Tuesday, December 16, 2008

total eclipse of the heroes

So I'm slowly catching up on this season of Heroes, via the good ol' TiVo. While it's certainly a blogworthy idea to explain how I feel about the show (in general: first season good, second season bad, third season in between but more iffy than not), I just watched "Eclipse: Part 2," and this is what I have to say right this minute, while the thought is still pipin' hot:

In case you don't know anything about Heroes (not that there's anything wrong with that): On this show, there are a bunch of folks with superpowers. Not all the characters, but most.

In the two-part episode I finished watching tonight, these folks lose their respective superpowers during a solar eclipse.

Somehow, it doesn't occur to any of the show's characters - and their ranks include powerful leaders, off-the-charts scientific geniuses, mind readers, time travellers, super duper quasi-government agents, etc. - that once the eclipse is over, these superpowers might come back.

I mean, yeah, having everyone lose their powers for a few hours opened up lots of possible character development and interesting plot twists (interesting by the standards of last season and this one, anyway).

But it did this totally at the expense of suspense of disbelief. None of these people thought "hey, when the eclipse is over, all those powers might come back"? C'mon. I think even this episode's Comic Book Guys (Breckin Meyer and Seth Green in cameo appearances) would know that was the Worst. Idea. Ever.

1 comment:

Flasshe said...

Yeah, it was like those episodes of 60s sitcoms (Gilligan's Island comes to mind) where someone gets bonked over the head and changes personality, and you know (but the characters don't) that all they need to do is conk him/her over the head again to restore things back to normal.

Not only that, but the eclipse itself was so far from scientifically accurate that it might as well have been an alien ship sitting in front of the sun, or some spell cast by a magician. It seemed to last several hours. It ranged over a very wide geographical area (New York, Haiti, Kansas?). I'm pretty sure real solar eclipses don't work that way. I half expected someone to yell "Run! There's a glacier headed this way!"