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25 January 2007 @ 08:37 pm
Heroes 1.12 Godsend  
And finally Heroes is back!! Nothing has changed. *smiles serenely* Which is a strange thing to say about an episode in which many characters struggled with paradigm shifts where there worldview was concerned... but this was my predominant feeling on watching the first post-hiatus ep. Nathan and Hiro still rock my world, Nikki drives me crazy, Mohinder still rambles pointlessly, Claire's story is moving and compelling, and Eden is REALLY DEAD. Wheeee!!! Heroes, is back!!

This ep was a bit of a mixed bag, but did a good job of moving the show into a new phase. I particularly enjoyed seeing the new mature Claire, struggling with the knowledge that her life has been built on the lies of her father. I love that she decided to recreate her friendship with Zach. What a relief! I did not want Zach to be lost! And it was great that despite no sign from him, she still saw him as inherently trustworthy.

In parallel fashion, I really like that Matt is finally opening up to his wife--our heroes are going to need trustworthy support in the journey ahead, and while these relationships with people who don't have powers may prove full of tensions, they're also a potential source of strength.

Mohinder = Meh

Nikki--urgh! if she was smart, she'd a) see that a plea of multiple personality disorder is going to be quite convincing in her case and perhaps her only hope, b) see that some psychiatric help might actually help her! Because she sure as hell hasn't got together, even as Nikki. Who's to say that some psych techniques might not help strengthen her defences against Jessica no matter how 'real' Jessica is?! Urgh. They expect me still to have sympathy for her when she whines about wanting to hug her kid and then acts shocked when Jessica kicks into action? Jessica succeeds because Nikki is so damn weak--what did she expect would happen on a prison visit?

Let's get back to the good stuff...

Nathan! Nathan and Peter!! Nathan and Hiro!!! I loved Nathan's decision to find out more about what was going on with Simone, and I loved his 'the world doesn't work like this' line getting undercut by the (non)coincidental arrival of Hiro! So cool, and so cute! Plus, any opportunity to see Nathan and Hiro interact is fun. I *lol*'d at the big zoom-in they did on Nathan's face when Hiro entered. Hee! And I just adore that despite his natural disbelief, Nathan is facing the evidence of others with powers--I'm especially glad that it's his personal connection to Hiro that's making it particularly easy to swallow. Because it's pretty hard to meet Hiro and not be charmed by how open and genuine he is--so when he tells you crazy things (that make sense connected to everything else), it's hard not to trust him.

So Claire's world's been turned upside down, Nathan's world's been turned upside down, and Peter is facing the fact that he may be the one who destroys the world, rather than saves it. I love that! This is exactly the sort of plot twist I needed to keep me sympathetic to Peter. When he was all 'oh, great is my destiny!' I found him insufferable. Give him some good old inner pain and I'm content! :-) Plus, it allows Nathan space to do the protective big-brother thing... speaking of which, KISSAGE! I try to fight the Petrellicest, I do... I really do... but they make it sooooo diiiiificult! *whines*

Hiro was so damn cute with that fake sword! He took it back: awww! And I love how everything is leading to Linderman. I don't have much more to say at this point in time, but I'm glad the show's back.

Oh, and it's still SO DAMN PRETTY!

\o/
 
 
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Parul: Heroes - fly by nightnakhrewali on January 25th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
I did not want Zach to be lost! And it was great that despite no sign from him, she still saw him as inherently trustworthy.
Hurray for the return of Claire-Zach friendship \o/

Hmm I kinda dug the Niki/Jessica scenes. But am also puzzled. Is the call for a shrink an effort on Jessica's part to get Niki help or just her way of ensuring they both don't get killed?

! And I just adore that despite his natural disbelief, Nathan is facing the evidence of others with powers--I'm especially glad that it's his personal connection to Hiro that's making it particularly easy to swallow.
Yeah I totally love how believing he is of Hiro. Nathan/Hiro are so much fun together!!

Yes yes yes to the Peter-angst and responsible&protective!Nathan.

