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I loved Heroes this week! \o/ And last week as well, and the couple of weeks before, maybe not-so-much, but hopefully it's back on the right tracks now. Hopefully. I'm too short on time to discuss at length right now, but I left a comment on Beeman's blog because I was appalled at the dumbass hissy fits people were throwing there. Heh. So here's a copy-and-paste, with a couple of addendums thrown in there.

Heroes, 3x11: The Eclipse, Part II

(In response to Greg Beeman's blog.)

Beeman -

Love your blogs, love your commentaries, love your unfaltering enthusiasm, and if I saw you at an airport, I'd try and work up the nerve to tell you how awesome I think you are and how sorry I am that people can be so incredibly rude and whiny on the internet. <3 You are too good to us, man.

Incidentally, I loved last night's episode.

I think KBell is a wonderful talent, and I'll miss the character of Elle, but as other sensible fans have expressed before me, so do we Isaac, Adam, Eden, etc. I, for one, am positively thrilled to see Sylar return to his true(r) form. The guy is a sociopath, people. Look it up! (Hint: it's a mental disorder.)

And if Angela and Arthur actually did lie about being his parents, that makes all of them even more badass. I'm down with that. Not to mention I was never 100% onboard with him being a Petrelli. (I'll get over it if he is, but my personal preference is otherwise.)

Talking of badassery, HRG. Holy manatee. I remember back at the start of volume 1 when I truly, wholly hated his guts because he appeared so irredeemably evil at the time. Of course, now we know there are many different shades to his moral palette, but it's really interesting to see him in such dark territory again.

I don't blindly support everything the show does all the time - for instance, I think Mohinder's storyline this season is pretty much horrible. But even so, I thought his interactions with Flint this week were priceless. Hilarious and logical, from a character's standpoint. As well, I'm intrigued by the concept of "the monster inside", as brought to light by Arthur. An astute observation, I think, and I look forward to repercussions on Mohinder's character development.

On that subject, I agree completely with the commenter who mentioned interpersonal drama and character development as being elements which made the show so compelling in its first season. I think they're great assets to the storytelling of Heroes, so whenever they come into focus in a way that is consistent with what's gone on before, you're bound to flirt with excellence, IMO.

I feel this was the case in this two-parter where the characters of Nathan and Peter are concerned. They both progressed as individuals, and so too did their bond as brothers. (If I had to nitpick, Peter could have mentioned Nathan's children instead of/as well as his political role when he made his point about being more expendable. Seems like something he'd be as/more concerned about. But like I said, it's a minor nitpick.)

Matt and Daphne's story continues to be sweet, if rushed - but so it goes in the comic world, I have come to accept. I'm glad they're back on the right track and look forward to their reintegration in the main crisis.

Finally, while I was dubious about Hiro's recent loss of memory (which is simply tragic), I am now delighted with the turn his arc is taking. All of his scenes this week were delightful. Ando is as amazing as always, and Sam and Frak are possibly the best side characters ever. Hiro's last scenes, saving the day at the Bennet house and taking Claire back to the past, were completely thrilling and full of promise.

I cannot wait for next week. It feels awesome being this taken with the show again. Thank you for bringing the goods! And on a much more shallow note, thank you kindly for that picture of Adrian in shackles. As we say in fangirlese: guh.

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Also of note... I understood Nathan's French better than I did the Haitians', lulz. But that's because they really spoke Creole, which is the dialect from the West Indies, whereas Nathan's was more continental. Anyhow... NATHAN + SHACKLES + FRENCH = HKDSL;ASKDHALJ; *dies* (Need icon. Thanks in advance, internets.)

And I am so fond of Sam and Frak's convention legend! Hee. I think it's really sweet that they've mentioned Isaac's sketchbook again, and who knows? Maybe it'll come up again in a future episode? How EPIC would that be? <3

As for Sylar, on the one hand, I'm covertly LOLing at the very process of retconning-the-retcon, but more importantly on the other hand, I am just TOO GLAD TO CARE! :D

Oh and... MOHINDER/FLINT OMG LOL! I loved it, all of it. XD

I'm really excited for next week's episode, I think it has potential to be fantastically awesome. Yay!

