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‘Heroes’ blogging: “The Second Coming”/“The Butterfly Effect”

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find
The better part of me

I’m more than a bird…i’m more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me

Everyone thinks superheroes got it made. Not so.

[spoiler-laden commentary on tonight’s Heroes after the jump!]
Yea, Heroes is back! I was rewatching a few episodes from Season One the other day — mostly Christopher Eccleston’s arc as Claude the invisible man, because I could not remember how we left it with that character (he just walked out of the story, so he could conceivably come back) — and it reminded me how really great the show was that first season, and how disappointing it was last season.

I’m feeling a little hopeful for Season Three — excuse me, “Volume Three” — after tonight’s two premiere episodes. The sense of impending doom created by not-Peter’s and Hiro’s flashforwards ring very much like those of Volume One did, which was deliciously frustrating. On the other hand, it’s the end of the world again? What is this, Doctor Who? But I kid Heroes. I’m hooked again.

Visions of the future are generally a whole lotta no fun, but that opening scene? Coolness. Oo, Claire has gone evil! And brunette! And evil Peter (though it appears later that he’s not Peter at all) has a sexy scar across his face! Awesome!

And hello, sexy shirtless Suresh. Oh, and too soon it’s good-bye, icky Mohinder going all Jeff Goldblum-in-The Fly on us. But we knew something like that was coming, didn’t we? Also: how gross was Sylar mucking around in Claire’s brain? Gross.

Further tallying: Hiro is bored with corporate life (big surprise), Nathan has found God (actually, that is a big surprise) and gone cuckoo, Nikki is a-whorin’… except she’s not Nikki (or is she?), and we’re on the lookout for a “chosen one with purity of blood”? Hoh boy…

Oh my god, hilarous! The Greatest American Hero on Heroes? Whoever thought of that deserves a cookie.

Who’s goin’ evil? Claire, Ando, possibly Mohinder, definitely Mrs. Petrelli (except she was already evil)

(Watch full episodes at NBC’s official site for the show.)

(next: Chapter Three: “One of Us, One of Them”)


MPAA: rated TV14-LSV

viewed at home on a small screen

official site | IMDb
  • Yes, but do they have a plan, or are they just throwing a multitude of threads at us to distract us with possibly meaningless coolness while they try to figure out what’s going to happen next?

    And I’m with you on the end of the world thing, only I’m NOT kidding. They need a new schtick, and they need to make it less busy.

    But that’s not going to happen.

    And hey, Mrs. Patrelli’s the Kwisatz-Haderach! ;)

  • MaryAnn

    It’s not always a bad thing to throw a lot of threads out there and see what happens. It’s how most writers work. I’m willing to give them some room to figure it out, as long as they keep my interest along the way.

  • hdj

    Totally digging the return of Future Peter, we only got to see it once for the first time when they got stuck in the future. I like the scar too, gives him a tough guy look.I wonder how he got it though? shouldn’t he been able to heal it?
    I keep thinking we’re seeing signs of Matt going bad little by little, he becomes a villain in the future, In the first volume. Now it looks like Ando some how turns. I dont know how Clarie might go bad, perhaps some sort of teen age rebel stage for her.

    And as always Sylar was his bad awesome self, though I felt bad what he did to Clarie, hes going to play a role in making Clarie a Villain.

  • I also liked future Peter, but think there were a few too many plot directions tossed into the first two episodes. I have really mixed feelings about Claire possibly going bad, thought the heavy dose of adolescent angst made enormous sense.

  • “It’s not always a bad thing to throw a lot of threads out there and see what happens. It’s how most writers work.” -MaryAnn

    True, but when you’re doing a TV show you can’t go back and rewrite episodes that have already been aired once you figure out (down the line) where you’re going and what the answers are to the questions that you raised. This is especially true when you’re dealing with time travel and a large group of characters with superhuman powers. Already the first two episodes leave us with lots of “Why didn’t he/she just do X?” questions.

    Did you notice Sylar was doing the same thing you were complaining about in your review of The Strangers? (Floating around to spook the audience rather than just grabbing Claire the 3 or 4 times he had the chance?)

    I’m not giving up on the show entirely, and I could well be getting too nitpicky, but so far, it seems a bit of a mess. (It’s also possible that Bruce Boxleitner’s presence is making me recall Babylon 5’s pre-outlined plotting.)

  • But does Ando turn or does Hiro? Although killing future Hiro does seem to point to evil.

    I got the feeling that the episode(s) from last night were tying up loose ends from last season, so they can start fresh.

    Can’t wait until next week!

  • Ken

    I came to say something about Suresh-fly and the Shattered American Hero, but you pretty much covered what was going on in my mind.

    Is it just me, or is there a larger-than-usual amount of “god’s plan” playing out in genre stuff recently? (BSG, Marvel’s Secret Invasion, and now this)

  • MaryAnn

    Religiosity is infecting everything, perhaps…

    when you’re doing a TV show you can’t go back and rewrite episodes that have already been aired once you figure out (down the line) where you’re going and what the answers are to the questions that you raised.

