Holding Out For Some Heroes

Well, I’ve been enjoying this season of Heroes. As usual, it’s a hell of a roller coaster ride. But I’ve been having a few thoughts:

1) Could Sylar/Gabriel’s “redemption” be oriented at his upcoming role as Spock in the new Star Trek movie? Making him a bit more likable for the audiences there?

2) A long time ago, a cynic once described an opponent’s death as “a good career move.” Later, on a couple of Joss Whedon shows, two actresses found that having their characters die was, literally, a good career move — they got substantially more screen time afterwards. I’m referring, of course, to Julie Benz (killed in the first season of Buffy, came back several times in flashbacks and was resurrected, killed again, came back as a vampire again, and then died for the fourth time on Angel) and Mercedes McNab (recurring minor role on the first three seasons of Buffy, killed in the 3rd season finale, came back a a recurring semi-villain, and finally ended up a main cast member in the last season of Angel).

Heroes is taking it a step further. How many characters have been killed, but the actors still stay around? Hayden Panettiere, of course — that’s her power, after all — but Malcolm McDowell, Milo Ventimiglia, Ali Larter, Zachary Quinto, Masi Oka, and Adrian Pasdar have all had their characters “die” — sometimes permanently, sometimes not.

3) It seems that no matter what the characters do, the world’s doomed. New York will get nuked. A plague will wipe out humanity. Now, a hunk of California is a smoking pit. I’m starting to think that someone has it in for us.

4) The show’s creators have done a fantastic job of “stunt casting,” with bringing in major geek icons. Stan Lee. George Takei. Nichelle Nichols. Christopher Eccleston. This season, William Katt. I’m sure I’ve missed a few, but I find myself wondering who will be the next geek icon to show up. My leading candidates: Lynda Carter, Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, or Mark Hamill.

Regardless, they’ve got me hooked.

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