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Taking Some much-needed Time off

Dear Bloggers, Readers and Friends,

Upon reflecting last night (as well as over the past month so) on both
my financial progress with my blogs and the economic
strain the writing world seems to be under with either a general lack
of work or work for minimal pay, starting today, I’m putting my blogs
at both Today.com and Content Quake on hiatus to help myself focus on
pursuing a livable wage as a freelancer. I’ll still write blogs, but I’m going to take some time off first to jump-start my finances a bit.

Thanks to all the friends I’ve made here! I have much love and respect for all of you! I’ll be primarily focusing magazines and larger-paying gigs. But I will be writing. I’m currently a Roman Catholic NY beat reporter/ op-ed writer for Examiner.com. Please support me there if interested at the link here. I wish you all the best in wherever life takes you.

Best,

Michael LaPenna


Review of Episode 325: “An Invisible Thread”/”Redemption”

This week our Heroes find themselves on the move to stop a newly Senatorial Sylar 24 hours before he plans to take Nathan’s place.

The Coyote Sands Sweep the Capitol: Noah, Claire and Nathan race from Coyote Sands to intercept Sylar and save Nathan’s career. But Angela’s dream foretells that death awaits Nathan and so she leaves Claire to find Nathan as Angela seeks out Matt back in New York. Matt reluctantly accepts his mission and goes to Washington with Angela. Claire is left alone with Sylar as Nathan. Sylar in addition is able to move his “off switch” in ihs brain so Danko’s so future attempts to kill him now will be useless. He then sets up Danko is if he were himself.

A Fallen Hiro: Danko is put away with Noah who wast caught on road by swat police and is thrown into a cell with his once mortal enemy Noah. The two reconcile. but not before they are interupted by Hiro and Ando who race though Building 26 to free the imprisoned Heroes. There is just one caviat – Hiro’s power are now suddenly making him sick while getting headaches, nosebleeds a bit of the dizzies. After finding and freeing Dr. Suresh from one of the prisoners’ gurneys, Ando tells Suresh of Hiro’s illness and Suresh warns Hiro that he must time freezing time until he becomes well.

A Brother’s Keeper: Peter finds his way to Nathan in the Bathroom at Nathan’s office. The two proceed to the Capitol to find Sylar at a privat suite with as a hostage. Both Peter and try to approach Sylar foe the kill but are unsuccessful as it seems Nathan is lef alone with Sylar and has his throat slashed with Sylar’s “finger power” and is irrevocably dead. Angela and Matt arrive minutes later to find the slain Nathan lying lifeless in the chair which he died. But Claire and Peter have left the scene from the earlier fight and are now looking for a way to stop the conference. Sylar is seen in a private car with the President only to find that it is not the president but Peter after which Peter injects him with a sedatitive. He’s then brought to Nathan’s suite where the Heroes decide to do the unthinkable: Matt thought mind manipulatiom convinces a near-unconscious Sylar that he is Nathan… and it works!

Six weeks later Tracey is back on the scene after drowning five feds and Nathan tells hs mother that he hasn’t been feeling like himself lately. He the quite walk to the far end of the room to reset a clock that he says is running two minutes slow. The finally scene shows a cloned body of Sylar being burned in a strange, effigy-like blaze.

This week get gets a single analysis as all points first the opening Narration by Suresh on “who we are” is an exceeding adequate metaphor. Does Hiro now define himself by a power can can no longer use? Who is Nathan Petrelli and who is Sylar? What makes the two souls distinct? Where does one DNA code begin and where does another take hold? Where indeed does it begin for any person? This is arguably the greatest twist of the series.




Review of Episode 324: “I Am Sylar”

This week  the viewers get the backstory behind Sylar’s posing as Nathan. Ando and Hiro work out their superhero competitive juices with a bit of hide and go hide again. Matt is newly change after he finds that he’s a daddy.

Sylar Multiple Identity Crisis: After waking from a sound sleep Sylar discovers he has shapeshifted overnight into the Federal agent he has been posing as. He tells Danko but Danko doesn’t have room for compassion when the world thinks Sylar is is dead. Sylar faces a delimma:  He can be anyone he wants – just never himself. He finds himself trying arduously to to remind himself, “I am Sylar” and even goes so far as to transform into his deceased mother and actually converse with her ala Hitchcock’s Norman Bates. His conflicted state even lead him to give a way the whereabout of Rebel only to save a hopeful, heroic Micah. He then confrences again with his mother to decide upon her likely advice that he could be president. Thus, Nathan Petrelli. But Nathan has a hard time convincing Sylar to not be him and gets mixed up one more time with an opportunistic Danko who has tried and failed at killing his buddy Sylar.

