Meyers also provides the voice of Prock, the leader of a disjointed team of superheroes he inherited from his father. Only when dad left the most valuable members quit, leaving the son to recruit new ones, each of whom has oddities and quirks, from Impresario (Kenan Thompson), whose magic doesn't quite work; to Sumo (Bobby Lee), a small boy who, when angry, morphs into a sumo wrestler.
"Futurama" riff, focuses on Muscleman (Ike Barinholtz), whose penchant for alien sexual conquests (the show uses, and repeatedly bleeps, a more colorful term) gets him into hot water. That thread produces the one genuinely funny gross-out moment, which simply isn't enough to sustain the whole enterprise.
Visually uninspired and stiffly animated, the show indulges in lots of talk and little action. And while there's plenty of mediocre Adult Swim-style animation characterized primarily by its naughty streak, the idea of dysfunctional superheroes is such a worked-over premise as to seem less torn from the zeitgeist than cut and pasted from other shows. In that respect, instead of spoofing "The Avengers" or "Fantastic Four," this feels like the sitcom version of "Watchmen," in watered-down form.
As the Times story illustrates, Hulu is getting some mileage out of the "SNL"-heavy creative pedigree, which is perhaps half the battle. Yet Web series can only go so far when their main selling point is buying pet projects from name performers, principally because nobody else wanted them.
Granted, the title was intended to be ironic, but to borrow one of Meyers' "Weekend Update" gags, "The Awesomes?" Really? Why not just call it "The Vaguely Tolerables?"
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