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Heroes Fodder

Heroes: Chapter One -- Genesis

Welcome to the new TV Fodder blog for HEROES. I’m your friendly neighborhood blogger, Connie – at your service.

If you missed the premiere ep, you can catch it here. NBC is also re-airing the premiere ep TONIGHT (Tuesday, Sept. 26) at 8pm. So go watch it and then come back to read the blog :o)


I just watched HEROES (Mondays, 9PM, NBC) and I have to say I’m already a fan. The premiere was one of the most compelling hours of television I’ve seen in awhile. The show is destined to be a winner for NBC. Dare I say, it’s better than Battlestar Galatica? Yes, I dare.

For this first blog, I’m just going to do a breakdown of the characters so far to get you acquainted with everyone.

The story opens with Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia), a hospice worker with delusions of flight. Peter’s brother, Nathan (played by the wonderfully intense Adrian Pasdar), is a candidate in the New York senate race, trying desperately to keep a lid on their mother’s shoplifting antics and Peter’s crazed notions of being able to fly. Peter has always lived under Nathan’s Type A personality and yearns to escape it. These two remind me a bit of DC Comic's Hawk and Dove characters. Did anybody expect that twist at the end with the two brothers? I sure as hell didn't! I got chills when I saw that. Had to rewind and watch it again. Awesome! That scene alone won me over as a fan of the show.

Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) finds himself taking over his deceased (probably murdered) father’s research regarding human phenomena. Suresh is the voice for the series – like John Beasley’s Irv Harper in Everwood.

Ali Larter (not just another pretty face) is a surprising addition to the cast as Niki Sanders, a single mom who earns a living stripping on the web. Her character reminds me a bit of Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin in Spiderman. Is she Sybil? Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde? I can't wait to see and find out which personality wins.

Masi Oka is delightful as Hiro Nakamura, a cubicle jockey who can stop time and teleport. The comic relief in the show, his “vignette” was the most amusing to watch – an amalgamation of Office Space and the original Shall We Dance? I thought it was pretty funny that Hiro and his buddy were at a karaoke bar where two Asians in red basketball jerseys were lip-synching to the Backstreet Boys' song, "That Way." Obviously, the writers are big fans of You Tube as they were obviously paying homage to the funny video found there. Check out the video of two Chinese teens singing the same song here. Is an homage to "Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?" not far behind?

The arc involving Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) is probably the most visually stunning of the premiere. Your typical teen with pressures of SATs, homecoming, and peers alike comes to the knowledge that she is “unbreakable.” She’s stabbed herself in the neck, walked through fire and took an eight story dive into dirt – all without a single scratch on her. I can't wait to see what other gruesome things she's going to try to do next!

Isaac Mendez (Santiago Cabrera), is a gifted artist but doped up on heroin. He has artwork he doesn’t remember creating – artwork that seems to foretell the future. His girlfriend, Simone Deveaux (Tawny Cypress), just happens to be the daughter of the gentleman that Peter Petrelli cares for.

In the 6 Degrees vein, the characters all exist in different parts of the country, even the world, but they are all somehow connected. We should see more about these connections in future episodes.

It’s amazing that no one has ever thought of a show like this. Or perhaps they have but didn’t know how to bring the finished project on budget without looking cheesy. Or perhaps the pitch was more in the style of a comic book/sci-fi show than the drama/character study it is. The show is similar in vein to M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. Regular everyday people who just happened to have superhero abilities. But will the show introduce the evil counterparts to our heroes in future episodes? Or will that be another series – VILLAINS?

I had a feeling the comic book Niki’s son was reading would play into the storyline later and sure enough the 9th Wonder comic serial shows up in the teaser for next week’s episode. Are our heroes’ lives being chronicled by the comic book or is the comic book foreshadowing their future selves? Is there a polar bear in that comic book?

Of course, with my luck, it’ll get cancelled but then hopefully picked up by the Sci-Fi Channel and survive another ten years like Stargate SG-1 did!

-- by K. L. Connie Wang

Posted by Connie on September 26, 2006 7:09 PM
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I can't believe I didn't see this earlier! I wasted my wod on the Heroes post on Film Fodder, but this is the best new show I've seen all season!

The ratings were lead in it's 9 o'clock time slot with an 8.8/13, which is good but doesn't show promise for the future as viewership tends to drop after premiers. I REALLY hope this show sticks aroudn for at least 5 more seasons!

-- Posted by: Phil at September 26, 2006 5:01 PM

LOL, Phil. Just started the blog. I think Monday nights is a difficult time for any drama series, IMO. Hopefully, they can find a better time slot and pair it with a show that fits better with it than Studio 60!

-- Posted by: Connie at September 26, 2006 5:07 PM

In a perfect world Heroes and Lost would be paired up on the same channel and on the same night, maybe with...The Nine if that turns out as good as the critics and the hype says it is (we'll see next Wednesday).

Again I'll restate that I can't wait to meet the rest of the cast. This show premiered provoking a myriad of questions that need to be answered, The week got incredibly longer after the show ended last night.

I can't even begin to speculate what caused these new powers to surface...maybe it had something to do with the electromagnetic explosion on the Lost Island? Ah, a perfect world....

-- Posted by: Phil at September 26, 2006 7:53 PM

I was impressed by the pilot also. Although I think they went a little fast in introducing all of the connections between the 'Heroes', I think it has tons of potential.

Hiro rules!

-- Posted by: Fred at September 27, 2006 12:39 PM

I'm already addicted to Tim Kring's other show, Crossing Jordan, and while Heroes looks completely different, it looks just as compelling. So far, it looks good.

-- Posted by: Cat at September 27, 2006 2:33 PM

Crossing Jordan is hit or miss with me. Plus, it seems like it's constantly moving around or nowhere to be found on the schedule.

In a perfect world, I'd know what that black smoke is on LOST and Stargate SG-1 would be going into their 11th season! Oh, and I would be able to fly :D

-- Posted by: Connie at September 27, 2006 7:44 PM

I will be very happy and grateful if you can tell me where the title of the chapter (genesis) appears in the film. do you remember it? thank you very much!

-- Posted by: Laura at July 11, 2007 11:17 AM

Hi Laura:

Thanks for stopping by. "Genesis" appears on the rooftop where Peter is about to jump off.

You can see the entire episode here.

-- Posted by: Connie at July 11, 2007 12:17 PM

What kind of nonsense? This is not interesting. There is no such a thing.

-- Posted by: Miguel at January 31, 2013 12:56 PM

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