Tuesday, February 03, 2009

A New Hope

I didn't have much time for a full one but here are my thoughts.

I was scared going into this episode. I was hoping things would be better and you know what? Better. Much better. Heroes still isn't what it should be -- the last season and a half of mediocrity left NBC's super-power-hour at the bottom of a pretty big ditch -- but the "Fugitives" arc shows some promise.


1) A slower pace. For the first time in a long time, it didn't feel like Heroes was jumping around like the Bourne Ultimatum editor on a trampoline. We got to register everyone's desire for normalcy -- Mohinder back behind the wheel of a cab, Peter's new gig as a paramedic, Matt and Daphne's life as a proto-couple -- in a manner that didn't seem like a race.

2) A new threat. It's not the Company. Or Sylar. Or Sylar working for the Company. Or a new Company with Sylar picking up some extra hours. Goodbye Primatech and Pinehearst. Sure, the black-camo'd government spooks hunting heroes is right out of X-Men 2, but at least it's something different.

3) Hiro, minimized. It's kinda nice seeing the Once (but annoying) King of Heroes bucked down to a mixture between Alfred and Q. And it's refreshing to see Ando using "the Ando-Cycle" to pick up strippers. Some people are motivated by the need to Do the Right Thing. Others are motivated by their pants. To each his own.

Sure, the show still wears its influences very much on its sleeve -- right down to the very Lost-y tease for next episode ("The plane crash that will change their lives forever") -- and Claire wears too much lipstick, but I'm feeling excited over it all over again, which is how I felt about Season 1. With only a month and a half until the Bi Awards cutoff, Heroes better bring it.

1 comment:

dan said...

i quite watching heroes this season. cause last year's season stretched it all out way too long they could have done the whole season in 2 or 3 episodes that's how slow it all moved along. I was also pissed that during a recession I felt like watching a show where the heroes win once in a while not just get killed off every show.. ha. anyway, my 2 cents.later