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Tuesday, October 10, 2006
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Heroes: One Giant Leap
Last night, Heroes became the new Alias for me. And not in a good way.

See, I tuned in faithfully to Alias, no matter how eye-rolling and absurd the plot twists and turns got. To see how many times in an hour I could go, "No really, you've got to be kidding."

Heroes did that for me last night.

Here are just of the absurdities from last night's episode:
  • If Niki wants Micah's grandmother to not be part of his life and stay out of it, then why did she go running to the grandmother's house? Also, wasn't it incredibly lucky that Micah slept the entire time Niki was out in the desert buying bodies?
  • Who didn't see coming that Mohinder would find the apartment of Sylar and come back with the proper authorities only to have it emptied out? Wouldn't it have made a bit of sense for him to stay while cutie from next door went for the cops? Also, why didn't he show them the digital photos on his camera? Also, awfully convient that Mohinder's dad happened to have the address of Sylar hidden a journal that is hidden in a secret compartment on his laptop? Also, I still don't buy that as paranoid as Mohinder is that he doesn't somehow think that cutie neighbor could be a mole of some kind.
  • How many freakin' ways can Clair die or get hurt each week? This is getting a bit absurd. I get it Heroes--she can heal herself from any injury inflicted upon her. Let's start moving this process forward a bit here. Oh and does the girl have any outfit besides her cheerleading costume? Honestly, this reminds me of a bit from an old radio sketch on the Stan Freberg Show about Little Orphan Annie and the debate of does she have just one red dress or a whole closet full of them. So, does Clair have one cheerleading outfit she washes nightly or just a whole closet full of them?
  • Gee, Peter, you're shocked your opportunistic, politician brother would use your attempt to find your powers and plummeting off a roof for his own politcial advantage? Man, who didn't see that one coming? Of course, you are lucky that you get the girl in the end with the crappy line of "I've loved you since the first time I saw you." That only seems to work on TV.
All that said, doggone it if Heroes didn't end on such an interesting note that I will have to tune in next week. The image of Claire on the table, looking like she'd been autopsied was just haunting and it made me want to tune in next week. But it doesn't make a whole lot of sense if you think about it--because why would they leave her there like that? I mean other than for the cool image to end the show.

The two interesting plots were Hiro, trying to convince his buddy that he's been to the future and following their destiny and Matt's storyline about his powers emerging. And who was the guy in the bar that Matt couldn't read his thoughts. Anyone want to bet that was Sylar?

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The West Coast Feed
I called fairly early that somehow the show would own the joke or the writer who gave the joke to two head writes would turn out to be a huge misunderstanding. But despite all of that and it seeming to be wrapped up a bit too neatly and cleanly, I think this episode was overall very good. Yes, it had a lot of the tension between Matt and Harriet being upped a lot with her dating a baseball pitcher (loved the joke about how he wasn't a real baseball player by Matt that ran through the show), but it seems to be working. I thought we'd kind of resolved this thread two weeks ago, but I guess not. I just hope this doesn't become the focus of the show, though I expect this subplot to run into the Christini Lahti as a journalist subplot at some point.

Once we got past the intial 20 or so minutes, the show really picked up. Seeing the discovery that the material was plagerized and what to do about it worked well. Seeing Danny blow up at Ricky and Ron was nice, as was their standing by the writer and not revealing who did it. To see them want to fall on their swords and take the hit was a nice touch.

That said, would SNL have gone that far to explain a mistake? I can see breaking into the tape feed once but at three times, it got a bit absurd. At that point, the audience might start thinking it was a running joke on the show. Which maybe was part of the whole point of the thing.

I did love the call Jordan got from Jack where you could hear him shouting over the phone. Man, Stephen Weber was missed this week.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/10/2006 08:27:00 AM | |
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