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A quick Heroes rant 
30th-Nov-2007 10:42 am
Sylar S2 promo pic

This post is what happens when I'm allowed computer access during a conference call and the only other person in the room is busy playing with a pen...

I cannot stop laughing thanks to ibroketuesday and Valeeth, who (over in the Sylar thread at TWoP) coined the phrase 'MAJICKAL HEALING BLOOD'.  I've been on the verge of ranting about the MAJICKAL HEALING BLOOD for two weeks now, because it is such a fucking copout.  It takes Heroes from being a thrilling and tense show, where my friends would sit with their hearts in their throats worrying that something might happen to their favorite character, to being all "eh, whatever, if anyone gets killed they'll just shoot them up with Peter's blood and everything will be perfectly fine again, so who cares?" 

They're also reeeeeeally pushing the whole "there's no coming back from having your head blown off" thing with this.  I mean, HRG was shot in the eye, fell, and didn't move.  Which should mean that he died almost instantly--at any rate, there had to have been extensive brain damage to drop him and leave him motionless like that.  And brain tissue dies after just a few minutes without oxygen--that's why strokes are so debilitating.  However, after HRG wakes up, he's pretty much right back to normal.  Which means that the MAJICKAL HEALING BLOOD has to have repaired his brain damage, and because he'd been dead for a while, his entire brain had to have been damaged.  Soooo....if someone had their heads blown off, why couldn't they just scoop the remaining tissue into a pile, pour a little MHB on it, and have it all come back together properly?  After all, when that bullet entered HRG's skull, it destroyed brain tissue, but apparently that's all grown back.

At any rate, I have a feeling that the MAJICKAL HEALING BLOOD is going to become the SURAK'S FUCKING KATRA of Heroes for me.  It's already been used to heal/resurrect two characters, Mohinder was planning on using it in a third, and the previews for next week seem to suggest it'll be used on one, possibly two, additional characters.  The creation of a total reset button has the potential to turn into the most annoying plot development of Season 2.  And that's saying something.

30th-Nov-2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Why is it every time I start to get happy with Heroes, you make me angry at it again????


But not to worry! There is no MAJICKAL HEALING BLOOD in my fic.

I get around that with something else. :P
30th-Nov-2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Why is it every time I start to get happy with Heroes, you make me angry at it again????

Other people made me unhappy first! It's the Christmas season, a time of giving and sharing...I'm passing the feeling along to even more people! LOL

I get around that with something else. :P

Do you mean someone's going to get a Mohinjection?

...What? I'm just talking about the antibodies in Mo's blood. What did you think I was talking about?
30th-Nov-2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Do you mean someone's going to get a Mohinjection?

*shakes head*

Of course someone's getting a Mohinjection, but that only makes you feel good for a few minutes after. Then you fall asleep.


But no. This has nothing to do with Mohinder's blood.
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2nd-Dec-2007 03:18 am (UTC)
I don't read that much fanfic, but most of the fic I've read would have made a better season than what we've seen. Heck, the cracky discussions we have in the TWoP forums would make a better season! I really, really hope that they were just rushed--after all, they started filming the second season just a couple of months after they finished the first--and didn't think things through while writing. Grrr.

I'm still angry.
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2nd-Dec-2007 04:06 am (UTC)
Oh, man...I was just saying (and I've said this before) that I would have LOVED it if Sylar and Amnesia!Peter had crossed paths. Seriously, can you imagine Sylar going nuts thinking about how badly he wants Peter's abilities, and just trying to be normal and sympathetic in order to get the emo's trust? He could wrap trusting helpful Peter around his finger just as thoroughly as Maya. And then when he showed up at Mohinder's wanting help, Mohinder would be faced with a guy who he was friendly with, and who he knows is even more powerful than Sylar, but who doesn't remember him and who is demanding that Mo help Sylar. Even if Mo managed to get Peter alone, he'd insist that Sylar has been nothing but nice to him and would never try to kill him. THAT would have been far more interesting than the Oirish subplot and seeing every last remnant of Gabriel be burned away.

And, WORD. I was never a big DL fan, but I couldn't have come up with a stupider way if I'd tried. I mean, he managed to phase through that guy's punch just seconds earlier! The guy had the gun pulled out for several seconds, he practically paused and showed it to DL! And yet DL doesn't have a chance to react? Oy.
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2nd-Dec-2007 04:39 am (UTC)
Seriously, it would have been freaky to watch Sylar manipulating Peter, but not skeevy!!! I don't like Peter, but I would have sat there desperately hoping he'd get his memory back in time. And Sylar could have used the same hook to get ahold of Peter: "Dr. Suresh has helped a lot of special people like you. I'm sure he can help you get your memory back! And I can take you to him!" They could even still have worked Adam into his storyline...there could have come a point where Peter went out on his own and Adam caught sight of him, and showed him how to get his memory back. Then you'd have Peter with his memory back, and angstily yelling, "What have I done?!?" and rushing to take care of Sylar...who is in Mo's lab, about to be injected with the Cure to get his abilities back... And then if Hiro showed up and insisted that Adam was evil, Peter would be even more insistent that Adam was good, since he helped Peter remember that Sylar was evil.

