Quite literally jumping from my seat to write this post, Heroes Season three has an awesome start. Again, these two episodes are better than the entire second season.
So for a quick run through (Warning Spoilers) :
- Peter shot Nathan
- Alright, Future Peter shot Nathan
- The future is a horrible nightmare where telling everyone about their abilities didn’t turn out so well. Thus Future Peter is trying to change that
- Future Peter traps Present Day Peter is in the body of a prisoner named Jesse in the Company’s Level 5 Prison (Astral Projection Perhaps?)
- Hiro gets a secret chemical formula from his father, who tells him not to touch it which he does.
- Instantly, he loses it to a speedster, so to find out if it actually was so important, he goes to the future and finds it to be a Godzilla remake where Ando can shoot power blasts out of his hands. (Future Ando kills Future Hiro). They chase after the culprit.
- Nathan survives, (thanks to Linderman?) and becomes a devout man.
- Oh and Linderman’s back…but no one except Nathan can see him.
- Mohinder gets Spider-Powers, thanks to discovering the true origin of these abilities (it’s the adrenaline) Then he discovers side effects like being horny and the shedding of his skin.
- Claire is at home when she shouldn’t be thanks to Future Peter, and is attacked by Sylar.
- Sylar not only gets her power but goes after the criminals in Level 5
- Matt figures out that Peter is not Peter, so Peter sends him to Africa where he meets an African guy who can paint the future.
- Mrs. Angela Petrelli tells Future Peter how much he screwed up.
- Tracy Strauss, who looks a lot (by a lot I mean exactly) like the deceased (?) Niki Sanders, hires Nathan to be the new Junior Senator of New York.
- Bob is killed by Sylar, who invades Level 5 attacks Elle, who retaliates by electrocuting everything in the vacinity.
- Sylar is captured, several dangerous villains escape, Elle is fired, and Angela takes over the Company
- Noah Bennett goes after said villains, and leaves the scarred Claire in the hands of Meredith, who responds by lighting a giant fire.
- Oh and Angela is Sylar’s mom.
Impressions (Also Spoilers)
This season has started off with nothing but promise. The writers have once again found a way to forcefully separate some of the characters. I enjoyed how they did it this season than last. In Season 2 they used the Time Skip to show how some characters were drawn apart or together; however the way they’ve done it this season seems more natural or coherent. They don’t thrust the fact that they’re apart again at us with no explanation, instead using the plot to put them in trouble again. Also several new characters have been introduced while giving them a purpose within the known story. This in comparison to last season where Maya and a couple others were introduce with little relation to the overall story. One issue that I am having with these episodes is how no one notices Matt is gone. He’s been away for at least a few days within the time line of the show and no one has even mentioned his existence. It’s almost as if as soon as they don’t need him, they dump him off and never bothered to ask where he went. Finally I’m not entirely sure that I like the whole, Angela is Sylar’s mom story. While it definitely left me in suspense, it would have been better if it had been foreshadowed earlier on in the story. Here it just looks like they pulled it out for drama’s sake.
Regardless, the first two episodes definitely left me looking forward to next week, where I hope we get a better look at the Godzilla future, and maybe a little more into Future Peter’s future (Oh God that’s a mouthful). They were both pretty vague about what happens except horrible things. Also, I’m wondering based on the fact that Hiro has been a jerk to Ando in these two episodes, that if Hiro was the villian and Ando was actually trying to help save everyone. Damn, I can’t wait for next week.
So Comic-Con came and passed so there’s a great amount of awesome that came out during the four day period so for those who didn’t absorb everything already, here’s a quick run down of what happened at Comic-Con International 2008:
Afro Samurai: Resurrection: Yes, Afro Samurai is going to premiere next Spring on Spike TV in North America, and Fuji TV in Japan. Apparently Afro gets tired of killing and is forcing to fight his destiny as the number one warrior. So look forward to more fast paced action and violent fight scenes.
Reason to Care: It’s Afro Samurai, what more could ask for? Well that and the villain is a well endowed woman voiced by Lucy Liu.
Watchman Movie: Okay so this wasn’t announced at Comic-Con it’s still awesome that it was there. I first saw the trailer after seeing The Dark Knight, and it looked amazing. Zach Snyder, the guy behind 300, is directing the most cirtically acclaimed graphic novel of all time. The movie, regardless of Alan Moore, looks really good. While I am slightly wary of Mr. Snyder, from the interviews of the cast and that sparkling trailer things are look really good. If you want check things out for yourself, here’s a link to some information and Interviews.
Reason to Care: The Integrity of all comic books are at stake here. If Zach can’t make a good movie out of this, then it’s proof that comic books are media best left to themselves, and thus they shouldn’t be made into movies. Or at least that’s Alan Moore’s position.
Heroes: They showed an entire episode of season 3 of Heroes at Comic-Con and I did the evil deed and spoiled it for myself. It’s amazing. It has all of the spark and ridiculous cliffhanger crazy that the first season had. There are no stupid attempts at romance, and it looks as if they’ve corrected everything the second season did wrong.
Reason to Care: It looks great. I really can’t say much without spoiling it but that one episode was better than the entire second season.
God of War Movie:Unfortunately this happened. Yeah it’s another video game movie being written and directed by Rush Hour 2/3 director Brett Ratner. While the quality of his films is debatable, I did enjoy Rush Hour 3. I have no idea what this entails, as God of War never really had a plot in the first game. I understood it as more of a go into the next room and brutally murder everyone kind of game.
Reason to Care: Well God of War was a good game, whether it can be made into movie has yet to be seen. the real highlight is that it’s not being made by Uwe Bole.
DC Comics: Interesting how comics are lower on the list of things at COMIC-Con. Anyways DC announced a new book for Zatanna, a new Final Crisis comic called Resist, and Kevin Smith is doing a Batman miniseries called Batman: Cacophony. They also mentioned a couple of Elseworlds comic are due out before the end of the year.
Reason to Care: The Batman miniseries sounds good, and Kevin Smith isn’t too bad himself. I never really liked the whole bastardization of all the Crisis stuff, but Final Crisis is doing well for itself. Not much of reason here, then again I don’t read DC all that much.
Marvel: Okay so there’s second season of Spectacular Spider-man (surprise!). X-men looks good with their Ex Infernus (basically Inferno 2), and their Original Sin and Manifest Destiny coming along by September. Wolverine and the X-men looks pretty god as a television series, they announced a Hulk vs. Wolverine which will apparently be a much more violent version of that. Also a Next Avengers cartoon movie of all things. Of then that there wasn’t much on the Marvel side this time round.
Reason to Care:Well the Spectacular Spider-Man was pretty good so I’m looking forward to a second season of that, the X-men comic has been doing really well as of late with the Messiah Complex and its aftermath. I’m not too keen on the other animation stuff, but a violent X-men cartoon is well overdue. I haven’t seen Ultimate Avengers personally but from what I gather Next Avengers seems to be in the same vain, which might not be a bad thing.