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May 22nd, 2007


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12:11 am - Sis. Boom. Bah.
From what I can glean from the radio commercials, tonight's Heroes season finale was supposed to cure cancer or something.

Surprisingly enough, I am not as cataclysmically disappointed as I really should be, given my expectations of "complete and utter flailtacular OMG HOLY FUCKING SHIT awesomeness." Because that was not it. But I will have it out, focus on the awesomes, and just enjoy the ride.

So the Mexican standoff didn't actually last three hours; that was just bad editing last week. How cute are Molly and Matt? He could just adopt her! She doesn't have parents, anyway.

Sylar is so awesome. I love that he can flip through the future like a visual Rolodex. He truly is the best user of powers ever, since his fundamental ability is seeing how things work. I mean, he can even make paintings appear on the canvas with MAGIC.

And speaking of magic, Molly Walker's sick again for no discernible reason! And Mohinder is now spiritually connected to her because he gave her his blood. Intriguingly, there is one person Molly cannot see, someone even scarier than Sylar (!). "When I think about him, he can see me." OMG IT'S VOLDEMORT.

I like how Molly's power comes with a precise knowledge of cartography.

Claire is also awesome. I love that she just jumps out a window, knowing she'll be okay. That's how you use those powers, girl.

Sylar vs. Ando was good fun, and I was genuinely worried for a moment. I loved that Ando was all, "You can't have my brain!" and Sylar was all, "Er, why the hell would I want it anyway, nimrod?" I didn't particularly understand the confrontation with Hiro because Sylar just stood there while Hiro blipped Ando away; it was hard to tell Sylar was doing anything at all, although you could see he'd gotten a couple inches. Of surface wound. Even though he was threatening to cut his head off, so even a few inches of that would have been very serious to Ando. And I'll stop nitpicking that now. Because, aw, Ando taught Hiro about courage. Just like Charles Deveaux taught Peter about heart. But who will teach Kelly about brains?

So, the only logical explanation regarding the Charles scene is that when Peter blacked out, he went back in time and immediately became invisible and confused. It was cool to get confirmation that he was one of Them, but we still don't know what the hell his power is! Or Mama Petrelli's! Or Sulu's! I liked that while he seemed to be behind the Bomb Plan, he didn't come off as malevolently evil as the rest of the wackos. He saw Peter's potential. And then...oh my God, he did not just deliver a thirty-minute monologue about the POWER OF LOVE and how ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE and how LOVE WILL SAVE THE WORLD. It's always love that saves the world, Christ! One of these days, it'll be extreme apathy. You just wait.

Meanwhile, there's this whole thing where THREE THOUSAND YEARS LATER, Niki realizes she has superstrength.

Noah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, here's the thing. We've been waiting, like, ALL SEASON to see how they're going to stop New York from blowing up. I expected it to take, like, half the episode. And instead the entire episode is just waiting (slightly awesome waiting, mind you), and the actual scene we've been waiting for for MONTHS occurs in the LAST TEN MINUTES. Look, you guys, I'm calling foul here. It wouldn't be as annoying if the first fifty minutes were more action-packed and super-revelatory, but they weren't. They were kind of slow, and it was sort of a niggling suspense rather than well-earned, edge-of-your-seat tension.

Peter vs. Sylar was hardly even a fight! Peter did shit. Sylar, as usual, is 210% awesome and makes up for everyone else. Why has no one with telekinesis ever done that bullet trick before? WHAT THE HELL, NEO? You don't PICK THEM UP. You SHOOT THEM BACK. And look at Niki, finally, joining the fight! I thought it was cool that they were having multiple Heroes involved in this confrontation, but it didn't really last that long. I did like that Peter immediately absorbed Niki's superstrength and started beating the crap out of Sylar.

There was that cool exchange about Peter being the villain and Sylar being the hero that would be much cooler if it made any sense at all. How the hell does Sylar get to be the hero in all this? A) Peter is going to explode. B) Sylar is GOING TO DIE. How the hell was he planning on surviving the explosion, especially if he was Ground Zero? I really like the sentiment, because great villains always think they're in the right, but...I didn't get it.

