Oh geez… so ‘Samenco’s’ grandfather was actually a real Samurai Flamenco? That feels pretty much exactly like the kind of melodramatic twist you’d get out of soap.
Look, I’m not going to sit here and act like superhero serials don’t pull from the same bag of tricks as soaps do to keep an audience watching forever - - but a piece of pulp still tastes differently on your tongue than a mouthful of soap - - so it’s worth stating that this particular twist just feels like something you’d more likely come across on daytime TV than in a dime novel.
While we’re still musing on the finer details of various genre’s traditions, the notion of a pure-hearted superhero running into a sexy rival vigilante who gets her hands dirty is actually a fairly common trope in superheroic fiction. Put Flamenco’s relationship with Flamenco Girl against countless Batman stories that paint Catwoman in a more sympathetic light, or the sub-plot with the Huntress in the last season of ARROW. The fact that the difference in their “conflicting views of justice” seems to really just boil down to the Girl’s willingness to kick bad guys in the nuts is a rather amusingly specific detail.
I’ll compliment the show, at least, for having its premise evolve quickly. Instead of drawing out the slice-of-life buddy shenanigans of our two leads, we’re seeing a more sensible collusion evolve where the cops are actually abetting this vigilantism. That detail separates this from KICK-ASS a little (although you could argue that Hit Girl’s foster father, another cop, was still basically enabling her superheroics), but I have a hunch that the parallels between the two heroes are only going to keep coming up after shit gets real in episode 7.
Flamenco has already had two copycats join him - - I’m sure we’ll see a few more pop up until we have a whole gang of masked knuckleheads like that ‘Justice Forever’ gang from KICK-ASS 2.
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