The future of TV isn’t what it used to be. It’s 2013: We should be voice-commanding our shows on iHolograms and Smart Pizzas?. Instead, we’ve got promising new online series that are mostly structured like the programs we’ve watched since the old days, when viewers changed the channel by training woolly mammoths to press the buttons with their tusks.
Tiny Commando (Yahoo!) is the most suited to a generation raised on Funny or Die comedy clips. Co-created by Ed Helms (The Office), it stars Zachary Levi (Chuck) as a pint-size crime fighter, Gillian Jacobs (Community) as his sidekick, and Helms as Tiny’s nemesis Cesar Pequeño, who has a pinkie for an arm. Each episode is under four minutes, and the wit is almost as quick, with an amusing hamster-wrestling match and car chases staged with radio-controlled vehicles. Still, those toys might’ve played better in the homemade world of YouTube. Here, they’re shot like Hummers in a blockbuster film, which robs them of a certain charm. And when I watched, all the episodes were intercut with the same Energizer ad. This could change, but it made Tiny Commando seem like an extended commercial for Tiny’s toy cars and the batteries that run them. B