Adrian & Milo seem bent on intentionally drawing attention to the Petrellicest.

Ah it was so good to have Heroes back yay!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Hirobop_radar on January 25th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad you enjoyed the Niki/Jessica scenes--wish I could get into them! My bet's on Jessica ensuring survival--that's been her modus operandi all along. She always kicks in when they are in danger.

Yes, yay!! Hiro was so cute with his little 'whoosh' motions. Still giggling about that!
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on January 25th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
Your thoughts are definitely helping me watch Heroes:) Its so sloooow, so I'm very tempted to start watching 24 again since its new season has started and is on opposite Heroes. I'm not very invested in any of the characters, except maybe Claire and Peter, so it helps to read your subtextual review...I honestly just wish Niki would meet her end already, and Mohinder needs to have a purpose already, he should be taking over whatever his father was doing..or..something.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois kissbop_radar on January 25th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it drags, especially when some of the plots seem pointless--Niki, Mohinder. I've been waiting so long now to see them go somewhere. *sigh*

But I do really love some of the characters--Claire is particularly sympathetic.

If you do switch over to 24, this seems like a show that would be good to mainline--I watched 8 eps back to back with a friend and it's certainly easier to put up with the dragging when you can just zoom through them. So you could always catch up on dvd or something!
Nora Norwich: Niki by iconyourmomnorwich36 on January 25th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
I may be the only person on the planet still enjoying the Niki storyline. Dude, she turned herself in for her son's sake, and she's taking a lot of shit for Jessica's behavior--solitary confinement is NOT fun--and then she just found out she might get the death penalty. So I cut her some slack for losing her shit when her son is upset that she's never coming home. (Of course we know she's coming home, but neither of the characters do). Though I do agree that psychiatric help might help her actually overcome Jessica.

Otherwise, ITA with your review. God, is there anything cuter on the PLANET than Nathan interacting with Hiro? WHOOSH. </small>whoosh </small>.

Have you seen some folks speculating that Nathan might kill Peter to save the world? That might be the ultimate Petrellicest heartbreak. (OMG. I so completely thought, for a minute, that Nathan was going to kiss Peter on the lips! And I love how much time he's clearly spent at his brother's bedside despite being in the middle of a senate race).

Hiro and the sword was another great plot, though he needs to learn not to leave Ando behind when he pulls stunts like that. And yay for the reunion of Claire/Zach! Though if that actor is leaving the show, it won't be for long.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Petrellicestbop_radar on January 25th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Good on you defending the Niki plot! I felt like I should be sympathetic to her--and the reasons you point out are entirely solid--but she's just worn out my patience.

WHOOSH! and little whoosh! SO PERFECT!!

Have you seen some folks speculating that Nathan might kill Peter to save the world?
Oh, no, but I got a shiver of that possibility in this episode as well!

That might be the ultimate Petrellicest heartbreak.
YUP!

OMG. I so completely thought, for a minute, that Nathan was going to kiss Peter on the lips! And I love how much time he's clearly spent at his brother's bedside despite being in the middle of a senate race).
They are so KISSY, Nora! So KISSY and touchy feely, it's ridiculous! Coupled with Nathan's incredibly loyal protective behaviour in this ep (and yes, the fact that he actually put his own ambitions aside to be with Peter when it really counted) ... I cannot fight them! *flails*

he needs to learn not to leave Ando behind when he pulls stunts like that.
Hee! I thought that too. But then I don't like Ando, so i don't care that much. :-p

Though if that actor is leaving the show, it won't be for long.
The actor is leaving?! WOE!
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on January 25th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nathanbop_radar on January 26th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Oh, I always had full faith in Nathan's commitment to Peter ;-) But there's always a dark edge to that commitment.

Oh! I forgot to mention Christopher Eccleston! How could I forget?! That was awesome!
jakrarjakrar on January 27th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
Do not fight the Petrellicest! The Petrellicest is good!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Petrellicestbop_radar on January 27th, 2007 08:08 am (UTC)
Heee. Well, it is fun!