Thursday, December 06, 2007
Heroes - Volume 2
Before I cobble together thoughts on the “finale” from Monday...I’m curious. Show of hands; how many people are disappointed with Volume 2? How many here think it was awesome? Feel free to be specific or just voice a general opinion.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Heroes - Truth & Consequences
1. My elbow is screaming so I have to keep this short.
2. Spoilers after the jump!
Awesome: HRG going instantly wide awake, lucid and straining against the bed restraints the instant Mohinfuck mentioned Claire. Awesomer: Hiro squaring up against Peter and telling him that he picked the wrong side. Awesomest: Sylar. Powerless, he’s still the most evil sonofabitch you never want to meet.
Things that are annoying me; Peter trusting Adam over Hiro and believing anything Adam says, no matter how ridiculous. Also, Peter being motivated to stop the virus not to save his brother, who he knows dies in the great plague, but to save some half-ugly girl he knew for a frigging week. That’s ridiculous and contradicts what we already know about Peter, that he loves, is devoted to and looks up to his brother, and would move the world to save him.
I guess that’s all been forgotten. Also Peters forgotten that Hiro is completely trustworthy and perhaps the best person he’s ever met, mush less the best person in that room.
Another thing that made me go “Err, whaaa?” Why didn’t Monica even TRY to fight back? She watched a shit-ton of fighting movies and we were led to believe that she can already do a lot, physically, in a fighting sense. So why did she do absolutely nothing? Was it just fear that made her freeze? It seemed like one of those “the writers aren’t paying attention to things that have gone before” things, but I could buy that she was just scared.
The number one thing about Heroes that I hate: Mohinder. I don’t like the actor, but in fairness I don’t like the character, and maybe I don’t like the actor because he’s doing a great job. I want to see Mohinder suffer for being a Class A moron. I want someone to punch him in the face repeatedly, and with every punch, list another terrible, idiotic, simpy, wimpy decision he’s made. I think he’s going to cure Sylar. It would be better to let Molly DIE than to cure Sylar, but Mohinder is a complete and utter tool. So of course he’ll make the worst decision possible.
BTW, I don’t think Hiro is out solely for revenge. He wouldn’t just do revenge. The fact that Adam is doing very bad things, and obviously has been for 400 years, is allowing Hiro to give in to the idea of revenge without feeling that terrible about it. It’s not just revenge, it’s also justice, and it will protect the world from Adam.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Battlestar Galactica - Razor
If you can believe it, I have *not* watched the online “Razorettes” or watched them mushed in commercial breaks of whatever show Sci-Fi was trying to get me to watch. I figure it’s so long until the season and this is just bonus information anyway. We did watch Razor tonight, and here’s my take (spoilers below!).
I think that Razor was made so that we could understand Caine a little more. As it stood, I simply thought she was a cold bitch and somewhat of a monster, but I never had much respect for her as a warrior or a leader.
I still don’t.
She got lucky with her network being offline, and her crew performed in fight after fight out of fear of her, not respect or love or dedication. She’s even worse than I thought before Razor. She’s more of a monster than any one of the toasters.
I can understand Caine’s initial reaction toward Pegasus Six. I mean, she not only let a Cylon on her ship and on her bridge, but she slept with one. Trusted one. Gave a Cylon access to intimate thoughts, moments, etc. I can understand wanting to hurt that Cylon, and watching crew member after crew member die only compounded the problem. That’s not an excuse to murder civilians, to shoot your XO, to be a monster...to not only order your security officer to torture a Cylon, but to humiliate her, to make her afraid...to, as Caine put it, degrade her. Once she knew they were raping Six repeatedly, she let it go on. For ten months.
There’s just nothing that makes that OK. Contrast her with Adama, who is a warrior, a tactician and still a human being.
On the other hand, as the Old Man put it, he had Laura and SaltySeaDog and Apollo in his face to keep him human. When he stepped over the line, he had something and someone to help him step back and regain his humanity. Caine was the ultimate authority as far as she knew. She answered to no one. She had no one to tell her no. She wasn’t mentally stable enough to accept her XO questioning her decisions unless she was accountable to someone else. She was walking, for lack of a better phrase, a razor’s edge before the war. The fact that she was now the supreme Colonial military authority in the galaxy, and maybe the last Battlestar around drover her right over the edge. She was not cut out to have ultimate authority.
