I watched the season finale of Heroes last week. Needless to say, they’ve upheld our glorious tradition of disappointing endings. It wasn’t any more disappointing than the rest of the season, though…but it still qualifies, right?
Another great tradition that is followed by television and cinema is that everything must be explained by science. Genes being today’s fashion, everything in Heroes used to be explained by those little bits and pieces in our cells. Instant healing, reading thoughts, creating illusions, flying, traveling through time, painting the future and everything else used to be manifestations of the amazing potential of the human genome. The laws of physics are so ‘yesterday’ after all.
This time though, they invoked the mighty Einstein. You see, there’s this girl who can travel really fast, and this guy who can supercharge other people’s abilities. Guess what happens when they come in contact? She travels faster than light of course! That’s where Einstein comes into the picture — by travelling faster than the speed of light, she actually travels backwards in time, that is, into the past. With this super-ability, she travels into the past, rescues one of the good guys and gets back. Cute, huh?
But wait — the writers pulled a fast one on us: it’s all very well that she went back in time, but how on earth did she get back? Oh, whatever.
I also ended up watching old episodes from the first season during the last couple of weeks, and with all that wisdom, I feel obliged to share a bunch of dialogues that would summarize those twenty-three episodes -
Noah Bennet: I’ll do anything to protect my family!
Claire Bennet: I want to be normal. Boo hoo!
Peter Petrelli: I have everyone’s powers, but I’m still afraid and need my brother to hold my hand. I love him (sob, sob).
Nathan Petrelli: Don’t worry Peter, I love you and will help you just as soon as this election is over. Oh, and by the way, can you get this knife sharpened for me? I want it ready so that I can stab you in the back.
Matt Parkman: I’m a loser.
Hiro Nakamura: Don’t worry Parkman, I’m a loser too.
(…and now, a preview of the next season!)
Maya Herrera: I’m the reason why all those people died…waaaah! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! (Somebody please shut her up.)