Saturday, April 2, 2011

Eat. Pray. Love. ..and Inspire

What I am about to say may shock you, but I am not writing about Heroes this time. I just saw the movie Eat. Pray. Love.. To my surprise, I thought it was fantastic. It was beautifully composed and completely inspirational. I'm not saying that I am going to pick up and leave for Italy anytime soon, although that may be due to lack of funds. It has inspired me to want to see the world, though, even if that just means the world around me. I want to go outside and hear it, see it, touch it, live it. I have cooped myself up inside for so long, I have desensitized myself and I hadn't even realized it.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that television, movies, and computers aren't a way to live your life. In the movie I watched, Julia Roberts' character visited places where the people that lived there gathered in the streets and marketplaces. There was music and laughter and joy--there was a sense of community and love. People were not afraid to talk to a stranger they saw on the sidewalk. They weren't in a rush to get to their next destination. They were just living. I want that. I want to see that.

Where I am from, it is as if everyone has forgotten how to live. Not in the physical sense, obviously, but in all other senses. People are so busy with their own personal lives to open up their eyes and see people and the world around them. It just seems so sad. Sure, I see people out walking their dogs or going for a run, but not many. People go outside when they can fit it into their busy schedules. Everyone hides in their houses and offices. They go out to eat and go shopping, sure, but afterward it is right back home. I just don't feel life should be that way.

I can't change people, that's for sure. What I really want to be able to do right now is eat something I bought fresh at a marketplace while walking down the street. I want to hear laughter and music. I want to see kids playing. I want to feel life and I want everyone else to feel it too.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My Last Thoughts About Heroes

Alright so I finished Season 2 of Heroes. The thing is that I didn't realize that I was watching the season finale when I was watching it. I didn't realize until I went to go play the next episode...and it wasn't there. Not knowing that just proves that the season was not done very well. I found it a bit boring and I almost fell asleep during a few episodes. I still have no interest in the new characters and the plot line was very weak. I understand that there was a writer's strike going on at the time, so the season had to be cut short, but they really could have wrapped it up a little better. I am not even entirely sure of what happened.

First of all, how many times did they have to tell us that the older group of "heroes" came together once to save the world. I got it the first few times, the redundancy was just annoying to me. Mrs. Petrelli just had to keep it up. What is her deal anyway? I can tell she has powers but what are they? Spontaneously getting bloody noses? She is just getting on my last nerve.

My next complaint is the addition of Micah's cousin. That whole storyline just screams "we need more ideas". Was the whole point just to kill off Nikki? Why kill her off? Ugh I have a headache just thinking about it. Also, why is Monica just discovering her powers now? Why didn't she get them when everyone else did? Same thing with Maya. It was just kind of a we-already-did-this thing. Let's just move along.

I have one more complaint. Kristen Bell. I felt like I was watching a Veronica Mars cross-over. She played the same character in Heroes but with electric super powers. Very annoying. My boyfriend and I were voting for her to get killed the entire time. Maybe we will have better luck with that next season.

Alright, I just want to say one more thing. I do realize that this show has already come and gone. Old news, sure. And I am a little late. I will not always be writing about Heroes. I just wanted to have someone to complain to.

Friday, March 25, 2011

I'll Give It a Second Chance

It isn't that I'm obsessive... Ok I'm obsessive. I just couldn't sleep at night knowing that I had just gave up on a show that exhilarated me so much just because of what others had told me. This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I had started watching Heroes when it first aired--back when nobody knew what the future of the show held. People just watched the show and discovered, together, what was in store for them. That is when people formed opinions based on what they saw, not what the rumors told them. This is what I have decided to do.

I started the 2nd season of Heroes last night. I am now 3 episodes in. So far, it has it's ups and downs. They have introduced some new characters of whom I am not sure to invest interest in or not. Only time will tell. They have put a spotlight on the "elders" now, although I have yet to find out what their powers are. I am a little let down that they have killed off Sulu...aka Hiro's father. They should have killed off Madame Petrelli because in all honesty, she is a little too manipulative for my taste. She really just gives me the creeps. It was revealed that Madame and Sulu had a relationship of some sort in the past. I wonder if she is Hiro's mother? That would be...interesting.