Actually, at some point, I'm hoping we get a Sylar-Adam showdown. Sylar's killed Peter, so he could kill Adam too, but Adam's got 400 years of experience to pull on to fight Sylar.

*sigh* Perhaps we need to just start a fic comm called "The Real Heroes Season 2" and work out all our ideas LOL
2nd-Dec-2007 10:00 am (UTC)
*sigh* Perhaps we need to just start a fic comm called "The Real Heroes Season 2" and work out all our ideas LOL

I'd join! Even TwoP's Sylar thread ALONE has so many ideas bouncing around for alternate season 2 scenarios. Most of which are a hundred times better than anything that's ACTUALLY happened this season.
30th-Nov-2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
I hated it in X-Men when they did and I dislike it here. But, I'm not too bummed about it because I don't see it lasting too long, especially with all the massive changes made for volume 3.
2nd-Dec-2007 03:21 am (UTC)
I was just saying to someone else that I could cope with it if it turned out that by accelerating healing, the blood damaged the genetic structure and people who got it inevitably developed other diseases. Or the bacteria and viruses in their bodies were mutated and made stronger, too. There have to be some CONSEQUENCES. Otherwise it's a Get Out Of Jail Free card and that's just boring.

If I ran the world, Volume 3 would start with someone waking up and realizing Volume 2 was just a bad dream that they had. Seriously.
30th-Nov-2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I considered posting about things I actually like about this season of Heroes. Like a "where we are now" version of that "10 Things I Love About Heroes" things I did before this disaster season started. I figured I better do it now before the inevitable Monday Night Post-Heroes Anger sets in. But, after much thought, I could only think of three things things that could even genuinely say I liked (two of which are things completely unique to this season... things which everyone already knows my complete love for anyway.) Then I started thinking about all of the things I hate about this season (including the MHB), at which point I decided maybe that post was was not such a good idea after all.
2nd-Dec-2007 03:23 am (UTC)
Wow. You came up with three things you liked about the season? I am totally and seriously impressed. Even things I initially liked have fallen apart for me. I would like to know how many viewers are like me at this point: I'm pretty much only watching because I'm trying to finish what I've started. I don't really even look forward to the show right now, it's like a time commitment that I have to fulfill. That makes me sad.
2nd-Dec-2007 05:13 am (UTC)
The three things I like are 1. Adam 2. Bob and 3. that they tried to mix things up a bit, regarding on-screen character combinations. That is all I've got, and the last one is kind of a stretch. I mean, it's not so much a concrete thing, but a "general idea"

I would like to know how many viewers are like me at this point: I'm pretty much only watching because I'm trying to finish what I've started.
::raises both hands:: By the time I got completely fed up, there were only 2 episodes left. At that point, to stop watching would have meant I wasted a lot of time, right? So, I figured "why not stick it out, right?" and here I am, barely even caring.

The only problem is now everyone is all "but it's about to get good again!" to which I say "Too late! It does not make up for the previous 10 episodes of crap!" I am willing to wait until the last episode airs and then look back on the volume as a whole, but I feel pretty confident in saying that there is now way that, in only 42 minutes, they can wrap up everything that needs wrapping up. Thus, this volume is destined to fail. Everyone else I talk to regularly does not see it this way, so I feel like I am the cranky old person in the corner all "Oh, you crazy kids, I remember when this show was good!" who everyone avoids. Thus, I have learned to keep my complaints to myself unless I am in my own LJ (or here). This also explains my absence from a certain board I used to frequent, as every time I try to post something, I feel myself getting ranty, and decide it is best to move on. As I probably should right now.

2nd-Dec-2007 05:25 am (UTC)
Eh. As long as I have something new to say, I rant anyway.

I also can't get into the "it's about to get good!" feeling, and for the same reason. I'm quite looking forward to seeing my two favorite characters trying to kill each other interacting again, but I also am having problems figuring out how they're going to fit all this plot into one single episode and wrap everything up decently. Not to mention that I'm groaning because of all the damn reunions. Peter and Nathan, Sylar and...everyone, really, plus the previews made it look like HRG will come back to his family. What is this, the fucking Hallmark Channel Movie-of-the-Week???? GRRRRRRRRR.

