Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Heroes: Godsend

The title “Godsend” says it all- thank God this show is back! This episode picked up two weeks after the fall season finale. Peter was in the hospital, fighting an unexplained fever. Nathan was keeping watch. Hiro and Ando were searching for the sword. Niki was locked up, trying to keep herself contained in prison. HRG outwitted Matt, ending Matt’s two-week surveillance and work with the FBI (for now). Sylar remained hidden in HRG’s lair.

Mohinder committed himself to continuing his father’s work by tracking down everyone on the list. He also resisted HRG’s offer to work together. Claire has maintained the charade, so far, of having her memory erased as she struggles to determine her identity and purpose now that she’s accepted her special ability.

Here’s to hoping Peter learns how to control the power of radioactivity so he doesn’t explode. Or perhaps he may explode, but it won’t destroy him. I’m actually more interested in the rumored connection between him and Claire.

Although I love, love, love Hiro, I’m not feeling the whole sword thing. Just a smidgen too comic-bookish for my taste. Seems like he needs to learn that his power resides within him, not some prop like a sword. Seeing his face fall when he realized he had a fake was priceless, though. So was his decision to return it.

Niki continues to rely on forces besides herself to control her dark impulses. Jessica is too out-of-control for her, so she’s relying on the containment of prison to keep Jessica in check. Her plan hit a slight wrinkle when the DA decided to pursue the death penalty. Now Niki will have to fight Jessica and the state to stay alive. She really needs to learn to rely on herself!

HRG is just one giant question-mark for me. I trust what we learn about him will be great.

Mohinder and Claire are both coming into their own. Mohinder has cast aside his disbelief and is committed to finding- and helping- the heroes.

Claire finally accepted her abilities and is trying to learn more about them. I loved the moment when she said that she first started making the tapes of her self-healing to show her biological parents but was now making them to remind herself of who she was. She embodies a major turning point toward adulthood: self-acceptance.

Watching Hiro and Nathan talk makes me even more eager to see the other heroes interact. I can’t wait for that!

Prison Break: Welcome Back!

Ah, yes… a two-month absence (approximately) has taught me to overlook the gaping potholes to appreciate the unexpected twists and turns of this show. At least, until I watch 24- which I taped because I couldn’t bear another moment without Heroes. However. Those are other blog entries.

Somehow, this show manages to make the predictable unpredictable. No shock that Kellerman managed to free Michael and Linc, persuade them to cooperate, and free Stedman. No shock that Michael attempted to turn the tables by calling to turn himself (and all of them) in. The shocks: 1) that Stedman was brave (or cowardly, depending on your perspective) enough to shoot himself, and 2) that Michael’s plan actually backfired.

(Raise your hand if you were mentally kicking Michael’s butt at that point too.)

Although I’m not surprised about Bellick’s miserable situation, I was pleasantly shocked to see him back at all. I feared he was being written out, but luckily that’s not the case! Now (I can’t stop myself) permit me my first lapse in overlooking logic gaps to point out that, in real life, if a man built like Bellick tried to hit his tormentor (his enormous tormentor), he’d only manage one hit before the guy flattened him. And if Bellick did actually manage to immobilize his tormentor, another one of his crew would step in and flatten him.

Good to see T-Bag in all his glorious creepiness.

And C-Note. Can’t really blame the guy (his wife’s brother?) for being upset with him about her situation. Who was shocked that a judge denied her bail? It would’ve been beyond the pale for her not to be deemed a flight risk. C-Note’s situation is actually the most realistic- what exactly was all of the escapees’ plans?

Mahone’s story actually wasn’t shocking at all. What was shocking was the action of the President’s henchman. After hearing about Kellerman’s betrayal, you’d think the henchman would realize that coercing people to work for you can lead to very bad things.

And note to producers (I know they don’t read these things, but I can always dream): recast the part of the friggin’ President already!

Hopefully next week will see the return of Sucre and Sara…

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