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Heroes character opinions: Adam Monroe / Takezo Kensei 
12th-Nov-2007 12:05 am
Digital Blasphemy - "Cobalt Daisy"

Adam / Kensei / whatever his name is this week

Wow.  4MA was the first episode where I really totally got invested in Adam.  I’m sure part of my problem with this season is that, being involved with the online fandom, I read a lot of spoilers and that eliminates the OMG!!! surprise factor when watching.  The big Adam reveal that people squeed over made me go “Whatever, I heard about this weeks ago.”  But I'm having a change of heart about Kensei/Adam now.

I initially was irritated by the way he swung so freaking quickly from drunken opportunist to hero.  But now, he seems to have established a pattern of sudden emotional swings, and I’m kind of liking that feeling of unpredictability.  I’m totally up in the air as to whether Adam really wants to make things better…wants to completely destroy humanity…or is just being an opportunist again and trying to get more power.  I suspect he saved Nathan, not out of the goodness of his heart, but because he knew that would be one more way to wrap emotional Peter around his finger.     

I'm still bugged over the Kensei storyline, though.  I am hardly an expert on Japanese history, but I do seem to recall reading that non-Japanese were...not particularly appreciated at that period in Japanese history.  As in, stay-out-of-our-business-or-we'll-feed-you-soup-made-of-your-own-entrails not-appreciated.  And yet an Englishman careened openly through the countryside, and no one protested or even blinked?  Huh.  Also, did NBC have to pay royalties to the writers of The Last Samurai over this [boring] storyline?  Just asking.

I'm not even going into the stupid love story/triangle.  Just...no.  Don't care.  Especially since the swordsmith's daughter couldn't even tell the difference between Japanese eyes and English eyes.  When she oh-so-dramatically held her hand over Hiro's lower face, like she was just now realizing he had impersonated Kensei, I laughed.  Kensei, you're better off without her!
However, I’m now getting interested in Adam’s present-day plotting, especially since…  Well, which future would you rather face: a scared life under Dictator Sylar, where at least as long as you’re alive there’s a chance of one day getting free…or the virus-ridden death of yourself, your entire family, everyone you know and love, maybe even the extinction of the entire human race?  I was excited to hear that 93% of the population was dead, because Linderman spoke so confidently that the explosion needed to happen, that I wanted there to be bad consequences caused by averting it.  And I’m hoping that whatever Adam is doing to “save the world”, it’s similar: I want it to be an HRG-style morally grey choice, something where Peter initially gets on his high horse and proclaims it to be immoral until Adam somberly tells him it’s the only way to stop the virus.
So, good job, show, for getting me excited about something for the first time since episode 2-04!

Other opinions:
Adam Monroe / Takezo Kensei  (warming up)
Elle (die die die)
Peter Petrelli (nicer than you'd expect from me)

14th-Nov-2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
I liked Kensei, merely because I was biased due to my Anderslove and enjoyed his drunken pissheadedness. But I can already tell that I will enjoy Adam more. You could totally see just a subtle element of manipulation in his character in 4MA, and I think he'll be able to play that sort of character very convincingly. I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing how he interacts with Peter as well, and not just because of the hotness. Although that is a factor as well.
15th-Nov-2007 04:11 am (UTC)
I'd never seen him in anything before, and I ended up being spoiled for almost his entire storyline, which was a bad idea because then there weren't any surprises to get me excited. And, of course, I prefer my men dark-haired. :0) But he was subtly different here than as Kensei: I liked the fact that I didn't exactly trust him, but couldn't explain why.
15th-Nov-2007 04:19 pm (UTC)

Basically, I think AdamKenseiAdam is a good character who was cursed by goegraphy while being Kensei. Like, in that he was forced to be a part of the whole FUCKING STUPID ancient Japanese love geometry plotline. But I bet you that, now that he's freeeeeee of all that junk, he's ONLY GOING TO GET BETTER.

I have high hopes for you, KenseiAdam. Don't let me down.
16th-Nov-2007 03:53 am (UTC)

Oh, man. The Stupidly Boring (or Boringly Stupid?) Love Triangle just dragged down everyone associated with it. I'm going to blame it all on the swordsmith's daughter, since she's gone now. All I know is, Adam is already about 100 times as cool as Kensei was.

Hey...didn't Hiro used to be on this show?
16th-Nov-2007 09:06 am (UTC)
Okay, I know I'm late. But I had to buckle down and work. But I am here now, and if I am not in the Elle and Peter posts before the night's over... well, just know I will be there too eventually.

So... Adam. One thing I can confidently say about Adam I that I have been on board with him from day one. Part of it was his character and part of it was that I knew what his character was going to become. (I was just talking to Cookie the other day about the "Kensei is Adam!" excitement and how we really missed out on it by failing in our quest to be spoiler-free. We need to work on that for Volume 3.) Now I can't say how much of my excitement was on potential future greatness and how much was in whatever it was that was going on in Feudal Japan Storytime Hour, but I think the former carried more weight. Then again, he had me as soon as it was revealed that he was a drunken scoundrel who heckled Hiro. I never said I was not easily amused.

So far, the only thing that really irks me about his story is the fact that his 400-year grudge is over someone stealing his girl. But this is Heroes season two, and I have learned that in Heroes season two, the lower your expectations the better. I don't know... it just seemed contrived. Perhaps there are people who fall in for that kind of stuff (I know there has to be), but I just thought he didn't seem like the kind of guy to get that worked up over something so silly.

But, that one complaint aside, I really enjoy where it seems like he is going, all the more since I have no real idea where that is or what his present-day motivations are. I like that I can in one minute convince myself that he is not as bad as he seems and truly is trying to do the right thing, and then immediately turn and believe that he is still that grudge-holding scoundrel who is willing and able to lash out at anyone who he thinks has wronged him (be it Hiro or, for whatever reason, the Elder Heroes.)

So, in closing ::thumbs up:: to Adam, and I look forward to whatever it is he has in store.... especially if it involved any form of hurting both Hiro and Peter. (Bonus points if he can throw Elle in the mix as well.)

18th-Nov-2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Okay, I know I'm late.
But that's the beautiful thing about online posts: unlike real-life conversations, they patiently wait for you to have the time to reply to them.

But this is Heroes season two, and I have learned that in Heroes season two, the lower your expectations the better.
This is so true. Please excuse me while I go cry somewhere like Peter.

But, that one complaint aside, I really enjoy where it seems like he is going, all the more since I have no real idea where that is or what his present-day motivations are.
Curses! You just said in one sentence what I took a page to say! That is not fair!

What really confuses me is that I was expecting Adam to be some figure of menace, replacing Sylar as the Big Bad. And maybe he is going to be the Big Bad...but he definitely doesn't have that feeling of terror. (It doesn't help that his "minion", Maury, was taken out so easily BY FREAKING PARKMAN THAT WAS SOOOOOO SO LAME. Ahem. What was I...oh yeah, Adam. At any rate, I'm liking Adam and am doing my best to wean myself off of spoilers for him and everyone else for Volume 3 so that I can at least be surprised by the plot.
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