Ahem. See? I can come up with fresh rants on this show on a moment's notice. The real problem is, assuming the show ever goes back into production, I would prefer to stay unspoiled for it, because I think a small part of my lack of enthusiasm is due to knowing most of the plot twists already. However, the showrunners have now told me multiple times that "things are going to get better" and they haven't, so without proof that things are better, I'm not going to be eager to put time into watching Volume 3. So if they do ever start filming, I'm going to be driven to read all the spoilers to see if I think it's going in a good direction.
1st-Dec-2007 03:47 am (UTC)
I've been on the verge of ranting about the MAJICKAL HEALING BLOOD for two weeks now, because it is such a fucking copout.

YES. Once you can raise the dead, are there any stakes at all? Isn't there anyone on the writing staff who's thinking of the long-term implications?

The creation of a total reset button has the potential to turn into the most annoying plot development of Season 2.

I want a "total reset button" for the whole season. "It was all just a dream/alternate universe" is really lame, but I would seriously welcome it if it meant a better Volume 3.
2nd-Dec-2007 03:27 am (UTC)
Honestly, if someone woke up and realized Volume 2 had all been a Maury-induced bad dream, I would not quibble with it. In fact, the thought probably excites me more than it should.

Hmmm...would this mean that Mohinder never got that haircut? I'm even more behind the idea now.
1st-Dec-2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
*wave* Hi, forsquilis. I'm Valeeth over at the TwoP boards. ibroketuesday found my LJ, so I ended up popping in on yours. :)

I appreciate the MAJICKAL HEALING BLOOD solely for reviving Noah and letting him live to badass another day. Otherwise... Yeah. Once bringing people back from the dead is as easy and consequence-free as swapping body fluids, you're just ASKING for trouble. (And a slew of godawful MAJICKAL HEALING SEX fanfics.) I had the same problem with Supernatural last season; in theory, any idiot could cure any ill or bring anyone back from the dead with very little effort. Once you install a revolving door on death, it just cheapens the whole thing beyond belief. One more reason to hope for a mind wipe/"ZOMG IT WAS ALL A DREAM!!1"/alternate reality/time travel-triggered universe reboot to clean the slate on this season and pretend it never happened.

(Oh, and because it caught my attention when I browsed your old posts... "Aoyama" means "Blue Mountain". If you have Japanese language support installed, the kanji is 青山. [/"The more you know!" moment])

Edited at 2007-12-01 04:57 pm (UTC)
2nd-Dec-2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Howdy! *waves back*

I really cannot believe that no one raised any worries about the MAJICKAL HEALING BLOOD in the writers' room. Maybe they've got some amazing plot that will revolve around it, but I can't imagine anything will be enough to make up for losing the tension that season 1 had. Heck, one of my friends first watched the show on DVD. She watched through the end of "Run!" and then had to leave for a business trip, and frantically texted me because she was terrified that Mohinder was going to experience death-by-Sylar. After last week, she said, "Great, not even red shirts can die now!"

The only way I'd be okay with the MHB would be if it turned out that using it brings massive and inevitable consequences. For instance, if it turned out that the accelerated healing messes with genetic structures, causing cancers and disorders...and mutated viruses.

(And a slew of godawful MAJICKAL HEALING SEX fanfics.)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! *takes deep breath* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! Okay...I think I'm okay now... *shudders*

"Aoyama" means "Blue Mountain".
Thanks! :0) That word just caught my eye. It looks so lovely written out.

Also, your icon is hilarious. I can't stop giggling at it.
2nd-Dec-2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
I honestly can't imagine what's been going on in the writers' room this season. So many interesting character trapped in so many boring storylines, so many awful romances, so much rampant character idiocy, so many plot points that make NO FUCKING SENSE, so much wasted potential... And now the MAJICKAL HEALING BLOOD, which basically kills any kind of tension when it comes to characters dying or getting injured.

I mean, I'm all for shows bringing worthwhile characters back from the dead (Noah definitely qualifies!), as long as it's (1) NOT easy, (2) requires serious sacrifice and effort, (3) isn't easily repeatable, and (4) has a hefty price or consequence attached. Buffy and Angel brought back dead characters now and then, but I don't remember the shows ever seriously abusing it or making REVIVING THE DEAD seem like something any idiot could do on a whim. Thanks to the MHB, I'm dreading Heroes will be reduced to a weekly round of, "What? Mohinder was mauled by a polar bear? No problem! Just call up Claire-bear and ask her to fed-ex us a bag of her blood."

Fingers crossed that this season was all Mr. Muggles' bad dream.

Edited at 2007-12-02 01:47 pm (UTC)
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