Monday, May 21, 2007

Heroes finale


Huh. I was pretty much digging the finale... up until the finale.

Other than brotherly solidarity, what was the point of Nathan sacrificing himself? How does that work better than Claire's bullet?

As the final Sylar scene showed, in true comic book form, nothing is ever final. But still, you have to judge "Chapter 1" on its own merits. And on those merits, it fell short. Felt rushed. Hiro vanquishing Sylar felt anti-climatic.
HRG walking through a firestorm to plug Peter with a bullet just as Hiro slices and dices Sylar, now that would be cool.

I know with these serials, there's an inevitable tendency to disapointment when the show reaches its payoff. But still: A little more of a set piece with Sylar, where everyone throws everything they have at him and he shrugs it off for a few minutes 'til Hiro's arrival, that would have been cool. I mean, we know the good guys are gonna win, so give us a big finale.

Molly's final wishes for Parkman ensures he won't die. Nobody dies after a little girl wishes for them to live. And D.L. is hardly going to take a turn for the worse after walking out of the building.

Looking further ahead, the teaser for next season was weak. Hiro, ancient Japan. Get it. Don't care (or rather, it would be a cool concept inside the framework of season 2, but it doesn't introduce any useful pieces of that framework on its own).

Re-doing the Sylar plot line right away would be incredibly lame, so I'm assuming Season 2 will be a mix of Ma Petrelli and Molly's mysterious "Man who can see you seeing them." That was the biggest, fattest foreshadowing I've ever heard. Beat me over the head with a club, why don't you.

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At 7:26 AM, May 22, 2007, Anonymous Ethan said...

Re: "Felt rushed" I honestly wondered if it was a two-hour finale at about 8:45pm, as there was no sign yet of the big, final showdown.

Agreed on "how does that work better," too. Bullet's just as good (aside from the radioactive waste that could be spilled on the sidewalk). Nathan could just as easily have flown him up and let him go to explode. No need to sacrifice himself.

Did like Peter's look-back when he was blacked out in the alley.

 
At 6:12 PM, May 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing as how Peter Can Also Fly, why did he not just fly away?

 
At 8:44 AM, May 23, 2007, Blogger Eli the Mad Man said...

Thank you! That was my question too... why didn't Peter just jet up into the atmosphere and explode? No one would have had to die, or pull a trigger... simple and clean.

I was REALLY disappointed with what felt like a very rushed, "put together at the last second" ending. No big splash, no big battle... just a dud.

Sad.

But still, you have to judge "Chapter 1" on its own merits. And on those merits, it fell short.

The ending fell (far) short. To say the entirety of "Chapter 1" fell short? Not hardly. That was a grand comic book tale.

A little more of a set piece with Sylar, where everyone throws everything they have at him and he shrugs it off for a few minutes 'til Hiro's arrival, that would have been cool.

Couldn't agree more.

Looking further ahead, the teaser for next season was weak. Hiro, ancient Japan. Get it. Don't care (or rather, it would be a cool concept inside the framework of season 2, but it doesn't introduce any useful pieces of that framework on its own).

Until you realize that Kensie (the feudal warlord we see on horseback briefly, that is Hiro's hero and the original owner of the sword) is actually his very own father... You know that he is, right?

But let's not forget all the other little "hints" scattered in the finale:

1) The eclipse, which has been part and parcel of the "Heroes" logo since day 1. Do we FINALLY find out what that has to do with how they all become "heroes"?

2) The true identity of Kensie.

3) Sylar is still alive.

4) And perhaps the most mysterious of all... who is this other "boogie man" that Molly is too afraid to locate because when she does he sees her? WOOHOOO!

We did get some other tid bits... like, how was Peter able to go back in time to see Charles talking with his mother? Was that a byproduct of absorbing Hiro's power, or a new power? And if so, how was he able to do that while he was unconscious?

Still... all in all a very lackluster, anti-climatic ending to a stellar season.

 

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