Heroes Reaction Time: Trust and Blood - Featured

Week two and Heroes is still going strong(er than it has)! It may be that I'm just running off the episode-just-finished adrenaline rush, but seriously, that was just about as exciting as the second half of Chapter One, the good old days of Heroes Is Amazing.


This week, exciting developments, where things are...not clearing up, exactly, but at least starting to take shape.


THE BAD GUYS:


Zeljko Ivanek is a BADASS. I don't really feel the need to further explain this point. He is a fantastic addition.


Sylar. Sylar Sylar Sylar. Last week I had some quibbles about the Sylar plot (namely, that there was too much going on elsewhere and there wasn't enough time for him). But this week...omg. First of all, it is so good to see Zachary Quinto back to Deliciously Evil as opposed to his brief stint as Questionable Unknown And Slightly Sympathetic. And with this kid in tow to be a foil to his damaged-child side? This could be golden. (Still, I won't complain much if the kid gets killed off sooner rather than later.)


Tracy...doesn't really belong in this category. I just hate her. But, actually, this week she was almost tolerable. I love that cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering stuff. Now, though, it is time for her to get drugged up and stuffed in a goo tank for the rest of the Heroes epic...unfortunately, clips of next week's episode disagree.


GRAY AREA GUYS


I'm sorry, but when did Nathan and HRG become equally Claire's father? Claire still seems to understand that Nathan is, and I quote, "Dad Number Two," but why is HRG putting up with that nonsense? To deal with the two separately, I'm glad to see Nathan keeping up his antagonist role. As for Bennet, it seems like that brief moment of capturing Mohinder was his one bad-guy moment and now he's all "Save Claire! Save Peter! I'm a good guy, I am!" Please.


GOOD GUYS


Let me just get this out: OMG BADASSES BADASSES BADASSES BY SO MUCH OMG


...right. Seriously though. If the character dynamics between Hiro being completely in Hero mode, Mohinder being a whiney bitch who does the right thing only when he has no other option, Parkman on a revenge tirade, Peter as idealist, and Ando as not quite a sidekick who could turn at any moment for some unknown reason (thanks for the remind on Ando-kills-Hiro, I'd forgotten that)...if this all keeps it shape, the next few episodes will be awesome.


On a final note, Claire. I was not a fan of wannabe badass Claire in Chapter Three. Honestly, she's never been high up on my list. But for some reason, her showing some real attitude worked for me in this episode. She's not a victim and she's not an overly idealistic, accident-prone good-doer. She might turn into a real, interesting character element (...finally).




The only downside to Heroes getting better is that I'm super impatient between Tuesday and Sunday.

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Feb 10, 2009 6:53PM EST

I have to say, I have enjoyed this show, but what the heck happened. I am one of those people who just got into this show and so I watched all the back seasons in a short period of time. When you watch a show that way, you notice a lot of the little errors in writing. This show started out in season 1 very SLOW, but that was a good thing. Suspense and action were trade offs that made for a great season. I know the writers strike pretty much screwed a lot of shows, and this one was one of them. I stuck it out through seasons 2 and 3, but toward the end there it almost became a chore. I think I see a vision of what the writers are trying to do in the future though.
It would be insanely hard to try to fix all the loose ends that have been left out there in seasons 2 and 3 (although if the writers can do it, bravo!). What seems feasible though would be if they pushed the giant RESET button and just started over. I know what you are thinking, "what kind of fan are you?" The answer to that is, I am a fan who would like to see the show not get sucked into trying to make reparations for its past discrepancies. If they were to start over with fugitives, which it looks like they are going to do, they could avoid the mess of trying to tie all the past discrepancies in and focus on making solid new story lines with solid plots and subplots. Oh, and character development that makes sense would be nice too.
All in all, I have a lot of hope and some expectation that this show is going to turn around in the near future. The last couple of episodes, i think, are evidence that the show is moving in a new direction, hopefully the right direction.

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Feb 11, 2009 8:51PM EST

As far as the whole "Nathan as Claire's father thing, i think that it's a necessity right now that he be seen as VERY MUCH her father. Being kin to him is about the only reason she's alive right now. she is getting "free pass" after "free pass" and HRG has to just let Nathan play "daddy" if he wants Claire to still be on the "people important to people important" list that stops everyone from just locking her up or executing her for continually messing up their plans.

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Feb 12, 2009 3:32AM EST

Hndr-$un I am going to have to violently disagree with you there. I think there's been nonstop to MAKE Peter the badass central protagonist since Season 1, but let's be honest: he has ALWAYS been kind of a whiney bitch. Chapter 1 it was all about Peter the murse wanting to be a hero but actually being an angsty brother-worshipper with emo hair who might explode at any moment. Chapter 2 basically consisted of every single person in power playing him. Chapter 3, he shouted at Nathan, lost his powers, and had to be saved by Sylar (you know, the BAD GUY). Peter has never been particularly awesome*. The reason you're starting to see that now , I think, is because he doesn't have all that other stuff to hide behind. It's pretty much sink-or-swim time for this character. Either some real depth is gonna need to be shown asap, or he's going to become even more of a weak link than Mohinder.

*Okay, he was a bit of a badass in the future-scoping episode from Chapter 1..."Five Years Gone," was it?

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Feb 12, 2009 3:44PM EST

I agree with what Hndr said originaly, KouKou you miss what peter's character is. Peter was an essential part to the Hero's Universe. He was a wounded man who wanted to help people, that is who he is. This caring nature is what makes him who he is and why he is the total opposite of Sylar. Peter's need of others is also what makes him the strong leader that he is, he brings people together and is able to see the good for the bad and refuses to give up.Peter is the wounded hero, the character that speaks to the audience who feels they two have nothing to offer and wish they could, Peter's character says "you can".
Oh and Just so you guys know Peter has NOT lost his powers, they have simply been reversed to how they where in the first season. It started out that Peter had to touch someone to gain their abilities. (Remember in the beginning he was falling until he touched Nathan?)
I also wanted to point out that I am happy to see Nathan becoming the gray bad guy. His misguided idealoligy makes him the in-between bad guy that gives the hero's two enemies, the government and the Grey cousins, yes those two are cousins i am 90% sure of it.
One final question...what happened to Molly Walker? Her ability to find people with abilities would be crucial to all three parties in this season, she could find people to build Peter's army, could make it easier for Nathan to find his fugitives, and the Grey's could progress their abilties and might by tracking and killing those with abilities. (I think sylar's cousin will stop him from killing molly if they where to meet her).
Also just an idea or a feeling i have...I think that Gabriel's father has the ability to give people gifts, or maybe to copy and transfer them sort of like peter but to other people as well....i do not know why...but i just have a feeling.

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