It’s been nearly three years since we visited our old friend
Flow Man, the would-be super hero who solves social problems by
literally cutting up inanimate objects.
Since then, smart phones have become much more common,
connecting us to the world in new ways. New information now comes
to us in “apps.” And you really do hear people saying, “I’ve got an
app for that.”
About a year ago, a new Flow Man adventure was produced based on
that new smart phone theme. Check out the first video on this page.
By now, you should be able to predict the solution to the vexing
problem at hand.
The second video, issued in October, celebrates reaching 1
million views for the Flow Man series and shows some bloopers while
reviewing the kinds of things that the flow jets can cut.
Flow Man has had a few new adventures since we last visited him.
I’ve included one here in which the ending takes a different
These videos are ridiculous, it’s true, but I’ve always believed
they had potential for entertainment. By and large, they have not
reached their potential. As with any short film, the best ones
offer a credible story in a short time. That’s why I liked the
episode about the cell phone.
I’ve thought about turning a couple of ideas I’ve had into
scripts and offering them, but I haven’t gotten around to it. If
you’re interested in more of this nonsense, check out Flow Man’s Web
page, where you can learn to mow around trees and find a new
way to “free up some time,” among other things.
There are a lot of stupid videos on You Tube. This video —
posted last week — may be one of them. But there’s something
amusing, if not amazing, about this one.
Maybe it’s the cutting tool and watching the power revealed in a
jet of water.
Maybe it’s the crazy superhero Flow Man and his amazing leap as
he leaves the scene of the crime.
Maybe its the promise that this won’t be the last we’ll see of
these oddly attractive characters and this lingering question: “Can
water cut it?” I wonder if we can look forward to a day in this new
video series when we’ll see something that water cannot cut.
As an aside, if you are interested in the technology, there are
links on the Web site Can
Water Cut It? to more serious videos. What we have here, after
all, is probably a less-than-elaborate advertisement for Flow water