I have to be a fangirl and post about Heroes because otherwise I won’t be able to concentrate on what I’m supposed to be doing.
Overall? Very happy. Very encouraged. Trying very hard not to remember that this was how I felt after the bus crash in season 2 of Veronica Mars, and look where that got me: a coma baby and a disgustingly retconned S1 finale. I realize that’s negative, but until Thanksgiving comes and I look back and say, “Damn—this season has been awesome,” I shall continue to live in fear of yet another show I love not being able to maintain its beauty.
OK. What pissed me off: I have an issue – a real issue – with Parkman having custody of Molly. Anyone remember the Great Coma Baby Custody Bloodbath Discussion of 2005/2006 on the Veronica Mars boards? Unless Molly has absolutely no close blood relatives on both sides of her family, how in hell did Parkman, a gravely wounded [stupid] guy who is no blood relation, who more or less just lost his job in a way that would not look good even if caseworkers weren't given the full story on why he left the PD, whose pregnant wife is divorcing him and who’s abandoned his whole life to move across the country…how did he get custody of Molly? And even if Molly’s parents were both only-child orphans with no cousins or aunts or uncles, Child Protective Services isn’t going to just hand a kid over to Officer Parkman just because she says she wants to live with him. It sounded like Molly’s teacher knows Parkman is just her guardian - what explanation did they come up with for Molly getting to New York? Seriously, people. Remember when posters at TWoP were at each other’s throats over whether or not Meg’s parents could have wrestled custody of the baby from Duncan? At least they all shared DNA with the kid. I have a massive need for a logical explanation of this that I can swallow. I don’t know why this is bothering me so badly, but it is.
On the other hand…aggressive Mohinder is hot. Unbelievably hot. Even with the cropped hair. Wow. Just wow. I don’t recall finding him that hot before. But then, when I think of previous examples of prime badassery out of him, two main instances come to mind. “Landslide”, where his badassery was in direct competition with “Your last thought!” and with the distracting creepiness of Thompson. And “Parasite”, which…come on. When the guy you’ve tied up and threatened to kill has the nerve to lean into your gun barrel so hard it leaves a mark on his forehead, I’m afraid you lose the badass championship to him by a very wide margin. I’m digressing. Could we have some more Hot!Angry!Mohinder next week, please?
And I'm guessing that when Mohinder said, "They took the bait", that meant that his lecture about the virus...is just crap concocted to get the Company's attention? Am I interpreting this correctly? All I know is that when he talked about it, my first thought was, "You've got to find a cure! And then find Sylar and make sure he doesn't die!" I am sadly, pathetically overinvested in keeping my Gabriel Gray around. I need to find some more hobbies.
And on the more thought-provoking side, I quite liked the Company Man’s segue from the dangers of Sylar to Molly. Because that was exactly the thought I had of her last year. She’s only a kid, yes. But her power is already being misused – she may have been personally innocent, but was still causing harm. And if she chose a path that put her in league with someone evil, she could be even more awful. I just think that’s something that deserves some more consideration. We’ve now got the two extreme examples: Sylar who enjoys his deliberate destruction, and Maya who’s terrified of her accidental murders. But it’s easy to make judgment calls in those extreme cases, and most powers aren’t that extreme. If they’re going to make this a theme, they need to have more grey examples, seemingly benign but potentially devastating, like Molly. Or the Haitian! Where’s the Haitian?
I still have just one request: that when Sylar comes back, he ends up can-openering someone right away. It’s not that I’m bloodthirsty or in a bad mood. Just…well, see my above comments re: badass championship.
likealongforgottendream just chimed in with agreement on the Mohinder issue. But she also said that...that...that Peter looked pretty good without the emo bangs. Noooooo! Come away from the Dark Side! And…oh, shit. Am I the only person who hopes Peter stays away for a long, long time? Because if the poodle couldn’t handle Ted’s power, what would happen if he sucked up Maya’s?