Who will Sylar be? Will he turn one direction or another? This is gonna be good!

Hiro, Ando and the Family Parkman: After tell Matt of his fatherhood. Matt is reborn and refocused to be a good Dad and he has even partly reconciled with his wife. He convices Ando and Hiro to let him go back home but he cannot escape the Feds. Ando and Hiro spend their journey discussing a plot to reel in the Feds but must sacrifice Ando as a decoy and somehow escape as a team. They vow to be a tandem always.

Overall, the Sylar piece was the carrying element throughout. The suplimentary stuff was okay but really not necessary. It was a good show though.


Review of Episode 322: “Turn and Face the Strange” (Updated 4/15/09)

I’m finally back with my analysis and since a good number of you have probably seen the episode, things are a bit different this week.

Noah’s Arc of Tension: Noah, even after seeing what appears to be Sylar’s dead body is suspicious. In his curiosity has the spike that was found in the corpse’s brain taken to the lab for DNA analysis. But before his hunch can be confirmed, he is served with divorce papers. He soon realizes that the signature is not his wife’s and calls for the lab results. Noah is told the DNA is that of James Martin, shapeshifter. Noah runs off to catch the disguised Sylar in Noah’s home, but to his misfortune he nearly shoots his wife in the back of the head at point-blank range. Confused and bewildered he returns to Danko’s office to reveal his new knowledge to him by posing as Sylar but does not seek Danko’s blood, only the whereabouts of Sylar. Danko reveals Sylar is on assignment as another minor agent. When he takes the chance to shoot him, the man’s body seems not to heal and Noah runs for his life as he has now made himself a fugitive.

How long will Noah last on the run to nowhere? Is he safe anywhere? Is he loved by his wife? He is clearly not as evil as previous episodes might have had anyone think. But it is unclear whose side he might take. He does seem to care for Claire’s safety but also his goals are equally unclear.

Matt’s Mentalist Payback: After Daphne’s death, Matt and Mohinder return to the lab to continue their search for the  truth. But Matt has redempton on his mind. He tells the good doctor Suresh that he is going to hunt down Danko and make him suffer. Little does he realize that Danko interests have extended to a D.C. prostitute to whom Matt confesses that Danko has been lying to her. She later tags along with Matt to find the truth when Matt forces it out of Danko telepathically. Matt sees how Danko cares for the woman and threatens to shoot her but he can’t bring himself to do it and upon dropping the gun is shot by Danko only for the bullet to be frozen in time by Hiro and Ando who have been hoping to reunite Matt with his estranged son earlier in the episode but had some difficultly staying on the road due to baby’s “touch-and-go” powers.  Matt then rejoices upon seeing his babe and all is well.

This was arguably the most boring part of the story. Matt wants retribution, but why was all the Danko backstory needed? I can’t say that I can tell where the baby storyline will go from here. Kidnappings are cliche and an the baby’s ability is little more the than a one-time joke to me.

A Meeting at Coyote Sands: Angela’s dream in the cathedral has led he back to a mysterious place called Coyote Sands. She gathers the family (Claire included) in hopes of defusing all the resentment and lies that have torn the family apart. The area is a desolate peace of desert wherein she tells the family to dig and keep digging. Nathan is the first to dig up a skull of a man. Angela shrieks at the sight of a man she says she knows – she tells Nathan, “I Know all of them.” The Suresh monologue  then reminds the viewer of the story of the project nameske Icarus who dared to fly too close to the Sun on wings made of wax and thereby alludes to the danger on the project.

Overall, this episode was below average. The Noah story dragged on too long and the Danko story was inconclusive while the best story – the Patrelli family reuion was way too short! I hope next week is more entralling. Especially after a great week last week.

Stay tuned Thursday morning at 10am EST for the next review!


Review of Episode 321: “Into Asylum”

First, my apologies for my day-late post….

This week’s theme was one of running, hiding and ultimately, finding of one’s calling from that which one might say is his mentor.

