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Tuesday, May 22, 2007


So when i got home on Saturday from the trip up the mountain and back, i had a drink, watched the end of the Mets - Yankees game, and then pretty much vegged in front of the Heroes marathon on SciFi. I think i caught the last 4 or 5 episodes leading up to last night's finale.

i guess because i didn't have a whole season's worth of emotional involvement riding on the climax, it didn't quite pack the punch that the producer's were aiming for. Nathan's decision to forego the Presidency of a devastated America by sacrificing himself to prevent that devastation in the first place might be an object lesson for, say, Rudy Giuliani, but it didn't have the impact of Yoda shaking his head sadly and saying under his breath, "That is why you fail."

And Sylar leaving his trail of blood like snail slime crawling to the sewer to lead in to next year's story? And Hiro in feudal Japan?

All that's missing is Nazis.

I'll probably pass on next season.

Any Heroes fans out there want to change my thinking?

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  • I don't know what to make of Heroes. Clearly it is an X-Men rip-off. But just because it is blatantly derivative doesn't make it dull necessarily.

    The depth they try to give their characters does feel contrived, and several of the actors seem about as professional as what you might find at the average high school drama production. I think it's more or less a soap opera with eye candy at this point.

    By Blogger viridari, at 9:20 AM  

  • It seemed to be more reminiscent, to me at least, of George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards books, from back in the 80s. I remember enjoying the first volume of those, but i thought they petered out pretty quickly and after the third one, i had no interest in the series.

    But it does raise a larger, and interesting question in my mind, regarding the prevalance of comic book themes in our popular entertainment.

    When i was a kid, The Prisoner was the hot shit TV series. It was ambiguous, nuanced, good guys and bad guys were hard to figure out and identify.

    Today's comic book inspired entertainment is all about Good v Evil, even if it does make more use of Stan Lee's "flawed" superheroes than DC's more straight-up good guys. Some of that, i'm sure, reflects the greater popular narrative of the US as the "good guys" fighting the "evil" that attacked us on 9/11.

    But however emotionally satisfying that lens is to look through, it ultimately yields a picture of the world that is distorted and divorced from reality. If our leaders and would-be leaders weren't trying to construct a comic book world, i might find the entertainment value of a good comic book movie to be a bit higher.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 9:37 AM  

  • Heroes actually reminds me of a movie that hasn't been made: the Watchmen movie that's supposedly going to be out next year.

    I'll probably keep watching Heroes, but I felt like the plot in the last episode had truck-sized holes in it. If I had my NBC druthers, I'd prefer they kept Law & Order: CI around, and got Vincent D'Onofrio back full-time.

    By Blogger Joe, at 11:11 AM  

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