Newest Review: ... definitely be worth it- I hate leaving a story half done. I thought I would hate Heroes but it has become one of my favourite progra... more
Save the Cheerleader
Member Name: funagogo
Advantages: Great characrters
Disadvantages: Slight anticlimactic endings for some
Tim Kring (Crossing Jordan, Chicago Hope)
Ali Larter (Legally Blonde, Final Destination)
Hayden Panettiere (Raising Helen, Racing Stripes)
Milo Ventimiglia (Shes All That, Rocky Balboa)
Masi Oka (Scrubs)
Series so far:
1 and a half! (Stupid American writers strike!)
BBC2, BBC3, the Sci-fi Channel during the week
Streaming on internet sites such as www.heroesstreaming.com
General plot outline:
Several people across the world discover they have supernatural powers such as flight, invincibility, and time travel. They must master their powers and help each other before a nuclear bomb destroys New York, and the mysterious killer Syler gets to them.
Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) - A cheerleader from Texas who has discovered she is invincible. After several tests of her new powers (by jumping off a crane, walking through fire, crashing a car) she decides to try and keep a low profile and get through school. She is adopted but her father is a sinister figure who is involved in chasing the "heroes"
Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka ) - A Japanese officer worker who can bend space and time and therefore teleport across the world and through time. A geeky character who embraces his new status as saviour of the world.
Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) - Moved to New York City from India after his father was murdered for his research into "heroes." Has to work out how to locate them before serial killey Syler does.
Niki Sanders (Ali Larter) - A Las Vegas internet stripper who is 30 grand in debt to a gangster. Lives with her son Micah, but is in hiding from her escaped prisoner husband who was sent down for murder, but escaped. When she looks in the mirror her reflection is a darker version of herself. Often blacks out and finds bodies ripped limb from limb around her
Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) - A nurse who keeps dreaming he can fly. His brother is running for congress and Peter is seen as a burden on the family. His power doesn't appear to flying though - he can channel other powers - it is his brother who can fly.
Isaac Mendes (Santiago Cabrera) A heroin addict artist who wakes up having painted images from the future. He paints Claire, Niki and Peter even though he has never met them and even a nuclear bomb exploding in New York. He even writes a comic book documenting Hiros journey
Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg)
A police man who can hear peoples thoughts. Gets promoted after using his skills to find a little girl. Also uses his powers to fix his failing marriage and to track down Syler.
Chapter 1 - Genesis
Chapter 2 - Don't Look Back.
Chapter 3 - One Giant Leap
Chapter 4 - Collision
Chapter 5 - Hiros
Chapter 6- Better Halves
Chapter 7- Nothing To Hide
Chapter 8 - Seven Minutes To Midnight
Chapter 9 - Homecoming
Chapter 10 - Six Months Ago
Chapter 11 - Fallout
Chapter 12 - Godsend
Chapter 13 - The Fix
Chapter 14 - Distractions
Chapter 15 - Run!
Chapter 16 - Unexpected
Chapter 17 - Company Man
Chapter 18 - Parasite
Chapter 19 - 0.07%
Chapter 20 - Five Years Gone
Chapter 21 - The Hard Part
Chapter 22 - Landslide
Chapter 23 - How To Stop An Exploding Man
Chapter 1 - Four Months Later...
Chapter 2 - Lizards
Chapter 3 - Kindred
Chapter 4 - The Kindness of Strangers
Chapter 5 - Fight or Flight
Chapter 6 - The Line
Chapter 7 - Out of Time
Chapter 8 - Four Months Ago...
Chapter 9 - Cautionary Tales
Chapter 10 - Truth & Consequences
Chapter 11 - Powerless
I had heard good things about this show but wasn't prepared to wait for it to arrive on BBC2 - so I started streaming it off the internet. I wasn't too sure after watching the first episode, but decided to give the second one a go - before I knew it I had watched six back to back. Like my other favourite shows Lost and Prison Break this really hooks you in with amazing characters and a great storyline. Unlike these shows though, the odd happenings are completely explained and viewers are given an end point thanks to Hiro's ability to jump through time.
The characters in this show are brilliant - Peter Petrelli is sexily mean and moody, Claire the cheerleader is likeable and genuine and Hiro is just about the most lovable character you will find on television.
It really hooks you in from the second episode and draws you in with a cliffhanger at the end. The way the characters interlink are clever, and it is difficult to know who is good and bad at times.
The way the show is shot is really artistic - as you would expect with a superhero tale it is in the style of a comic book.
If you are a fan of American drama shows you will really enjoy this - it has been beating both Lost and Prison Break in the ratings.
Series 2 opinion and some spoilers
Like any diffifult sequel/ second album/ series this starts off to be a bit of a stinker. The writers seem to have just culled some of the less popular characters and this isn't explained properly until quite late on - they also seemed to be aware that the writers strke was going to cut them off mid flow, so made a deliberately short series, but I am somewhat cynical of this!
Also an unexplainable are the introduction of some new characters (Veronica Mars firing out electricity, a girl who can bleed out her eyes and kill people and a girl who can immediately copy anything she sees - one annoying, one excellent and one absolutely rubbish, I will let you work this out for yourself.)
So the bomb hasn't gone off, so what problems do we give our heroes - are they all still alive - and what is Hiro getting up to 400 years ago?
Well I am not giving too much away to say that this series focuses very much on the parents who are hiding a dark secret and how each character is dealing with the events of Kirkby Plaza.
There is also the worst Irish accent you will ever hear in the second series and the first 6 episodes are a bit boring to be honest, but from episode 7 there is an absolute monumental twist which carries it through quite brilliantly until the end. If you can't wait to the summer to watch it on BBC2 give it a go on the net - it is worth it once it picks up momentum.
Summary: Brilliant series!