Asta 2

Heroes

Since not everyone or everything is connected yet, a breakdown by character.

Nathan: OK, I think he's known about his gift (though he seems to view it as more of a curse - and what was with the sweating? Did he run up the stairs?) for some time, but he seems very fearful to reveal anything about it, even to family. Is it just his political career he worries about or is it more than that? It does seem that he genuinely loves his brother, but he just can't wrap his head around why Peter is so excited about his discovery.

Peter: Wow. He had a boat load of information handed to him. I find it a little hard to believe that he was so oblivious to his father's depression, though I can buy the fact he didn't know dad commited suicide. And I appreciated that mom didn't just think he was depressed and wanted to end his life, but that it was "delusions of granduer" - an early symptom - that caused him to jump. People thinking he was 'crazy' would get old fast. Though I saw it coming, it was still pretty cool to see *his* reaction to walking on air.

Niki: I think it's safe to say her other self, whether that psyche exists in her or is a seperate entity, cleaned up the mess and threw the bodies in the trunk in that missing four hours. The only thing that isn't clear is whose body was that out in the desert? And did she put it there?

Matt: I almost forgot about Greg! Nice that they felt comfortable introducing a main character late in the second episode. My one problem with this storyline is that the detective arrested him because a) he found the little girl and b) mentioned the name Silar which, yes, she did say out loud while he was around. That makes him a suspect for murder? And I'm sure he has an alibi (hello? on duty) when the murderers took place. It was a really silly moment.

Hiro: As was Hiro picking up the gun. I may have hollered at the screen. I hate it when people do such stupid things. On the otherhand, Hiro's story provided two cool moments. First, the discovery of the comic book, written by Isaac, who can see the future. Then the ending which I did not see coming. November 8 is the big day apparently and now Hiro has time to try and do something about it.

Isaac: Man am I glad he really didn't have his brain removed.

Mihinder: Winner of this weeks Helo award for being pretty, but dumb. Let me get this straight, he trusts no one, yet this woman shows up claiming to be best buddies with his father and he lets her in on EVERYTHING. Yes, they didn't kill you because this is the real set-up. Grrrrr.

Claire: This is actually about Claire's daddy who, damn, is evil apparently. Sigh. I was really hoping for him not knowing about his daughter's talent and then coming to grips with her being one of the people he's hunting. A crisis of conscience.

And on a note that applies to the creators, can we turn the gore down a notch? Thanks.
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"And on a note that applies to the creators, can we turn the gore down a notch? Thanks."

And how. It's amazing what they put on TV nowadays. Autopsies galore. And it's not like we're not becoming inured to it: I mean, who hasn't watched a CSI/whatever rerun while cooking / eating dinner?
And this show is on at 8pm in some parts of the country. Think of the children!

I'm not squeemish and I'm fine with *some* gore, but after we got a glimpe fo the mother nailed to the wall with knives did we have to keep going back to that image? We also know that, apparently, no physical injury can do lasting damage to Clair (short of her head being seperated from her body I'm sure), so we didn't need to see her headed twisted around like that. It's all distracting from what we really should be paying attention to.
The only thing that isn't clear is whose body was that out in the desert? And did she put it there?

My guess is that it's her ex-boyfriend/husband, the one that her friend said had left town because the mob was after him. Maybe he threatened Niki or her son and her double killed him, and Niki doesn't remember any of this any more than she remembers killing the two mob guys.

I also hollered at the screen when Hiro picked up the gun - anyone as well-versed in pop culture as he is should know better than to pick up the gun! But the reveal that he had travelled forward in time was really well-handled. And I love that we have a date in the near future for the "apocolyptic event". That means that they can't drag out the possibility of a nuclear bomb dropping on New York for the next ten seasons.

can we turn the gore down a notch?

Amen.
I thought that about the gun, too, but then I thought that he wanted to use it to protect himself, which seemed just as sensible in that situation, too, and is probably what I'd have done in real life. You can always get a lawyer. Getting your brain back and your head screwed back on, not so much. :P
Your description intrigues me and this is a show I had never heard of before, except in LJ. When is it on? I think I'd like to check it out.

have a lovely day!
It's on NBC Mondays at 9est and then the episode gets repeated on Sci-Fi at 7est on Fridays. Check it out!
I thought Nathan's sweating plus the Very Dramatic Sniff Into His Handkerchief when he told Peter "everyone's entitled to their secrets" was supposed to mean cocaine.

But then I thought "maybe I'm reading too much into this." So...I dunno.
My one problem with this storyline is that the detective arrested him because a) he found the little girl and b) mentioned the name Silar which, yes, she did say out loud while he was around. That makes him a suspect for murder?

I could sort of handwave that because there was obviously a lot of politics involved--he showed up a big shot in law enforcement by finding the girl. It was like bumping chests and baring teeth.

I'm not sure what to make of Niki because the powers the others have seem neutral if not helpful, but hers is much more ambiguous.
Your wrists must be sore form all the hand waving you do. :p I took that scenerio into consideration, but, geez, the detective is going to look like an idiot. Or maybe that is the point.

I'm not sure what to make of Niki because the powers the others have seem neutral if not helpful, but hers is much more ambiguous.

Yeah, I don't know having a potentially evil doppleganger/psyche could be a good thing. And other than losing time and killing people what good is that power? I am curious to see where they are going with it though. I do feel it's a smart move to have some morally ambiguos characters on the edge of being bad guys. Super heroes need super villians.
Amen to dialing down the gore; I'm already watching half of Bones through my fingers.

Thanks for the great breakdown! I see this is another show I have to watch more than once ;) And how nice is it to have a show that can keep us seasoned fantasy show viewers guessing?

Cindy recognized the detective who arrested Matt - Grace from Joan of Arcadia.
"Cindy recognized the detective who arrested Matt - Grace from Joan of Arcadia."

No, it was clea duvall: she was the invisible girl on season one of BtVS
Though I saw it coming, it was still pretty cool to see *his* reaction to walking on air.

I was so happy just Nathan didn't end up being the special one again. :)

I'm wondering if Claire's father is the serial killer.

I think it's safe to say her other self, whether that psyche exists in her or is a seperate entity, cleaned up the mess and threw the bodies in the trunk in that missing four hours. The only thing that isn't clear is whose body was that out in the desert? And did she put it there?

I definitely saw that as one option, but I wasn't sure if maybe the people who were bugging Mohinder's phone did it, or maybe the serial killer. If it's one of the other two, that might explain the other body in the desert. Or, long shot, maybe her mirror image is even working with someone else who helped?

As was Hiro picking up the gun. I may have hollered at the screen.

Yes! Don't these people watch TV?

Then the ending which I did not see coming. November 8 is the big day apparently

I didn't see the future angle or the serial killer thing. I love it when shows can surprise me. :) I think it would have been cool if they'd made election day the big day. *g*

Yes, they didn't kill you because this is the real set-up. Grrrrr.

LOL! Excellent point! That never even occurred to me. :)
I'm wondering if Claire's father is the serial killer.

Huh. I had not thought about that. I can't recall where everyone lives. Are they close to the site of the latest murders?

And I agree, Niki may not be working alone.