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Filed under: General — Thomas @ 11:36 pm

2007-5-10
11:36 pm

By sheer accident I picked up a copy of Watchmen this weekend in Brussels. I must say I’m glad I did – I found it hard to put down, and it’s definitely one hell of a graphic novel. It would have had more impact in my younger years, as the story does show its age, but it managed to work on all the levels it wanted to and kept some surprised around. Intriguing storyline.

Incidentally, I just finished watching Heroes Episode 21 (thank effing god for the Internet, why are series still “delayed” over here in this millenium ? And kudos for getting a show with such a common title to be number 1 on Google). Seeing that episode the day after finishing Watchmen is eerie. Before I felt the series was liberally copying plot lines from X-Men (5 years in to the future ? Where are the Sentinels, everything else looks the same), but the resemblance to the Watchmen plot is uncanny. I can’t say why I guess without ruining either story, but I’m sure other people must have felt a little resemblance as well no ?

Heroes being derivative doesn’t hurt me one bit though – it would have been hard to avoid regardless, and they’ve done an excellent job at driving the story forward, keeping the characters interesting, and having some awesome visuals.

The fact that it’s derivative does not make it predictable, since you never know beforehand which bit they’ll derive next…

I’m guessing next week is the big finale. Yay internet !

On unrelated news, my muscles ache, my appetite is gone and my head is heavy. I’m hitting the sack in the hopes of avoiding getting a cold.

4 Comments »

  1. The imdb page for Heroes shows two more episodes. One titled “Landslide”, which I guess is for Nathans election, and the other titled “How to Stop an Exploding Man”, which is the finale.

    Comment by David — 2007-5-11 @ 12:34 am

  2. Actually, there’s two more eps left. 23 will be the finale. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Heroes_episodes).

    I pretty much agree with you on the derivative stuff. After all, it’s TV. I just think it’s remarkable that they’ve managed to reach the end of the first season without the whole thing unraveling (always a risk with a large ensemble series). And even though the weekly ads on NBC are extremely lame, the series has avoided it so far.

    Do you get the lame NBC taglines where you live? “Save the cheerleader, save the world”, “Someone flies, someone dies”, “Are you on the list?”, etc.

    Comment by Sandy — 2007-5-11 @ 1:24 am

  3. I was definitely noticing a Linderman == Ozymandias parallel in there.

    Comment by Quinn — 2007-5-12 @ 5:39 pm

  4. “thank effing god for the Internet, why are series still “delayed” over here in this millenium”

    Why does it matter? It’s still the same series when they do show it. Typical of the “I MUST HAVE IT NOW!” attitude that afflicts all too much of modern society…

    Comment by numpty — 2007-5-19 @ 4:20 pm

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