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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Heroes - The War Begins

(Episode: Powerless. Spoilers ahead.)

Elle survives, despite my prediction last week. Instead of doing a repeat of Candice - introducing a thoroughly unlikeable egomaniacal brat and killing her off to put her out of the audience's misery - Kring has decided to actually develop this character, and to allow her to start growing up. She's got serious daddy issues, dealing with both daddy-rejection issues and daddy-using-me-as-a-guinea-pig-and-erasing-my-memory issues.

(At first I thought it odd that Claire's blood wasn't used as a quickie cure for Elle's gunshot wound. But it makes sense on two counts: the limited supply, and the fact that regenerative power can heal the damage done to her brain by the Haitian, thus restoring her childhood memories.)

It shouldn't be surprised that the two heroes to fall were the ones who had been shoved to the back burner this episode. Niki's death will spur Monica's entry into a crimefighting career, with Micah probably destined to serve as a combination of both Alfred and Robin to her Batman. Her St. Joan persona as predicted in 9th Wonders! is an obvious reference to Joan of Arc; ironically, the maid of Orleans is famous for not escaping flames.

Angela Petrelli couldn't be more right about Nathan's assassination (which visually brings back memories of the shooting ofd Bobby Kennedy) opening a Pandora's box. The Company has preserved its secrecy, at the start of starting a full-blown war. Peter and Claire have the greatest emotional interest, being Nathan's closest blood relatives, outside of his quisling mother. Parkman was there at the shooting, so he is highly motivated to seek revenge. Hiro has a firm sense of justice, so he won't miss out. He will probably have to serve as the cool head to keep the Claire-Peter-Matt triumvirate from going off and doing rash things. If they're smart, the first thing they do is get organized, with Peter whiffing around the world to round up the likely allies.

Which won't include Mohinder Suresh or Noah Bennett. It's unsure how the final episodes shaped Mohinder's view toward his employer, but he's not a yes-man, and he is aware of some of its dubious past. Bennett is no friend at all, but will cooperate with The Company for the sake of protecting his family. Time will tell how the war will change his plans. Then again, Bennett may already have plans to undermine The Company...

I know she's just a kid, but how could Elle have been that clumsy, letting Sylar get away that easily? He's taken the serum intended for Niki, and his telekinetic demonstration on an empty can of spinach (nice Popeye reference) shows that it's working. But keep this in mind: the serum has never been tested. We don't know how reliable this cure will be, or if it will pose any ill side effects.

Adam's motives come out in the open, and instead of pulling some weird plot twist they are exactly what the hints suggest: that Adam seeks to inflict "divine" vengeance on a wicked world. The God Complex is a recurring theme on this show, and it comes in forms other than this. Hiro wrestled with his desire to control the timeline to his selfish desires. Elle, before she started wising up, acted mucl like those Greco-Roman deities who nonchalantly zapped anyone who got in their way. There was a bit of that in Candice and Maury, too. Perhaps The Comany parallels the gods of Olympus, stingy with its secret of fire and keeping any prospective Prometheus from letting the masses make use of that power.

Update: Scroll to next post up for more bloggage on Heroes.

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