    This was also true of folks like Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens who wrote huge stories or interconnected semi-independent stories that were published before the whole thing was finished. It’s also what I’m doing with the *Doctor Who* story I’m in the middle of writing and posting right now.

    Did you notice Sylar was doing the same thing you were complaining about in your review of The Strangers?

    I didn’t, actually. Maybe because there was lots of other stuff happening.

  • JoshDM

    I just saw the episode and I don’t understand the “Greatest American Hero” comment. Who did William Katt play?

  • JoshDM

    Nevermind; that’s who I THOUGHT the expose reporter was, but the people I was watching it with insisted it was the guy who played Senator Kelly from X-Men. Obviously, it wasn’t.

  • PaulW

    It was kinda funny, kinda sad that for all the bluster about saving the cheerleader from season one, Sylar still gets to Claire and still gets her power… and doesn’t kill her (after all, how can he? (addendum: there may be a way to kill him, but it involves the Haldron generator in Germany >:) )). Is it me, or is Sylar becoming the (anti) hero of the story? His quest to garner every power out there has been far more interesting than most of the other subplots going in the series… I don’t think Mrs. Petrelli is really his mother, I think it’s her using her ‘power’ to try and control him.

    One other thing, I was very disappointed that Hiro goes into the future to see what the *next* end-of-the-world scenario is… and that it WASN’T Cloverfield. Damn it all! That would have been fun…!

  • “This was also true of folks like Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens who wrote huge stories or interconnected semi-independent stories that were published before the whole thing was finished. It’s also what I’m doing with the *Doctor Who* story I’m in the middle of writing and posting right now.” -MaryAnn

    That’s a fair point. Could be I’m just cranky lately, and less confident in the Heroes writers and their massive character/power collection than I am of Dickens/Doyle. :) I would also argue that it makes for a better outcome to do this with character-driven stories rather than plot-driven ones. While Heroes is partially character-driven, when you’ve got prescient and time-traveling folks running about, you’re dealing with plot.

    It could also be that I’m unfairly transferring onto Heroes my frustration with other shows that do so poorly, though, so take what I say with a grain of salt. I don’t mean to be abbrasive. :)

  • Did you notice Sylar was doing the same thing you were complaining about in your review of The Strangers? (Floating around to spook the audience rather than just grabbing Claire the 3 or 4 times he had the chance?)

    I think this was deliberate — Sylar was getting a kick out of spooking Claire; he knew there was no chance of her getting away. His blunt revelation to her was great, as was the scene in the future of some badass ripping off her head and dragging her body across the hallway.

    These episodes were pretty great. Peter suffers from Superman syndrome, though. He’s got so many powers that the writers have to cheat to make things difficult for him, which really shatters the suspension of disbelief. We can all think of a dozen ways for Peter to do stuff more effectively, which means the writers have to create better situations for him, not write in artificial limitations that just make him look dumb.

  • Maura

    I was disappointed in the premiere. It seems they’ve decided to go grim and gritty– unfortunately, there can and IMHO should be a difference between “gritty” and “gratuitous.” There were a few scenes that really turned my stomach (no, not the Mohinder-Maya, though that did make me yell at the TV a lot), and everybody seems to have lost about 20 IQ points in service of the writers’ plot plans.

    I’m not sure how long I’m going to give them; I think at least a month’s worth of new episodes to see whether I can overcome my distaste for the ramped-up grue is more than fair.

  • D

    Wanna bet that we will never hear about Peter’s irish girlfriend again?

  • hdj

    I’d Rather he got back with her rather then get with Veronica Mars

  • I was very happy to see William Katt on HEROES. Too bad he didn’t stick around longer.

    And my excuse for Peter is that he’s just an idiot. *grin*

  • hdj

    yeah its to bad he had to break off from the show =D, maybe he got cold feet, He got a taste of the ice queen (Nikki) and he wont be around for seconds.

    I thought over the whole, what was the big fuss over saving the cheerleader saving the world stuff if, Sylar gets to her and its not as catastrophic of an event for season 3 as it would of been for season 1. That was then, they fixed that shift in time, now another shift begins when Future Peter breaks the recent fixed cycle.

    I don’t think Peters an Idiot, I just think he doesn’t trust his Brother, and thats realistic to life, because who really really trust their brother, because there’s always that fight to be the most successful Brother. And in Heroes its the fight of whos the better Petrelli.

  • hdj

    oh yeah speaking of the better Petrelli,

    !-Spoiler-!Alert!-I cant Believe Sylar is a Petrelli, I was like omg…….. ,and almost passed out from the craziness.

  • I still just think she was speaking figuratively. Given that formula, it’s a safe bet the Company’s been making a few “heroes,” and she just had a hand in his making.

    …Or something like that.

  • hdj

    Well Company’s behind that, yeah, but who’s to say Sylar doesn’t end up being the evil brother that should of been kept locked in the attic. And got out and raised some hell, Now these new Villains, Sylar might be the only one able to stop them. He might have to be the play anti-hero.

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