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30 November 2006 @ 12:59 pm
Heroes 1.10  
I was rather tired and grumpy when I watched Heroes, but I will endeavour not to let that taint my review, as I thought it was a good ep for the most part. I thought it was interesting to take us back six months not just with Hiro but with the other characters as well, especially as it helps contextualise them.

Naturally Nathan's story was the most interesting to me. I loved seeing him with his wife in a happier time, and I'm so glad we found out what was behind the accident. And oh, I love the Petrelli brothers! Peter's far more interesting around Nathan and I liked hearing him argue against investigating Linderman (sp?) on the basis that it would be a betrayal of their father--we've never really heard his views on much besides his powers, so it helped flesh him out, though I have to say I still take Nathan's side heavily in that argument. And Nathan ANGST! I think the fact that his powers came into play at the time of the accident helps explain why he rejects them and why he sees danger in Peter exploring his powers. While avoidance is not a solution, it's true that their powers are NOT under their control yet and that they are very risky. Nathan's already risked (and lost) a great deal involuntarily. The second coincidental timing with his father dying the day of the deposition must also leave him feeling pretty raw. Twice a tragic event outside of his control, but related to an action he was in the process of taking, has occurred when he's tried to pursue Linderman--interesting and angsty!

I was far less chuffed with the Nikki revelation. At first I thought 'oh, yawn, she really is just insane', but then I realised that it was perhaps Jessica who had a power--somehow she had the power to shift into her sister's body and possess it when required. Well, I guess poor parenting just runs in the family then! So will Jessica never die? Now I have ambivalent feelings--Nikki herself is completely boring if she's just the passive victim of Jessica--unless/until she can actually rally herself to fight her. But Jessica is potentially quite interesting. An angry little girl who wants to protect her sister is sort of darkly fascinating. And the fact that she 'took' her father's abuse explains her own violence and black determination. Clearly she doesn't see the degree to which she herself is abusing her sister, but perhaps that could be explored in an interesting way? I don't know... I think it's going to be a long time before I get much out of that plot.

The Hiro plot I liked--he was ever so touching with his flowers and paper cranes and desperate attempt to save her. But I felt like the resolution was a little rushed... she has a brain aneurism? but people can survive those! I'd be asking a lot more questions before I gave up on her. Of course Hiro didn't get a chance to ask them because he got zapped back to Japan. Why? His kissing face is like his freezing-time face? *confused* His total defeatism on his return was a little overwritten if you ask me. Yes, this journey was about realising he couldn't save her... but nothing in what actually happened proved that that was the case to me--couldn't he just practise his powers some more? Perhaps he will. (I'm unspoiled.) And it seemed too coincidental that her illness was brain related with Sylar coming after her... will there be some connection? will it be gross? *winces*

Mohinder's father really really annoyed me! He's as daft as Mohinder and not half so handsome. Clearly their daftness is genetic. *frowns on them* It was OBVIOUS that the watchfixer was a psycho--you only had to look at his eyebrows, dammit! And Mr Suresh just played straight to the guy's crazy ego by feeding him fantasies about being 'special'. Don't mess with people's lives in that way! Don't think they're going to be inherently good just because they (may) have powers! aaaaarrrghhhh!

What I do think was well done was the contrast between Mr Suresh and Mr Bennett. Sure, Mr Bennett is kidnapping people and controlling them, but his actions with Eden were successful and productive. The idea of having powers is seductive and potentially very destructive. Everyone needs someone who can stop them, who can challenge them--and Mr Bennett does that very well, very decisively and with good follow through. Mr Suresh, on the other hand, bumbles around telling people they're special and feeding their megalomania! Urgh!

So the watchminder is Sylar. OK. I'm fine with that--he seems creepy enough. Though frankly, it's Mr Suresh who I see as the real enemy now! Pity he's dead already, or I'd be gunning for a Mr Bennett/Mr Suresh showdown!
 
 
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Veral_vera01 on November 30th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Bugger, I suck at links. Here it is again:

I was just posting on heroes_nbc about Niki - I was wondering if perhaps Niki's power is super-strength only, while Jessica is simply an alternate personality created to deal with the abuse from her father. Gravitysangel explained it (much better than I on http://community.livejournal.com/heroes_nbc/52873.html) that the split in Niki (ie into Jessica) meant that her powers were also split from her - therefore only Jessica can know and access them. Think of Jean Grey in the last movie - the Professor locked the Dark Phonenix away behind a wall in Jean's mind and with it the rest of Jean's power. The Dark Phoenix is (I think) the only one to use the powers in the movie. I think I might be wrong on the details, but the situation is similiar - only Niki's split is caused by her mind trying to deal with the abuse.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nikkibop_radar on November 30th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Oh. Damn. I like my idea better. :-p
My first instinct was to think that Jessica was an alternate personality to deal with the abuse, but that seemed really boring... You know you and I have different likes on this show. For me, it would be a lot more interesting if Jessica was 'real' and had powers of her own. Though if she'd hijacked some of Nikki's own powers (super strength) that could be an interesting struggle... *ponders* I just don't like this whole abuse-victim thing. It's so cliched and I have a bazillion feminist issues with her being so victimised with, as yet, no hope of empowerment.
Veral_vera01 on November 30th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Ah, but the question is, will Jessica want to give up being the dominant personality?

