiest Member of the Legion of Super-Heroes

    by cookylamoo

    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

    Another good use for the three inch power....

    by cookylamoo

    Would be snapping people's necks.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Isn't that a ripoff of Rising Stars?

    by Swoomustdie

    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

    Poor Marsters

    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

    Three Inches - what's the limitation?

    by Acappellaman

    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

    Anyone Remember Misfits of Science????

    by DangerDave

    Neither do these people.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    If they made a porno biopic of my life...

    by schadenfreudian

    (insert obvious punchline here)

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I was thinking that DangerDave

    by catlettuce4

    Misfits of Science... I think I watched them all.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I remember when

    by daggor

    TV shows would cast Star Trek actors to try to prop up their shitty shows.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    FOUR INCHES, PILE!!!!!!!!!!

    by la_sith

    FOUR INCHES!!!!!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Can he make his penis move 3 inches?

    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

    3 inches? Might as well be a yard if you're Asian.

    by Snake Foreskin

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh. I went there.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    poor Marsters...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...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

    what doesn't James Marsters play?

    by RPLocke

    The guy is in fucking everything.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    rplocke, Marsters doesnt play

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    with your mom's vagina because it stinks...

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    They still have better powers than most Morlocks

    by Crooooooow

    Look at me I can summon dustbunnies! And my friend there can make milk sour!

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Low Budget Superhero Webseries on Youtube

    by Hirbs007

    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.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Lamest super power:

    by fiester

    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


    by the_box_drone

    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

    Watch purely for Naoko Mori's...assets.

    by _V_

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Worst Super-Power

    by cookylamoo

    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

    Magnetic colon

    by CreasyBear

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Fiester - OK, you win

    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

    Marsters should play Picard's son in Star Trek Next Gen 2!

    by Drath

    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

    I like it the first time when it was called NO HEROICS!

    by LostCause

    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

    It seems...

    by cwsimpatico

    Syfy is really struggling for Quality shows. What a shame.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    I'm waiting for Super Guinea Pig vs Mega Hamster

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    now that shit will rock

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Um, don't US producers/networks think...

    by AnnoyYou

    ...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 team? hmmmm

    by leo54304

    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

    Why no Tiffany or Debbie GIbson?

    by leo54304

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Marsters is a good actor

    by liljuniorbrown

    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

    What no Kristen Bell?

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Three Inches - The Patton Oswalt story

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    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


    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...the main culprit against Harry Knowle's adolescent socks.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Was Craprica canceled?

    by NippleEffect

    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

    Craprica isn't cancelled. They just had a brain wave of an idea

    by V'Shael

    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

    A girl that can reproduce any sound?

    by terry1978


  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    what happened to No Heroics?

    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

    The only thing this show is missing is Meg Griffin

    by DianaPrince

    and her super power of incredible rapidly growing finger nails.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    I will watch this show for Stephanie Jacobsen

    by DianaPrince

    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

    When Marsters was asked about 3 inches

    by leo54304

    His reply:<br> Ehhh, its a paycheck<br>

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Good news...after a fashion.

    by rabidfnark

    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

    And by work I mean Spike, of course.

    by rabidfnark

    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

    Just remake Misfits of Science

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    That would be worth watching.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    These don't really seem to be "lame" powers

    by jim

    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

    If Spike was on True Blood ...

    by enya_mouf

    I'd actually watch it! Great idea!Three inches sounds crap. Overseas title - 7.5 centimetres

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Really unfortunate title.

    by SmokingRobot

    Seriously, what where they thinking? Also, Naoko Mori is relentlessly adorable, so I'll be watching.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    gaunwo and the rest of the spammers should die

    by Mr_Satan

    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

    Crap now I have to watch Hawaii 5-0

    by mrschips

    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.