A Time for Drunken Clarity: After scooping her up and flying her away from Doyle two episodes ago, Nathan decides to hide himself and Claire in Mexico with his as yet near-estranged daughter wondering why he cares. They have no money so Claire decides to sell a necklace that Noah gave her while Nathan attempts to go shot glass for shot glass with a vacationing collage-aged barfly to win some cash for his and Claire’s cause, but he passes out before he’s able to monetize his efforts. Claire takes over and the viewer finds that her healing ability also applies to he liver and she is able to drink the young man out of consciousness and take all his money. Claire than is seen walking a drunk Nathan through the door of a hotel after which Claire suggests that he should never fly drunk again. A dialogue ensues an Nathan in seemly one, heartfelt attempt, verbally reconciles all his regrets and mistakes toward Claire and his initial denial of his duties toward her, after which the two vow to keep their commitments to help one another.

Nathan appears to be making some form of amends toward all that he has done – the Prodigal Senator has returned. But is Claire now a player in Nathan’s plans? There is after all an x-factor of how both Nathan and Claire will be received in Washington. This is a plotline I never saw coming this soon, but it is a welcome change from the apocalyptic, evil Nathan of four months ago.

Standing at the Foot of the Crossroads: After escaping Noah and Danko, Peter transports Angela to the cathedral they frequented years ago. Angel sits in the pews prayerful and contrite as she recalls he sins to a confused Peter: how she was never there the way she should have been and how she hid the truth of the family for all those many years. We used to have love, she says woefully. Peter says that no matter what happened in the past, Angela is still his mother. Angela than asks rhetorically if Peter’s unconditional love is love at all. Peter than turns his attention to a scupture of Christ and he prays. He asks Jesus uphold his end of their deal.

Suddenly Noah and his team seek to snatch peter and Angela away but Angela finds an open confessional for she and Peter to hide in as she continues to tell her conscience in full to
Peter and musters the will to reunite her broken family with Peter in toe.

The spot-on symbolism is brilliant here. Jesus, the confessional and Peter’s willingness to forgive his mother despite he anger all fall together into perfect, Biblically-driven storytelling. This is very well written!

Sylar Seeks an Accomplice: Sylar pops up unexpectedly in Danko’s backtseat after Danko finds two of his men dead in a suspect’s home. Sylar knows Danko wants revenge and uses that to fuel his reasoning with him. Convinced Sylar can help he, Danko reluctantly allows Sylar to help him after Sylar gives a box full of evidence (body parts and all) to him. The suspect< Martin is a shapeshifter and with a little detective work Sylar discovers Martin to be a man about town, attention-loving and power-hungry. They then follow his trail to a nightspot poetically called the Garden of Eden where Martin has taken the form of Danko in order to woo a vixen at a far table. Martin is next seen having shaped himself into Sylar’s image and is shot shortly thereafter which later leaves Noah and his team with the assumption that Sylar is Dead as Danko and a femininely-disguised Sylar escape suspicion without a trace.

Danko obviously has selfish motives, a lust for power and clear need to win inside of him. It’s really a matter of time before his ways kill him in my view. Also with Sylar’s newly-acquired ability, can he ever be caught? I do think he can, but there are enough possible scenarios for several weeks of story here! This is a great idea!

This episode had more depth than the past several as it had multiple metaphors and a uniquely Christian theme. It will be interesting to see if this continues – one of the better episodes to date.

Note: Next week’s Tuesday and Wednesday post will be back on their regular days.


A Throwback From an Earlier Post

Stay tuned for my Wednesday review tomorrow. For now to hold you over, here’s an oldie but goodie!

Trivia: A List of Funny, Useless Heroes Powers

These are powers with which a person may never, ever be able to save the world:

The ability to dry things that are wet.

The ability to turn things black and white.

The ability to turn every meal into breakfast.

The ability to install alarm systems with one’s thoughts.

The ability to win Rock, Paper, Scissors every time no matter which you pick!

The ability to babysit the Baby Jesus!

The ability to go work on Federal holidays!

The ability to win every argument with “Because I said so!” (but only on April Fools’ Day).

To be continued….

Feel free to add your own!


Review of Episode 318: “Exposed”

Well, finally after two days of mishaps, power failures and online video monkey wrenches, I’m finally back to bring you the Heroes review – and again, I apologize for delay… twice.

This week’s mayhem is a triumvirate of mystique as the Bennets, the Petrellies and Sylar’s daddy search all seem to have exposed some core family values.

