Apparently NBC’s “Heroes” is being beat out in the ratings by a number of other shows that share its current Monday 9p.m. time slot. This is strange because:
1) “Heroes” is an excellent show.
2) Who doesn’t love a show about super human powers? No one.
3) This means America is opting to watch these guys
instead of these hunks:
Lame. Seriously though, what “Two and a Half Men?” Why are you a show, and why are you on like four times a day now? And why do I secretly watch you when nothing else is on TV?
Anyway, being that there’s a writer’s strike and all, I thought this might be a good time to introduce the “Heroes” characters to anyone ignoring this diamond of a show. This way you can get all excited and pumped up for new episodes until you realize that the strike has halted production on the show indefinitely. OR you will realize this writer’s strike allows you the chance to catch up on past episodes prepping you for when new episodes air again. It’s a win/win situation.
I will begin my character/show review by stating the show’s main plot– pretty much evil powers are trying to destroy the world, and these heroes must ban together to prevent such disasters from taking place. However, it should be noted that within this main plot line are about 30 subplots. Some may have a problem with this, but I do not. Multiple subplots shouldn’t bother anyone suffering from a little disease I like to call Attention Deficit Disorder. And as we all know, most of America has self diagnosed themselves with this condition. But “Heroes” is perfect for A.D.D.-ers since as soon as our attention starts to inevitably stray, a new scene begins and we’re like, “Oh shit, what? A man is fighting with his wife’s doppelganger. I better pay attention.” And we do, because we’re interested in where the scene will go. (I took a liberty here by using “we” in the preceding sentence but, I mean, come on. The only reason why you might disagree with me in thinking that your attention is not always focused is because you’re currently on Adderall.)
Now, for the characters:
Peter can adapt to any of the heroes’ powers, meaning if he encounters a hero that can fly, boom, he’s soaring in the sky. Awesome, right? Wrong. This power has plagued Peter in certain instances, like the time he developed the ability to become radioactive. Not the most attractive quality in a product, let alone a human being. But to give you an idea of Peter’s awesome strength, some of the powers he’s been able to call his own over the first season include but are not limited to regenerating body parts after injury (think Wolverine), making fire with his hands, breaking the space/time continuum, becoming invisible, walking through walls, and all sorts of other neat/sometimes awful stuff.
Peter’s pretty much the glue of the series, mainly because if you have 1000 powers, you’re pretty important. But also, he is a genuinely good human being and used to be a male nurse (murse) which means he’s caring. This is imperative, as the most powerful human being on earth shouldn’t be evil.
Nathan is Peter’s brother. He can fly and is married to a Dixie Chick in real life. That’s all you really need to know about him.
Hiro is in my opinion the best character on the show. He is an adorable little man and the love in his heart knows no bounds. He’s great. Hiro can break the space/time continuum, hence he can stop time, go back in time, head out to the future, et cets. Basically he’s been able to achieve my dream.
Claire (Hayden Panettierre) can regenerate any part of her body, therefore she cannot be killed. She is, how you say, indestructible. She’s also a cheerleader and a hot blonde babe. But more importantly, she’s rumored to be dating the guy who plays Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventigmilia) in real life. This is disturbing because a) Milo is 30 and Hayden is like, 11 and b) Milo plays Hayden’s uncle on the show. But if it makes you feel any better, there is a video circulating the internet of Hayden attempting to save some dolphins from being slaughtered in Japan. So pretty much it’s as though Hayden’s an extension of yourself since, I’m assuming, you actively take part in saving dolphins by purchasing dolphin safe tuna. Therefore, we cannot judge Hayden. We can however, judge Milo.
Noah is Claire’s adoptive father and is sometimes referred to as “the man with the horn-rimmed glasses,” already he has the hipsters’ attention. [Spoiler] He used to work for an evil agency (I think?) but is not evil anymore (maybe?). This character is confusing. Noah was once bad, but then was good, and now seems a little bit crazy. His character has many layers. Like a shallot.
Matt’s ability is he reads minds. Similiar to Mel Gibson’s character in “What Women Want” only he can listen in on anyone’s thoughts, not just the ladies. I like Matt. Sometimes he uses his power to cheat, an example being when he read minds while taking a test instead of, say, studying really hard. But he just wants to succeed in life. You know, be good at something. So just give the guy a break. Maybe he has A.D.D.
Sidenote: The man who plays Matt used to be on “Felicity” and is a current spokesperson for Weight Watchers.
Niki’s power doesn’t so much qualify as a “heroic quality” as it does a burden. From time to time Niki’s dead sister takes over her body and kills people. I think the scientific name for this is called Multiple Personality Disorder/murderer. If you ask me, Niki’s sort of like the Gollum and Smiegel of the show. But that’s just me. Niki’s good people though. Don’t hate.
Micah’s Niki’s son. He’s a human hacker who can hack into anything, including ATMs, with the use of just his hands. As in, if he puts his hand up to an ATM machine, money will come flowing out. (Note to self: try to establish Micah’s power.) Also, you may or may not be interested to know that the actor who plays Micah is actually a child genius. He’s a piano prodigy. About five years ago he played for Oprah on her syndicated talk show. So…yeah. He plays piano well.
Okay, Maya. Maya was introduced as a new character in Season Two. Seems her power is that she kills everyone around her whenever she gets angry. It’s pretty intense. Her eyes become like black marbles, oozing out blood, and subsequently everyone around her drops dead. I can’t say I fully support this character, as black eyeballs give me nightmares. She also makes dumb decisions which I’m never a fan of.
Mohinder is the series’ narrator. He possesses no heroic strengths, however it was his father’s mission to find out where these heroes came from and help them work through the fact that they’re different. Unfortunately Mohinder’s father was murdered and therefore his life’s work came to an abrubt end. That is until Mohinder took over for him.
Slyar is Heroes’ main villain. While he’s not a born “hero,” he has figured out a way to make himself into one. Sylar cuts out the brains of those with special skills, i.e. he kills them, and I guess takes out the “hero” brain parts and puts them into his head? I’m not sure how it works, or how he adopts peoples’ powers, but he does. And it’s very scary. He wants the world to end. I’m thinking he has some depression issues.
Well, there you have it. An amazingly in depth summary of 11 of the five billion “Heroes” characters. I’m sure you feel like you’ve just watched all 26 episodes. I left out some people, since there are way too many to go over. But believe me, I touched upon the important ones. Trust.
PS. If you have any questions, please refer to the internet, or ask me about them in person. (I’ve had enough of typing!)
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