Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Damn You, Tim Kring!

Some major spoilers here if you didn't watch last night's "Heroes."

Still here? Good.


OK, I enjoyed how Kring & Co. managed to wrap things up pretty neatly considering all the divergent storylines. The early battle with Hiro vs. Peter played out very well, with Hiro finally mixing his powers with his swordplay (you might argue that the Season 1 finale battle would have been much better if they had Hiro doing that against Sylar.)

I could see Nathan's fate coming a mile away (even if Nathan couldn't), but explain to me how an assassin gets multiple shots off with two telepaths in the same room with him. Hopefully, we haven't seen the last of him or Nikki, though explaining how the two manage to survive without a Claire blood transfusion will be pretty tricky.

But no, where Kring & Co. drove me crazy was when Sylar shot and killed Maya. I actually cheered as they bumped off one of the most annoying and useless characters on TV. But then what happens? All is right with the world when suddenly Mohinder brings her back to life with Claire's blood. Are you frakkin' kidding?

How can you tease us like this, Kring? Maya was dead, expired, finished, kaput! Now we're going to be stuck with her whining and plague carrying for the last half of the season, whenever it airs.

I did enjoy seeing he re-powered Sylar at the end, and I always like how Kring always starts the newest chapter at the tail end of the old one, giving us the briefest hint of what's to come.

But there are a lot of questions still to be answered. How can HRG possibly work with The Company again, when there is no trust left between them? Whose side is Elle on these days? What happened to Peter's Irish girlfriend - did he leave her in the future? Will Copycat Girl download a bunch of Criss Angel Mindfreak videos next time around, so she isn't tied up the next time she bungles a job? Have we seen the last of Adam?

After a slow start, "Heroes" rebounded with a strong second half, and I'm eager to find out what's next.

But the next time you kill off Maya, Kring, make sure she stays dead. Please.

TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: I have to think the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (CBS, 10 p.m.) is a fairly easy programming choice, especially during these strike-filled days. Beautiful women in lingerie. It kind of sells itself, don't you think? Anyway, the fashion show has been around in previous incarnations, so this bit of programming wasn't due to the strike. But something tells me if the strike continues to last, we may see future incarnations sooner than you think.

Not a whole lot else going on. "The Biggest Loser" (NBC, 8 p.m.) sends the remaining contestants to work in a pizzaria, continuing with what I consider to be cruel plotlines in a show that touted itself in being helpful to the overweight. But I guess that kind of show makes for dull reality TV. It's followed by a new "Law & Order: SVU" at 10 p.m.

"Reaper" (CW, 9 p.m.) is coming off a strong episode last week which included Melinda Clarke as the Devil's girlfriend; now, her daughter may be Sam's new squeeze. But is she the Devil's daughter as well?

Part 3 of "Tin Man" (Sci-Fi, 9 p.m.) wraps up the miniseries tonight. If you missed it, don't worry: Sci-Fi is running a marathon of all three parts this Saturday.

Finally, "Boston Legal" (ABC, 10 p.m.) is also new.


zodin2008 said...

"Heroes" was definitely better in the 2nd half but for you to throw around a word like 'great' is really a stretch. But I guess anything would seem like an improvement over those first 8 or so episodes.

Still, I agree - he should have killed Maya. I don't mind that he killed off Nikki and Nathan; they were 2 of my least favorites anyway and I am for streamlining the cast. I also think we may seem Adam Monroe again since he's not actually dead.

Phillip Ramati said...

Perhaps "engaging" is a better word than great, though the second half has been very good, at least. I think they could have gotten some more mileage out of Nikki (and they still might), and I'm sure we haven't seen the last of Adam.

But I don't really know what purpose Maya serves plot-wise other than to annoy the audience. Since the Wonderless Twins are most often compared to Niki and Paolo on Lost, at least the Lost producers came up with one of the most clever episodes of the series to get rid of the characters when it came time.

Paul said...

Peter's Irish girlfriend probably got left in an alternate future that won't exist by the time they get there in several months. She may be gone forever. But... I doubt it.

In as many ways as time can criss-cross itself with each ripple of the past creating alternate futures rather than completely changing the one-and-only future, the show has endless possibilities.

I'm hooked, and I'm only saddened and disappointed that the writers had to strike now. Couldn't they wait until late spring? Heh.