“They thought they were like everyone else… until they woke with incredible abilities.”
funny but when i was younger (i’m still young now. hehehe.. .) i had this recurring dream of me flying. i would see myself rise from bed and then float towards a corner, inches from the ceiling. always the same corner of the house and never touching the ceiling. also i would always seem to struggle into floating towards that specific corner. like something was pulling me down. but i would always reach that corner. on all instances i never recall looking down at the floor, plus the setting would always be at night.. . like pre-dawn or something.. . as if it were happening on that exact time that i’m having the dream. at least this is how i remember it. then i’d wake up feeling strange.
Heroes: this is the new TV series on NBC which premiered on September 25, 2006 (ok so maybe it’s not so new). from dusk to dawn, i watched about 10 episodes over the weekend. couldn’t help it. the series is just that.. . ummm.. . exciting, and intriguing perhaps, that you can’t help but move on to the next one.
the story is about mutants (yeah, it’s basically like X-Men). it focuses on a group of people who start to discover that they have superhuman abilities. almost all of the main characters are linked to each other. one by one they start to become aware of their powers and slowly realize that they have a greater role to play to save humanity (well maybe it’s just New York). while some happily accept their powers, others are reluctant and confused about it. some are so entwined into their own personal problems that they don’t appear to fit into the big picture. the rest of the characters’ roles fall into place as the story unwinds. they are drawn to each other with the realization that their powers are there for a purpose – help people.
in the story a Dr. Chandra Suresh, a geneticist from India, believes that this is the next step in human evolution. he initially contacts a mutant who has this ability to understand how things work (much like Forge of the X-Men instantly knows how machines work by just looking at it). well this one’s power, from what i understand, seems to go beyond machines but even unto humans. Suresh indirectly helps him realize his potential. he then becomes so caught up into becoming different that he goes out and kills other mutants to get their powers. going under the name of Sylar, this mutant has become rather strong. with the power of telekinesis stolen from another mutant and most likely more from all that he has killed so far.
another mutant has the uncanny ability to see the future. his power is triggered whenever he gets a good dose of heroine. or so he believes. then he paints what he sees. one morning he is convinced that his paintings really tell of the future, and one shows the Big Apple being blown into oblivion with a nuclear bomb. he also writes a comic book series that tells of a Japanese dude who has the power to stop time and travel through it as well. incidentally, this dude is a living-breathing human being in the story and is one of the first characters that warns the others of the impending doom of New York City.
so these are the 2 main plots of Heroes (it seems, since it’s only half-season): (1) stopping the bad guy mutant from killing other mutants, especially the cheerleader who has this spontaneous regeneration thing that makes Wolverine’s healing abilities look like a joke. and (2) stopping the nuclear bomb that will take New York City out of the map in 5 weeks from the time where the story starts.
The main cast:
(1) Mr. Bennet (Jack Coleman), Claire’s adoptive father who works for an unnamed organization dealing with the abduction of people with superhuman abilities.
(2) Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), a cheerleader who lives in Odessa, Texas, with the ability of spontaneous regeneration.
(3) Simone Deveaux (Tawny Cypress), Isaac’ ex-girlfriend, an art dealer who sells his paintings in her gallery.
(4) D.L. Hawkins (Leonard RobertsI), an escaped criminal with the power to alter his physical tangibility and phase through solid objects, both inanimate and organic.
(5) Isaac Mendez (Santiago Cabrera), an artist living in New York who can paint future events during precognitive trances. He also writes and draws a comic book named 9th Wonders!
(6) Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), a programmer from Tokyo with the ability to manipulate the space-time continuum.
(7) Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), a Los Angeles police officer with the ability to hear other people’s thoughts.
(8) Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar), a New York congressional candidate with the ability of self-propelled flight.
(9) Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia), a former hospice nurse and Nathan’s younger brother. He has the ability to temporarily mimic the powers of others when in close proximity. He also experiences clairvoyant dreams.
(10) Micah Sanders (Noah Gray-Cabey), the son of D.L. and Niki. He is a child prodigy and has a technopathic ability enabling him to “communicate with machines and electronics”.
(11) Niki Sanders (Ali Larter), the wife of D.L. and mother to Micah. A former internet stripper from Las Vegas, she has an alternate personality that identifies itself as Niki’s dead sister, Jessica. When Jessica has taken control, she exhibits superhuman strength.
(12) Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), a genetics professor from India who travels to New York to investigate the death of his father, Chandra. Through his investigations, he comes into contact with people his father listed as possessing superhuman abilities