The biggest shame of Razor is that we were introduced to Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen only to have her die at the end. Lovely woman, Ms. Chaves-Jacobsen. Born in Hong Kong, she’s Portuguese, Norwegian, Chinese and English, raised since age 12 in Australia so she comes by the accent naturally. Too bad Kendra had to die. She felt like she had to atone for allowing Caine to turn her into a monster. Again, there’s that element caine was missing; the humanity that makes you feel bad when you do something horrible.
It was pretty cool to see old school Cylon Centurions. Although if I had to quibble - and I do - it was pretty obvious that they were rendered as new model robot Cylons and they just slapped Centurion skins over the models. They were shaped wrong and moved exactly like the new ones.
The only other observation I really have, aside from loving the BSG action after such a drought, is that we kind of already knew Starbuck was going to lead humanity astray. My current working theory is that Kara believes she’s seen Earth, is NOT a Cylon and doesn’t know she’s being manipulated.
It was a pretty damn good taste of BSG, all in all. What’d you think?
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Heroes - Cautionary Tales
I think this episode leaves us with just two more to air...yoinks! Spoilers below!
I don’t have 72 crazy theories this week. Just a couple. I still think Adam and Bob aren’t really real bad bad guys. I think they’re like half-a-bad guy and will eventually come around. I turned to Donna as HRG was shot and predicted that the Company would take him and heal him with Claire’s blood, so I don’t get to drop that here. Man that would have been cool if I posted that before it happened. Oh well.
HRG - How cool was it that he was shot from behind his glasses, but from the front? I think the bullet sort of pierced his orbital socket and eye before passing through the glasses. FRICKING FRICKETY FRICK I need hi-def television.
Anyway, I think HRG will now have to face the fact that Bob and Co. saved his life. He’ll have to (at least pretend to) forgive Mohinder the Complete Fucking Idiot, because everyone will be needed to reign in Adam and Peter, who will then be needed to defeat Sylar, who I think is the real ultimate evil and the only truly unredeemable person.
- West - I kind of like West a little bit more now that his goal in life is nothing more than pitbull-like protection of Claire. I think he and HRG will get along really well. I hope HRG gets a chance to apologize to him and explain how he was duped by the Company and has repented for all the hell he put people through. I think the kid will not just appreciate that, but it will help solidify his “membership” on Team HRG.
- Elle - I’m even better with Elle as a character, although I still think that Veronica Mars chick is nowhere near hot enough to be playing this tough, wanna-be sexpot with a dark side. At least now we’ve got some more depth to her beyond “I was raised in this building and I am a sociopath.” Maybe Bob and the Company made her believe she’s a sociopath, ala Dexter? Maybe all she needs is a real father like HRG. Seriously. I wish he was my dad. Everyone feel bad for me. Saw “Awwww.” Moving on.
- Mohinder is a pathetic, simpering fool who will always and forever make the absolute worst decision at any given moment. I think he’s on the show just so we have a non-evil person to hate. Since his blood no longer heals, I hope HRG doesn’t forgive him and instead puts a couple of vent-holes in Mohinder’s big stupid head.
- Adam & Peter (and Sylar) - Here’s where it gets weird. I think Sylar will run into Adam somehow, some way and be able to literally see that Adam’s blood will cure him, and therefore get it. This will give him access to collecting again, so the Toxic Twins are dead. Yay! I think that Adam’s blood won’t cure the virus though. It will prevent it from attacking Sylar’s body but it will still live in him, where it is free to mutate and jump from heroes to humans. In fact, Sylar will be able to control it like Maya and her brother. He’ll intentionally release it.
Way out there prediction - Sylar talks Adam into being on Team Evil and Adam talk Peter into it and peter and Sylar are working together for a very brief period, only Sylar wants Peter’s passive absorption ability and tries to kill him, thus ending the fragile alliance. Maybe?
