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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Heroes Reborn 1.9: The Memory Man

It seems a little odd to be reviewing Heroes Reborn and its fictional tale of people trying to destroy the world, and other people trying to save it, just a day after what happened in Paris.  But comic books have always been about providing a little escape from real life, so here goes.

The star of Heroes Reborn 1.9, for me, was Casper, the literally penny-for-your-thoughts man.  He first showed commendable judgement in deciding not to relieve Emily of her wonderful first-love thoughts of Tommy.  That act was surely Casper's finest moment.

And then he dies on the verge of disarming Joanne - a totally unsympathetic villain, even though she lost her child - because Tommy materializes with a superior power.  But this leads to Casper dead on the floor, and I'll miss him.   He by and large used his ability to wipe memories wisely, and in the case of not doing that to Emily, with great sensitivity and care.  He was - well, perhaps the best word is ... memorable.

Interestingly, in this new reality engendered by Hiro and Noah's time travel, the Haitian is still alive. So a hero with this power - I still prefer this name to "evo" - is still on the board.

Another butterfly, not brought back from the dead but changed, is Matt Parkman.  Unless he's at work for the good in some way we don't know, he's clearly on the dark side in this episode.

Tommy's stopping time was also cool to see, and his moving of Luke's hand so that his bullet doesn't kill Joanne shows that Tommy is definitely on the side of the angels in this reality, as he was in previous.  That act certainly was something his grandfather Noah would likely not have done.

Seeing the damage Joanne has done - the innocent lives she's taken - I can't say I would have done what Tommy did at that moment.  On the other hand, I don't believe in capital punishment.

But on yet another hand - well, like I said, it's the day after Paris, and it's hard for me to feel any charity for killers, even in a comic book on television.

See also Heroes Reborn: Good to Be Back ... Heroes Reborn 1.3: Carly Fiorina meets Steve Jobs ... Heroes Reborn 1.4: GPS RIP ... Heroes Reborn 1.6: Space, Time, Videogame ... Heroes Reborn 1.7: Time Travel and Twins ... Heroes Reborn 1.8: Answers and Questions

And see also Heroes Season 4 Premiere: Metaphysics, University, Carnival ...Heroes Meets The L Word in 4.5 ... Heroes 4 Mid-Season Finale  ... Heroes Season 4 Resumes ... Heroes 4.15: The Chess Game Continues ... 4.16: The Trial of Hiro ... 4.18: Penultimate  ... Heroes Forever

And see also reviews of Season 3 Heroes Gets Lost ... Heroes 3 Begins: Best Yet, Riddled with Time Travel and Paradox ... Sylar's Redemption and other Heroes and Villains Mergers ... Costa Nuclear ... Hearts of Gold and the Debased ... Seeing the Future Trumps Time Travel ... Superpowered Chess with Shifting Pieces ... Villains and Backstories ... The Redemption of Sylar ... Thoughts on the Eclipse, Part I ... The Lore of the Comic Book Store ... Hiro's Time Traveling Closure ... Augmented ... Shades of Recalibration ... Baby, Rebel, and Last Fantasy ... All that Shape Changes Remains the Same? ... Season 3 Finale: Hopeful Deceptions

Reviews of Season 2 Heroes: Episode 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 7. Heroes Meets 12 Monkeys ... 9. How Immutable Are Fate and Isaac's Futures? ... 10. Penultimate for the Fall ... Heroes 2 Finale: Heroes Who Didn't Survive

And from Season 1: Heroes in Focus ... Heroes Five Years Gone: Triumph of Time Travel and Comics ... Heroes the Hard Part: Only the Pictures Not the Words ... Heroes Landslide: Winnowing and Convergence ... Heroes Volume One Finale

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