Dear reader… I’m not sure how to review something like Heroes (BBC2, Wednesday, 9pm) as it is so plot driven that I fear I may simply churn out the event like some autistic sci-fi fiend. I really don’t want to do that. However, as I haven’t exactly planned what I’m writing yet, we’ll just have to see where we end up. I suppose there are lots of other things to pick apart in the show.
Forget all that. Last night, I think it happened. I’ve previously said that I don’t have the willpower to stay with shows like this and that, as much as I liked Heroes, I couldn’t see myself getting gripped. Rot. Last night… last night… I was sucked in and started an exercise in seeing how wide my eyes would go and just how close to the edge of my seat I could sit without falling onto the floor in a distinctly non super fashion… and Christopher Eccleston hadn’t even happened yet.
In Heroes, there is so much going on that it’s hard to tear your gaze away from the screen. It feels that blinking and such will rob you of some vital information… like a mystical symbol appearing on an unlikely thing… or a brief glance at someone over something (descriptive eh?). Basically, we got a double bill (just like a B-Movie Drive-in!) which saw the storyline get a little more tense… a little more intriguing.
We saw Sylar going insane, then smashing someones head up (in a cracking little sequence that saw some special powers and a lot of blood). We also saw Hiro continuing his quest to be the nicest super hero who ever did live, as well as slowing time down, unlocking the puzzle that is, essentially, the plot of Heroes. We saw Claire’s web of intrigue become more sticky but a slow realisation that she is in fact blessed by her self-healing powers (as opposed to cursed). Niki turned herself into the cops after she turns on her family… well she doesn’t, but rather, her demented alter ego Jessica does. It’s the evil twin storyline!
Issac does more paintings and discovers that he doesn’t really need to be ripped off his tits to do it… and he’s also buddies with Hiro now (who wouldn’t be in fairness?). Matt is still reading minds and telling people that he can do it (ooooh… trouble) and Peter and Nathan have their own troubles dealing with what they know, or rather, what they can do. All the while, the whole thing revolves around HRG and his mysterious business. Of course, I know his name because I’m intent on spoiling it and looking on the internet for more info.
That last point is proof that Heroes is not your average show. When Lost ‘happened’, I found my mates feverishly scouring the web for clues and answers… all of which left them like crack heads… sweating in their rooms, they would emerge days later shouting numbers and talking about ancient runes or something. Where Lost turned me off, Heroes is certainly flicking a switch on. You see, Heroes is a very childish and gratuitous children’s programme made for adults. It’s improbable and far fetched and absolutely marvelous for it. I’m almost certain that this show has its hooks in me and I’m getting caught up in the whole thing. Sure enough, there will be episodes that I’ll find dull, but by that point, I’ll be too far gone. AND Christopher Eccleston made a brief appearance… and I like him a lot. [Mof Gimmers]Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip