Last night was a Heroes two-parter. You would think that in two hours there would have been a whole lot of plot momentum. Incorrect! Instead, half of the first hour was Hiro babbling incoherently in a language composed purely of nerdish cross-references to Star Wars, Highlander, X-Men, and Don Quixote. (One of these things: not like the other!) “It’s like someone took a shabu spoon and stirred up his fanboy brain!” said Ando, winning the prize for single worst line of dialogue ever. Apparently, the whole purpose of this subplot was to (A) get Hiro and Ando back together, and (B) remind the brain-damaged Hiro that he left Suresh in a Florida mental institution a few episodes ago. I’m ninety percent sure we already saw the three of them escape in Samuel’s speech-montage in the fall finale. Which means nothing about this subplot mattered at all. READ FULL STORY
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Torrentfreak has issued its annual list of the year’s most pirated TV shows, and, once again, it’s topped by Heroes (6.6 million downloads for a single episode). The Top 10:
3. Prison Break
7. Desperate Housewives
8. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
9. Grey’s Anatomy
10. True Blood
I’m not usually a morbid person, but I’ve been screaming “Kill Mohinder Suresh!” in the general direction of my TV for almost four seasons now. As Heroes started to go downhill, the bland scientist (played by Sendhil Ramamurthy) began to symbolize everything that was so bad about a show that used to be so good. His only real character trait was the amazing power to always make friends with the wrong people. Worse still, his narration bookended every episode with insipid, subtle-as-a-brick-to-the-head thematic talk that made Meredith Grey sound like Shakespeare.
Although still listed as a series regular, Ramamurthy has been mostly absent this season, except for one terrible episode that teased viewers with a Mohinder death scene but then copped out (thanks, time travel!). However, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Ramamurthy has been cast in the dramedy pilot Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, starring (geekgasm!) Dr. Who‘s David Tennant as an attorney who starts suffering from panic attacks.
Does this mean that Mohinder will soon be gone for good? An NBC rep tells EW that “Rex is just a pilot right now, so [Ramamurthy] is still on Heroes,” and clarifies that “Rex is in second position to Heroes.” READ FULL STORY
“This whole night was like a bad Fellini film,” was how Gretchen summed up the most recent episode of Heroes. Okay, she was actually talking about her and Claire’s night in the Sullivan Brothers carnival. But either way, she was wrong, because a bad Fellini film would have been perfection compared to last night. Federico Fellini made plenty of bad movies, but his bad movies were never boring, mundane, or static. They were completely bats—. Just look here. Or here. Or here. Or here. Context doesn’t help! I’ve seen Satyricon five times, and I still can’t tell you what the hell is going on ever. (The movie’s also got a minotaur fight and a hermaphrodite heist; seriously, go watch Satyricon!)
If you ask me, Heroes could take a page from Fellini. Because considering the fact that this is a show about people with superpowers, it never really feels all that crazy. It feels like the most sanitized way to make a dark entertainment; like someone walked out of Batman Begins and said, “We want that, but nicer!” The only character who ever seems to have any fun on the show is Sylar, and what’s funny is that he’s not even really the villain anymore. He’s basically just there to keep things spicy. Instead, we keep getting a faceless parade of Big Bads with shadowy motivations who literally seem to be improvising their entire existence every two minutes (Bob Bishop, Papa Petrelli, and now Samuel Sullivan.) READ FULL STORY
The episode was called “Thanksgiving,” and we had something to be thankful for: an episode that didn’t suck! Nothing really made any sense, and if you think that last night was yet another example of the show’s long spiral down the toilet bowl of badness toward the sewers of TV oblivion, I won’t argue with you. But human existence is nasty, brutish, and short, and you could’ve done much worse than spend an hour (only 42 minutes on DVR!) watching Heroes last night.
Let’s take a look at the three Thanksgiving dinners that formed the bulk of the episode:
The Family Bennet (with friends)
Claire wants to be normal! But everyone thinks she’s weird! Etcetera. Noah listened patiently to his daughter whining about her sole character trait for the millionth time, but there was a glimmer in his eyes and a spring in his step. Claire Bear, he explained, I’m planning a Thanksgiving Dinner! One of those divorced-family dinners where Mommy brings her new boyfriend and your little brother doesn’t show up because he’s hasn’t been important since season one! So cheer up, emo kid! READ FULL STORY
Heroes isn’t completely terrible, even if it is the worst show on television. Parts of the show are still practically genius. There were three things I liked about last night:
1) Peter Petrelli, who’s still an intriguing protagonist. Every time he uses his new healing powers, it hurts him. But there are always people to save, and to Peter, not using his power is the same as killing someone. Sure, this complex internal struggle is just like Kurt Busiek’s Samaritan, but Heroes was always enjoyable when it was “paying homage” to the best. (Season 1 is basically Days of Future Past with no costumes and no Kitty Pryde.)
2) When Sylar walked through the airport metal detector (in Parkman’s body, remember), we saw Parkman match his movements on a security screen in the same shot. That’s an awesome visual, right out of The Manchurian Candidate (Sinatra, not Denzel.)
3) The Sylar/Parkman Brain Battle finally got mildly unboring. Even though Sylar controlled Parkman’s body, Parkman still controlled his telepathy (Why? Don’t ask questions!). Advantage Parkman… until Sylar used Parkman’s surprising upper body strength to murderize a helpful tire-changing passerby. “The world is my hostage,” purred Sylar. Despite all the amnesias and power drains and fake parents, Zachary Quinto still makes you believe that Sylar is a bad enough dude to really mean it.
The problem with Heroes is that these few good things are drowning in a sea of terrific badness. The main problems: READ FULL STORY
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