”Heroes”: The family ties get more complex
Bonjour, mesdames et messieurs, and welcome to the show. Your previous TV Watch host, Missy Schwartz, has been called away on pressing Entertainment Weekly duty to spend some quality interview time with people far more fabulous than you or I. Really, if she’s got the ability to sit across a dark barroom table from people like Viggo Mortensen and make them spill their savory secrets, her powers are better deployed elsewhere.
That means I’ll be your whipping boy from now on, folks. So strap in, gird your loins (jeebus knows I’ve girded mine after my run on Battlestar Galactica TV Watches), and let’s get into it.
Ah, if only there were something to get into. Another episode where pretty much everyone just sat around. Oh, sorry, Nathan shaved. And Micah pirated cable.
Let’s go over the things we learned:
Teenage girls lie to their fathers about boys. Yes, Claire was a very bad girl telling her dad that there isn’t a suitor in her life. And telling him that she was going to the library to study the Internet’s effect on the library — which is a pretty good lie, actually, even though she didn’t follow through by bringing any books with her to meet young West. I don’t know about you all, but I’m getting a very Buffy-Angel vibe from the Claire-West relationship. I just know he’s gonna turn evil. He’ll sleep with her, and then things will get bad. After their little Hollywood-sign rendezvous (what, this was the best place Claire could come up with? Why not the Golden Gate, or the Grand Canyon?), she parted ways with a ”You’re killing me” line. At least we didn’t get another ”Can You Read My Mind” romantic flying scene. It didn’t work in Superman; it doesn’t work now.
Fathers lie to their teenage girls about everything. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely fair. But I can’t wait for the ”Sorry, gang. I’ve got a paper conference…in the Ukraine” excuse.
Katrina was ”very bad.” Hey, I’m all for black superheroes, especially ones that are hot and aren’t brooding ex-cons. But did we really need an object lesson on how much it sucks to live in the post-Katrina recovery zone? Yes, it’s horrible, and yes, we should never forget, but the way we were reminded of it was so obviously manipulative. It seemed that was the only reason for us to have met Monica Dawson (Dana Davis), so we could witness the struggle to win the bread that would keep her impoverished family together. Cool power, though, the whole photographic-memory thing. Unclear if she can replicate whatever she sees, or just whatever she sees on TV.
As far as Star Trek veterans go, George Takei is a way better actor than Nichelle Nichols. ‘Nuff said.
Mama Petrelli is a pretty smooth operator. You know the only reason she gave that confession to the police was so that she’d get put ”in the system,” essentially giving her police protection. She knows that she’s a marked woman and that she’s safer on the inside. Not safe, but safer.
NEXT: Who’s your daddy?