- Hiro - I know what his father said, but I disagree. Why is it OK to interfere in all these other ways, both big and small, but Hiro absolutely HAS to let his father die? It;s not like Kaito didn’t know he was being hunted. Hell, he was planning to leave town the very next day, and why? To avoid being killed! WTF? No, I did not agree with that at all. But, Hiro did, and he let Adam kill Kaito. The question is, will he seek revenge and attempt to kill Kensei/Adam, or will he continue to try to save him? Or will Hiro get all pumped up to kill Adam, only to have Ando remind him that Hiro is a good person and revenge sucks a fat one, and all that.
- Parkman - Getting cooler by the episode. Looks like he took the name out of Mama Petrelli after all. At first I thought it did kind of make him like his dad, but Donna reminded me that Mama Petrelli is never right about freakig anything, so if she wants this lady to stay hidden and be a secret, the best thing to do would be to put her freaking name on the six o’clock news.
Man. This show is picking up again really nicely and BAM! Writer’s strike. At least the stupid producers are going to talk with them after Thanksgiving (or, as Marshall recently named it, Slapsgiving). Maybe we’ll only see a couple of months of interruption in the air schedules.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Heroes - Four Months Ago
OK, I know, it’s late. I just cannot get the Heroes post up on time!
OK, so this episode was supposed to answer questions about events from the finale onward. Here’s what I suspect; Tim Kring wasn’t real happy with season two so far, we know that because he apologized to us. So, he took a look at how the season was playing out while making it and decided to throw us a bone. Only it had to be written fast...if I’m right, that would explain why it’s got a few holes and/or errors.
- Nathan. Not enough time for everything that he and mom talked while standing in Peter’s aprtment (in 2x01) about to develop. I’m not buying that giant-ass beard in a few weeks either.
- Peter. The Peter that flew in and saved Nathan had FuturePeter’s emo-boy haircut and was wearing totally different clothes than PresentPeter (who just exploded, or radiated an explosion, or something). It was the Peter that FutureHiro met in String Theory. The one that was with Nikki. BUT...that same guy was zapped by LightningGirl and held in the joint with Adam. Why doesn’t he remember he’s Futurepeter? If he does, there was absolutely no indication of it. he was acting like PresentPeter, the one who explod-a-radiated.
Question: Did PresentPeter ever meet DL? I can’t remember. I don’t think the final fight with Sylar counts. If he didn’t, then the Peter that is with Adam HAS to be FuturePeter. If he did, then we still have a screwup because the one that saved Nathan was NOT the same as the one that explod-a-radiated.
Anyway, it was nice to see how he ended up in a shipping container.
- DL - WTF? DL died from the wounds received in Linderman’s office, didn’t he? Jessinikki and Micah went to his grave. What am I forgetting?
- Adam. Can he really be the big bad badass supreme? I mean, healing blood and de facto immortality, sure, but he’s never displayed a mental power. Was the big bad bad guy Molly was afraid of just Poppa Parkman?
- Mama Petrelli - Donna got this one spot on - we think Mama can persuade if she touches you.
- Alejandro & Maya - still don’t care. But, they do confirm another theory. I was dancing all around trying to find a way to desribe this idea and Donna nailed this one too. Many - in fact most - of the heroes have a passive and an active power. Maya and Ajandro are twins, so the power(s) got split in two.
Examples of active and passive; The Haitian can dampen all powers passively, but actively can enter your mind and extract specific memories. Parkman can read your mind, and his new active ability is projection. Micah can hear machines talk, but he can also change how they work and manipulate them. Etcetera and so on. I can’t think of a set of powers for the flying ones though. They seem to only be able to fly. So far, anyway.
- Nikki/Jessica/Gina. Anything that keeps Ali Larter on the show and acting like either a badass or a slut is absolutely, 100% perfect. I don’t care how ridiculous it gets.
- Another question: Have we met anyone who works at the Company who doesn’t have a power? Think about it. Anyone? and if we have not...that means HRG has a power that we haven’t seen because he’s hiding it or he doesn’t know about it because the Haitian erased it.
