Well, tonight is the big “spring premiere” of “Lost”. I watched the “fall finale” again thanks to the miracle of iTunes and honestly I had forgotten about half of that episode. This long hiatus was a huge mistake and I hope they pick things up with some big revelations and major plot movement. If not, that hiatus is going to seem even longer.
Meanwhile, “Heroes” is three episodes into the new year and far from spinning it’s wheels, it just keeps getting better. Things are starting to come together is many ways. It seems that the world of “Heroes” is a little like the world of Harry Potter. In some cases, a witch or wizard is spontaneously born of muggle (non-magical) parents, but it’s more common for the offspring of a witch and wizard to always be magical. It looks like some of those with powers just get them out of the blue, but the kids of two super-powered parents will always have some powers themselves. It was possible Micha was unique in that regard but the revelation of Claire and her natural parents shows that it’s likely the rule. Since both Patrelli siblings have powers, what about crazy mom? Speaking of the Patrellis, Peter is really becoming interesting. I was surprised when it became apparent he can still access the powers he absorbs even after the source has left his vicinity. That makes him the most powerful of all the heroes, ying to Sylar’s yang. It was also fascinating to see the concept introduced that these powers require practice and effort to control, as demonstrated by the invisible mans tutelage of Peter. So many interesting and cool twists keep cropping up. They aren’t afraid to off someone, either. Eden’s sacrifice was sudden and brutal.
What’s with the symbol? We’ve seen it on Jessica’s shoulder, the samurai sword Hiro thinks he needs to restore his powers, as well as on a pendent around the Haitian’s neck. Is there an ancient cult or organization that has kept these heroes hidden through the ages? Is Bennett the modern incarnation of this group? Is there a “Stick” out there somewhere?
All the storylines are getting interesting. The Niki/Jessica battle is just heating up. Clearly she has powers of great strength and violence, and that tattoo clinches the deal that she’s somehow a part of this. Sylar is so far the only clear villain among the super-powered, but will Jessica play a part, or are we in for a Peter David Hulk/Banner fusion eventually? Even Isaac is starting to be intriguing. Matt the psychic cop is still the only character who in my opinion is still looking for a role here, but he’s still becoming more interesting. It looks like he and some of the other Heroes will be interacting next episode. Some great potential there.
Did anyone else catch the license plate on Hiro’s father’s (played by George Takei) car? A little nod even this casual Trek fan appreciated. The writers on this show have a great sense of fun, and it comes thorough loud and clear on each episode.
“Heroes” is the anti-“Lost”. Things happen in that show, and they are often both unexpected and highly entertaining. Granted, they have a lot more to work with. The “Lost” writers have a little self contained island, like writing about an ant farm, while “Heroes” has the whole world and can introduce new characters at will. Still, “Lost” wasn’t ALWAYS so stuck on the island. Remember all those insightful flashbacks, filled with the intriguing, intertwining and unrealized contact between those who eventually became passengers on Oceanic 815? What happened to all that? The writers seem to have forgotten they do have a greater world to work with. I hope we at least find out a bit more about Ben’s “list” tonight.
Right now I’d rather see one episode of “Heroes” than all the rest of this season of “Lost”. We’ll see if that all changes tonight…
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