And here comes Hiro, fulfilling the prophecy! And...NO WAY. HE DID NOT JUST KILL SYLAR. NO FAIR. SILLY LITTLE MAN. YATTA. But, God, even when he's dying, Sylar can toss people around like rag dolls with his magic fingers (how awesome was it that he was able to telechoke Peter while still fighting three other people?).

Now Peter is primed to explode, and Claire has to do what she said she'd do, and she doesn't want to, and...NO. LOOK, GIRL. JUST SHOOT HIM IN THE FUCKING HEAD. HE WILL NOT DIE. THE BULLET WILL NOT STAY LODGED IN HIS BRAIN. IT WILL STOP THE RADIATION OVERLOAD. THEN JUST GET HIM INTO RADIOACTIVE REHAB. NO ONE HAS TO DIE. FOR GOD'S SAKE, HE CAN SURVIVE BLOWING UP. I THINK HE CAN SURVIVE A BULLET TO THE BRAIN.

But instead, Nathan flies down, and he must have superhearing because he's able to insert himself into the conversation they were just having. Unless he just assumed that "God, they're probably having that 'There's no other way!!' discussion. My line is 'Yes, Claire, there is.' Wait, let me try that again. 'Yes, Claire, there is.' Okay, got it. Up, up, and away!" And I sort of love the way this scene is shot because, in the radiation glow, Nathan looks almost ethereal, like a heavenly angel come to save them all. And I love that this totally fits with Peter's original vision, of Nathan calmly walking toward him while everyone else runs away. But, but...CLAIRE COULD JUST FUCKING SHOOT HIM, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE. Peter saved the cheerleader so they could save the world? WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT MEAN? BECAUSE NATHAN MET HIS DAUGHTER AND LEARNED HOW TO LOVE OR SOMETHING? Nathan didn't have to sacrifice himself, dammit! Maybe he flew away after dropping Peter off. He sure does fly fast. And Peter's probably cooling off in the Hudson River now.

Sylar lives!! He better be hiding out in the sewer, recovering. Or maybe he turned into a cockroach. Nice touch, by the way.

And then, what? "End of Volume One"? And they're starting "Volume Two" RIGHT NOW? Oh, the advantages of being renewed.

Hey, that guy looks burnt. Or dead. But it's not Peter, it's Hiro. And...HE APPEARS TO BE IN FEUDAL JAPAN. Samurais! Kensei! Who looks sort of like his dad! Japan! 1600s! Holy shit! OMG ECLIPSE. OLD-SCHOOL POWERS, LIKE THE ABILITY TO MANIPULATE A PRINTING PRESS. Is the second season going to be entirely in seventeenth-century Japan or WHAT? The storytelling possibilities truly are endless on this show, it seems.

So, that was fun. Somewhat anticlimactic, and not as exuberantly exciting as I would have liked, but it's a good time when hot folks have superpowers. Bring on the next season finale, in which new character Jasper Sands comes to an epiphany in the last ten minutes that if he just says, "Please," Godzilla will stop destroying Tokyo.

spectralbovine: Heeeey.
spectralbovine: Volume 1 is called Genesis.
spectralbovine: Volume 2 is called Generations.
spectralbovine: Maybe Volume 3 is, er...Gender.
spectralbovine: Genevieve.
spectralbovine: Gentrification.
jeeperstseepers: Gentlemen
jeeperstseepers: Gentrification is good.
spectralbovine: Generalities.
jeeperstseepers: Genuflect
spectralbovine: Genocide.
jeeperstseepers: Gennifer
spectralbovine: Genoese.
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From:squaringkarma
Date:May 22nd, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
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Noah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*slaps self to sleep*
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From:mutinousmuse
Date:May 22nd, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
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"When I think about him, he can see me." OMG IT'S VOLDEMORT.

A HA HA WIN!!! He can give Peter the lightening-bolt shaped scar!
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From:mutinousmuse
Date:May 22nd, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
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Also.

How the hell does Sylar get to be the hero in all this?