Overall I enjoyed all the smaller elements of this episode, but I think taken as a whole, it opens up some contradictions and plot holes. Then again, we’re talking about comic books, so I guess I shouldn’t be so picky. Somehow I can accept that Claire can grow a toe, and a guy as old as Adam could probably grow a new body if decapitated him, but Nathan’s beard, marriage and whole lifestyle change, happening in the limited time between his standing up in the hospital room and the opening of season 2? That I can’t accept.
GIVE THE WRITERS THEIR MONEY! It’s going to suck when this ends 11 episodes in you bastards!
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tim Kring apologizes to Heroes fans
THE PACE IS TOO SLOW ‘’We assumed the audience wanted season 1 — a buildup of intrigue about these characters and the discovery of their powers. We taught [them] to expect a certain kind of storytelling. They wanted adrenaline. We made a mistake.’’
THE WORLD-SAVING STAKES SHOULD HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED SOONER The premonition of nuclear apocalypse created a larger context that unified every story line last season. Kring now sees that Volume 2 (the first 11 episodes of season 2) would have been better served if Peter’s vision of viral Armageddon had appeared in the season premiere rather than episode 7. ‘’We took too long to get to the big-picture story,’’ he says.
THE ROOKIES DIDN’T GREET THEMSELVES PROPERLY New Heroes Monica (Dana Davis), Maya (Dania Ramirez), and Alejandro (Shalim Ortiz) ‘’shouldn’t have been introduced in separate story lines that felt unattached to the show. The way we introduced Elle (Kristen Bell) — by weaving her in via Peter’s story line — is a more logical way to bring new characters into the show.’’ (That said, Kring says a few newbies won’t make it beyond this second volume, which wraps Dec. 3.)
HIRO WAS IN JAPAN WAY TOO LONG Hiro’s (Masi Oka) time-bending adventure in 17th-century Japan — where he mentored samurai hero Takezo Kensei (David Anders) — finally came to an end on Nov. 5. But Kring says it ‘’should have [lasted] three episodes. We didn’t give the audience enough story to justify the time we allotted it.’’
YOUNG LOVE STINKS Kring regrets sticking Claire (Hayden Panettiere) with a super-dud boyfriend and forcing Hiro to moon over a cutesy princess. ‘’I’ve seen more convincing romances on TV,’’ he admits. ‘’In retrospect, I don’t think romance is a natural fit for us.’’
I think I agree with everything but Hiro being in Japan too long. And I half agree with that. There wasn’t enough story to justify the time spent, but the answer in that case wouldn’t have been to cut it short, it would have been to write more stuff. We love Hiro, we like Kensei, who doesn’t like looking at Yaeko? The costumes were good, it looked great...just put more story in it. And cut the Smallville crap.
So, it seems that he gave a little something away here. Peter’s vision of the virus apocalypse is the real tragedy from which the world must be saved. “Save the cheerleader, save the world” actually applies to the virus/2008 story, not the bomb - although Claire’s ability was needed to deal with the bomb as well. The bomb would have been bad (especially for NYC), sure, but 93% of the world’s population wiped out is so much worse.
I’m glad Tim sees the flaws in this season. Makes me respect his skill a bit more and gives me hope for the rest of whatever aborted season we get.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Heroes - Out of Time
Now THIS is what I’m talkin’ about! Heroes was good last week and absolutely kicked ass this week. This show is great when they remember to answer questions as they ask new ones, and always make sure something happens. Do not emulate Lost. Be a comic book. The last couple weeks have given us a return to form. On top of that, we’ve had very little Toxic Twins, cross-eyes Veronica mars or Faux Irish, which only improves everything.
- Adam. Lots of people guessed this one, so it’s no great achievement in precognizance to have realized Kensei was Adam and is immortal. Also, this means Peter and Claire are likely immortal as well, as long as the virus doesn’t (or can’t?) affect them.
- As for what Hiro has done here...he’s created a monster, albeit inadvertently. Adam/Kensei is still stewing over losing the princess. 400 years is a long time to hold a grudge.
The symbol is an Asian dragon, and it’s Adam/Kensei’s.
