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September 18, 2007

Speaking of Pop Culture

Been watching Heroes, and what's up with the cheerleader? I'm only five episodes in (so please refrain from spoiling the season in the comments), but did her healing power also make her body totally elastic and brittle? A shrimpy high school quarterback type accidentally runs into her at low speed and we're supposed to believe it broke her neck and turned her head 180 degrees!? She falls down -- not off a ledge, but from standing -- and a large, blunt stick punctures eight inches into her skull? I mean, it's a good thing that she's got this healing power, because a particularly strong gust of wing may well decapitate her.

The glimpse of Hiro-from-the-future, however, was awesome. And the paintings are great. Indeed, they sort of give the show a video game feel, wherein you keep returning to the portal screen to figure out the next step in the adventure...

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Comments

They kind of needed to set up the limitations of her powers, for later plot twists later on.

Since she's isolated from the other super-powered characters for a long time, she has lots of "Kim from 24" style scrapes in order to reveal the extent of her healing power.

Posted by: stm177 | Sep 18, 2007 3:02:42 PM

> "Kim from 24" style scrapes

And they were aweful and boring.

Posted by: Adrock | Sep 18, 2007 3:16:38 PM

"save the cheerleader, save the world." opps sorry.

Posted by: akaison | Sep 18, 2007 3:32:32 PM

I missed the show when it aired last season too and am also getting caught up on DVD. Absolutely loving it and I'm up to episode 20.

Posted by: argo19 | Sep 18, 2007 3:32:48 PM

by the girl from veronica mars is joining the cast

Posted by: akaison | Sep 18, 2007 3:38:31 PM

BTW, Ezra: a smart idea to watch Heroes on (presumably) disc - the story arc is unusual for a TV series in that the six or seven different threads (following different characters) make a lot more sense when you see how they develop without having to wait a week between episodes. And needless to say, the lack of commercials in a huge plus as well.

Posted by: Jay C | Sep 18, 2007 3:52:31 PM

My wife's repeated, if completely unsatisfying, answer to similar questions from me is "It's a TV show!"

Posted by: James Joyner | Sep 18, 2007 4:21:59 PM

The show's characters don't really become compelling until late in the season when Peter becomes cool and stops being a whiny bitch.

Stick with it.

Posted by: Jar Jar Binks | Sep 18, 2007 4:42:31 PM

The inconsistencies come and go, but the show is very much worth watching for pure escapist enjoyment. Personally, though, I can't wait for the return of LOST in January.

Posted by: thewordshark | Sep 18, 2007 4:56:22 PM

Heroes link on TV Tropes

That website has all the common tropes that Heroes mines. It will spoil the first season, but it's a worthwhile website. It's fun to see how certain plots are recycled over and over in action adventure media, and in media in general.

It lists just about every show you can think of and just about every plot twist or character type you've ever heard of.

Posted by: stm177 | Sep 18, 2007 4:56:58 PM

My question: does she lose her virginity every time?

Posted by: Senescent | Sep 18, 2007 5:24:38 PM

I thought Heroes didn't scale well. Individual people finding out about their powers and dealing with the fallout (sorry, Ted) is done very well. Late in the season when they try to step it up cool superhero battles, the show feels tacky and falls flat. It just doesn't do that 14-year old boy kind of awesome very well.

See related thoughts from a friend I watched the finale with: (some spoilers) http://halfobscurity.blogspot.com/search?q=heroes

Posted by: Trevor | Sep 18, 2007 5:37:26 PM

stm177, for showing me tvtropes.org, you are my Internet Hero of the Day.

Posted by: DonBoy | Sep 18, 2007 6:09:49 PM

Agh. I was just going to say that too. I just blew a solid hour on that site.

Posted by: August J. Pollak | Sep 18, 2007 6:45:03 PM

It really does get great later on. It does start slow, but in all honesty, stick around for the episode "Company Man". I won't ruin it for you, but frankly it changes the entire complexion of the series. Of course, so did "Save The Cheerleader, Save The World" (Not ruining everything, Ezra did mention future Hiro)

Posted by: Karmakin | Sep 18, 2007 8:12:10 PM

I was just watching the Today show on NBC and a couple was letting Martha Stewart design their wedding, you know what's going on in the bride's mind, "what a f**king nightmare."

Posted by: Joe Mamma | Sep 19, 2007 9:55:49 AM

I tried to get into the first few episodes last fall but couldn't. Tried it on DVD, which is a much better way to watch a serialized show like Heroes.

I am worried for season two. These serialized shows have to present five-year plans for plot development when they pitch to networks. Nevertheless, a lot of the shows (Veronica Mars, Twin Peaks, probably Friday Night Lights) run through their organic storyline in season one. It's good that they're getting new Heroes and storylines. I just hope it's as well-done.

Posted by: Proud Parent of a Bumper Sticlker Maker | Sep 19, 2007 10:33:39 AM

Nevertheless, a lot of the shows (Veronica Mars, Twin Peaks, probably Friday Night Lights) run through their organic storyline in season one.

Add Desperate Housewives to that list. Great show, until we knew why that one killed herself. The 2nd season was beyond awful.

Posted by: Joshua | Sep 19, 2007 10:42:01 AM

"Heroes" is fun an has some great ideas and a good cast, but there's a lot of plot and not much story. The first season felt very directionless, like the creators really had no idea where they were going to go after the pilot.

Personally, for escapist fun, I prefer "Supernatural".

Posted by: Royko | Sep 19, 2007 11:06:16 AM

Nevertheless, a lot of the shows (Veronica Mars, Twin Peaks, probably Friday Night Lights) run through their organic storyline in season one.

Part of me actually wanted to superb FNL to end after the first season, so it could stay perfect forever.

Posted by: Trevor | Sep 19, 2007 11:42:44 AM

"by the girl from veronica mars is joining the cast"

Kristen Bell? Sweet.

Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Sep 19, 2007 12:44:06 PM

You know whom I hate now? stm177. I should have listened to August J. Pollak. But who could have foreseen that TV Tropes actually has everything?

Posted by: mds | Sep 19, 2007 1:40:05 PM

Many, many hits from this blog to TV Tropes. Like 100 per comment/hour. This Ezra character must have some readers. Who knew. Did we know? We didn't.

Bad us.

Posted by: Eddie | Sep 19, 2007 3:01:07 PM

MDS, Tv Tropes will ruin your life

Eddie, I found out about TV Tropes in an odd way. I was always goto the The Noob when Gianna updates. Then, I followed the link to vote at Buzzcomix. Buzzcomix has a list of the top 20 referrers, and I happened to click on the Girl Genius link. I then went to a link on the page to a webforum on the Girl Genius comic, since I was confused by the backstory. At the forum, there was a link to TV Tropes. Amazing, huh?

Posted by: stm177 | Sep 19, 2007 8:48:39 PM

Sorry for the grammatical errors. I'm on my fifth beer tonight.

Posted by: stm177 | Sep 19, 2007 8:50:03 PM

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