khaosworks: (Television)
I finished watching the last episode of The 4400's third season last night. I know that there's one more season that just finished, but it's not out on DVD and I never watched the show until about a month ago. When the series debuted back in 2004, I had a couple of people recommend it, but I didn't want to get invested in yet another television show, especially since I was already wastingspending so much time watching television and had a thesis to figure out. But, having been recommended it once again recently, and realizing that many of the guiding minds behind it were people whose work I had enjoyed — specifically Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, who had also worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine back in the day — I decided to give it a shot. Also, the fact that the series was divided into bite-sized chunks helped: 6 episodes for the first season and 12 episodes for each season after that.

And so I got the DVDs, and watched it, and it's good. It's very good. On the one hand I regret not getting into the show earlier, but on the other hand I'm glad I'm watching it at one go because it's a very arc-heavy show, and good enough that I would have really hated waiting week after week, let alone between seasons. As it is, I'm wondering what Season 4 would be like, even though I kinda sorta know the story for that season already, and am waiting for an announcement for a Season 4 DVD set.

For those who still haven't watched the show and don't know what it's about, the premise is this: over the last six decades, four thousand, four hundred people are abducted by forces unknown. On a fall day in 2004, a comet streaks towards Earth... except it's not a comet, and instead of whacking into the planet and destroying all life, it slows down, changes course, and heads for a lake in Mount Rainer National Park, Washington. The big glowing ball explodes in a flash of light, leaving behind four thousand, four hundred people, all having not aged a day, with no idea of where they've been all these years. Things start getting complicated when one of the returnees — who are quickly dubbed "the 4400" — develops extra-human abilities. And that's just the beginning.

Spoilers follow, and some reflections on Heroes )

The 4400 vs. Heroes. Semi-spoilers for Season 2 as well. )

Bottom line about The 4400: Great show, good cast, good characterization, and the way ensemble science-fiction shows should be done... which is not surprising, considering who's behind the show. Thank you, Ira Steven Behr. It's not without its flaws: sometimes the arc kind of meanders and you're not always given sensible answers to questions that are raised, and some things are inexplicably dropped without explanation, and sometimes you get the impression of hasty improvisation behind the scenes. But, I still give it a thumbs up. If you haven't watched the show before, I'd suggest getting a hold of Season 1 and seeing if it's your cup of tea before getting a hold of Seasons 2 and 3. But be warned that, as I've said, the show reinvents itself (sort of) every season. But in a good way.
khaosworks: (Save the World)
Now, personally, I don't mind the very sparse credit style that they do on Heroes, although like Tom Lehrer I wish there was a tune that I could hum. However, there have been fans who've wanted, and tried, to do a more traditional opening titles for the show, as a quick search of YouTube will attest to.

Most are crap (which isn't a surprise), but I found a couple that are pretty good. One is with what passes for a main Heroes title theme and the other is to the tune of Nickelback's "If Everyone Cared", which NBC used on its promos for the show during the hiatus.

Anyhow, here they are:

Heroes long opening (final version)

Heroes - Opening Credits (If Everyone Cared)


Jun. 5th, 2007 12:14 pm
khaosworks: (Television)
With the success of Heroes, I'm wondering how many other super-hero based series are being pitched to the networks at the moment. Personally, at the top of my wishlist for a viable television series about superpowers adapted from comic books would be Marvel's Runaways. In a Marvel Universe gone completely around the bend since before Civil War, Runaways has been a breath of fresh air - with fun, likeable characters, a healthy appreciation of the Marvel Universe without going overboard (similarly with Young Avengers) and at times, genuinely moving.

The reason why I'd go for Runaways instead of Young Avengers is because the concept doesn't need any knowledge of the Marvel Universe and can be imported without any real connection: six kids discover their parents are super-villains. In fact, I'm surprised I can't find any hint that Marvel has been shopping the idea around: it seems a complete natural. Get creator Brian K. Vaughan (who's now writing for Lost) and Joss Whedon (who's writing the current story arc in the comic) on board, and away you go.

What other comic books do you think could make it as a television series in today's market?


May. 23rd, 2007 01:26 pm
khaosworks: (Hiro's sword)
Season 1 ender? Satisfying. Very.

And at the end, Hiro took the words right out of my mouth.

Can we have Season 2 now, please?
khaosworks: (No Pot Pie)
Major spoilers from a Q&A session at the Museum of Television & Radio's Paley Festival. You have been warned. No actual clip, but a description of it.

khaosworks: (Save the World)
April 23: It's Time To Save The World

"This is the usually the part when people start screaming."

For a while, Heroes felt like it was cruising a bit, even with the introduction of Christopher Eccleston and George Takei. But the last two episodes... "Company Man" which was so incredibly awesome and emotional, and "Parasite"'s multiple cliffhanger endings, well... I am this show's bitch, I really am.

It's going to be a long wait.
khaosworks: (Heroes)
Seriously, this show is getting better and better, especially now we've gotten a chance to start getting invested in the characters. This episode was originally called "Come Together", and renamed "Collision" for some reason (maybe because of the last scene with Claire) — either way, the title fits, because man, shit starts whacking together in this one. The cliffhangers have been consistently awesome since episode two, and this one is no exception. And although it's moving a bit slowly; unlike, say, Lost, there's at least a ticking bomb in the storyline that's propelling things forward.

Spoilers, not for the episode, but for the Heroes and their powers. )
khaosworks: (Legion)
The Easter eggs keep coming up fast and furious in this one.

spoilery comments about LSH 1x03. )

On the non-spoilery side, I can only express slack-jawed amazement at how awesome the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica was, how much I enjoyed seeing the return of Veronica Mars, and how I'm looking forward to see where Heroes is going to go.

Also, this week's episode of South Park, "Make Love Not Warcraft" was particularly close to my geeky heart. I don't even mind the inconsistencies and inaccuracies in gameplay, it was so hilarious. They should do more of these things.

Shaping up to be an enjoyable new Fall TV season... at least for the shows I follow.
khaosworks: (Heroes)
Just watched the pilot for Heroes. I had my reservations in the beginning when the text scroll that introduced the show spoke of "epic story" and "Volume One", which struck me as amazingly cheesy. Then it got a bit better, although I'm not quite sure what to make it of it all yet. There's some interesting characters, but they're all pretty much emotional ciphers at the moment; while the premise is intriguing, and it's a nice set-up, there's very little here to make me want to care about these people.

I'll reserve judgment until I see more and see where this is going.

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