See, Hiro’s father told him the story of Kensei’s final test. Kensei must face the man that showed him the way of the sword. He must defeat the Dragon. What we have here is a typical Japanese parable, where the obvious examples of “good and evil” are both flipped and have dual meanings. Kensei is Hiro, and the Dragon is Adam. Now, in the myth, the Dragon taught Kensei the “way of the sword.” I interpret this to be Hiro teaching Adam how to use his sword to be a Hero. This satisfies the duality part of the first half of the story. The second half, that Kensei had to “cut out his heart to save her, to save Japan,” flips the roles again, and Hiro is now Kensei. Yaeko is his heart in Edo Japan, as is Ando in the modern day. Either or both may have to be sacrificed to stop Adam from either going back to try to stop Hiro and Yaeko from falling in love, or from finishing his killing spree in the present day. So...Adam = Dragon. Hence the symbol.
What other powers must Adam have? It seems like he should have more than just healing/regeneration. I suspect that he might be the original “Hero.” The wellspring from which all future genetic “mutations” flow. Maybe.
I also think he might not be a bad guy in the end. I think he can be talked around. I think he’s driven by pain and rage. It’s interesting that he’s the “visionary” and was Linderman’s “sensei.” One wonders how many of the other Old Guard Heroes think like he does. I still say that he can be talked around. I believe it because Hiro believes it. That’s really the only reason. :)
I think that Sylar is still the most evil thing on the show and God help them all
if when he gets his powers back.
- Bob. No one is buying this bumble-stumble nice guy routine. Company = Evil, and Bob is a bad guy. Mohinder is an idiot who continues to make terrible judgments and decisions.
- HRG - Nice to see him back in form. I swear he was about a millisecond from slapping Claire when she threw her little tantrum. And STILL NO CAMERAS IN HIS HOUSE. That is a major writer’s flaw right there, nothing more than a deus ex machina designed only to keep him from seeing West. I think Claire will continue to make terrible decisions right up until the moment she has to choose between HRG and West. She’ll choose Daddy. But she won’t make the ride easy. After all she is a teenaged girl. With stumpy
dwarf little people arms.
Matt/Poppa - Matt should have been here in the LAST season...it would have made the ending so much more exciting, as he could have coordinated an attack against Sylar and turned the chance meeting of small groups of Heroes into a real force to do battle with a powerful enemy. Instead we got this anti-climactic *POP* - *stab* - “Wait, it’s over?” kind of thing. Very nice to see him advancing his abilities and flip the script on Daddy. Now the question is, was Maury acting under influence, or was he simply a believer in what Adam was selling/preaching? If it was influence, what the hell else can Adam do?
- Peter. The virus is clearly going to be a modified/mutated version of Bob’s Folly. If Mohinder’s blood no longer cures it, there’s no telling what the virus might do if it came into contact with the wrong Hero. What if Adam caught it, and instead of rendering him powerless, it mutated and learned to regenerate? It could withstand any attempt to kill it. Hence the great plague. What if it combined with the Toxic Twin Maya’s ability somehow? What if Sylar gets all three in his body?
Anyway, it’s nice to see Peter getting back to being himself. Amazing job by the actor last night. When his memories came flooding back a change came over his face...he looked like Peter again. Does he remember everything now? Or just stuff relating to his bitch-on-wheels of a mother?
I can has no more Faux Irish now? Could this maybe be the frigging end of the half-ugly non-brogue-havin’ stereotype? No more Caitlin please. DO NOT WANT.
- Nikki. Did I understand this right, that she’s integrated now and, when not being manipulated by Poppa Parkman, in control of when she uses her power? She seems to have chosen the name Nikki instead of Jessica.
All I know is, they better not kill her off like they (might have) did DL. Ali Larter is a reason to keep tuning in, and Nikki is a great character. If you have to kill someone, make it a new person. Like Lightning Girl.
- Paintings. We’ve seen them all happen now, except for Mohinder and the gun, and HRG shot in the eye while Claire and West look on. Given what Bob did there with the gun, I think that will happen next week, or maybe the week after. Like all of the paintings, it will happen, just not exactly as it seems. At least it better damn well not. Again, HRG is someone that makes this show good. Killing Noah Bennet would be idiotic. I’d rather lose *any* of the new people except Monica.
