I realized what lingering thing has been bugging me about Heroes:
they keep vacillating between a biological/evolutionary explanation (which would be fine) and a supernatural explanation (which would be fine).
Either one would be fine with me, but not both together.
On the one hand, you have Chandra and Mohinder Suresh, geneticists, who’ve identified certain genetic mutations that they can test for, and find, in special people. That’s OK. It’s the same premise as X-Men, and I’m totally OK with that. The book Chandra Suresh wrote is called “Activating Evolution” and it seems there’s that entire thrust of the story line. Like I said, totally OK.
But on the other hand, they keep dangling this supernatural connection. That these powers are more than just biology, and that these people have some sort of cosmic destiny/shared fate. The Heroes symbol keeps showing up in random places. The last bit of it that finally helped me articulate the issue was the end of last night’s episode: when Peter gets the tattoo of the family crest, and it disappears (presumably, as some sort of healing measure that he can’t control) but first morphs into the symbol before totally disappearing? Why would it do that, if there wasn’t some extra, hidden meaning? Well, that’s also OK, if there’s a Lost-like supernatural explanation. But it doesn’t make sense with the Biological explanation (or at least takes the implausibility factor through the roof).
I’m a little nervous.
Anyway, as for the rest of this week’s Heroes, the show was OK, but not earth shattering. It seems Sylar’s ability to use other people’s powers is subject to some limitations, and possibly tied to a power of his own. Part of me is happy to see Peter using his powers for his own gain, just a little bit. (Anyone else think that girl’s accent is hot? No? Forget I said anything.) And finally, my fearless prediction: Peter, while taking the Haitian’s necklace, took his ability to wipe memories, and wiped his own (or had the Haitian do it for him) which means that he has the ability to bring it back, should he so desire. Just now to answer how he came to be in Ireland….