Friday, 7 May 2010
The finale of Heroes Season 4 was broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday in a double bill 'extravaganza' (I use extravagana in the broadest possible terms). After reading various comments on other websites, I have been gradually persuaded that Heroes has gone downhill since the stunning 1st season, but isn't the worst thing on the box.
The season started brightly, with Claire on her way to college, Hiro suffering from a brain tumour and losing his powers, Sylar believing he is Nathan, Matt realising a part of Sylar is trapped inside his head and the introduction of Samuel Sullivan, leader of a carnival for 'specials'. There was a lot of cliffhangers and mystery created in the first few episodes which generally maintained throughout the series.
POSITIVES: Cliffhanger mystery every week; merging a normal life with the 'special' life - Claire going to college, Matt trying not to use his powers as a police officer; Samuel (Robert Knepper was born to play the 'bad' guy, although his accent was pretty odd);
However, as mentioned before, it was nowhere near as good as the first series. The first one created lots of mysteries, a definite good/bad guy and finished spectacularly. The shot of Sylar stood on the hill having gained the final power needed was the height of drama and tension. His slightly excited and crazed expression shows how good an actor Zachary Quinto is, and although he was just as good in this series, I feel his storyline of fearing to be alone completely disagrees with his previous character, hellbent on becoming the most powerful man alive.
I also feel Hiro has changed in character too easily. Before, he knew not to mess with time as it would couse a 'butterfly effect' ripple which could destroy the universe, but after some gentle persuasion by Samuel, he changed his mind to right all his wrongs. This would never have happened if the old Hiro was still around!
NEGATIVES: Repetitive storylines - the ending with the desire for specials to stop hiding, Sylar confused about whether he's good or bad;
A fifth season? I'm undecided.
I do enjoy the programme but perhaps am still watching it more due to habit than choice. The fourth season ended with Claire declaring herself to the world, an obvious hint at what the fifth season may entail, but it seems a little too predictable and a little too familiar.
Characters need to be redefined and not be so flimsy in their behaviour. Something Noah Bennett said in one of the last few episodes was similar to 'You mean everything to me Claire' and I found myself laughing because surely he's forgotten completely about his biological son? Wouldn't he mean perhaps slightly more to him than an adopted child?
I am interested about how long Sylar remains 'good' and how long the specials will be at peace with humans but don't think these storylines would last more than a few episodes.
Maybe it's time to call it quits, or maybe it's time to hire some new writers...
Thursday, 6 May 2010
SUMMARY: Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor) is the second of two dark Russian fantasy action films, based on a quadrilogy of books by Sergey Lukyanenko and Vladimir Vasilyev.
It has been some time since the grand finale of the original film. Anton continues to fight the forces of Darkness while simultaneously attempting to find and save his son from the clutches of those same forces. But when Dark Others start mysteriously being killed, and Anton is framed for their murders, he must put that goal on hold and try to escape the Day Watch that is looking for his blood. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409904/plotsummary) (written by Andrew Hunter)
REVIEW: Having watched Night Watch twice before, and enjoying the dark, intense theme of good versus evil, I expected Day Watch to follow on nicely - and it did just that!
In this film, Anton is training up a new member of the Night Watch, Svetlana and is in a relationship with her, frowned upon by Geser. He is also still battling to be a good father, something which has now become extremely difficult as his son has become an active 'vampire'. Torn between the woman he can't readily admit his love to and the son he has never known, he attempts to clear his name after Day Watch members are mysteriously murdered and he is prime suspect. The climactic scene on the top floor of the Day Watch building shows this literally. Svetlana and Yegor (his son) are using him in a game of tug of war, representing the emotional force pulling him to each person and the shard of glass about to severe him in two is symbolic of his love being split in two.
Throughout the film CGI and special effects are used to amazing quality. The film clearly has found its forte in the quality CGI, and I have never seen such a slick, believable looking film. From shards of glass shattering as Anton 'jumps through' a billboard to thousands of balls destroying the city, the art director clearly knows what is needed to make the film stand out from the crowd.
Overall, the actors produce great displays and with a good storyline (albeit a little confusing at times) and excellent special effects, this film is definitely worth a watch.