- Predictions: Adam is the one who had Sylar in the cabin. He’s also going back in time (using Peter) to try to stop Hiro from stopping him by stealing Yaeko, but as he’s twisted by his pain, he might try to kill Yaeko instead of just preventing her from loving Hiro. That might be the cutting out of the heart...maybe he has to let her die. Follow me here. Hiro sees Yaeko as a symbol of Japan. So when he said “to save her, to save Japan” it might not have meant her as in the woman, but her as in the country?
- The virus will mutate and hit the general population but not until the end of “Volume 2” which airs December 3rd, and may be the season finale due to the strike.
- Mohinder will point the gun at HRG but will not be the one who shoots him. West will. In fact I think Mohinder will turn the gun on West, but West will shoot anyway. OR...Bob will send someone else to back up Mohinder and THEY will shoot HRG. Either way HRG doesn’t die.
- Monica becomes the Batman of New Orleans soon
So...what’d I forget?
Monday, November 05, 2007
By way of an apology - Heroes, Ariel and the Cuda concept
Not only have I not posted jack-squat since last Thursday...I just skipped Heroes this week. I actually liked it too, but by the time I felt like writing it all down it was late, and then I had to take Gus back to the vet Saturday, so I let the weekend get away and just chilled out.
So...Heroes last week then? Except for the ugly Irish girl who is British and can’t actually do the brogue for shit, I really enjoyed this last episode. First one that has felt less like placekeeping or treading water, but instead felt more like a real Heroes episode. From everything I read, the WGA strike might be the reason it picks up. They have up to episode 11 done, and they canceled Heroes: Origins. They say it was a money thing, but I think they needed to cram as many scripts in as possible, and couldn’t spare the time to work on Origins. Everyone knew this strike was inevitable. So, unless it is resolved very quickly, Heroes will have a mini-season ending with episode 11, which is also supposed to end Volume 2. They even shot an alternate ending to episode 11 that can act as a season finale, just in case.
All that is by way of saying I expect things to pick up on the show now as far as pace goes. Feel free to spoil away with theories and whatnot in the comments.
Now...the boobs. This is a NSFW gallery of Ariel from Met Art. She’s ridiculously hot. Enjoy that.
Lastly, my apology includes another retro-future muscle car. The new one is a Barracuda concept that Autoblog scoped out at SEMA.
Chrysler is doing these retro designs fairly well - in the looks department anyway - and should make some cash with them...as long as they don’t succumb to the temptation of making them (on the cheap) with identical interiors and mostly parts out of the common bin. This one is supposed to be an all carbon fiber body. We know that won’t make production. And the interior is just the SRT8 you can find in the Charger and so on. Hopefully a production version could customize the interior for this specific model. What is it with Chrysler and the shoddy interiors anyway?
Anyway. while the concept looks great, I think I’d still rather pay 50 grand for a fully tricked-out and over-muscled 1972 ‘Cuda. Something about that old 70’s steel just appeals to me. Maybe the advent of “modern muscle” will drive the prices on vintage muscle down a bit to where a normal human could afford one some day?
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Heroes - Fight or Flight
Spoilers! Many spoilers lurk below. I will be randomly jotting things down as I remember them.
- I am so so SO sick of Mohinder’s simpering little voice. I can’t believe he’s the freaking narrator/voiceover/whatever. It makes me insane to listen to his sad little voice. I want to punch him. Also, he;s clearly the woman in the Suresh/Parkman marriage.
- So. Poppa Parkman is a real dickhead. I would say that the power is different from the girl who makes illusions in that you must be asleep for Poppa Parkman’s power to work. But he seems to have the ability to put you to sleep, so bonus for him.
Am I nuts or has each of the O.G. Twelve (that we’ve met) at one point claimed that they tried to stop the others who were abusing their power?
