Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Heroes: Six Months Ago

The latest episode of Heroes, “Six Months Ago,” revealed the following:
- that’s how far back in time Hiro went trying to save Charlie, -Mohinder's father contacted the first person whom he thought had special abilities- the sociopath Sylar, -Matt had a run-in with Eden that led to her capture (by Horn Rimmed Glasses- aka HRG, aka Claire's dad) and Matt eating a lot of doughnuts, -HRG learned about Claire, -Nathan had the car accident that paralyzed his wife (right before his father died of a heart attack),

- and Jessica rose from the dead (kinda) to protect Niki, possibly for the first time since childhood.

Suffice it to say, a whole lot happened six months ago.

Hiro’s sweet attempt to save Charlie taught him an important lesson: he cannot undo events that have already occurred. At least, he himself cannot go back in time and change something. Obviously Hiro found a loophole; the sword-carrying Hiro from the future who gave Peter the message of “Save the cheerleader, save the world” shows that.

Hiro also learned he needs to fine-tune his time-traveling skills a bit. His fear of time-traveling again because he could be “a T-Rex’s lunch” was comical, as was his facial expression when he attempted to contact Ando and got himself- six months ago- on the phone.

Watching Hiro is like watching a child grow up- part of growing up is experiencing hurt and disappointment, but that doesn't make it any easier to witness.

Sylar’s sociopathic ways grew out of the same sense of hurt. Mohinder’s father lost interest in studying him because Sylar did not initially show signs of a special ability. His desire to be special was touching, although his desire to disassociate himself from his family because they were so “ordinary” was not.

I couldn’t help but feel bad for Sylar when he pleaded with Mohinder’s father not to give up and lost interest in him, but I felt much worse for Brian when Sylar bashed his head in and stole his brain. Sylar and Peter have the same special ability: they absorb other people’s abilities. Unfortunately for everyone Sylar runs across, he has to steal their brains to get their power.

It’s interesting that the most sociopathic character (Sylar) and most empathetic character (Peter) have the same power, like two sides of a coin. They even both deal with death: Sylar causes it (murder) while Peter supports people who are experiencing it (hospice nurse). Something tells me a major showdown is brewing between these two.

Another character personifies two sides of a coin: Niki/Jessica. Six months ago, Niki had managed to maintain sobriety for a year, although she openly acknowledged dying for a drink at an AA meeting. Then her father- apparently her physically abusive father- showed up, trying to make amends. This led Niki to Jessica’s grave with a bottle of alcohol, although she was not shown actually drinking it.

Things did not go well with Niki’s father- he exploded at Micah when he found Micah disassembling a brand new, $2000 laptop- which led to Jessica’s re-emergence. This is a wonderful dramatization of Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder). Niki will need to learn to integrate both aspects of herself, which means first she’ll have to learn that the ability to kick ass is not all bad.

Now we just need to find out why all this happened six months ago…

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