|06:19 pm - Does this mean I have an ability?|
Gakked from asa_brarian:
While recovering from the overload of awesomeness that was last night's Lesion gig, wherein they rocked the Lower East Side with oldies like "Lockdown" and "Render Unto Lesion" as well as stuff from the current album "Seniors Ball" and new songs like "Stunt Double" and "One Foot in the Grave", I decided to watch some online television.
I finally finished watching the entire third season of "Heroes" online -- I started watching it a few weeks back, just to see what kind of a character Sylar is, since Zachary Quinto is best known for portraying him, not Spock. I've also noticed it seems to be a very popular fandom on LJ, so I was curious as to its appeal.
It's OK as a series, but I'm not all that enthusiastic about it as a whole. Some parts I liked, like the world-building, but the main problem I had was I didn't particularly care about most of the characters. Frankly, Sylar was the only one I really liked as a character, because he's interesting -- he's charming, likable and even sympathetic at times, while still being a cold-blooded killer. He has the charisma of Hannibal Lecter, and even a similar sense of humor.
I guess I like the bad boys -- the really bad boys. This is due in part I'm sure to the skill of the performers -- both Hopkins and Quinto play their roles with zest and a twinkle that I personally find quite captivating. They transmute characters that the audience would normally find vile into anti-heroes that viewers adore. The quasi-Richard III seduction scene Quinto did in the final episode of the season was marvelous, albeit less successful than in the Shakespeare play.
I liked some of the other characters too, like Matt Parkman and the Japanese comedy team, Hiro and Ando, but most of the rest left me as cold as a Sylar victim's corpse. I especially loathed Noah Bennet and thought he was far worse, morally, than Sylar ever was, particularly for deliberately tempting Gabriel Gray into becoming a serial killer and inciting others to cold-blooded murder. Completely reprehensible, in my book, and a true monster.
Not sure if I'll get the first two seasons on DVD or not, but I may well get the third at some point, since Sylar gets a lot of character development during the course of the season and he's the main reason I'd watch it once it's no longer available online. The plot gets confusing with the multiple alternate futures, which I consider a writing flaw for the series, and I'm not sure I want to deal with two more seasons of gerrymandered stories, although more of Quinto's performances is a definite temptation. Might try to catch it on the tube once the fourth season starts to air, although I'll probably end up watching most episodes online, simply because its easier. Given how the third season ended, I hope there will be a fair amount of Sylar, but if there isn't, what interest I have in watching will be greatly decreased.
Current Mood: mellow
Current Music: "My Superpower is Sex" by Lesion