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Save the Cheerleader, Save the World

Heroes%20resized.JPGI just finished watching season one of Heroes on DVD. I love the central message of the series... you effect large things by tending to the small things. One would suppose a cheerleader would be insignificant when one is considering possible nuclear catastrophe. I love that this series takes the lives of seemingly disassociated people from all over the world and weaves them together into a very satisfying narrative.

I think the most significant thing they did with this series is how they start every show with an image of planet Earth. That simple image tells much of what they are trying to say. It's about all of us. Nothing happens that doesn't impact something else. An office worker in Japan is connected to a politician in New York is connected to a policeman in California is connected to a cheerleader in Texas is connected to a biologist in India is connected to a webcam stripper in Nevada and so on and so on.

The opening season was very satisfying and brilliantly executed from beginning to end. I'm hopeful they can maintain this level of story telling in seasons to come.


I thought season one was incredible up until the last few episodes. Season two so far has been ... not so good. I think it'll rally, though.

Well, in truth, I agree. The last episode especially was a bit of a let down. Still very satisfying and wonderfully made.

I found the whole Niki/Jessica storyline to be kind of uninteresting and overwrought. The HRG/Claire and Peter/Nathan relationships were the most engaging for me.

Oooo, you might have got me. I have cut back my TV watching to "Lost," but I wanted to watch "Heroes" when it started. DVD is the way to go for me, with three little kids to get to bed every night.
But I also don't want to be one of those people saying: "Shut up, I haven't watched it yet!" And trying to record things and find time to watch them doesn't work for me, either. I like getting the whole thing and obsessing over it for a week.

I saw it for 5 minutes once and was blown away by the violence. I don't watch much network TV but when did R-rated splatter become a staple?

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