Heroes Episode Guide – Chapter 4: Collision

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“Heroes is bloody brilliant” – that’s what I found myself saying when this episode finished. When Hiro turns up from the future, with a sword, speaking English, mentioning he hardly recognises Peter without his scar, I found myself smiling with glee.

Another great episode, as usual a fuller review can be found here and there is too much to write about really. Obviously the big question is about Hiro, I love his stuff in Las Vegas, abusing his powers, it lightens the episode until we get caught. Claire also uses her powers in what could be called an act of a superhero – bringing someone to justice. Although perhaps not in the same way that Superman would.

Her Dad also gets a bit more screen time. We learn that Matt the cop is being held against his will by glasses guy, who now has a new sidekick errr bald guy who has special powers. When Matt asks who Claire is, glasses guy tells his friend that he’s “further gone than we thought” and to “clean him out” which hints the bald guy has some special mental powers. His appearance at the end is also ambiguous – what does “only take the one of them” mean? Is it Nathan, Niki, or one half of Niki that he’s referring to?

And Mohinder thinks about giving up, but the arrival of Peter stops him. Peter is a surprise as well as it increasing seems he takes on the powers of those around him rather than have a gift of his own – something which is hard to prove to Mohinder. So they try to see Issac, a man who wants to be a hero (despite looking increasing like Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica) but can seemingly only use hs power while high on drugs. That’s what’s great about the show. It makes things as real as possible – real problems and real difficulties about people with unreal powers.

I can’t wait for the next episode.

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Theatre Review – Wyrd Sisters

I went to the theatre last week to see an amateur play of Wyrd Sisters. Written by Terry Pratchett, it’s a early Discworld story of three witches (well, two and a half) and a kingdom in turmoil.

Instead of just writing a review, I did a video one instead, a vlog I suppose.

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Heroes Episode Guide – Chapter 1: Genesis

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I’m not going to give a full review of what happened in the episode, that can be found elsewhere (here is a good place to start) but rather say what I thought of it.

While trying to explain the show to someone else, they switched off as soon as I mentioned “superpowers”. But while they are the point of the show, it’s how they deal with them that I found intriguing. Claire the cheerleader struggling to cope, Peter and his politician brother have different ways of seeing their ability to fly (episode two and three explain that more), Niki isn’t even sure she has a power but is suspicious of her mirror image, Issac is freaked out and wants to destroy his paintings that depict the future and Hiro loves his powers and tries to convince his friend and others about it. It’s great characterisation and each little story progresses nicely and I’ve become invested in the characters already.

I do like the voiceover by Mohinder Suresh (the actor Sendhil Ramamurthy), I find it helps with the episode and put it into context – these are just normal people trying to live normal lives. It just happens they have superpowers.

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Heroes Season 1 Overview

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Heroes is coming to the Sci-Fi Channel on February 19 (although you could watch it online from the 12th) and later to BBC2. But what is it? To quote Wikipedia:

Heroes is an American drama television series, created by Tim Kring, which premiered on NBC on September 25, 2006. The series tells the story of several people who “thought they were like everyone else… until they woke with incredible abilities” such as telepathy, time travel and flight. These people soon realize they have a role in preventing a catastrophe and saving mankind.

The series loosely follows the writing style of American comics by doing short, multi-episode story arcs that build upon a larger, more encompassing arc. Even with small story arcs that move the story forward, Kring said he mapped out where he intends the show to go for the next five seasons.

When the series premiered in the United States, it was the night’s most-watched program among adults 18-49, attracting 14.3 million viewers overall and receiving the highest rating for any NBC drama premiere in five years.

The show is airing in America and when it starts over here I’ll be reviewing each episode, but having seen about half the series I thought I’d give you some impressions.

Firstly, don’t do what I do and spot the actors from every other TV show and film you’ve seen. It started to infuriate me for a while and I had to stop it and go to imdb.com to find out who she was (Final Destination by the way).

After that I started to enjoy myself. I’m not going to give any spoilers away here don’t worry, but the show is really intriguing from the start. A show about people with superpowers immediately makes you think of special effects and amazing stunts, but they’re few and far between. The most you get in the earlier episodes is the cheerleader (Claire) healing herself from horrendous injuries and there’s some great stuff from the Japanese guy (Hiro) who can teleport and stop time, but the show is about stories and characters.

The catastrophe that needs adverting is revealed early on thanks to the visions of the future, junkie Issac has been painting. Heroes has been compared to Lost, but here is the distinctive difference – there’s a goal for the characters. I became invested in the characters quickly as I want to know how they’re going to stop this event, while at the same time (like Lost) wondering what’s going on.

At first each character has his or her own story but increasingly characters start to cross each other, sometimes without them knowing – but they’re all linked by Mohinder Suresh – an Indian scientist trying to carry on his murdered father’s work on evolution.

And there’s also seems to be a definite bad guy. Well two actually which seem to be separate and one may have special powers as well.

So it all starts with a lot of promise. As I said I’ll be looking at each episode in a bit more detail (you can sign up for our daily email here and/or weekly email here), but make sure you watch it on either channel when it starts, it’s the next big thing. Expect Sky to snap it up soon!

Movie Goggles – Rocky Balboa

This time, I’ve taken a go at reviewing Rocky Balboa. After the suggestions from the review I did of Bobby, I’ve tried to liven it up a bit. And hurt myself in the process.

As with last time I’ve uploaded it to various sites and the links are below. People at Break seem to love it once again…

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Movie Goggles – Bobby

Here at Life Goggles, we like trying new things. So in that spirit I’ve tried my hand at movie reviewing. It’s a tad long but it’s only my first attempt so I’m not going to be too harsh on myself. Unlike the comments left at break.com (link below). TG bought me that jumper.

As usual you can leave constructive and discerning comments at the bottom, of the page.

Today it’s Bobby, the new film by Emilo Estevez.

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Bobby – Movie Review By Adam

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