I’m going to take a break from the regularly scheduled narcissism today and talk about TV. If you’ve been following this blog for awhile you know I love me some TV, but now that I’m in grad school I’ve had to cut back. By cutting back I mean I’m letting my TiVo do all the watching for me in the hopes of one day catching up with it all.
One show I refuse to miss each week is “Heroes.” I love shows with deep, infuriatingly mysterious mythologies that ultimately pose more questions than they answer each week. It’s geek crack, I’m telling you, and I’ve been a fan from the very beginning.
If you follow “Heroes” but didnt watch last night’s episode, stop right here because I will be mulling over certain plot points (i.e. dishing out SPOILERS). If you don’t watch the show, well..I’ll see you later when I have more embarrassing stories about my kid (and I actually do have a good one I’ll be sharing later this week).
So, without further adieu, let’s discuss:
His time traveling and obsessive need to save the world is getting out of control. He keeps telling people he can go back and “fix things” but all he’s doing is making things worse. As future Peter put it, “I’ve stepped on too many butterflies.” I’m starting to think future Claire is right in wanting to wipe out any version of her uncle she comes across. And now Peter has Sylar’s power and the “hunger” that accompanies it.
Who knew the series’ most heartless killer could turn into such a loving paternal figure? I’m really impressed with how the writers are making Sylar out to be a more sympathetic character. I didn’t think that was possible considering how we’ve seen him brutally slaughter at least a dozen or more people in order to take their abilities. The confrontation in the Bennet house was horrible, with Sylar’s little son Noah paying the ultimate price for his father’s crimes. That right there is turning out the be one of the main themes of this show; the sins of the father (and mother) afflicting several generations.
The future’s not so bright for our erstwhile geneticist. He’s skulking around his lab like Quasimodo, wearing hoodies and keeping to the shadows. Like Sylar, his hunger for an ability led him to making some bad choices (like sleeping with Maya) and he’s now horribly deformed, the nature of which we haven’t seen…yet. While Mohinder started out being the little ray of hope that our heroes would get some answers as to the how and why of their abilities, he’s somehow gotten himself into a bit of a moral and physiological pickle. And he annoys me. I’m sorry, but he’s become one of my least favorite characters in this show along with Maya. Speaking of which, when did her English become so polished?
Hiro and Ando
Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy. The antagonism between these two is escalating thanks to Hiro’s brief trip to the future. Witnessing your best friend kill you is bound to mess with your head, but Hiro needs to lighten up and realize he saw a possible future and not a definite one. Ando has been nothing but supportive and loyal (if not a tad bit opportunistic) throughout their adventures. And it looks like they’re in for more fun now that they’ve dug up the immortal Adam.
Tracy and Nathan
So we learned that Tracy is one of a set of triplets separated at birth and “given” their abilities through some questionable genetic engineering. Hmmm. This opens up a whole new can of worms as it seems not all our heroes acquired their talents naturally. When you think about it, a few of our main characters have parents with ties to The Company; Parkman, Nathan, Peter, Sylar and Claire. Could it be they were all test tube subjects?
And if you’re keeping track, Nikki and Tracy have another sister out there we have yet to meet; Barbara. I wonder what her power is. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that she’s a real badass. Nikki was too conflicted, Tracy is too sweet, so we need a sister who is purely evil. Wouldn’t that be fun? At least we know Ali Larter has steady employment for awhile.
And then there’s Nathan. Poor, converted Nathan who wants to be an angel yet keeps receiving visits from the devil. What is up with these ghostly visits from Linderman? Is there another evil lurking in the wings and implanting these visions in Nathan’s mind? That’s entirely possible, and it looks as though whomever is pulling the strings really wants Nathan in the oval office…again. Speaking of which…
“Someone is maniplulating us,” she says to Hiro. Yeah, that someone would you, grandma. She’s cunning, she’s wicked and she loves being in control. The way she “fed” Sylar that young woman’s ability in last week’s episode was chilling. I have no idea what her agenda is, but she is turning out to be one of my favorite characters.
After ingesting the wacky paste, Parkman sees his future in 3-D instead of painted on rocks. He’s married to speedster Daphne, has a child with her and has apparently adopted Molly. I’m always interested in seeing where Parkman is going because we’ve already seen what he can become. His ability to read and manipulate minds sometimes lands him in a morally gray area, though we didn’t see him use his power much at all last night. Instead, he wound up holding a dying Daphne who wasn’t quite fast enough to escape Sylar’s nuclear blast in Costa Verde.
Something very bad has happened to her in the future. Something worse than Sylar cutting off the top of her head, you ask? Well, I guess we’ll have to see. She’s not happy, that’s for sure. And she seems to be hanging with the wrong crowd. She has bad guy Knox, who feeds on fear, in her posse and that can’t be good. So is she a hero or a villain in the future? Only time will tell.
Questions and observations
Now that we know Tracy and Nikki were sisters separated at birth, who is their real mother? Lord, let it NOT be Angela Petrelli. That would be too icky considering Tracy winds up being Nathan’s first lady in the future.
Do these people not expand their real estate options? Sylar is living in the Bennet house (with Mr. Muggles, no less), Mohinder keeps Isaac Mendez’s old studio as his lab and Matt and Molly are still living in Mohinder’s apartment. Apparently the housing market sucks in the “Heroes” world as well.
Is anyone else having trouble keeping track of what abilities Peter and Sylar have? When Sylar went nuclear and obliterated Costa Verde, it took me a minute to remember he stole that ability when he killed nuclear Ted back in season one. And when I saw Peter’s flaming hands before entering the Bennet house, I had forgotten he had aquired that ability from one of the escapees from The Company just last week.
Sylar’s son was named Noah. It would seem his partnership with Noah Bennet was a positive one, though I can’t imagine Claire will be too happy to find out her dad has paired up with the guy who lopped off the top of her head and dug into her brain like it was a plate of Pad Thai.
Speaking of Syler’s son, let’s have no more children dying on this show. That scene was too disturbing, though I realize they had to do something catastrophic for Sylar to lose control. Please, only mutilate and kill those of drinking age or older. We parents just can’t handle seeing our young ‘uns suffer.
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