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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.


The Hilarious Zeroes Webseries Parody

A couple of weeks ago, I theorized a handful of totally useless and certifiably insane powers like being able to babysit the baby Jesus and the wonderfully stupid ability to turn every meal into breakfast; and my personal favorite the ability to work on federal holidays. But the Heroes creators have apparently been up nights scanning my frontal lobes for ideas while I’m asleep because their new webseries Zeroes is quite blaringly all of my style and a bag of hot, hot, Chilean potato chips! It pits unsuspecting dweebs and their inane powers against all the other folks who just don’t give sh***. Powers include the ability to kick one’s self repeatedly in the back of the head, copy talking four year-old style; and one guy can in fact can paint the future with a few minor setbacks like that fact his paintings are of stick figures and worse his prophetic visions equate to trivial occurrences such as the ever-popular “save a man about to fall into a birthday cake” routine. Oh, the majesty!

Watch Zereos at http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/video/clips/zeroes-episode-one/165680/

Trivia returns this weekend…. Stay tuned!