The Middleman

Season 1 Episode 9

The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 11, 2008 on ABC Family

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  • Two Middlemans?

    When an archnemesis of the long line of Middlemen arrives named The Candle, Ida unfreezes a Middleman from a previous era. The Middleman seems to be jealous of the older Middleman. Wendy's relationship with Tyler grows and Wendy doesn't feel like it will end, which both scares her and makes her happy. The old Middleman seems to be loopy, so The Middleman retires him. The old Middleman goes to Wendy and they go on a secret mission, but The Middleman comes to the rescue after a sticky situation. The old Middleman leads The Middleman and Wendy to an island where he attempts to melt The Middleman with The Candle's machine. He realizes how wrong he is, so he sacrifices himself to save The Middleman.

    This episode was so-so. I didn't really like "The Middleman plot". I sort of liked the Tyler and Wendy plot, but I do not believe in sex before marriage, so that let me down a little, but I do like Tyler and Wendy together! This was maybe the worst episode of the season so far. I give it a 6.5 out of 10.
  • A terrific guest turn also shines new light on MM and Wendy.

    Having Kevin Sorbo as the new Middleman was a fine choice as he has a ball with the quirky throw-back cool fighter of a different era. That Ida was so much friendler to him was just a brilliant touch and surprised the throw-down with him and MM came so quickly but it was a good direction for things. I saw it coming a mile off that the first MM was the villian but it was good that he saw the light at the end to redeem himself with a sacrifice. The stuff of Wendy and Tyler was fun as it's so obvious to everyone but her why Wendy can't see how things with Tyler will end. It was fun seeing her in the leather outfit and bikini and loved the whacky card game with its bizarre rules. Guy and Lacey hitting it off was good as well and interesting how Wendy changes her uniform at the end. Overall, another great installment with the usual comic book humor mixed with some real character development to show why this series works so well.