I think he thought he was going to be a hero because he was already planning on killing Nathan and becoming president? I think? But that still doesn't explain how he expected to survive the blast. Maybe while Nathan was exploding he was planning to hit up the Claire/Nathan/Micah/Whoever Else is Nearby Buffet.

Either way, I think he will make an AWESOME Gollum.
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From:sophia_helix
Date:May 22nd, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)

Vol. 3

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I predict... Genova. Because god knows they've ripped off enough X-Men material that no one would notice a utopian mutant planet.
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From:the_partyman
Date:May 22nd, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)
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Starting Volume Two at the end of S1 was sneaky and clever and OMG THE WAIT IS GONNA HURT!!!!!!
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From:ste_noni
Date:May 22nd, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)
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My only bitch about this was that Peter can fly! I read the whole "no two powers at once" thing but that was never stated in the show and a super irritating leap to have to make as a viewer.

I did love, however, how Peter was in white and Sylar in black. That was cool
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From:eldritch_flame
Date:May 23rd, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
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I read the whole "no two powers at once" thing but that was never stated in the show...

And in fact it was stated that that's not the case! Peter has used two powers simultaneously a bunch of times! Or, well, at least twice that I can think of.
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From:harper47
Date:May 22nd, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
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See I wrote my review before reading yours and we are brainsharing again because I had the exact same problems as you did. Thank God - I was afraid I was out on my lonely, that wasn't superb/wow/knock me out limb alone again.

Exactly about the love. Exactly. Just what I was thinking. Hey - I want the power to save the world to be divatude. Or whininess. Or crabbiness. Stop with the sappy loveness. Hug a tree, Hug your brother, save the world. Gah!!!

Hee! Love your Voldemort line. Love it!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 22nd, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
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Thank God - I was afraid I was out on my lonely, that wasn't superb/wow/knock me out limb alone again.
Nah, several people on my flist had the same reaction. The difference is whether you like it despite its lack of supreme awesomeness or just think it's lame.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:May 22nd, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
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I'm disappointed. Not overly, and I'll watch next season, but the finale was definitely pretty meh for me.

I'd write more about that but my kitten seems determined to attack the computer screen while I'm typing. Damn you kitten!
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From:miniglik
Date:May 22nd, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
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But who will teach Kelly about brains?


HEE!

But, really: MATT! Who will teach Matt about brains?


I hated that they had to bash us with the "love is your gift" shit. Like, be subtle or SOMETHING. I think I'm still annoyed with this episode, even though I did mostly enjoy it.
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From:squaringkarma
Date:May 22nd, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
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I hated that they had to bash us with the "love is your gift" shit.

I started singing "All you need is love love love love" when they did that *headdesk*
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:May 22nd, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
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FOR GOD'S SAKE, HE CAN SURVIVE BLOWING UP

Well, to be fair, they don't actually know that, do they. WE got to see the future, but they didn't. Still, though, it would make more sense to shoot or stab peter in the brain and take the risk that it might kill him than to do something that will probably kill him and definitely kill Nathan. (Yes, I realize Nathan may still be alive. But there's no way THEY expect him to survive that. They don't realize they're in a TV show.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 22nd, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
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Well, to be fair, they don't actually know that, do they.
Yes, they do. Mama Petrelli and Claire and Nathan have that entire discussion about how Peter is going to live with the guilt of having blown up half the city.
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From:athenacqd
Date:May 22nd, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
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I assume that Peter was doing the power of napping thing that Mohinder did ages ago that was never mentioned again when he followed the little kid with the ball who looked like a boy but was maybe his sister but I can't remember because it was both boring and a long time ago and never mentioned again.

Anyway, I assume it was so visionary dreamy thing because he was woken up at the same spot and didn't execute any of the similar behaviors that Hiro uses when he moves through time and space.

Although, again "Hiro, you can stop this" grrrrrrr. GRRRRRR. So can you, idiot!

Why is he lousy with his powers? Why doesn't he practice? Why can Sylar use multiple powers at once but Peter can't if that is indeed the problem? Why does Peter never use his power of future seeing? Hello? He has it too! Why does he have everything Sylar has but still suck way worse?

