Heroes Season 1 end

Brian G Turner

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I've got to admit, after all the build up to the end, I was pretty disappointed by the climax.

The whole premise of the season was that an explosion would wipe out New York and must be stopped somehow - we focused a lot on Hiro who was trying to prevent this happening.

Yet at the end, Hiro never stopped the bomb - in fact, he couldn't even kill Sylar, with that "Flash Gordon" 'The End - or is it?' coming up with Sylar having escaped without anyone noticing.

Also, if Peter has all these powers, why couldn't he just fly himself up into space? Why did he need Nathan to do this?

Sure, we know he had problems controlling his powers - but we've also seen through his use of invisibility that Peter can control at least some of his powers.

It made him looks incredibly weak that all Peter could do was stand there and whimper.

The sudden appearance by Nathan was good, though - we've seen him struggle with the issue of what was being asked of him, and it felt like watching Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi looking between Luke and The Emperor, and finally making the right choice.

Which means that "save the cheerleader, save the world" must have been not because of Peter absorbing the regeneration, but instead of Claire meeting up with Nathan and saying something that tipped him finally into making the positive decision.

When he was asking her to trust him, he had a look that really reminded me of Bennet when he asks for trust, as though he already knew at that point what his decision was and he was trying to hide it.

So I guess the only person who was actually capable and able to stop the explosion was always Nathan.

Which kind of makes the other "heroes" look somewhat less heroic - especially Hiro, if he was unable to even kill Sylar, let alone transport Peter somewhere in time and space where he couldn't hurt anyone.

Was left with a bitter sweet feeling - initially disappointed by the ending because I was expecting something more dramatic, but the incredibly pivotal role of Nathan makes for interesting introspection.

Also, while I'm normally a fan of the tragic, and the ability to see characters die, I've got to admit I'm really hoping to see Peter and Nathan in season 2.

As Peter's explosion can't kill him, and he has regeneration anyway, then Nathan is the one in danger, but doesn't have to hold Peter all the way up.

Anyway, feel free to let me know if Peter and Nathan are regulars in Season 2 as that at least will inspire me to want to watch more. :)
 

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I was disappointed as well. I thought there was going to be a bigger battle, with some of the heroes helping each other more. Syler attacks someone then someone else does something to intersept the attack etc.

And if I'd been there and still able to walk, I'd have cut off Syler's head, but I suppose if they want him back for series 2 then...

But I had heard that the climax was a let down, so I expected to be disappointed.


Still looking forward to Series 2 though.
 

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The big problem with giving people incredible powers is always having to come up with convincing reasons why they can't actually use them in certain situations. BtVS was remarkable in the way it handled that. No convincing reason was given for Peter not just flying away, or just driving out to the middle of the Mojave desert, come to that.

As for Peter coming back, it was my understanding that Claire could die - in the episode where she's on the slab, wasn't it said that if the wood hadn't been removed in the next few minutes she would have died? Maybe it was said in the 5-minute roundup, I forget - and I don't believe Peter's regenerative ability could possibly save him post nuclear fission. However, Hiro could conceivably find a way to save him - and Nathan - in some fashion. But if heroes can always be saved, their sacrifice becomes meaningless.

I think we've already seen what season 2 will be about in the comment Molly made regarding someone she can't find - but can see her if she thinks about him. I didn't watch all the episodes though, so this may not be the mystery to others that it is to me.

My assessment of the series is that it was not quite the blockbuster it was hyped to be, but still has significant potential. It all depends on the quality of the writing in the future. At least it's not as empty as Lost turned out to be.

Not all first seasons of a show are the best so I still have hopes for Heroes.
 

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I loved the final episode as well as most of the rest of the first season. It was fun how they not only brought together different superpowered people to help against Sylar in different ways, but also incorporated little things we've seen along the wya but might not have been thinking about, like when Sylar kept Matt from shooting him. How did he know Matt was there and about to shoot? It had to be because he heard him.

Some of the other unanswered questions are only unanswered if you don't think about them much based on what we know from before. Peter, for example, can't use his other powers like flying because his concentration is taken up with trying to suppress the energy burst. And Hiro said once before how he expected saving the cheerleader to save the world, so that's already been explained: he had stabbed Sylar and watched him heal originally, so he figured he'd die this time if he didn't take Claire's power.

The only frustrating thing about it to me was that he only stabbed Sylar's chest instead of cutting through it or his belly or neck or just repeatedly cutting and stabbing over and over to make sure he'd really die... and that he used the sword intead of grabbing him, popping into space above, letting go, and popping back down to the ground alone. I guess he was caught up in doing this kind of thing in the image of how a samurai would have done it. Other than that, this final episode was exactly as it should be.
 

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Yeah, it was a bit disappointing. Like everyone else, I wanted to see a massive duel between Sylar and Peter. And Sylar getting away was just lame. His eyes went out, he got stabbed through the chest with a samurai sword, he's not going to survive that without Claire's power.

Nathan's return to being a good guy was cool, but Peter suddenly losing control was a bit rubbish. He controlled it before, why not now? Why is it only that power he can't control?

Very glad HRG survived. Probably my favourite character.
 

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I watched the final episodes back to back on Wednesday, and I have to admit it was slightly disappointing. Still, from what I've heard about the second series, I'll be definitely be giving it a watch.
 

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The best part of the last episode was Hiro being tranported to ancient Japan. Look forwrd to seeing how that pans out.
 

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Still, from what I've heard about the second series, I'll be definitely be giving it a watch.
Unofrtunately what I've heard is that it is so bad that they've started apologising for it.:confused:
 

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Yeah I heard that Kring had done that.

I'll still give it a go though. Hopefully they make a proper climax at the end this time.
 

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My assessment of the series is that it was not quite the blockbuster it was hyped to be, but still has significant potential. It all depends on the quality of the writing in the future. At least it's not as empty as Lost turned out to be.

Not all first seasons of a show are the best so I still have hopes for Heroes.

Hang on a sec - I enjoy both Heroes and Lost, but IMHO I have to say that I am not in anyway disappointed with Lost and would certainly not describe it a empty. I was very disappointed with the first series of Heroes but I am generally disappointed with the first series of any new show. It takes time for a show to find it's feet.

Look at shows like Star Trek for example. TNG, DS9 and VOY never really got going until their respective fourth seasons. There were some very good episodes in their early years but the show as a whole never really found its place. Having to wait three years before a show truly develops into something great is not really acceptable now. Take a look at Torchwood. This show was absolutely awful in Season 1. But the writers and producers recognised the flaws and produced a stunning season 2.

Most shows have at least one year in which to really get going with only two exceptions that I am aware of: Lost and 24. 24 hit the ground running and is now suffering because the producers want to make each new season bigger and better than the previous one. The show is now coming up with completely bizarre storylines and unbelievable plot developments.

Lost is a totally different ballgame. The entire show was planned out before the first episode was filmed. The writers and producers knew exactly where the show was going and how it was going to end. They have created a programme where the plot develops slowly episode by episode and whenever you go back to the beginning and watch the episodes over again, more of the story is revealed. Lost has truly exceptional and intelligent writing which will not suffer the impatience of viewers. Lost is not about the spectacular and the climactic. It is about the mystery and the psychology and it is a show you can only truly appreciate if you are patient and "get lost" in the mystery of it all (if you'll excuse the pun).

Heroes set out to be a huge spectacular special effects heavy fantasy - and to some extent it achieved this. Season one was very good and I'm sure that season two will be even better. Let it find its feet and take off in its own time.
 
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