a kate west reflection
I don't really like this show. I tried. I don't usually buy into hyped up shows but I love science-fiction so I thought I'd give it a shot.
First of all, I hate that there are no satisfying explanations for these random super powers. And as the series progressed, I hated all the allegiance switching and power stealing. If everyone ends up with everyone else's power, what is the point anymore? And finally, I just don't care enough about the characters so therefore cannot care who dies, who is undead, or care enough to keep track of future and past whos.
The longer the show runs, the more complicated the creators try to make the plot and the less interesting it is to follow. I like some of the actors (who doesn't enjoy Masi Oka's Hiro?), but Ali Larter's lame duo-identity crisis is irritating, for instance, and if I hear someone say, "save the cheerleader, save the world" one more time I will have to use my killer stare (my personal super power) to devastate the offender. What an incredibly transparent executive marketing line anyway - who falls for that? We were told this was a hit show before it actually became a hit show, so it rings false with me. I hate being force fed artificial hipness this way.
The show "4400" on the other hand, had the perfect explanation from the very first episode. 4400 people were abducted by extraterrestrials and eventually brought back to earth, with brand new special powers. The American government naturally created a special security department to deal with the brand new immigration problem. The political intricacies in this show make much more sense than in "Heroes". Sure it has its slower moments, but overall, its a coherent show. So I'd rather tune in to the more original show. But that's just me.
My pop culture two cents.
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