Sunday, April 29, 2007

heroes .07% = watchmen

Sigh. So I am hooked. A good show despite the fact that it simply recycles the same old plots from an entire genre of post-Watchmen comics. That superpowers if taken seriously could have interesting implications (also Busiek). Of course the Watchmen plot stealing was most blatant this week in 0.7% without quite the same power, oh well, hard to do subtlety like that in tv. (With some Lex Luthor overlay). But still does a good job, good production values, and brings it to a wider audience which can only be good for expanding the genre.

This new half-season is good to. Brings in nice (Ellis multi-generational conspiracy Planetary) overtones. Plus dozens of others that I'm sure I just miss.

Plus something that is rare in fantasy genre movies nowadays, that unlike star wars, harry potter, superman, etc, it is not noble birth, but anyone can be a hero (Ando, Bennett, Suresh...). That the institution matters. "When you need something big, you send the lawyers." It's the lawyers that are the source of real power, not some random genetic mutation.

Good stuff.


James said...

I thought the exact same thing. I was kind of disappointed, especially since I was recommending Watchmen to some people who happen to watch Heroes, and I bet if they read Watchmen now, they'd find it predictable.

HoBs said...

agreed. though if something is really good, it shouldn't need to depend on a gimmick catch to make it work. like sixth sense or memento is great. but the fact that once you know the catch, it's no longer so special. though i think watchmen is good enough to withstand it, somewhat anyway.

James said...

True. Watchmen is really good on its own; I reread it a few months ago and liked it more than ever. (It also does a really good job of taking advantage of the comic medium--a lot of the narrative parts and the layout wouldn't translate well into other formats.)

Incidentally, I think last night's episode of Heroes made up for my initial "this is ripping off Watchmen" skepticism.

HoBs said...

it did for me as well, sort of. see forthcoming post on it.