Henchmen Academy by Spencer Carvalho


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Post April 18, 2013, 11:47:10 AM

Henchmen Academy by Spencer Carvalho

This is a humorous take on the ridiculousness of the actions of henchmen in the spy or superhero genres. This has been handled similarly in other places; The Venture Bros. comes to mind, or the Austin Powers movies. This is a so-so straight forward take on the idea. The henchmen are trained to do stupid things for no real apparent reason. The highlight for me was when the Gray asked whether she was still a henchman even though she was a woman. Some of these henchmen are obviously a little too bright for the job, and it would be interesting to find out what becomes of them. I would have found this more interesting if there had been some clever rational for the nature of the training. But it was funny and enjoyable to read never-the-less.

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Post April 18, 2013, 12:42:02 PM

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Reminiscent of the Monty Python sketch where the self-defense instructor tells his class that he will now teach them how to cope when attacked with ... a blueberry! Some wiseass asks, "What about a pointed stick?"
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Post April 18, 2013, 11:28:12 PM

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Robert_Moriyama wrote:Reminiscent of the Monty Python sketch where the self-defense instructor tells his class that he will now teach them how to cope when attacked with ... a blueberry! Some wiseass asks, "What about a pointed stick?"


However, don't give Marcus Ayers the blueberry, because he can kill you with it if he's angry. Marcus Ayers was a character on the second episode of Alphas, a show about a non-glamorous take on "super powers". They tried hard to keep the abilities almost believable. Ayers had the talent of building huge cause and effect chained sequences. So he could flick the blueberry at someone's eye, then they'd blink at the wrong time, and crash a car. Then when the car crashes it rams the power supply pole and shorts out the city block. Then something bad would happen in the dark. Or something.

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Post April 18, 2013, 11:37:04 PM

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Great concept overall. It could easily be adapted to a small stage play. The casting would be key.
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Post April 19, 2013, 04:28:06 AM

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As Robert has already stated, this has a very Python-istic quality to it.

It could easily be a cut scene in an Austin Power's movie.
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Post April 19, 2013, 09:07:27 AM

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TaoPhoenix wrote:
Robert_Moriyama wrote:Reminiscent of the Monty Python sketch where the self-defense instructor tells his class that he will now teach them how to cope when attacked with ... a blueberry! Some wiseass asks, "What about a pointed stick?"


However, don't give Marcus Ayers the blueberry, because he can kill you with it if he's angry. Marcus Ayers was a character on the second episode of Alphas, a show about a non-glamorous take on "super powers". They tried hard to keep the abilities almost believable. Ayers had the talent of building huge cause and effect chained sequences. So he could flick the blueberry at someone's eye, then they'd blink at the wrong time, and crash a car. Then when the car crashes it rams the power supply pole and shorts out the city block. Then something bad would happen in the dark. Or something.


Peter Bishop developed a similar ability on "Fringe" when he (foolishly) let an Observer brain-boosting implant attach itself to his nervous system...

And on "Touch", the 36 what's-their-faces are able to foresee events and adjust them by intervening at earlier points in the (sometimes world-spanning) event chains.

(Come to think of it, "The Adjustment Bureau" agents (angels) worked in a similar way.)

I wonder how the Post Metrics scheme will deal with this series of posts... from an offhand observation about the "training" offered at the Academy to a recitation of "Butterfly Effect"-derived superpowers in recent sf and fantasy media.
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Post April 19, 2013, 10:11:21 AM

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Robert_Moriyama wrote:I wonder how the Post Metrics scheme will deal with this series of posts... from an offhand observation about the "training" offered at the Academy to a recitation of "Butterfly Effect"-derived superpowers in recent sf and fantasy media.


My plan is working! (Insert your favorite evil laugh here.)

In a way, the concept shares similarities to the whole Schrodinger Cat puzzle from quantum theory. Having already spun back a couple of nascent conversations, we're getting a nice early start to the April board. Of course, a few other people are also perking up this month and your illustrious personage has contributed a couple of nice replies to my notes, so that's why in another sense I can't "prove it" with only 1 month's worth of info. But in general, I believe that this is an example of a small enough group that starting with my own increased efforts, that the difference will slowly become noticeable.

The next spot to watch out for is the mid-month lull after the first flurry of posts tapers off.
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Post April 19, 2013, 12:58:10 PM

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TaoPhoenix wrote:
Robert_Moriyama wrote:I wonder how the Post Metrics scheme will deal with this series of posts... from an offhand observation about the "training" offered at the Academy to a recitation of "Butterfly Effect"-derived superpowers in recent sf and fantasy media.


My plan is working! (Insert your favorite evil laugh here.)

In a way, the concept shares similarities to the whole Schrodinger Cat puzzle from quantum theory. Having already spun back a couple of nascent conversations, we're getting a nice early start to the April board. Of course, a few other people are also perking up this month and your illustrious personage has contributed a couple of nice replies to my notes, so that's why in another sense I can't "prove it" with only 1 month's worth of info. But in general, I believe that this is an example of a small enough group that starting with my own increased efforts, that the difference will slowly become noticeable.

The next spot to watch out for is the mid-month lull after the first flurry of posts tapers off.


... or the attention drain when Nate releases the next Forum Flash Challenge topic!
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Post April 19, 2013, 04:31:50 PM

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Robert_Moriyama wrote:... or the attention drain when Nate releases the next Forum Flash Challenge topic!


Part and parcel. Until then you are MINE!! :P
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Post May 08, 2013, 07:09:44 PM

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Back on topic -- this was just plain funny!

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Good job, Spencer!
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Post May 20, 2013, 05:30:11 PM

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This could easily be expanded upon!

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