pointedview (pointedview) wrote,

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.)

Tags: heroes, television
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