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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

TV Watch: Hooker Mom Sleeps At Night

Heroes is really walking a fine line with me. On one hand, it's an interesting take on a superhero-haunted world. In another, it feels disjointed and cobbled together. Funny Japanese Guy continues to get more interesting while Hooker Mom continues to get a little more annoying. Sensitive Guy and Flying Guy are about even money for my bet and Heroin Painter is pretty much just background noise at this point. Cute Cheerleader has potential if she would stop walking around looking pensive.

Thing is - it still feels like the show has plot holes you could send Flying Guy through. Is it me or is Creepy Dad the most jetsetting villain in TV history? I swear he has been evil in three different cities in two days and still had time to get Bald Black Guy to "hollow" someone out ... whatever that means. Plus, if Creepy Dad's goal is to stop these heroes and he know Hooker Mom is one of them - then he broke one of my cardinal rules of being the bad guy - never pass up the chance to kill a good guy while they're sleeping.

In short, the show has potential but the writing suffers from some awful convenience right now. Possibly because it's trying to loop too many subplots too quickly together. The show is clearly looking to capture some of Lost's "mystery" - but currently it's mostly hoping you won't look too hard. It's nice to see it picking up the pace, now it needs to watch its step.

Then we've got Veronica Mars. I firmly believe last night's episode was the best this season has had to offer - but I say that after having watched it with my recordable DVD clearly on its last legs. Half of the show The Girl and I would have to turn to each other and try and fill in the gaps. It felt like V was becoming ... well, unliked again. Which is good. It's the poor girl's lot in life to go against the grain. Veronica is one of the closest things to an anti-hero in teen drama and it should be embracing it. Logan still feels a bit like dead weight though and honestly I think the show is trying to pack too much into one episode. Season one was a slow dance around a central theme - season three feels like the show is trying to prove itself all in a single hour.



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GregT said...

Finally had a chance to see episode one of Heroes, and it's pretty slowly paced, but interesting. It's basically one of those shows that looks like it will be justified if and only if it's going somewhere worth seeing. If it just X-Fileses along for too long I'll probably lose interest.