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Heroes character opinions: Elle 
12th-Nov-2007 12:10 am
Digital Blasphemy - "Cobalt Daisy"


I’ll say one thing about consistency on this show: they continue to present me with female after female who I do not like, one bit.  At one point during Elle’s pouty little tramp act, I thought, “Man, even Shatner doesn’t chew scenery this much.”  Then I imagined Shatner giving Peter a haircut and... I digress again, but the mental image was more entertaining than anything else in this episode.
I felt like they were trying to have the same effect with Elle as they did with Sylar.  Remember Sylar?  Last year we spent 9 episodes seeing him as a terrifying shadow, murderous and evil, and then when we finally saw him in person…he was just a skinny dork, who had the same feeling of special destiny as Peter but was broken.  It was what opened me up to seeing some good still remaining deep inside him, and made him feel three-dimensional.  Well, it felt like they were trying to do all that with Elle in one single episode.  And it didn’t work.  When she told her childhood sob story, I actually said aloud, “Whatever, bitch, now get the fuck off my screen.” 
Also, I read Greg Beeman’s blog description of what they were trying to “do” with the character, but I still don’t feel anything.  I don’t care that she grew up in a Company facility; she had to have seen from the staff around her that rubbing your tits all over the “patients” is not appropriate behavior.  (OK, perhaps that is unfair of me; for all I know, maybe one of the side benefits of being locked up by the Company is having staff rub their tits all over you.) (There's a Parkman joke in there somewhere, but I'm too tired to make it.)
Elle’s performance really reminded me of the girls who lived in Batchelder dorm in my quad in college (which we referred to as “Bitchholder”, sometimes to their faces, such was our contempt for them).  It was an all-girls dorm, and the horniest residents would come over to my co-ed dorm and drape themselves over the guys in the lounge, in much the same way that Elle was fondling Peter.  Everyone in my dorm--guys included--looked at those girls with a mixture of disgust and pity, and did our best to ignore them until they finally felt some shame and went away.  That’s exactly how I feel about Elle: I suppose I feel embarrassed for her for being so pathetically obvious, but I don’t want to befriend her and give her advice, I just want her to go be pathetic somewhere else.
You know who else Elle reminds me of? Candice, if she were a psychopath instead of fat.  That same smug, preening, I-think-I-am-the-awesomest-thing-evah attitude.  Way to create an original character!  And if Elle really is a psychopath as she smilingly claimed to be, then there’s no way to make her likable, since she can never be trusted.  That adds to the one-dimensional feel of the character.
Also I would like to point out that one of the questions the commercials promised would be answered in 4MA was, “Who is Elle?”  (True story: when they said that, it took me several seconds to remember Elle was even on the show.  That’s how unimpressed I was by the character in her initial outing.)  However, I still don’t feel like I “know” anything about Elle.  She called someone ‘Daddy’ on the phone, but her little speech kind of sounded like the Company took her away from her family as a child, so nothing was cleared up there.  And I also already knew she minced around and annoyed people from her previous appearance.  I guess I do have a bit more backstory, which, for all I know, is a lie told to manipulate Peter, and which didn't make her the slightest bit sympathetic to me.  Great.  Whatever.

Elle got off on the wrong foot with me simply because NBC shoved Kristen Bell down our throats enough that, even though I used to be a Veronica Mars fangirl, I now cringe when I see a picture of KB.  (And KB hasn't helped matters, with her seemingly non-stop mugging and clowning.  Just smile and let them take a damn photograph, okay?)  I tried...tried...tried to keep a little piece of my mind non-closed.  But frankly, at this point, I'm just praying that the promised re-writes of Volume 3 will give Elle the same fate as Candice.  Except...Candice died pretty quietly.  Could Elle scream in terror and pain? Just a little? 
Finally, a question I've been asking myself for weeks: if Elle is a psychopath who the Company knows can’t be trusted to behave decently, why was she allowed to go after Peter in Ireland alone in the first place?  I feel like this means one of two things: despite its alleged power, the Company is shockingly stupid...or the writers just went, "Say, that would be a totally kewl way to introduce the character!" and didn't think things through.  I don't like either one of those options.  But if Elle will get the hell off my TV screen after episode 11, I'm willing to forget about them. 

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

14th-Nov-2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
But if Elle will get the hell off my TV screen after episode 11, I'm willing to forget about them.