Anyway, Poppa’s interesting. He’s one of the new additions I don’t mind. I also appreciate Matt’s growing mastery of his power. Now he can put a thought into someone’s head. It implies that he could be as powerful as his father...and maybe not need to put someone to sleep first? Or maybe Poppa doesn’t *need* to put a person to sleep, it;s just easier to get their mind to accept his projection that way? Anyway it works out this storyline is keeping my interest. Apart from Mohinder’s part in it, of course. He Mo-hinders my ability to enjoy anything he’s involved in.
- What the frigging fuck is Mohinder thinking, bringing Molly back to the Company? He’s such a god-damned little bitch-boy, I just want to smash his face in. And now he’s messing with Monica.
- Monica. Awesome power. As soon as they started discussing what she could do, I said to my wife “I would totally become Batman.” Think about it. You could train in every fighting style known to man. Master every weapon. Learn to do acrobatics. Rock climb. Defensive, offensive and race-car-quality driving. Everything! You could totally become the best damned vigilante crime fighter in the history of vigilante crime fighters! Obviously she’s going to do exactly that, as St. Joan in the comic must be her as seen by Isaac.
By the way, St. Joan, in case you were wondering, comes from the fact that Joan of Arc was adopted as the patron saint of New Orleans. She’s also the patron saint of military women (and others).
Micah can totally be her tech guy, making all sorts of fancy gizmos and whatnot. “Where does she get those wonderful toys?” From the kid that communes with electronics and machines, derr. ;) Another new character and storyline that I am enjoying.
- Nikki. Man, Nikki is pissed at someone. Jessica clearly wants Mikki put to rest, but how? Will the company infect her with a modified virus? Would trying to kill off her power kill Jessica as well? And how frigging hot is Ali Larter when she’s beating the crap out of people?
- Peter. BORING. Not him...the whole Ireland story. I don’t give a frig about cross-eyed Veronica Mars and I’m getting sick of all the freaking new people. Too many, not enough time to tell any one story fully. STOP ADDING CHARACTERS NOW. At least we now know where Peter got his lightning from. She must have been with.near him at some point pre-Ireland. But how frigging stupid and Deus Ex Machina was it to have her kill the older Irish brother, track Peter to his exact location and then get mysteriously called home? That’s just shitty, Lost-quality, extend-the-storyline writing right there. Plus, sorry, but if I have to look at a blonde on this show, how about you let me look at Ali Larter for awhile? Kristem Bell ain’t doin’ it, no matter how awesome it is to be able to shoot Force lightning like a Sith Lord. Also, I don’t think Peter needed the additional motivation of avenging the murder of his new ugly girlfriend’s brother. Totally unnecessary, the entire freaking thing.
- Ando/Hiro/Kensei. Not nearly enough of them. I am getting frustrated at all the new storylines, and here we have this amazing tale that is happening off screen. What the eff? Why am I watching Peter kiss an ugly fake Irish girl? Why am I watching Superboy woo the cheerleader? Why am I not watching Hiro and Kensei kick Edo period ass and co-wooing the most beautiful girl in all of Japan? Who the hell is in charge of this show, the people from All My Children? Come on. The Japan storyline deserves top billing next to the “original twelve” storyline. For frig’s sake, Kensei was the motivation for Hiro’s whole first-season journey! It drove the entire freaking show, and now it’s kind of being treated like an afterthought.
Tim Kring, you can do better. Stop dragging it out and start telling a better tale.
Did I forget anything important?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Heroes - The Kindness of Strangers
Spoilers and so forth abound below! DVR’ers (wow, that is not a word) you were warned!
SPOILERS BEGIN NOW.
This is being written the next day, so if I skip something vital, feel free to mention it!
- I guessed Parkman’s dad was the Nightmare Man as soon as he said he needed Molly to find him. I’m sure a lot of you did as well. This led me to a theory:
The “hero” gene can still be a random mutation and/or a gift from God. Kensei might be the first. It is passed, family to family, slowly, mutating through the years until the generation made up of the twelve in the photo. They have enough wealth and knowledge to set up gene splicing/research experiments, as the technology has finally caught up enough to start tinkering.
The twelve are, as far as they knew, the only twelve with powers, and are all descendants of Kensei through various bloodlines. They, in turn, tinkered and CREATED the power in their children, although they had no way of knowing what power would manifest as genetic slicing and so forth was not that exact a science in their time.
