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Heroes: Company Man

I watched Monday night's episode of Heroes tonight. It's no longer fluff: it has built very well upon its foundations. Maybe I'm a sucker for that particular sort of story (Exhibit A: Spydaddy on Alias), but there was a certain part near the end where tears streamed down my cheeks. There are some things that I'd still like to see tweaked, and I could do without the glaring plot hole from this week, but by the end of this episode, I just didn't care about that. Heroes has now become must-see television. I liked the show before, but now I'm hooked. I've even added a tag for it.

Watching HRG tonight, I couldn't help thinking of some of the lyrics to Depeche Mode's "Walking in my Shoes." I don't listen to that band very much, but I thought this bit was fitting:

Now, I'm not looking for absolution
Forgiveness for the things I do
But before you come to any conclusions
Try walking in my shoes
Try walking in my shoes

You'll stumble in my footsteps
Keep the same appointments I kept
If you try walking in my shoes
If you try walking in my shoes


"Company Man" certainly raises some questions about Hiro's father. On the one hand, it provides some additional context about the thugs sent in the limo to retrieve him ... but does his father really know? He doesn't seem to be protecting Hiro, but if he knows, he doesn't seem to be turning him in, either.

Nice to see Claire's adoptive mother showing some grit.

Matt is just such a good, decent guy. He didn't have a bit of immunity to the radiation, and he just went on back in anyway to try to defuse Ted. Just total average Joe Everyman, trying to do the right thing, and sometimes struggling along the way. He's not a flashy hero, he's very fallible and human, but that makes him all the more honorable. Greg Grunberg is perfectly cast for it, too. I'm very worried about where he was at the very end, though.

Christopher Eccleston is one of those actors that somehow provides instant credibility, instant believability when he inhabits a role. He might be an outsider, but you listen to him because his character is speaking the truth, no matter how unpleasant it is.

Plot holes: Where was Little Miss Wi-Fi during all the ruckus? Speaking of something more difficult to explain away, why do I have the strong feeling that not a single person that was in the house with Ted will get radiation poisoning?

Despite the holes, I really enjoyed this episode. (For me, it didn't hurt that it was Niki-free.)

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streamweaver
Feb. 28th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
I have to agree, I was getting hooked some time ago when I thought it was just a good show and I think it's maturing well. I just hope it doesn't go the route of LOST and BSG which don't seem to know what to do with itself after a particular point.

It's probably somewhat silly but I'm very impressed with George Takai in Heroes. He's a lovable character in general but never particularly come off as an actor I can take seriously. In this role however he really brings a lot of gravitas and I totally buy him in it. Maybe it's the Japanese because his delivery in English always sounds like over the top voice acting. It would be interesting to know if he actually speaks Japanese. Anyway, glad to hear someone else is enjoying the show as well.
jasondemotte
Feb. 28th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
I got to agree with you on Christopher Eccleston. I actually just started watching the new Doctor Who thanks to Netflix and I'm amazed at how different his performance is. If it weren't the accent I don't think I would have ever noticed it was the same person. Heck, even if you watch this week's episode and compare it to his previous episodes, there's a nice evolution of the character from the suave secret agent to the more desperate Obi-Wan we meet feeding pigeons. It's still the same character, but not the same performance, a subtle difference that a lot actors miss.

I agree with you on Matt. He's a good guy and he seems to be the show's whipping boy. I really wish something good would happen to him. Even his baby is likely to turn up to be from the affair his wife was having (and if he walked away not being sterile from this week's episode I'd be surprised).

Where Wireless went after last week should have been addressed. I would have been fine if they just had a sentance saying she didn't want to get her hands dirty, she had other people to help, or even if she had a firm commitment with her hair stylist. Something.

The radiation thing is a bit worrisome, but I imagine you're right, it probably won't come up. Watching beloved characters die from radiation poisoning is not really that entertaining
pointedview
Mar. 11th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
*nods* Given his ability, I'm very surprised the "are you sure it's mine?" conversation hasn't come up with Matt and his wife.

I really like your Obi-Wan parallel.

I had a huge presentation to prepare for this week -- spent over 10 hours on it during at-home time, so I haven't had a chance to watch this week's ep. I'm going to try to do that tomorrow.
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