Dude. I'm starting to think Sylar was right and that he IS the only one who deserves these powers. Him and Claire. And DL. And ok, I guess Hiro too. They like, make some sort of concerted effort to USE their power.

I am also annoyed that it isn't entirely clear if Sylar gets what Peter's power is. Like, does Sylar think Peter is just really lame? Does he get that Peter has what he's wanted all along? Like, all Sylar has to do is eat Peter's brain and then he's done with brains for good! He'll just use the list, knock on some doors, say what's up? And go home.

I'm sure the man she can't see will be some other Linderman-esq figure that will be all scary and mysterious all season, just to show up and get killed by secondary characters in some random fashion. SIGH.

It's not that I was unhappy. I just expected so much more!

But so long as Zachary Quinto is back next season, I shall consider it a success.

"Boom!"

Man I love that guy.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 22nd, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Anyway, I assume it was so visionary dreamy thing because he was woken up at the same spot and didn't execute any of the similar behaviors that Hiro uses when he moves through time and space.
Yeah, it could be, if they made it clear that Charles had the dream power, dammit!

Why is he lousy with his powers? Why doesn't he practice? Why can Sylar use multiple powers at once but Peter can't if that is indeed the problem? Why does Peter never use his power of future seeing? Hello? He has it too! Why does he have everything Sylar has but still suck way worse?

Dude. I'm starting to think Sylar was right and that he IS the only one who deserves these powers. Him and Claire. And DL. And ok, I guess Hiro too. They like, make some sort of concerted effort to USE their power.

Ha ha! Seriously!

Does he get that Peter has what he's wanted all along? Like, all Sylar has to do is eat Peter's brain and then he's done with brains for good! He'll just use the list, knock on some doors, say what's up? And go home.
Oh man, can you imagine? Sylar would just, like, hold a convention.

I'm sure the man she can't see will be some other Linderman-esq figure that will be all scary and mysterious all season, just to show up and get killed by secondary characters in some random fashion. SIGH.
Heh.

It's not that I was unhappy. I just expected so much more!
So did I! SIGH.

But so long as Zachary Quinto is back next season, I shall consider it a success.

"Boom!"

Man I love that guy.

FUCK YEAH, DUDE.
From:wee_warrior
Date:May 22nd, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
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But, but...CLAIRE COULD JUST FUCKING SHOOT HIM, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE.

No, she couldn't. If she shot him, he would explode. And if she shot him in his brain he would be dead, because the bullet would destroy his brain (see also McCain, Eden. Or Linderman, "Bill." Once your brain is kaputt, your heroing ways are over.). Shooting Peter always meant killing Peter. Now, if she just had stuck a brunch into his spinal cord... but I digress.

He sure does fly fast.

And he has a protective forcefield.

And then...oh my God, he did not just deliver a thirty-minute monologue about the POWER OF LOVE and how ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE and how LOVE WILL SAVE THE WORLD.

I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who hated that. Gods, I wanted to slap the man the first time he rattled off this crap - which must have been in Episode 7, otherwise one of my favourites - and I somehow really hope that he's the guy who can SEE Molly (although, seriously if she can think of him, can't she just tell other people his name? Or at least describe him, or something?), because that would mean that he is Eeevil, too.
From:wee_warrior
Date:May 22nd, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
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Er, when I wrote "stuck a brunch in his spinal cord" I meant "branch." Because the alternative doesn't really make sense.
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From:maka2000
Date:May 22nd, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
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I liked this episode quite well.

So, the only logical explanation regarding the Charles scene is that when Peter blacked out, he went back in time and immediately became invisible and confused. It was cool to get confirmation that he was one of Them, but we still don't know what the hell his power is!

Nooo, I'm pretty sure Charles' power was dream related. Seeing the truth in dreams, influencing other people's dreams, entering dreams or the unconcious. Remember how Simone said, before Charles died, he said he'd spent the night flying with Peter? I think Peter's Real power is soaking up other people's power. And Charles' power of dreams was the first one Peter soaked up. After all, Peter dreamt about flying before he ever did it.

