Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in.

SPOILER ALERT! This post contains plot points from the Heroes season finale.

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Heroes - when it's good, it's the best thing on television. Hiro Nakamura is basically my favorite character ever (Ando Masahashi takes a close second). Almost every episode has a truly gasp-worthy moment. And it's integration of classic themes from comic books not only made it truly original (and all the rarer for it). It made geekiness mainstream - dare I say, even cool?

Nerd is the new black.

At the same time, when it's bad, it's godawful. As much as I love (to look at) Mohinder, he continues to be the stupidest man on the planet. Every time I saw the wonder twins (Maya and Alejandro), I wished my eyes would turn black and kill things. Ooh, and remember Peter's acid trip to Ireland? Caitlin was probably glad that he abandoned her in the future.

Blame it on the writer's strike if you must, but I think we can all agree that Heroes first season = awesome while the second season = pathetic. At the beginning of this season, I was tried of the unbearable hope and constant disappointment. So I gave Heroes an ultimatum. "I can find something else to do with my Monday nights," I lied. "Shape up or ship out." Then I watched, with a jaded eye and one hand on the clicker.

Yesterday, they went and killed Nathan Petrelli.

Here's how it went down: with no forewarning whatsoever, Sylar slashes Nathan's throat. I scream, "OH MY GOD!" and pull my t-shirt up to my nose. I spend the next thirty seconds trying not to scream again. My neighbors consider calling the police. For the next twenty minutes, I'm glued to my television - I kind of needed to pee, but there would be time for that later! I'm not entirely sure I blinked until the start of Mohinder's closing voiceover.

You got me, Heroes. I'll see you in season four.

3 comments:

Maggie Cats said...

Oh, I wish I had loved the finale as much as you but I found it underwhelming and disappointing. The big show-down fight happened off-screen! And Nathan has been "killed" in all of the previous season finales so that wasn't even that shocking to me. Killing Claire or Hiro (or having Adrian Pastor not actually be on the show anymore) would have had more emotional resonance, I think. Why is it Heroes cannot let its characters stay dead??

Anyway, I'm not going to stop watching, because it's still entertaining and my love for Zack Quinto knows no bounds, but like I said, I was seriously underwhelmed.

Whitney said...

OH COME ON! The finale BLEW! so much so that I came on here to write about how much it sucks....Sylar is Nathan....could it have been dumber!

Wow, well at least no more Spock!

Monkey Sri said...

Wow. Um ... okay, I guess I'm alone in my Heroes love. Which is fine - more Sendhil Ramamurthy for me!