Ahhhhh sidekicks, they’ve been a staple of superheroes in comic books, cartoons and movies for years but. . . no reallife heroes really seem to have them.
Many of my fans have asked “Hey Stella, why don’t you get a sidekick?” or even “Can I be your sidekick please Stella?”
Well, I just don’t think they work in real life. A hero has to be alert, she has to ready for anything, fully focussed on the task at hand. A hero can’t be wasting time worrying about the wherabouts of a spotty-faced teenager in too-tighy spandex who has somehow managed to get kidnapped and strapped to a giant laser or been suspended over a vat of sharks.
Sidekicks are more bother than they’re worth. They lead to nothing but trouble and just cause problems for the hero. My friend, Lancaster had a sidekick once called Halifax (This was a time when heroes went through a patriotic spell of naming themselves after WW2 warplanes) and Halifax ended up getting captured no less than 4 times, tricked into letting the fabled Mistress Pain escape, got beat up on 10 occasions and contributed nothing at all. He was a laughing stock and the last superhero sidekick.
Besides, there was also the issue of a male in his 30’s hanging around with a 14 year old boy whilst wearing spandex costumes that some people found to be a little bit odd 😉
I almost had a sidekick. There was a spell when shock of shocks, ratings for the Stella Stargirl tv series plummetted to an all time low. My manager thought the solution was to give me a sidekick to help get more interest. Well, that was a disaster. The little twerp thought he was the best thing going even though he didn’t know the difference between a laser blast and a laser pen.
Plus, he always called me “Double S” which got on my nerves big style!
Needless to say, I shot down that stupid suggestion and thankfully remained sidekick free!
Anyway, that’s all for my rant on sidekicks 😉
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