Aug 19 2013
’Heroes of Cosplay’ is a new reality television series on Syfy that follows a number of cosplayers as they tour conventions around America. The cast features a mix of cosplay legends, rising stars, and newbies to give the audience numerous lenses inside the world of cosplay. You may recognize some of them like Yaya Han, Jessica Merizan, Holly Conrad, and Chloe Dykstra from their other ventures.
When the show came out, it was received well based from initial reviews and fan feedback. However, there were some criticisms that it heavily relied on drama and costume making wasn’t given enough attention.
Did this show end up as an enjoyable treat for cosplayers and geeks alike? Or is it full of sensational drama like other reality TV shows as others claim it to be? Read on for my thoughts and as always let us know what you think of it too.
I don’t cosplay regularly, but I’m well aware of its culture and dress up in simple outfits from time to time. I’ve read people say that this show isn’t an accurate portrayal of the cosplay community. I can’t respond to that because I’m not an avid enthusiast myself, but I don’t think it will truly be accurate for everyone. It’s a different experience for each person in my opinion. However, I do feel that Heroes of Cosplay echoes the problems and experiences some of my cosplaying friends and even myself had.
We see the cast have troubles with getting their props to work, using the wrong color, or almost experiencing a scary situation while making a head mold. Holly Conrad gets frustrated when they had to resort to using store bought horns instead of making ones of their own. Scenes like these exemplify how cosplay is more than mere child’s play because of how much dedication these people put into detail and craftsmanship. They did mention in passing that cosplay is an expensive hobby. I would like to see them actually show it by giving us a peek into the budget of their costumes or what day jobs or gigs they do to support their passion. There’s still more episodes to go, so I’m hoping we get to see that.
I also liked it when Jessica Merizan said that if cosplay stops being fun, she stops right away. What she said makes me think about how people are starting to say that cosplay has become so mainstream where some do it solely for the money and fame. Sure, it’s nice to get money from your hobby but the driving force should always be passion and if it is something that makes you happy. I think it applies to every craft. We actually get to see this from one of the contestants Victoria. It seems like her primary reason was to impress Yaya Han. She ended up with an unfinished costume and was unable to compete. I’m not saying she isn’t a dedicated cosplayer because she probably is, but this was a case wherein her heart wasn’t in it. Everyone has their off days.
Some viewers complained about the unnecessary drama in the pilot. Guys, it’s reality television. What did you expect? Of course, there will be drama but I think it has its legitimate reasons. If you’ve painted a costume you’ve worked on for weeks with the wrong color or have an unfinished costume hours before the competition, I think I would be dramatic too. Some of the other scenes may have been heightened a bit, but it’s far from the ridiculousness we see from those Housewives show or Jersey Shore.
Another thing involved the lack of showing how the costume was built. It’s true that we could have seen more of that, but I feel like it shouldn’t be such a big deal. This show is more of showing the experience of the cosplayers and showcasing the culture. I don’t think it was selling itself as a DIY show or something similar. If you check Syfy’s website though, Conrad and Merizan will be posting weekly videos of DIY tips if I am not mistaken.
Overall, I really enjoyed the pilot episode and I am looking forward to watching the entirety of this show. What do you think?
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