Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Heroes Meets 12 Monkeys

Top notch Heroes last night - Season 2, Episode 7 - in which it becomes crystal clear that a deadly plague is this season's atom bomb in New York, and the only way to stop it is via time travel. Much like the general story of 12 Monkeys, the best time travel movie ever made. Time travelers and deadly plagues make for good stories.

The two heroes who can now time travel are Hiro and Peter (who absorbed Hiro's abilities). And maybe Kensei, who apparently makes a surprising appearance at the end of the episode, in the future (pretty much our time), as Adam, earlier identified as the leader of villains trying to kill the older generation of heroes. At very least, David Anders plays Adam as well as Kensei (who we thought died back in 1600s Japan in an explosion). The most likely explanation is Kensei, with something akin to Hiro's powers, time traveled/teleported out of the explosion in 1671 Japan, to the present in the United States....

Which raises some interesting questions. Did Kensei have this power all along? Does he have an absorbing power similar to Peter's? Did Kensei originate in the past or travel to the future, or vice versa?

As I've said before, I'm always in the mood for a good time travel story, and the combination of Hiro and Peter (individually) time traveling, and now likely Kensei/Adam, is enough for me start enjoying this year's Heroes more than last year's.

But there's other good stuff brewing. Claire's powers may once again be crucial to saving the day - this time, her recuperative power being the best antidote to a virus with no antidote. For some reason, I find this charming, not trite.

Matt has triumphed over his evil/misguided father, and freed Molly in the process. Niki's back in action but infected with the deadly virus. Nothing on Monica and her tv-mimic abilities last night, or Sylar and the deadly/cure brother and sister team. But with the overall story pulling together towards the deadly virus in New York - and Hiro at least back in our present if not yet in New York - Heroes is beginning to gather the irresistible narrative strength it began hinting at last year...







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