Thursday, October 30, 2008

I Don't Need A Hero

A couple weeks ago, I realized that I wasn't enjoying Heroes the way I had in the first season. Too many characters, too much of them acting against the way they'd been drawn. Even the acting started to bother me. It seems like many of the main characters--the ones we've known from the start--now have one expression. Peter Petrelli in particular. [say that ten times fast] And part of the problem for the show is that the one before it, Chuck, is a heck of a lot more fun to watch. Still have a guy saving the world, but he's a bumbling hero. All he wants is the girl he can't have. Besides any show with Adam Baldwin in it has a definite advantage over one that doesn't.

Then this week my Entertainment Weekly shows up with a cover story about Heroes being in trouble. The other day Courtney posted on her blog about no longer taking up DVR space with the show. I also realized that over a month into the new season and the Pirates have not discussed it once. Bad signs all around. Looks like that fascinating tipping point thing has kicked in.

For me, though, it's going a bit deeper. More shows are annoying me this year. Top of the list? I may get lynched for this, but House. This show, too, suffers from a surfeit of characters. And I don't like the new ducklings. Never did. Bring back Chase and Cameron. Those two held their own against House. And why would anyone let this man treat them? You'd better be at death's door when you show up, because he's going to put you there anyway. If he's such a diagnostic genius, let him be geniusy. Instead of one big mystery, let there be half a dozen people with different problems. I've always thought the best parts of the show were when he's working the clinic. That's almost been non-existent this year. And please let's end the requisite strong woman reaching middle age and realizing she forgot to have a baby-oh my!-subplot and let Cutty get back to being the kick-ass administrator she's supposed to be.

I guess this is a good way to feel going into NaNoWriMo month. I won't have much time for television watching anyway. Guess I'll just wait until Burn Notice and Dr. Who come back. In the meantime I can watch my DVDs of Dexter Season Two and both seasons of Torchwood. Maybe check out True Blood online. In December, of course.

2 comments:

Jenny said...

I'm not lynching you for House...but I must defend the Cuddy comment. I was glad for that because normally, she's just kick-ass administrator. So I liked the baby subplot (possibly because of recent events in my own life??). That part that annoyed me was at the end of the show where they kissed. When he said what he said to her--it was the first time I understood him to be a true @$$ and I appreciated that for his character...however, she should have twisted his ear off of his head. So, the human-ness kinda dropped again.

As for heroes...well, I'm still holding out in hopes that all the turning they're doing will turn back...or that someone will really die. I am digging the Patrelli patriarch having the power/diabolicism that he does. Plus I've always sorta cheered for Sylar, so I don't mind him being a good guy for a little bit. Oh, and Peter's face has always bugged me. I'm on a wait-and-see basis.

Ali said...

House - I'm still rolling with it.

Heroes - More going through the motions. I'm with Jenny, Sylar's most interesting right now.

Sounds like you need to watch other shows, though. Try Supernatural, you might like it. Definitely check out True Blood, and Bones is kinda fun, too.