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ongo, billed as SA TV’s first live-ac­tion black su­per­hero, is more silly than su­per.

Telling the story of a Joburg man who dis­cov­ers a blue crys­tal that gives him su­per­pow­ers to fight bad­dies (who have red and green crys­tals), Jongo is sup­posed to be a Gotham or Ar­row-style ca­per, but ends up be­ing a smoke-ma­chine-and-coloured­lights TV pan­tomime. It’s em­bar­rass­ing in the same way that 2012’s lo­cal para­nor­mal at­tempt Room 9 was.

The show is ham­pered by awk­wardly “un­der­done” act­ing – iron­i­cally, one char­ac­ter asks an­other: “How’s it go­ing with your act­ing classes?”

But the big­gest prob­lem with Jongo is what you see kids do when you go to Spur and or­der the “make your own dessert” op­tion. Just be­cause it comes with hun­dreds and thou­sands, syrup, choco­late, Astros and all kinds of sprin­kles, doesn’t mean you have to add all of it to the mix.

The idea of Jongo, pro­duced by Mo­tion Story, is good; it’s the ex­e­cu­tion that’s overblown.

Like a hol­i­day In­sta­gram man­gled by ap­ply­ing too many fil­ters, Jongo suf­fers from too many dif­fer­ent tex­tures and speed ef­fects, from washed out to over­sat­u­rated, jump­ing be­tween ev­ery­thing from slow-mo to rewind to cin­e­matic pan­ning to raw home video.

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EYES WIDE SHUT

Jongo is a jum­ble of edited ef­fects and av­er­age act­ing

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