Homer's Travels: TV: Heroes vs. Jericho

Saturday, September 30, 2006

TV: Heroes vs. Jericho

On Tuesday I watched Heroes (on tape - the show airs on Monday). This is the second new show of the season that I was interested in - the other being Jerico. Have seen both, I have to say that Heroes is the most interesting. Heroes is a story of ordinary people who develop superpowers. I was surprised that the show started with a text scroll explaining that these people would join forces to stop some unnamed catastrophe. This was a lot more information then I expected to receive in the first episode. I thought it would be more like last years "Surface " or "Invasion " which dribbled out the clues so slowly that I lost interest before the end of the first season. The first episode of Heroes introduced us to five superpower endowed people: A Chearleader who appears to be immortal as all her wounds heal instantly, a Japanese corporate man who can control the passage of time and can teleport, a painter who can see the future, a man who can fly, and a single mother you has an unknown power that has something to do with mirrors but has not been totally revealed yet. We are also introduced to the good guy - an Indian geneticist whose father may have known about the emerging super powered people - and the villain - a man hunting down the good guys and who appears to be the father of the un-killable cheerleader. There is a compelling story, an intriguing mystery, and just the right amount of humor. The pace of revelation is fast - similar to the second season of Lost.

Jericho is another story. The pace, after two episodes, is closer to the Surface or Invasion model. The show follows the town of Jericho, Kansas after a nuclear attack on the USA. The inhabitants of this small town are cut off from the world and are not fully aware of what has happened in the world outside of their town. The second episode, about the town preparing for the radioactive fallout from the blast in Denver, is not completely scientifically sound and the rest of the story was not compelling enough for me to suspend my disbelief. They say in the episode that weather from Denver usually arrives to Jericho in two hours. This is said about 10-12 hours after the blast was observed. This means that the fallout should have arrived in the middle of the night eight hours before they realized it was on its way. Oops. Now, two episodes are a small sample and I intend to watch more before I decide to continue watching or to hit the O-F-F switch, but it is not looking good at this early stage.

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