So, Nathan, Matt, all the ones that age or thereabouts are second-generation from the twelve, and Claire, Flyboy, etc. are third gen born by further tinkering. Their parents probably (and in some cases we’ve seen this to be true) didn’t know.
Sylar? Matt Parkman’s brother, fathered by scoundrel Dad when he was out and about for all these years doing whatever it is that he does. Why? My next theory:
- Parkman and Sylar actually have similar abilities. Hear me out. Sylar is NOT supposed to do what he does. He’s supposed to see how a thing works, especially a brain. He’s supposed to FIX things, not cut them open and steal the part he wants. He was never “designed” to have the ability to take powers into himself: his ability gave him the knowledge to come up with that little plan all on his own. Matt reads minds...Sylar reads brains. If Greg Grunberg (the guy playing Parkman) dropped 70 pounds, tell me he couldn’t pass as related to Zachary Quinto. Plus, Dad’s (Nightmare Man) ability is mental as well...hence what happened to Molly. I really think I’m on to something here.
Or I’m insane and over-thinking this.
- Sylar is gonna get the plague/cure combo somehow. Jesus Lord no. The guy really is rotten and evil to his core. He had no reason to kill Hippie Car Thief Guy. he totally could have punched him out and taken the keys. What’s Hippie Car Thief gonna do, call the cops and say “Hey, some guy just stole my stolen car and by the way, I’m wanted as well?” Killing him just for the keys tells me something about Sylar. He’s bad, through and through. Given two choices, Sylar will always pick the one that is quickest, easiest for him and causes the most pain or death for others. He’s pure comic-book bad. You can’t reason with that kind of evil - it simply must be stopped
One other weird thing about Sylar: Why is there always a cockroach around him? A giant cockroach is always crawling on or around or away from him when he;s passed out somewhere.
- Claire and Superboy are pissing me off on one level. On the other level, of course two kids like that growing up in a world where Superman was mythology would do cornball shit like that. What the hell else would they do? So it’s not so bad in hindsight, but it annoys me endlessly to actually watch it. P.S. what the frig is Claire going to do, steal a cheerleader uniform? If she joins the squad, how will she hide the fact that she doesn’t practice at all (because she’s with Superboy, remember the cheerleading is supposed to be a cover story)? How will she know the moves for game day? This isn’t a very well-thought out plan of hers. Pops is way, way too smart for that.
- Monica - Love that power for some reason. I’d love to be able to casually see something on TV, even in passing, and absorb the exact way to physically re-create it. I do think that particular power smells a little derivative of the way Chuck got his knowledge...methinks a writer for Heroes got wind of the Chuck script during the writing period. It’s also a lot like Echo/Ronin from the Daredevil comics. Still, I like the actress playing her and I can’t wait to see what weird skill she’ll pick up next. Imagine her watching the UFC. She’d learn seven fighting styles in an hour. Could be useful.
Given her personality (as described by her childhood friend) I’m also curious how she will scheme to use it to lift her family out of poverty.
Also, I thought the Katrina/NOLA stuff was handled very deftly. Enough to make you remember the storm, to think about those who are still suffering the effects, but not one drop of politics came across at all. No one need feel slighted one way or the other by the presentation of real life events. No one was insulted or blamed...it just was. It’s a thing that happened and this is one family’s struggle. I appreciate that, and I hope the writers aren’t going to screw it up in the future.
And I still love Micah’s ability. That would come in so handy. :)
- Nice to see Nathan getting back on his feet. Am I crazy or did Adrian Pasdar lose a bunch of weight to pull off the haggard, been-drinkin-mah-dinner street bum look? He looks wore the hell out and gaunt.
- Oh! Hell, I forgot - Molly. So is it some kind of coma? Is she in shock, or is Poppa Parkman controlling her? And am I crazy or did Poppa Parkman see Matt through her eyes, and that’s why she said “Matt” right before she passed out? Is she trapped in her brain with NightMare Man screwing with her and that’s why she’s crying out to Matt?