Niki as the abuse-victim will only start bugging me if she doesn't pick up her game, especially against Jessica and DL. The irony of her being the victim is that she has the super-strength. *shrugs* I have high expectations for the struggle between Jessica and Niki as it unfolds - especially since I think Ali Larter is going brilliantly in this role.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nikkibop_radar on November 30th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
I agree it's more promising if each of them has power of some sort--if the super-strength is Nikki's own. And yes, she needs to pick her game up. 10 eps is long enough... (too long for me!) The actress is good--I would like to see her given the opportunity to explore more in that role.
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on November 30th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nathanbop_radar on November 30th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
Hooray! And yes, I think Mr Suresh is very glamoured with the idea of people having powers--perhaps he thinks all evolution is good evolution, I'm not sure. He seems to believe that they'll give humanity 'hope'. Why? Who says? They could, but it's what they do with their powers, not having them inherently that will bring that about. And Sylar raises an interesting problem--the matter of human jealousy. If some humans are more powerful than others there will be those that envy them and want to destroy them.\

I'm not usually that into brothers. I don't have any siblings so I don't usually draw a lot from seeing sibling relationships portrayed on screen. But something about the Petrellis is sucking me in...
Parulnakhrewali on November 30th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
Mohinder's father really really annoyed me!
I'm just going to just copy my thoughts on thiss one from my LJ because apparently I'm too lazy:
Dr Suresh sucked! I entirely dislike his character. It's like just because you are not special you don't mean anything to him. I don't care that Mohinder has finally made peace with him: I haven't! He made his own son feel unloved. I find it entirely believable that he created a monster such as Sylar.

As for Nathan [I always have energy to spare for him :D ] -
Oh the guilt that has permeated his existence for the past 6 months helps explain so much! Well not explain so much as validate? Because we all knew he was a family man.

Also I think that Peter only told Nathan not to go after Lindermann because he knew that Nathan would not want to go against his father. I think that for himself he doesn't care much about what happens to his father. That's why Nathan is all huggy one minute and all abusive about Peter in the car. He knows Peter was just humoring him which is sweet but also kind of condescending [lil bro trying to make big bro feel better kinda thing]

Your Niki-Jessica theory seems...interesting.

What I do think was well done was the contrast between Mr Suresh and Mr Bennett.
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I'd be gunning for a Mr Bennett/Mr Suresh showdown!

You're just awesome for saying all that! I feel the same way about Bennet vs Suresh.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nathanbop_radar on December 1st, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
We should just friend each other, already! ;-)

Oh yay! *clings* Another Dr Suresh hater! I'm so with you.

He knows Peter was just humoring him which is sweet but also kind of condescending [lil bro trying to make big bro feel better kinda thing]
I like that reading, yes! They were awful cute. I'm warming to Peter when he's around Nathan. And oh how tortured Nathan was in this ep! ANGST!! O.O
Parul: LOST - outlaw!Sawyernakhrewali on December 1st, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
Haha yes that would certainly make me look less stalkery -.-;

yay, friends!
Professional Sinner: tv supernaturalm_agda on November 30th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
I think the fact that his powers came into play at the time of the accident helps explain why he rejects them and why he sees danger in Peter exploring his powers.
A very good point. I haven't thought about. Really, it makes perfect sense.

And some insight into Niki/Jessica's past certainly makes her more interesting. I still have some reservations about this character, but I've been steadily warming up to her. The fact the the mirror her is her dead sister (the actual dead sister, or just another personality created in a moment of great trauma, that she subconsciously associates with her dead sister, because she misses her and she needs her - both options are quite promising, especially that we are probably never going to be sure which one it really is) adds some additional depth to the character, and God knows she could use some.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nikkibop_radar on December 1st, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
She could use some--yes! She could also use an injection of empowerment. I hope she herself starts wrestling with these demons in a productive way soon.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nathanbop_radar on December 3rd, 2006 08:21 am (UTC)
"Wait. He's a murderous psycho because he was upset that he wasn't naturally a pretty, pretty princess? Really? *Really*, Tim Kring?!"
HA! Yes. As you say--I do kind of get it, but it makes Sylar seem like a pretty simple kind of villain.

I think that *perfectly* explained his current ambivalence/denial about the fact of his powers: the original manifestation of them contributed to harm befalling someone he loves.
*nods* Absolutely! It was such a neat connection of the dots where Nathan was concerned. I really felt that the writers had done their plot/character plotting very well there.