Monday, April 30, 2007

Eep! And Yikes! And Whoa!

Tonight's episode of Heroes has made me all sort of... incoherently flail-y. In the good way.

Wow, but I think it's been a while since a TV show seriously did that to me.


  1. I just watched the episode. Wow.

    You know, people can talk all they want about how it's not terribly deep, or complicated, and how it's mostly just eye candy -- and there's some truth to all of that -- but man, is it a well crafted and fun show!

  2. It really is! It's not even trying to be very original in concept, and it's certainly not entirely without flaws. But it's put together in such a way as to make it easy not to care much about the flaws or the lack of originality, but instead to just get caught up in the narrative. It's well-structured and well-paced, and the dramatic revelations and surprise plot twists have exactly the effect they're supposed to. (I find that last point particularly impressive, as I love to be genuinely surprised in ways that actually make sense and add to the plot, and I think it's pretty rare for a show to manage to do that on anything like a consistent basis.) I still say a lot of other shows could learn a few thing from it about how to do an ongoing plot arc.

    If they don't ever go back to those awful Mohinder-narrated monologues about "the demands of evolution," I don't think I'll have any real complaints about the show at all. :)

  3. I see it as a sort of natural progression:

    The X-Files learned from the mistakes of Twin Peaks. Lost learned from the mistakes of The X-Files. Heroes learned from the mistakes of Lost. Imagine how cool the show that learns from the mistakes of Heroes is going to be. :)

    And y'know, I may be in a very small minority here, but I didn't hate -- even sort of liked -- the Mohinder narration.

  4. Wow. I actually found that narratation not just annoying but offensive. I'm happy to suspend all scientific disbelief for a fun show about superheroes, but I draw the line at pretentious, scientific-sounding lectures to the audience that get the whole concept of evolution completely, utterly, dangerously wrong. Even if I thought they worked better in artistic terms, I'd still hate them. :)