Last night was the season 1 finale of Heroes, probably the best show of what little TV I watch these days…besides channel surfing for Girls Gone Wild commercials…you know, for the research. This will be a quick one because the #comments blog echoes most of my thoughts on the matter.
Simply put: I like the show but fear the finale suffered for the same reasons that have bothered me all along with the show. The events exhibit total disregard for common sense given the character’s abilities.
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To wit (or witless as the case may be):
- In one scene, Peter learns (through Parkman’s mind-reading powers) that Nathan does not want to prevent the explosion. He backs away from Nathan like he’s a monster. When he meets up with Mr. Bennett, he says nothing about him saying it’s OK for Claire to be with them. Which is it, Peter? Is Nathan a monster or is he a protector?
- Horn Rimmed Glasses Guy gets a name: Noah! Ahh, like the Noah and the ark. Clever. Or pretentious. I’m not sure.
- Peter’s “dream” was interesting. I was incredibly interested to learn the reason why wheelchair-bound Richard Charles (Simone’s father) could see and talk to Peter when nobody else could. Was it some new power Peter had? Was it Richard Charles’s power? Was it a dream? And then when Peter asked Richard Charles the reply was that it didn’t matter. Well, yes it does, actually. Thanks for nothing.
- Did anyone else notice how empty and clean the streets of New York City were? Nothing screams “studio back lot” like a clean city street.
- Why couldn’t Claire pull the trigger to stop Peter’s impending explosion when she knew damn well Peter could regenerate?
- Why would Nathan fly Peter away from the city when Peter could do it on his own?
- The final scene of Hiro in the past was of marginal interest. So, he learns the origin of his sword? Meh. The prehistoric setting of dinaosaur-ass-kicking Hiro that was foreshadowed earlier in the season would have been a much better ending.
I know many folks will have reasons for why things occurred the way they did, but the real reason is obvious. The writers wanted certain things to happen for dramatic effect and story direction). That’s a good reason, but at the same time it cannot fly in the face of common sense given the already-established universe. And no, it doesn’t cut the mustard that Heroes is just a “comic book show”.
I wish I was writing down my issues as I was watching the show. Next season, I really need to “live-blog” the show like I did with Who Wants to Be a Superhero.