Polls to come later tonight, hopefully.

Date: 2008-12-02 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxsyd.livejournal.com
I'm just going to say a big "Me too" here to pretty much all of the above :-D

Date: 2008-12-02 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gossy16.livejournal.com
:D *highfives*

Date: 2008-12-02 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] malicat.livejournal.com
1000% agree on everything!
I literally cheared and screamed when the REAL Sylar was back.SO MUCH AWESOMENESS!!!!

Date: 2008-12-02 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gossy16.livejournal.com
Srsly. I think, if there is ever an actual mention in canon of Sylar's sociopathy (or has there already been?), I will forgive them for his arc this season. You know why? A psychopath can't tell the difference between right and wrong. A sociopath knows the difference, he just doesn't care. THIS IS SYLAR, YES.

Date: 2008-12-02 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxsyd.livejournal.com
Yes, that is Sylar. And I've always thought of him as a sociopath from day one pretty much, and this whole trying to be good thing (I've never been convinced by it), I just always thought of him just doing that because it suits him. He's a kid, playing the 'lets be the good guy game', he doesn't do it because it's the right thing to do, he does it's he wants to do it at that particular time, see how the game plays out.

Date: 2008-12-02 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] decadentdream.livejournal.com
Being as I got to watch Heroes much earlier last night, I really couldn't wait to read comments from you guys cause I was uterlly THRILLED with how well everything went. Man I should write a review of my own just to express all the GOODNESS that came from this episode. But when I clicked on someone else's review and saw them just HAMMERING the episode, I was kinda annoyed and kinda doubting myself cause there were things they said which were technically right but thinking on it they just really weren't seeing the overall big picture not to mention they said they couldn't remember Isaac and messenger boy and it was THE WORST IDEA EVER if it wasn't true

But reading this - you make my heart fill with glee because you saw a lot of the same things I did and seem to have been just as entertained XD They do seem to be going down a good track again

Date: 2008-12-02 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gossy16.livejournal.com
May I suggest you friend [livejournal.com profile] metatarsus? Michelle is AWESOME at finding all of the good stuff and positivity in any Heroes episode, which is all just amazing to read about. (She's also super friendly and talented and I'm sure you'd get along famously. :D) So if and when hypercritical reviews are harshing your squee, her posts will DEFINITELY make you feel a lot better about liking/loving the show. ^^ <3

But yes, you should definitely write a review of your own! :D

Date: 2008-12-02 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxsyd.livejournal.com
I think I'll check this person out too! As I too only see the positive in the show.

Date: 2008-12-02 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] afrocurl.livejournal.com
I haven't had any real problems with the episode, but I don't always think too much about the show week in and week out. (Well, I do, but I don't mind if shit like Elle dying happens.)

Date: 2008-12-02 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 12-12-12.livejournal.com
Word to all of this. I cannot believe that people would be asstastic enough to rant and whine at Beeman's blog, when he's made of awesome for even giving us all that extra content in the first place. Also, people should learn that their opinion is not objective fact. Just because you think an episode sucked, does not necessarily mean it actually sucked.

Go you for posting that. I might follow suit and do the same.

Date: 2008-12-03 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lunacat.livejournal.com
THANK YOU!!!! I haven't been able to get on LJ a lot recently and every time I do I either see nothing about Heroes or something completely negative that brings my enthusiasm down. I think the writers are kind of just testing the waters right now, trying to get everything back on track. I think they're doing that just fine so far. The only thing I didn't like this episode was where they took Nathan's character, but the Pasdar eye + ear candy more than made up for it. ;)

P.S. These last two eps go on to my favorites list automatically because of Seth Green. ♥

Date: 2008-12-03 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nitro26.livejournal.com
FINALLY. I was getting so sick of Sylar. He's SUPPOSED to be bad! He's way more interesting that way too. Eh, and I hope HRG wasn't lying about his parents. I don't want him to be a Petrelli. =/

Okay. And was HRG awesome or was he awesome? Seriously. ♥

Date: 2008-12-03 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] promiseoftin.livejournal.com
I just like the phrase "holy manatee." :)

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