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Save the cheerleader: take the poll

So, yeah, I'm watching fluff Heroes (hey, not everything can be BSG). Both my thoughts (behind the cut) and any comments for this post may contain spoilers up through 11/25/2006.

Poll #875442 Who is your favorite character on Heroes?

Who is your favorite character on Heroes?

Claire Bennett
Isaac Medina
Hiro Nakamura
Matt Parkman
Nathan Petrelli
Peter Petrelli
D.L. Hawkins
Micah Sanders
Niki Sanders
Mohinder Suresh
Other (state in comments)

I'm gonna go straight to the spoilers: I'm excited about the news reported in a variety of places indicating that Christopher Eccleston will be joining the cast, and I think it will be fandomly fun to have George Takei as Hiro's father. I hope Hiro is able to save Charlie, and I hope she survives to become a main regular: my primary criticism of the show is that the current female super characters are not particularly compelling (sorry, but I've already seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Joss Whedon is a better writer). Charlie at least provides a potential avenue to go beyond the cheerleader and the 'net porn star, and she helps balance the numbers a little more: right now, out of nine powered main people, only two are female. After being a fan of shows that were just crowded with dynamic, interesting female characters, I can't help noticing this, but I'll give the show a little more time to grow.

Out in sheer speculation land, I'm wondering if Lex Nathan and AlterNiki Jessica are going to hook up as villains or somehow be involved in Doomsday. Do you think Mr. Bennet is actually A Bad Guy, or that he's perhaps just heading up the standard-issue Seekrit Government Research Facility? If you think he's only X-Files-grade mysterious, why didn't he tell Claire the truth when he found out that she was in danger? How did he help Eden, and what does she owe him? Clearly she's got the "these aren't the droids you're looking for" power of suggestion, but is she Jedi, Sith, or somewhere in between?

I am so very glad to see Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman) get a decent amount of screen time for a change. I always liked him as Weiss on Alias, and wanted to see more of him.

I read the online comics at the official site just now. They add a little bit of background, but nothing that's crucial.


Nov. 26th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
I'll apologize in advance for my cynicism: I haven't had breakfast, yet, so it's grumpy, hungry Banshee at the keyboard. ;)

When I say fluff, I don't mean it in an unmitigatedly negative way. To me, the show so far is at the level of writing and story pacing that I would've liked to see Smallville achieve consistently (we haven't been able to watch it this season, but given your favorable comments, we'll likely Netflix it in the future). Lighter fare can be very entertaining if it is done well. Heroes to me just feels a bit contrived -- like it's the product of marketing profile boxes. "We got a geek as a hero? Check. Hot women for the nerds to look at? Check." It feels very produced to me, like the network executives saw how well X-Men, Batman Begins, etc. had done at the box office, and said "We gotta get us a television show with superheroes for ratings."

I like Hiro, too, I do, but I sort of feel like I'm supposed to -- that this was the "cuddly geek" character that tested positively in focus groups or something. Still, I like that he really gets it, and I appreciate his sense of ethics, and I have to admit that I'd be tickled to get a sword, too. :)

Bagging and tagging, mmm? Maybe a little more than that: the eerie Haitian guy messed with Matt in some way, perhaps amping his powers. We'll see. I think your Magneto idea is interesting, in terms of Mr. Bennet just having a different perspective on what role the heroes should fulfill.

You know, now that I think about it, none of the female characters with abilities are clearly, straight-on good, like Hiro and Peter... not yet, anyway. Claire wants to be a normal girl with a normal life, Niki/Jessica seems to be leaning much more toward being a villain, and Eden's working for Mr. Bennet, whose organization's purpose has yet to be determined.

I'm not holding my breath on Charlie, either: it's more wishful thinking on my part than anything else. They've already said there will be nine for the season, and we've met all of the mains at this point.

*grins* I was glad to see Clea Duvall getting work. I enjoyed her as Sophie in Carnivale. You raise a good point about Peter being the heroic dreamer, but Matt is the everyman hero who suffers somewhat because of his power, and reminds us that it's tough to manage life as Spider-man.

I'll stay tuned at least until the end of the season.


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