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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 323: “1961”

This week takes the Petrelli-Bennett family to Coyote Sands to dig for the truth…. The family finds more of a bond than they ever thought they had.

The Journey Begins: After what looks like a few hours of digging up a mass grave in the dessert, Peter probes Angela for reasons. She reveals her story of how she, Linderman and a select group of teens came to Coyote Sands in the hope that they would be cured, but instead, massive numbers of people looking for the same hope were killed. In February 1961 at 16 years old, Angela is brought in to the facility due to her severe nightmares and promptly tested and questioned. She brings along her younger sister Alice who reveals she can control weather. Shortly thereafter, Angela dreams of the horrible killing about to kill the children. By may of that year Angela and a small cluster of boys form what would later become “the Company.” They decide to sneak out without Alice. Upon finishing her story, she and Claire encounter a wicked storm raging outside the now delapidated structure of Coyote Sands. Angela exclaims, “It’s Alice!” She had previously told Peter that she dreamed Alice was alive and  now she is.

Suresh also tags along after a mysterious document lead him there. He quickly snatches up Noah and imediately interrogates him and shows him the first Dr. Suresh’s file on the matter. The noble doctor is frightened by what he hears in reply and  now wonders about his father’s motives.

Angela later comes face to face with Alice and in a moment a cosolation soon turns bitter as feirce anger comes over Alice face and she strikes Angela and the others with lightning from her hands. Angela then succeeds in calming Alice, but Alice walks away bitter. The family decides to sit for a meeting at the local diner and all plan to return to life a normal but are suddenly shocked when they see Sylar posing as Nathan on the news.

This was one of the few single-plot episodes on the show, but very necessary nonetheless. Now that how it began is no longer a secret, all that remains is how to end it. Alice was a surprise and it remains to be seen if her charater will return. Her power is quite maliciousl when provoked and I would expect that it will be utilized by the writers again. Lastly, with Sylar posing as him,  how can Nathan retain his public image? This one kept me interested while also whetting my appetite for more. It’s a job well done this week!


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 320: “Cold Snap”

Several climactic twists arise like a creeping heat in this weeks show including two deaths, one capture and one precocious baby Matt Parkman.

Danko’s got Issues: After Sylar leaves his house, Danko’s alarm system alerts him [Danko] to a neatly puppeteered and gift wrapped Doyle. This is a bit of a scare, but Danko frigidly and seemingly soullessly moves on to task two as Suresh is summoned by Danko to view the quarantined prisoners. Suresh wrongly assumes he is there to help heal the sick but soon finds himself caught in Danko’s trap. Danko’s next target is the person who has been irritating his mission since the beginning: Rebel. Noah then suggests that he and Danko allow Tracey to escape in order to reveal Rebel – but not before Noah threatens to turn his nemesis Angela to the Feds. Tracey in turn releases Suresh, Matt Daphne…. Sure enough Rebel is revealed to be Micah. Micah and Tracey race against time to escape but are seconds away from being caught in the Building 26 parking lot. Thinking quickly, Tracey instructs Micah to tell the alarms to turn on the sprinklers – she freezes the room and herself, but not before Danko’s bullet smashes her to pieces as a tear then appears to run down her newly- shattered face.

From the looks of it, Tracey does appear to be dead. Is she? (Sources have it that Tracey’s real-life self Ali Larter wanted out of her contract and this looks to be the end of her character). Micah however is able to escape and thereby continue his rebellion. How will Tracey’s death effect Nathan’s quest for quixotic justice? Where does he go now that Danko has outed him and where does Micah fit in the Senator’s plans? I’d love to see Micah take a new lead now that he’s been revealed.

Daphne’s Last Moments: Matt and Suresh admit Daphne to the hospital. She wakes to everyone around her thinking she’s Gwen Stefani. She tells Matt to leave her behind. Flash forward to a surreal scene in Paris where Matt reveals he can fly. Daphne asks to be flown around the Eiffel Tower but suddenly amid the happiness, she realizes it’s all dream and asks Matt to fly her to the Moon – he does and she is seen deceased in the hospital.

This ending doesn’t sit well with me. There just isn’t closure to the relationship in a very well-dramatized way. I would have liked a fight, an accident, a heroic battle to the death Obi-Wan Kenobi style.

Baby Matt is the Little Engine that Can: Hiro and Ando discover a picture of Matt’s ex-wife and conclude that Baby Matt is really Matt Jr. The babe has a power: He can make inanimate objects move by themselves.

This is cute I guess… but what role will Matt Jr. play? Will he hold the key to next big storyline? I think it might be possible.


An Update for the Fans (Updated 3/25/09)

Just to keep you fans breast of what’s going on, Thursday will feature my usual review and rest of the week will be a bit of a recap of what has not been covered in the previous few weeks such as the minisodes, comics and istory segments. If you missed last week’s show or blog, don’t worry… there wasn’t one. ( that is… there was no new episode, so you didn’t miss a darn thing as didn’t post last week at all).


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!


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