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.

4 comments:

  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!

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  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. :)

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  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.

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  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. :)

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