I think that might be the only saving grace of this writers' strike.
15th-Nov-2007 04:18 am (UTC)
I was sadly fangirlishly excited when Kristen was cast. Now, I just want her gone. I don't care how; I just want them to make it so, before I lose control and throw something at my TV screen. I don't even like Peter, but yet I was angry at her for molesting him.
14th-Nov-2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
Agreed on pretty much everything. I try to like, her, I really do, and her chemistry with Peter was a bit strange at times but hot at other times. But she just irks me. I mean, I know they're trying to present her as this slightly unhinged personal with wacked-out social skills, which I think is an interesting idea, but I'm not really liking her portrayal. I just can't put my finger on it.

There really are very few likeable female characters on this show, in my opinion - Angela (who pretty much owns everyone else with her mantipulative genius) and Monica, who I can't help but like. And Mrs Bennet, but that's just because she amuse me no end.
15th-Nov-2007 04:27 am (UTC)
Monica has been the only one I liked immediately. I did start to like Mrs. Bennet last season, when HRG was about to go after Claire and she showed that she does have a brain, but then last week West showed up to cook waffles and she thought he was nice, so she'd slid out of my good graces. Every other female has been somewhere between "meh" and "HAAAAATE" with me. Even Claire--I had to constantly try to remember what it was like to be 15 because she got on my nerves all the time.

Elle was just too...overblown. And then all Peter had to do was kiss her and she went all wide-eyed like she really thought he was in love with her? Just like Candice did with Sylar? And like Maya pretty much has done with Sylar? Ugh. And then you add in Claire giving in to West's stalking, and I'm kinda starting to think the writers don't know any girls in real life.

(I realize my Mohinder icon has nothing to do with this comment, but it's pretty and I need cheering up right now.)
16th-Nov-2007 09:55 am (UTC)
And I have saved the best for last. Only, by best, I mean worst. Really, this chick can not die soon enough.

I would say I am right there with you on the whole Heroes female characters thing, but I'm like that with everything. I just never get into the female characters as much as the male ones. We talked about this in the AIM chat the other night (join us!) and mole said he had a theory on this. But then somehow we all got sidetracked (shocking!) and I never really got to discuss it.The only exception to this rule seems to be Angela Petrelli, but that is because she does not "act like a girl". But that is a discussion for another time. This is about Elle, and how I hate her!

You know, I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt before I ever saw her. I mean, I had issues with Kristen and how she was suddenly everywhere... I mean everywhere, acting goofy and getting in the way and detracting from the actors that had earned the right to represent the show. I mean, sit down already! You're new and I get it, but I never saw Dana Davis, David Anders or Shalim Ortiz anywhere acting all corny in front of the camera, so it was more than a little bit off-putting. But as I said, I was willing to give her a shot. Sadly, she blew it.

I will not even talk about her first episode, as it was not really much to go on, and I felt that maybe my hatred was kind of irrational and a bit of a holdover from my KB annoyance. And then there was "Four Months Ago". She is exactly as you described. She is needy and clingy and annoying and I am not amused. And she talks like a baby and acts like a whore. I do not like either of those character types, so the combination is lethal, and not in the lightning fingers kind of way. I see some people like her because she is crazy, but I don't even see crazy, I see "annoying little girl trying to act how she thinks adults should act and failing all around." Perhaps I just like my crazy a bit more subtle and not so "oh man! Look at how crazy I am! I am crazy!! Look, crazy person over here!" Yes, I do think she is a bit over-the-top, why do you ask?

And with that I have run out of steam. And I don't even have a random Hiro heckle to close with. This may be because I hate her more than Hiro. That's a lot of hate, my friend, let me tell you.

18th-Nov-2007 12:22 am (UTC)
And I have saved the best for last. Only, by best, I mean worst.
But venom IS the best!

We talked about this in the AIM chat the other night (join us!) and mole said he had a theory on this.
I keep meaning to. I have actually found some chatting software that didn't destroy my computer, and I've gotten an AIM account with this username. But I was briefly busier than usual, and then I got sick and have been vegging out, so I haven't been logging in. *sigh*

And I don't even have a random Hiro heckle to close with. This may be because I hate her more than Hiro.
When I read this, my eyes widened and I backed away from the computer in fear...
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