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'Heroes': Another superheroic reference point?

101122__wildcard_lLet me begin with a disclaimer: I’m not taking potshots at Heroes or impugning its originality. I like Heroes. A lot. Besides, why debate any TV show’s originality? It’s an inherently derivative storytelling form. We already know that Heroes boldly goes where the X-Men and (to a lesser extent) Salman Rushdie have gone before. And what of it? Lost has attracted myriad comparisons to novels, comic books, movies, etc.  This only enriches its appeal, expands obsessive fan scholarship, and encourages outside reading. Same with Heroes: When I speculate about creator Tim Kring’s inspirations, I do it out of respect. So let’s not play the flame game unless it’s absolutely necessary. Which I’m sure it will be by the end of this post — knowing me, knowing you.

That said… anybody heard of the Wild Cards books? It’s a long-running series of novels (which are themselves collections of storytelling experiments by various SF authors) about a world where an alien virus has jump-cut evolution, killed 90 percent of the world’s population, and divided the remainder into three groups: Superpowered ”Aces,” suffering mutant ”Jokers,” and ”Deuces,” people with basically useless abilities (like, say, blogging).

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'Heroes': Isn't Hiro irresistible?

145059__hiro_lIt’s no mystery to PopWatch readers that Ugly Betty is my favorite new female character of the fall 2006 TV season, but after last night’s episode of Heroes, I’ve got a guy to serve as her male counterpart. Indeed, unlike scores of historical superheroes who seem all too blasé about their skills, Hiro (Masi Oka, pictured), the zany (and rather dapper — loved the green jacket!) Japanese office worker of Heroes, treats the recent discovery that he’s got the gift of teleportation with a giddiness that I find relatably dorky. Watching Hiro pose the question, ”Perhaps a costume?” was the funniest moment of Episode 3, but even better, his primary set piece — in which he stops time to rescue a schoolgirl from getting crushed by a delivery truck — was its most visually thrilling. Add him to a band of misfits including indestructible cheerleader Claire, mind-reading teddy bear Matt, and mysteriously two-sided Niki, and you’ve got a show that’s filled my Monday-night dance-card from now till Christmas.

Since there’s only so much time in the day, however, and since I need to purge last night’s Bachelor episode sooner than later, I’ll leave it to you guys to dissect some of the show’s burning questions, after the jump:

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Today in Fall TV Deathwatch

They’re dropping like flies I tell ya! And by ”they,” of course, I’m referring to the fall crop of freshman series that are being shot down, one by one, by the network execs who treat them like little more than skeet whizzing through the airwaves. It’s enough to make a blogger want to cry. Or at least my colleague Gary Susman and me. Check out our IM conversation/therapy session from this afternoon.

Slezak (4:42:34 PM): So did you hear, it looks like NBC is pulling the plug on Kidnapped and burning off the remaining episodes on Saturday nights. I’m so glad I emotionally disengaged when the pilot episode tanked in the ratings
Susman (4:43:42 PM): I wonder if that’s why so many fall shows, especially serial dramas like Smith and Studio 60, are having trouble: People don’t want to commit, lest they get burned again.
Slezak (4:44:30 PM): Wait, Smith? Smith is in trouble?
Susman (4:44:51 PM): Yeah, CBS is yanking it and airing reruns of CSI and Criminal Minds starting Tuesday.
Slezak (4:45:09 PM): NOOOO! I already gave Smith my heart! DAMMIT!
Susman (4:46:04 PM): You going to be okay?
Slezak (4:46:21 PM): I don’t know. It’s like when you start dating someone really great, and then suddenly they don’t return your calls. Do you think Studio 60 is setting you up to break your heart? It’s been bleeding viewers over its first three weeks.
Susman (4:46:54 PM): I’m worried! I already have such mixed feelings about the show. I can’t decide if I’ll be disappointed that audiences didn’t stick with it, or that Aaron Sorkin didn’t have time to figure out how to make the comedy parts work.
Slezak (4:47:18 PM): I hear you…I’ve watched the first three episodes, and while the show is flawed, it’s 1,000 times better than CSI: Miami.
Susman (4:47:40 PM): Then again, maybe I’ll just be relieved that I can free up my Monday nights. Though I’m having fun writing about it in my TV Watches.
Slezak (4:47:36 PM): That’s the thing, my DVR is so packed, something has to give at some point.
Susman (4:47:55 PM): If only it had been unambiguously good, it might have been a hit.

