Heroes: After the Shark

Eh. Not all bad, but lots of badness carried over from the previous season, and there is new badness added to the mix.

On the up side, the plot-line involving the older generation of heroes looks like it may go interesting places.

I’ll put most of the moaning and a spoiler or two behind a cut.

The old, familiar badness you already know about. Watch while the Amazing Indestructible Cheerleader mopes! Listen while Mohinder pontificates! Be amazed as Telecop asks vital questions and lets them go unanswered, almost as if he can’t read minds! Boggle as the writers struggle with the titanic plot-forces of Peter Petrelli’s omnipotence and omni-impotence! It’s all here, with extra moping by Claire’s biological father and grandmother. I guess when moral ambiguity is gone, all you’re left with is guity. Long, endless minutes of guity.

The new badness: Hiro’s hero, Kensei, is an unscrupulous drunken Englishman. It proves to be quite easy for this raffish fellow to outwit the rather simple and high-minded natives, haw-haw. Maybe I’m being unfair, but it seemed just that patronizing. Will Hiro Teach His Hero How To Be A Hero? Will He Himself Become His Own Hero And Perhaps His Own Granpaw? Perhaps there is a third, even more depressing alternative. If so, I’m sure Tim Kring and his crack team of obviators will find it. Hiro is my nominee for the most misused character in the history of series television.

Anyway, it looks like Heroes will be essential viewing around our house this year, but not as the producers may intend. It was more like an hour-long episode of MST3K where we were the bots.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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2 Responses to Heroes: After the Shark

  1. burger_eater says:

    Nothing cheers me up more than seeing a show I generally enjoy introduce stock characters I’ve seen a billion times before. Hot but bitchy head cheerleader? Check. Cute and cool outsider boy? Check. Bullying, gung-ho junior manager? Check (and it was done with so much more subtlety than, say, OFFICE SPACE).

    Mark me down as bored-with-it-already.

    • JE says:

      Yes, they really bombarded those scenes with every possible cliché, as if somehow that would transmute them into geeky gold.

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