I think this makes sense because even though Charles is dead, his spirit was able to enter Peter's mind when he was knocked out and Charles was able to show him the truth about his mother.
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From:catatonia00
Date:May 22nd, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Remember how Simone said, before Charles died, he said he'd spent the night flying with Peter?

You remembered that? Wow.
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From:catatonia00
Date:May 22nd, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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BTW, we still don't know Mama Petrelli's powers right? Is it safe to assume that Peter can only absorb powers when it's utilized? Also, is it awful to chant "die Parkman die"?

My favorite scene was where Hiro says "Daipinchi (= oh shit/pinch)" and the subtitles show off random WTF letters.

So Hiro goes back to his ancetral roots, marking a new volume. I read somewhere that they'd be showcasing new superheroes with matching backstories before the fall season starts as fillers. Why does that sound lame to me? Or I must have read wrong.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 22nd, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
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BTW, we still don't know Mama Petrelli's powers right? Is it safe to assume that Peter can only absorb powers when it's utilized?
We don't! And I think, so far, it would generally be a safe assumption to assume he can only absorb powers that are used in his vicinity. Initially, I thought it was touch, but then that didn't work. Did Claire regenerate near Peter BEFORE Sylar tossed him off the roof? I think that may be an exception.

My favorite scene was where Hiro says "Daipinchi (= oh shit/pinch)" and the subtitles show off random WTF letters.
Yeah, that was amusing.

I read somewhere that they'd be showcasing new superheroes with matching backstories before the fall season starts as fillers. Why does that sound lame to me? Or I must have read wrong.
No, it'll be during the spring hiatus. And it's only lame because people will VOTE on which character joins the show the following season.
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From:prophetkristy
Date:May 22nd, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
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I, too, was underwhelmed. Admittedly, "Five Years Gone" is going to be a really hard episode to top, EVER. But there were serious pacing issues here. They should have had a two-hour finale, or else cut down on the talky meat. Did Arkush direct this one? He did such an amazing job with "Company Man."

"Noah" made my eyebrows go above my hairline, but it could have been worse. Really, Jack Coleman did too well convincing me about "Anthony". ;-) Hey, I'm just glad he survived. *hugs and loves Bennet, but doesn't call him George*

I loved the effect with Sylar using Isaac's powers. They should have done that earlier! (unless they were trying to say that Sylar uses them differently than Isaac did.) But the showdown was a serious letdown. Where's the body count?????
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 22nd, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Did Arkush direct this one? He did such an amazing job with "Company Man."
I know! I recognized the name and got excited. But it wasn't a directing problem; it was a writing problem.

I think I'm one of the few people who somehow didn't LURVE "Five Years Gone" as much as I should have, but "Company Man" was one of the best episodes of television I've ever seen. So, hard to top.
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From:grammarwoman
Date:May 22nd, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Yes. To all of the above. I felt really cheated that we didn't get a huge, all-in battle, with Sylar taking on everyone and kicking ass, only to have ___ happen, where ___ is something awesome that the writers should have created instead of what we saw. I mean, take the moment where Niki whomped Sylar and go from there, guys. Do we have to do all the work around here?

At the very least, someone should have been tossed into or ran on top of that freaky red stairstep sculpture in the Plaza, or through the portal on the Rooftop of Portents. You have all these neat architectural playgrounds, now use them!

"OMG IT'S VOLDEMORT."

Voldemort, or Sauron? *grin*
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 22nd, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
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THE ALL-SEEING EYE OF DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

I felt really cheated that we didn't get a huge, all-in battle, with Sylar taking on everyone and kicking ass, only to have ___ happen, where ___ is something awesome that the writers should have created instead of what we saw. I mean, take the moment where Niki whomped Sylar and go from there, guys. Do we have to do all the work around here?
The Heroes were supposed to, like, BAND TOGETHER and stop Sylar. Not just run at him individually and get their asses handed to them one after the other. There were SO MANY instances of awesome ways to use their powers in tandem (Bennet/Parkman/Sprague breaking out of the OWI comes to mind, for instance), and they couldn't come up with something MORE AWESOME for the DAMN FINALE? Le sigh.

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