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We heart 'Heroes' star Adrian Pasdar

92021__hero_lNBC has ordered a full season of Heroes, which means it’s now safe for you to watch it without worrying that the network will leave you hanging with unresolved mysteries. On a related note, star Adrian Pasdar, who plays Milo Ventimiglia‘s high-flying politician brother, stopped by EW’s office earlier this week. Although some of us were out that day, Alynda Wheat graciously offered a recap, which began with the fact that Pasdar had kissed her hand, twice, to thank her for writing in a review of the show that she would ”probably say anything” to keep him working. (Those of us who’ve seen Profit, his deliciously dark 1996 Fox series co-created by Angel‘s David Greenwalt, second that sentiment.) What else Alynda will admit to: ”I’m not washing said hand, and am, in fact, preserving it as a veritable petri dish of Pasdar’s love and bacteria,” she said this morning. ”As soon as they perfect this cloning thing, Pasdar’s dried spit and I are having a baby.” Anyone like to second that?

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'Heroes': Don't try this at home!

Ohmigod, no! Don’t do it! I know you’ve spent the last 10 days thinking of doing it, but seriously, don’t. Sure, you watched the premiere of NBC’s Heroes, and you experienced the thrill/revulsion of seeing Hayden Panettiere’s Claire mutilate her hand in the kitchen garbage disposal, only to pull it out and watch it grow back. And now, naturally, you want to see if you have the same power of regeneration. But you shouldn’t. Claire is a superhero. You are not.

What’s more, the Emerson In-Sink-Erator (nifty name, huh?) may or may not be capable of mangling your hand, anyway. I’m not exactly sure, based on a news report of Emerson’s federal lawsuit (thanks to TV Tattle for the link) that hopes to prevent NBC from rebroadcasting the Heroes pilot episode because it suggests their product ”will cause debilitating and severe injuries, including the loss of fingers, in the event consumers were to accidentally insert their hand into one.”

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Rushdie Judgment: Did 'Heroes' crib?

92933__heroes_lAs I type these words, the thumbs of Iran’s ruling clerics hover menacingly over the big, red Fatwa buttons on their TiVo controllers. Because today, they have one more reason not to watch NBC’s Heroes: It may well have cribbed from the work of Salman ”Roll Me a Fatwa” Rushdie.

Eight years before Rushdie wrote The Satanic Verses — and was famously condemned to death by the late Ayatollah Khomeini — he published Midnight’s Children, a magic-realist history of postcolonial India. I’ve not read it, but Broadcasting & Cable quotes a passage describing the characters,

”every one of whom was, through some freak of biology, or perhaps owing to some preternatural power of the moment… endowed with features, talents or faculties which can only be described as miraculous… powers of transmutation, flight, prophecy and wizardry.”

One Midnight character can bend time, another can step into mirrors. (The character descriptions sound a darnsight more sober here.) There’s even a doctor named ”Suresh,” who delivers these savants into the world — much like the hero-fostering Dr. Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy, pictured) on the show.addCredit(“Heroes: Mitch Haaseth”)

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Snap judgment: 'Heroes'

18554__heroes_lSomeone help me! I’m mutating into a sci-fi geek — and to my knowledge, there’s no known cure. Early symptoms included an unexpected pang of anticipation surrounding the X-Men trilogy, followed by a full-blown fever for Battlestar Galactica. Now, even more troubling, I’m finding myself addicted to NBC’s Heroes after just one inhalation. (For those of you who missed the premiere, by the way, it’ll repeat on NBC tonight at 8 p.m., and is streaming at NBC.com.)

Call me clueless — wait, a lot of Lost fans already did that this morning — but I was totally caught off guard when it turned out that Nathan (the formidable Adrian Pasdar) , not Peter (Milo Ventimiglia), was the sibling with the gift of flight. (Side note: Anyone else still bitter that Pasdar’s brilliant late ’90s series, Profit, never became the breakout hit it deserved to be?) What’s more, while I’m still not sure that Niki’s mirror-image vengeance-lady qualifies as an appealing superpower, the all-too-human drama of her life as a struggling single mother more than made up for it. (Who knew Ali Larter was this good an actress?) Best of all, though, Hayden Garnier Fructis Panettiere’s regenerating teenager, Claire (pictured), left me gasping at every turn. That scene of her sticking her hand in the garbage disposal was perhaps the most rivetingly grotesque moment I’ve experienced in prime time this year. I spy a major star in the making.

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