Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
I love Heroes, but most of the positive things I have to say about it are spoilers. These are spoilered-out in the proper version of this post, but just in case this has somehow turned up in your RSS reader: omg spoilers.
Mohinda: Hello, I have no interesting abilities, and quickly lose interest in my inherited quest to track down those that do, for reasons unknown. You should care about me because ERROR: REASON NOT FOUND AT LINE #93572. Mohinda and his father were the least interesting thing in the largely off-putting pilot. Here’s how interesting he is: I’m writing this now because he’s on-screen.
The Cheerleader: She’s kind of a dick, and she has some of the most cringe-worthy lines in the series (episode nine), but this is the most fun power ever. The ending of episode three just rams home how far they’re prepared to go with this stuff, and you know she’s got some even more wonderfully gruesome moments ahead of her.
The Nurse Guy: his first scene, standing on a rooftop about to test his belief that he can fly, was a bit of a non-starter: if he can’t, this is going to be a very short and pointless plot arc. But wait! A twist! And then! Another twist in the opposite direction! And then! A third and final twist, that negates neither previous twist, but instead transforms Peter into a much more intriguing creature, one with probably the most interesting ability of them all! You know his is only going to get more interesting as the characters converge, too.
The Cop: Way to fix the pilot #9: put this guy in it. He’s wonderful. The actor Greg Grunberg is an old favourite of mine from Alias, with whom Heroes also shares an exec or two, and his pragmatic nice-guy face works even better in this as a man tortured by his ability.
Hiro: I think Hiro may have been a nine year-old in the original script – it’s not just a childlike enthusiasm, he’s effectively a child. No bad thing, though, the actor (but apparently he’s not an actor) is so immensely likeable that you don’t notice it when he’s on-screen. His power, particularly in the pivotal episode three is visually extraordinary, and there’s something very refreshing about someone who embraces his quest with glee rather than heavy-handed self-importance.
The Stripper: Rubbish power.
The Glasses Guy: I like that his creepiness is just creepiness, they don’t try to demonise him at every turn. In fact, almost all of his screen time is sympathetic or neutral, which makes him a lot more compelling to watch than every one of the eight billion onerous bad guy stereotypes.
The Obligatory Evil Black Guy: Actually I’m not sure he’s entirely evil yet, for the same reasons as Glasses Guy – I see the two of them as an amoral third faction between Sylar and the Peter-Hiro alliance.
The ‘Previously, on Heroes’ Guy: Shut the fuck up. What the fuck. I understand the words of your intro spiel, but to me you seem to be saying: “Heroes, is for idiots. Here, is the sales pitch. That, is the bad guy. And now, the televisual program that you are watching will unfold as you watch, since you are watching it. Without, further ado. Now. Immediately. Right this second. That story, is about to continue. In real time.”
Isn't the "Previously, on Heroes" guy the stud from India?
The stripper is weird and the look on her face is awkward. Bad powers too. They're not even powers!
My favourite is Hiro, definitely. After him I guess comes the mindcop.
The_B: If it helps, and assuming you're not adverse to installing more plugins:
Cian: The 'Previously' guy is cut out of the decent versions, thankfully. I confess that I like Mohinda purely because he's not American. Even if the scenes in India have very dodgy backdrops, they're more interesting to look at than US suburbia.
craigp: Why did you miss out Hiro in your post? He's awesome.
Tom Francis: Aha, because what I wanted to say was spoilerific. I'll put it up on a separate page after I've watched last night's, I think.
Tom Francis: Cheers for the link, B. That'll be perfect, so long as it doesn't bugger up in RSS readers because of the dependency on CSS. I'll conduct a test.
Tom Francis: So with any luck we can use spoiler tags in the comments too. It's just <spoiler>spoiler</spoiler>
Jason L: ...and now my True Identity is revealed by sloppy habit, in the comments of a post about superheroes. Somebody's laughing.
Tom Francis: You're Craig Pearson?
Jason L: Ha-HA! My previous post, to which I accidentally attached my full name, never appeared for no discernile reason. I guess that's just how awesome James is - it can detect and block mistaken posts. I shall now repost my comment, semianonymously, like so:
In the last spoiler: "Trio", triad", or if you're feeling sassy "trifecta". If you please. *Twitch*
The_B: No, I'm an overused but still slightly homourous Spartacus reference!
Tom Francis: I think it detected that the same IP had given two different names, and held it in moderation along with your subsequent comment. I haven't approved the real-name one, but I suspect James has already submitted your real name to MI5 and dispatched agents. Well spotted, though.
I don't know...the stripper isn't that great a character, but the super-strength is...very powerful. And since it's out of her control, and she doesn't know what happened afterwards makes it more disturbing. The fact that she just leaves shredded bodies behind...and the sound when Ando and Hiro were hiding in the side room...just terrifying.
Alex Hopkinson: The black guy who works with Glasses Dad has psychic powers doesn't he? Not power nullification? I thought that was implied by the scene in bar with the cop where he can't read him, Dad's subsequent comment that cop "won't remember any of this" (and he then leaves black guy in with him doesn't he?) and the bit in the hospital with the kid where black guy erases his memories and what not. Which just means that the Flying Petrelli escaped by just launching quickly.
Alex Hopkinson: Oh also - I've not seen this week's episode yet (maybe I need to switch my viewing day from Saturday to when it actually becomes available...) but presumably the kid has an affinity with machines or can repair/break them at will, which could be interesting. Kind of like Forge from the X-Men or Mayor Hundred from Ex Machina (both references may mean nothing to anyone other than me but what the hey) but different.
Thomas Lawrence: Yeah, the kid is like a technopath, I reckon. And Scary Black Dude/THe Haitian isn't a negater so mucha s a mind-blanker, which allows him to edit out Eden's complusions and Matt's mental scanning as wella s altering memeories, but doesn't do jack against flying Nathan. Still not sure on that one.
Tom Francis: He can erase memories, but it's clear he's got more going on than that. On two occasions he's stopped a hero from using their power on Glasses Dude, and I don't think mind-blanking explains his ability to protect him from Eden's persuasion. Like Hiro, he seems to have a set of powers that are related but not quite unified by one concept.
Thomas Lawrence: Holy crap, the most recent episode "Fallout" was awesome!
Jason L: I randomly ran into this again and it occurs to me that if you like Sylar's scene you mention, you might well enjoy Tool of the Trade, by Joe Haldeman. It's a short, pulpy, high-concept sci-fi novel: A comfortable but conflicted Soviet sleeper agent discovers an ultrasound frequency which utterly negates human will. The rest of the book is basically an exploration of verbal puzzles and logical stunts that result from that premise. It's hardly great literature, but I love it so.