My boyfriend and I stayed up last night watching and theorizing. We tried to guess what was up with Nathan's reflection and how Peter managed to get himself a haircut. A lot of the reveals, such as Molly's nightmare man being Matt's father, were very predictable. I had managed to guess many things throughout the show that turned out to be right, but that is not to devalue their...coolness.

I do miss the Hiro and Ando duo. They were spectacular together. It is exciting to think that Hiro's childhood idol turns out to be of his own making. The premise is cool, but I am really just looking forward to Hiro getting back to the present day. 17th century Japan just doesn't thrill me too much.

One more note. Children from ages 10 to 12 should never be cast in a television show that is going to have them be the same age from season to season. Micah was looking a bit older than he did only a few months ago. The same thing happened to Walt in Lost. He was 10. He was gone for a while, but only for a few weeks in Lost time. In reality, the actor had aged and it was just not believable. They had to write him out of the show. That said, I have a feeling that Micah may suffer the same fate. I guess we shall see.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

That's What I Thought: Why Heroes Should Have Stopped After Season 1

That's What I Thought: Why Heroes Should Have Stopped After Season 1: "I guess you can say I am a bit judgmental when it comes to entertainment. Most of the time, I won't even give things a chance. The minute a ..."

Why Heroes Should Have Stopped After Season 1

I guess you can say I am a bit judgmental when it comes to entertainment. Most of the time, I won't even give things a chance. The minute a tv show, movie, or a musical artist gets popular, I instantly consider it garbage without a second thought. Sure it sounds a bit harsh, but the few times I have given something a chance, I find that my initial suspicions have been confirmed. It is as if creativity has escaped from life and the media just gives all the simple minded population what they think they can understand. Instead of making people think, entertainment is just raunchy and just has no substance. I am of course speaking generally. There are a few exceptions, luckily, for the less brain dead folk out there.

The television show Lost for instance took people on a wild crazy adventure full of mystery, mythology, and enough theories to fill the Grand Canyon. The show went on for 6 seasons and I watched it religiously. Each season, though, viewers seemed to drop like flies. I have come to the conclusion that it was because the story was too complicated for most people to follow. Sure, I get it. American Idol was on at the same time. To think or not to think? I am not saying that I am smarter than most people. I am not claiming to be above them on any level. I am just one of those individuals who enjoy being challenged.

Enough about Lost, though. The show Heroes was all the rage when it came out. Naturally, I did not watch it. My mother watched it and tried to lure me in but I would not give in. Lost ended eventually, and then I had nothing to watch so when I got Netflix, I decided I needed a new show to invest in, and so Heroes became my new thing. To my surprise, the show got me hooked. It was well thought out from the start, filled with drama, action, mystery, and a handful of was-that-too-gory-for-tv moments. It was the type of show that you had to watch every episode to understand what was going on, much like Lost. None of the episodes were boring. They kept my heart pounding and my mouth watering for the next episode. It was spectacular and I knew I had found a new friend.

When I got to the Season 1 finale (which did not take long at all) it seemed, shall I say ...over.  The build-up throughout the show took us to the climax, and it was awesome. The antagonist seemed to have been defeated and the main threat that the show revolved around seemed to have been resolved. Much like an ending to a horror movie, the bad guy ended up surviving and got away, hinting at a sequel. Was that supposed to be the cliffhanger? Oh no wait. Hiro appearing in ancient Japan was supposed to be the cliffhanger. I was confused because neither of those "cliffhangers" made me excited for another season. I am just saying they could have been stronger. What I got out of the finale was closure. I could have done without the cliffhangers. There was no need. Heroes could have ended there and the story would have been perfect and complete.

I have yet to begin Season 2, and I will watch it, of course. Rumor has it, though, that it goes straight downhill. I have heard from many people that there just wasn't a strong enough story and the point seemed to have gone missing. I will watch it, but with my hope not-so-high. Who knows, though? I could be pleasantly surprised!