Monday, September 25, 2006

Thoughts on Heroes?

I showed you mine; now you show me yours. (Or something less unfortunately euphemistic than that.)


Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved it. I got chills when the "flying guy" saw himself in the guy's artwork. I loved Hiro!

Great concept well executed.


velvetcannibal said...

I'm completely in love with this show. I love the cheerleader, and the painter's superpower is terrifying. I doubt I'll burn out on this like I did with Lost. I like the potential for an ever-expanding cast of characters with creative powers. Super-cool.

Anonymous said...

I'm not yet hooked, but I did really enjoy Hiro. I'm looking forward to Greg Grunberg's introduction next week...

I was a little surprised to see Stephen Carrington working in this century.

Matter-Eater Lad said...

There were some good bits to the show -- I'd watch an entire series about Hiro, and the reversal with Jim Profit and the brother at the end was a nice suprise. But the overall tone was so dour and relentlessly dreary that it will be tough to stick with it if the show is all drear, all the time.

I also can't help but feel that the show should have lower production values, a lower budget, and air Fridays at 10 pm where it will get clobbered in the ratings by Dallas every week and mostly be watched by kids who are sleeping over at their grandparents because Mom and Dad are going out. But maybe that's just me.

R.A. Porter said...

I'll be pleased as punch if Milo's superpower is being whiny. Very nice twist giving flight to his brother instead. Hiro is, of course, the star; I hope they find a lot to do with him.

I'm a little confused and anxious that there had to be a dark conspiracy, but I guess since "The X Files" that's almost a required element. I believe it's three combinations, at least one triple jump, and a mysterious extra-governmental agency in order to complete the long program.

dark tyler said...

I loved the final twist, and I generally enjoyed the whole pilot. Interesting introduction sequences for most of the characters (most notably Hiro and the indestructible cheerleader), and very intriguing overall story. Some pretty cool powers, too.

Still, I hate the pretentious narration. "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" I mean, come ON, what is this, my 7-year old nephew? Drop this way too-self serious aspect of the show, and I'm all in.

CM said...

Who's the teenaged girl? She looks so familiar.

Love Hiro (go Masi Oka! I went to college with him and always thought of him as a cool computer nerd before seeing him in "Scrubs" one day). Not sure how I feel about Evil Mirror Woman. Some of it was sort of boring, but the comic book theme is intriguing and I will watch again.

Anonymous said...

To begin I'm a huge fanboy and this show feels influenced by several of the better adult comics out there.

But I'm not too impressed with the final product.... so far.

The stripper storyline bogged me down. Stereotypical mob guys. Mother wants to protect her son but has NO common sense.
The two brothers and their shoplifting mother didn't work for me either.
She shoplifts because she's lonely and wants attention? Where they get this?
If it wasn't for the two twists at the end (a reveal of the villain's connection to the cheerleader, the REAL brother who was empowered) I would probably not give HEROES a second chance.

There's a lot of whining about STUDIO 60, but it still blows shows like this right off the board.

Anonymous said...

Man, Hiro was so much fun to watch! Can't wait for next week.

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight. They had Jake Effect's Greg Grunberg in the pilot but decided to take him out, but left Ali Larter in?

I don't give a fuck if she was in the "Final Destination," she and her character's story are the weak link of the show. If we need a hot blonde, we have the cheerleader.

Was glad to see Miso's story actually entirely in Japanese. It's a good thing Rob Marshall wasn't in charge of this show, otherwise, they'd speak in pigeon english for the benefit of subtitle-phobic morons.

Pilot also dragged a lot, nothing that cutting out Larter's character completely wouldn't cure.

I doubt I'll see a better pilot than "Studio 60" by the end of next month, but I am definitely curious to see Grunberg next week.

R.A. Porter said...

cm: I don't know about you, but I know Hayden from "Malcolm in the Middle".

I've thought about it a bit more, and my guess is that Milo unfortunately will not die in some desperate attempt at finding his power. He's the conscience of the group, and most likely will find that he has an empathic connection to all of them, not just his brother. So he'll be the annoying Deanna Troi character of the show:

-"I sense the enemy is angry."
-"I sensed that too, when they opened fire. Now, get off my bridge!!!"

K J Gillenwater said...

I loved it. And I liked the Ali Larter story...I don't quite get what her super-power is, so I find it interesing to watch. She has no idea what's going on, and neither do we.

The cheeleader kinda bugged me until she got home to mom. She has a lot of mysteries in her life...she's adopted, she's afraid to tell them about herself, her dad's a bad guy. Very intriguing.

Hiro is great. I like it that a nerdy weirdo gets to have a superpower.

Least favorite was probably the flying kid and his flying brother. I think they both can fly? Or did I misunderstand that? Is the kid a nurse or just a home health care worker? Why does his brother think that's a bad job to have? How is that a loser thing to do? I would think that would reflect positively on the older brother's political career.

The coincidental taxi rides kinda bugged me. Unless there was a reason for that...somehow in the bigger picture.

I want to see Greg Grunberg!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The cheerleader/Hayden was also Will Patton's annoying (at least to me) daughter from "Remember the Titans".

Anonymous said...

I don't get the hostility toward the Larter storyline; not knowing her superpower -- and her total lack of control over whatever it is -- makes her the most interesting "hero" on the show... Though I suppose once we learn, and once she gets control, that aspect will be gone.

Her supergenius son can go on playdates with Walt from Lost.

Here's a huge problem I have with the show: Occupations of male superheroes? Politician, nurse, professor/cab driver, cubicle worker, artist. The female superheroes? A webcam stripper and a cheerleader.

Anonymous said...

I dunno, J, I kinda like the indestructible cheerleader. It's so...Buffyish :-)

Great show! So far, it and Kidnapped are my two keepers. I do admit that I don't get all the Milo hate, though.

Anonymous said...

Jack Coleman (Dynasty's 2nd Steven Carrington) had me scratching my head - so familiar, yet so strange. Then it clicked. What 20-odd years and biology teacher-glasses will do.

Feeling confident that we're not to know who the villains are just yet, I'm keeping an open mind. Oh, sure, the rapist-murderer quarterback was a villain, but vengeance belongs to the victim this time around. (Dexter, take note.)