Series Watch: Heroes, now with even more flavor!

>> Wednesday, February 28, 2007

So I caught up with Monday's issue last night.  I'd like to lead in by saying how much I really appreciate the way that KARE11 has implemented online episodes for Heroes.  I don't know if they have any other series that they're doing this for, but this is exactly the right format for rebroadcasting episodes online.  At first, it was a little laggy in fullscreen mode, but apparently they've fixed it.  Now, you can see the full episode in nice quality fullscreen with just a minimum of commercials.  The commercials are very tolerable.  In fact, regular shows should be shown with these kinds of ads.  (If you're unaware, it shows an ad for one company where normally it would show two minutes or more of random-ish ads)

Anyway, back to the show.  While last week was amazingly good, this week was even better.  I turned the screen off while thinking how fantastic the writing was for this time; this kind of feels like when one of your favorite books is made into a movie and they've kept it true to the storyline.  That's the kind of good that I'm talking about.

It's very easy to compare it to Lost right now, since when Lost first started, it seemed like an amazing roller coaster ride of plot twists and mysteries. But it also compares to the current episodes of Lost in that whereas Lost seems unable to reveal answers to the audience, Heroes dishes them out in extremely filling and tasty portions while giving you new mysteries as dessert. 

Some of the cool, new noticeables were: 

The symbol that the Haitian wears as a necklace is the same as the tattoo which psycho-mom's alter ego has on her shoulder.  It's been easy up until now to just write Jessica off as essentially a really lame superpower that was coincidentally not unlike schizophrenia, especially considering that she's attacking good and bad with no difference between the two.  I've held the Haitian in a good light up until now, but what's this strange connection?

Hiro's dad seems to be in charge of this evil corporation; something I wasn't quite expecting once he and his daughter left back to Japan.  It just shows that Hiro is more tied into this all than he thinks, and it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Where does Linderman fit into all this?  This character has been very central to many of the plots going on, yet why haven't we actually seen him?  Does he work with this corporation somehow??

All these questions and more next week -- same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!


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