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‘Heroes’ blogging: “Angels and Monsters”

(previous: Chapter Four: “I Am Become Death”)

It may sound absurd: but don’t be naive
Even Heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed: but won’t you conceed
Even Heroes have the right to dream but
It’s not easy to be me

Everyone thinks superheroes got it made. Not so.

[spoiler-laden commentary on last night’s Heroes after the jump!]
Okay, some ramping up of the villainy this week. Excellent: I like to see stakes get raised. There was too much treading water last season — now we’re just getting thrown out to sea. Perfect.

So, Mr. Petrelli. Funny how this show keeps doing things that seem inevitable in retrospect, but that we never see coming beforehand (like Adam showing up again, too). And of course it had to be Matt’s dad making visions of Linderman dance in everyone’s heads — what else could it have been?

Poor Claire: she’s kind of dim, isn’t she, thinking she can take on whomever she wants, thinking she knows who’s evil and who’s good… and then getting slapped in the face — again — by HRG’s badness. Sheesh: even Hitler was a dad, Claire. Well, no, he wasn’t, but I think Claire might see my point.

New Heroes? A guy who creates vortexes? Neat. And then he vortexes himself. I did see that coming, cuz that’s what I, as a writer, would have done. It’s too perfect, too poetically just. Assuming he actually was a villain who killed a neighbor over a lawnmower.

Couldn’t make out the URL on the Pinehurst biz card the vortex guy held out, though clearly this is going to be important. I went to pinehurstcompany.com, but if that’s got anything to do with the show, it’s the sneakiest bit of viral marketing ever. Bet their traffic is way up this morning, though…

Random thoughts:

• “the formula” — so pulpy. There’s always a formula, isn’t there…

• why do I keep expecting Sylar to say, “No, Peter, I am your brother”?

• oo, Sylar’s a car-radio channel flipper — evil! (I confess, I’m evil in this way too.)

• a cantina scene! even Hiro couldn’t let that one slide by uncommented on…

• Hiro did not kill Ando, no way, it’s a trick… gotta be a trick…

Who’s goin’ evil? Mohinder. And Hiro? Dudes, way to let us down…

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

(next: Chapter Six: “Dying of the Light”)

MPAA: rated TV14-LV

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