Claire and Sandra play Hide the Hunk: As per last episode, Claire is seen hiding her new friend Alex from the Feds again – this time in her closet. Claire tries to persuade Alex to hop a train to Albuquerque bu he’ll have none of it. As a result, Claire is forced to tell mom Sandra about Alex’s special underwater breathing ability. Sandra although angry with Claire’s deception asks Claire to allow her to help hide Alex and the three spend the remainder of the episode ducking, diving and dipping out of sight only to have Claire discover her bald, puppet master friend from days gone by awaiting her help thanks to a message from Rebel to escape the Feds as she goes to her microwave to grab a bag a popcorn.

This was a bit too young love for me in parts. There is obviously romantic tension between the two which did culminate with an easily-telegraphed underwater kiss. Also, during a heart to heart Sandra reveals she is considering divorcing Noah and as a result Claire later hesitates as Alex confessed he likes her that way. But the final scene surprised me and considering what the Puppet Man did to Claire, Sandra and Claire’s birth mother Meredith in episodes passed, the creep-o-meter just tilted into the red a bit. The ending gets a few bonus points from me in that regard.

Sylar’s Pit-stop Flashback:
Sylar and his friend Luke take a sudden detour when Sylar’s “spidy sense” is triggered by the look of a dilapidated dive diner where he spends the episode flashing back to a long-repressed day in 1980. Sylar wanders the abandoned grounds for clues of the fleeting memory that in his words, “eats at [his] soul” but his search seems only to soak him in vengeance when realizes his father killed his mother; and after a few minutes of pinning Luke to the wall, he decides to tell Luke go home to Luke’s mom and tells him that he wants Papa Sylar to die.

Where does Sylar’s Character go from here? Is he more violent? Does he continue his ravenous avarice for abilities – or is there an even more sinister plot afoot? One can only wait and enthralled.

Matt and Peter Unveil Exhibit A: Matt is swept off in his painting when Rebel sends yet another message to Peter’s laptop. This time it has the address to where Daphne is being held. The two are next seen at Building 26 where Peter borrows Matt’s telepathy and both proceed to manipulated their way with into the building with a kind of Jedi-level skill. Upon hacking into one of the computers, the are fed a Video by Rebel of the heroes and others with abilities being loaded on to plane hooded and gagged. They then attepted a trade with Nathan for Daphne and Matt’s freedom but to no avail. Danko is out to kill them. He almost does kill Peter if not for Nathan’s flying him away from harm.

Matt isn’t so lucky to escape before being injected with what one could assume might be nitroglycerin and strapped with what appears to be a bomb.
Here there’s an obvious power-play between Nathan’s wanting the heroes simply detained, while Danko is aiming to kill everyone who dares to cross his path. Is Nathan next? What becomes of Matt? This is an excellent climax!

Until next time, this is Mike saying, “Sorry for the delay and have a superlative weekend!”


Review of Episode 315: “Blood and Trust”

The week’s storyline was minimal but set up the dynamic for a whole new battle between the heroes and Feds which maybe quite exciting for future episodes! The are only two major plot points:

The Heroes’ Plane has Landed: Claire, Hiro, Suresh and company have crash-landed somewhere in Arkansas to a now dismembered plane and the heroes are left to roam the surrounding area while swarmed by military forces. As they run, a vengeful Noah catches up to Claire to take her home while Peter escapes into the woods. Matt runs off to lone park bench to use his newly harnessed pre-cog drawing ability. He is unknowingly tracked by Ando’s GPS and found by Ando and Daphne. Nathan tries to control the fallout of it all but finds no help by his military sidekick – fallout which includes a gunned down Daphne and crazed “hunter” who may have been manipulated by Matt to turn on his own army. But through it all the heroes decide to keep fighting.

The US vs. THEM dynamic is intense and continues to build with each episode but the future is uncertain. This is probably a good twist for a whole new story. It lessens bordom and keeps views interested – always a plus!

Sylar’s New Friend: Sylar is on a quest to find his birth father. I leads him to Newark, NJ to the home of Mary and Luke Campbell who are greeted by Sylar and a tied, gagged and stabbed Special Agent Simmons. After a bit of truth or dare and torture and finds a dispondant Luke who hates his life. Sylar uses Luke’s anger and depression to provoke him to reveal a special ability to melt objects and “subjects” including Agent Simmons. The two form a bond and Luke vows to help Sylar find Sylar’s father.

Will Luke and Sylar’s relationship prove to be an advantage or a curse? What powers might Sylar’s father have if found? What is Luke’s future in the series? This may be tricky. Stay tuned.


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