Review: One of Us, One of Them

September 29, 2008

You know it’s going to be a good episode when Angela Petrelli reveals that Sylar is her biological son. More specifically, the mother/son relationship I could care less about (although, I am still eager to discover Angela Petrelli’s power). It’s the Sylar/Nathan/Peter relationship that gets me giddy. I suppose I should have seen this coming since there’s always been a connection between Sylar’s and Peter’s powers, coupled with the fact that they’ve already pulled the adoptive child bit once before.

While I’m on the subject of Sylar, I definitely LOL’d when he pulled the “special agent” line out and proceeded to demand coffee. I enjoy the good/evil twist this season, and anticipate many unexpected moments. I definitely predict, though, that after a stint of “goodness” Sylar will revert to his old ways at a very crucial moment. In other news, Jesse’s power was way overhyped. When I heard that it was “sound manipulation” I thought, “Gee, that probably means he just screams.” But then HRG kept saying, “You don’t even want to know what he can do, blah blah blah.” But it turns out the guy just screams.

Let us move on to the Hiro/Daphne storyline. Everytime that roundfaced Asian appears on screen, he puts me immediately into a good mood. Now, I’m fully aware of the jolly/goofy Asian stereotype (i.e. shortround, any jackie chan movie, the neighbor from breakfast at tiffany’s) he plays into, but I think I’d rather have that represent my home-continent than the bumbling Indian. “Nemesis!” oh! hahaha! Although I was happy for the return of the Haitian, the split forming between Hiro and Ando greatly saddens me. I have a strong feeling that their relationship will get a lot worse before it gets better (as depicted by Ando killing Hiro in the future).

Other brief story notes:

Tracy continues to not be Nikki. My interest in this is indicated by the amount of words I devote to it.

Claire‘s biological mother prods her towards evil unknowingly, and the whole time I’m thinking that HRG is a lot smarter than to select her to protect the family. I mean, man alive, he may as well have selected Matt’s father.

Last, I never thought anything could be more sad than being Matt Parkman. That is, until I discovered there’s a man in Africa whose power it is to paint every major event in Matt Parkman’s life.

One of us, One of them

September 25, 2008

After this week’s episode, I am incredibly excited thinking about all of the great places they could take HEROES this season. If YOU don’t pee your pants just thinking of Monday nights, then you aren’t living life to its fullest. Perhaps this will help tickle that reluctant bladder of yours:

I find this week’s episode difficult to predict, because my mind is still trying to grasp all the greatness from the first two episodes. ah well, here I go:

  • Suresh’s injection will transform him into…a sensible human being who isn’t constantly putting humanity into danger through a series of terrible decisions. (HA. Yeah, right.)
  • Future Peter will realize that the future sucks and thus, decide to stay.
  • Every scene with Claire and Present Peter will freak me out since they are an item in real life, but a niece/uncle in the show.
  • Matt will lose some weight in Africa.
  • I will forget that a regular HEROES evening is only one hour long, and temporarily plunge back into a horrible depression.

This episode reminded me of the beauty of life and removed me from a deep and dark depression that settled upon my person ever since I finished watching the first season. With that said, I’ve divided this review into three glorious categories:

LOL Moments

1. “PRESS PLAY.” The entire Hiro and Ando scene was hilarious. Granted, anyone with a brain could have predicted destiny literally knocking at the door, but it was the perfect set up for those two. Hilarity aside, it fixed one of the major problems in the second season by establishing a goal for the story arc.

2. “DOCTORS SAY HE’S NOW IN STABLE CONDITION…”  enter Nathan.

3. “EAT YOUR BRAIN? THAT’S DISGUSTING.” Oh, Sylar. You’re such a card.

4. “THANK YOU, TURTLE!” It will be interesting to see where they take this storyline. It reminds me of Hiro getting stranded in old Japan. The difference is, I wouldn’t care if Parkman died out in the middle of nowhere. Alas, he has enough chub on him to prevent starvation for awhile.

BADASS Moments

1. FUTURE PETER PUTS PARKMAN IN HIS PLACE. (damn, that’s some killer alliteration, btw) Parkman gets taught a great lesson by Future Peter for snooping around. If he’s not careful, he’ll end up just like those pesky kids who always drive around in that van solving mysteries.

2. SPEEDSTER GIRL PUTS HIRO IN HIS PLACE. I was astounded and a bit confused. So it turns out Hiro doesn’t actually stop time. Rather he slows it so that it approaches a limit, but never hits the limit. The speedster girl is “very fast” to the point that Hiro’s ability fails to actually effect her much. I love when this show blows my mind.

3. SYLAR ACTUALLY ATTAINS CLAIRE’S ABILITY. I was certain that after the commercial break SOMEONE would come to Claire’s aid. It was pretty badass, though, when he was sitting there messing with her brain. And now the big question is how can he possibly be stopped?

4. FUTURE ANDO HAS POWERS! Even though he displayed them by killing of Hiro, I was still very happy for him. I also have a strong feeling that Hiro is gettin’ it twisted: perhaps Ando is the hero in that showdown?

5. SURESH GAINS POWERS (BUT STILL NOT MY RESPECT). Did anybody else think Beast from the X-MEN? I mean, come on. Scientist. Super strength and agility. It wouldn’t surprise me if he turned blue in the next episode.

ARGH!? Moments

1. SYLAR CAN’T BREAK A CLOSET DOOR? He has attained various abilities, but he failed to get the power to destroy half a centimeter of wood?

2. “THE BUTTEFLY EFFECT”? Besides the fact the episode shares a name with one of the single worst movies of all time, HEROES has attempted to explain the probability continuum. This subject never fails to boggle my mind and I feel like every time I try to seriously about the effect of seeing/changing the future that a giant black hole will inevitably appear. I believe it’s best said in Mostly Harmless from the Hitchhiker’s series: “Very little of this is, however, at all comprehensible to anyone below the level of Advanced God, and since it is now well established that all known gods came into existence a good three millionths of a second after the Universe began rather than, as they usually claimed, the previous week, they already have a great deal of explaining to do as it is, and are therefore not available for comment on matters of deep physics at this time.”

3. TRACY? You’re not alone, Nathan. I, too, thought it was Nikki.