CAPTAIN AWESOME X-TREME
Towards the end of 2005, network execs were in a panic. The ratings for their hugely popular show “Captain Awesome and the Wonder Friends” had fallen into steady decline. A change was needed.
The reason for the slump, it was decided, was that the show was too childish. The characters no longer appealed to its target market – the notoriously hard to please teenage demographic – and they had had lost a large portion of their original “street cred.”
It was clear what had to be done. The show needed a make over. It had to become at least 30-35% more X-TREME. A number of changed were introduced, the least of which included:
Captain Awesome lost an eye in a battle to the death with his arch nemesis: Commander Nefarious.
Generic Girl was replaced with a stand-in whilst the original actor enjoyed time in rehab.
Flufflekin evolved into an angry drunk,
Monobot discovered that he, in fact, had a jet-pack that no one noticed before.
Long John Black Beard lost his remaining limbs. He also found companionship in the form of a brightly coloured parrot who he lovingly named Admiral Squawks.
Black Dragon got a lot more ninja-y.
The Great Briton was made into much more of a minor character because no one really liked him much. He also got eye lasers or something.