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    Top ten times heroes has jumped the shark (online list)

    Post by Enochian on Tue 20 Oct 2009 - 17:21

    This is NOT my list. I just found it online and I thought it was hilarious! Tell me what do you think:


    Heroes is now one of my favorite shows for a different reason than most. I simply keep watching so I’m able to rip on it with my friends the next day. It’s kind of a fun pastime really, to see what new absurdity comes next, and there have been so many absolutely ridiculous moments that I’ve almost lost track.
    The show was good once upon a time, but to use a common phrase it has since “jumped the shark.” Many debate over when exactly this happened, so I compiled a top ten list of the usual suspects. There are definitely more than ten moments, but I felt this was more than enough to make the case. My own approximation? That would be at number one.
    10) Sylar Doesn’t Die

    The ENTIRE point of the first season of Heroes was to stop this evil lurking menace called “Sylar.” All the Heroes were prepping themselves for the ultimate battle. Peter was racking up powers like collective plates and Hiro was learning the fine art of swinging a sword in a particular direction. So what happened?
    The lamest battle ever, followed by Sylar being skewered by Hiro. But wait! He’s not dead! He turns into a cockroach! Wait, that’s just symbolism! He’s in Panama! With no powers! Gah. This was a stupid moment in Heroes history, but honestly it’s a mixed blessing as Sylar is the only character remaining on the show I don’t constantly want to punch in the face.
    9) Days of Future Past

    To be fair, Heroes isn’t the only show that’s done this, and this is a common story device in comic books, but I ****ing hate it. Throughout the course of an entire episode we get to see the “FAIL future” or what happens if our Heroes don’t succeed. In this case it apparently involves Hiro losing his accent and Peter getting a nifty scar.
    However, during the entire show, you KNOW that we’ll return to present day, someone will change something, and we’ll never see this damn future ever again. So all the people that die in this alternate reality? Who cares? They wont even exist after tonight, and nothing that happens in this episode matters at all, except now someone comes back and says “Oh sh*t, we have to change everything or else Hiro will master English!”
    8 ) She’s Back? Again?

    Oh. My. God. I was doing the happy dance when Nikki/Jessica went up in smoke in the season two finale, so you can imagine my surprise when she showed up as the ice princess in season three. I believe there was a fair amount of yelling and throwing things on my part.
    This was “explained” by “Tracy” finding some kooky doctor who said she was a clone, or a triplet, or something, and that’s why she’s there now and it has nothing to do with Ali Larter’s contract.
    7) Sylar Kills Elle

    Heroes doesn’t know much about a little trick those in the biz call “character development.” Want to make a bad guy good? Give him daddy issues and have him slowly realize that his thirst to kill is not natural, that he can achieve the same satisfaction through healthy relationships. Perfect, nice arc.
    But wait, that’s really boring. Alright, nevermind. Let’s make him evil again. An entire half season of romance between Sylar and Elle was cast to the wind as one minute they’re doing it in the crosshairs of HRG’s sniper scope and the next Sylar’s cutting her head open on a beach. I’m sorry, I’m going to have to ask you for a bit more of an explanation besides one line: “I’ve realized I can’t change.” Well, why the **** can’t you?
    6) Eclipse Part Deux Takes Away Powers

    The idea bin was empty when the show decided to take away everyone’s powers for an episode. It’s a “wacky” twist like, filming the episode in 3-D or shooting it live! Look, your Heroes have no powers! See how they scurry around?
    This might have been a useful plot device if it lasted for longer than one episode, but it didn’t, and it just led to a bunch of blindingly obvious moments like, “Oh Sylar’s dead, ahh nevermind, the sun’s back out.” Brilliant. Oh, and they gave Daphne polio.
    5) Hiro Goes to Feudal Japan

    Behold the birth of the “we have too many ****ing characters so let’s create useless subplots for them to keep them busy” style of Heroes writing, which was nearly all of season two.
    Hiro goes back in time to feudal Japan for unknown reasons, gets stuck there, finds his childhood idol who turns out to be a drunk Brit, and teaches him how to be a Samurai. Nevermind that the guy is immortal and could take over a country with a blood alcohol level of .35 if he wanted to. This story arc lasted an absurdly long time, and just when you thought it might have served a purpose, Adam Monroe gets turned to dust by Arthur Petrelli. Oh well, thanks for playing!
    4) What’s the Box???

    Another stupid-ass Heroes tagline that was probably the most anti-climactic reveal in the show’s history. Prison Break did a similar episode with a mystery box, and their box contained a human head. And what did the Heroes box contain?
    Paper.
    Specifically, Peter’s identity. Yup, the big reveal was that Peter….was Peter, which was only surprising to one person…amnesiac Peter, and definitely not the audience. This is a shark moment because it marks one of the first times the show did a needless teaser to desperately beg people to tune in next week.
    3) Border Jumping with Sylar

    This competes with Hiro goes to Japan for the title or “Worst Subplot Ever,” and I think it takes the crown. I love Sylar, but his idiotic cross-country trip with Maya and what’s-his-face yielded exactly NOTHING. Sylar got his powers back, hooked up with Maya, killed her brother, and Maya ran away into the arms of Mohinder Suresh.
    Unfortunately her and her eye-black death power were so useless, the show didn’t even think it was worth it to kill her. They just wrote her out and she like lives in Queens now or something. Between this, Hiro in Japan and Peter in Ireland I’m having a hard time to remember if season two was made up entirely of useless foreign subplots.
    2) The DC Floor Painting

    Sure this just happened last week, and I believe the show jumped the shark eons ago, but it’s the most laughable example of plot recycling I’ve ever seen on any show. Heroes has always suffered from plot repetition syndrome aka. someone sees the future, it’s bad, everyone scrambles to stop it. Ripping off X-Men 3’s government mutant hunting plotline was a somewhat welcome change from that, but now with Matt magically getting future painting powers, we’re back in the same old trap.
    But seriously, going to the exact same loft, and painting over the exact same exploding floor mural with a different city? You’ve got to be kidding. It’s not even that they’re using the same concept, they’re using the same painting. This is when it’s safe to say the the idea tank has officially run out of the fumes it’s been running on.
    1) Save the Cheerleader

    Yes, I truly believe that the show ultimately jumped the shark way, way back midway through season one. For weeks we’d been reading the cryptic whispered tagline “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World,” and at long last, finally, the cheerleader got saved by Peter. At the time we thought, “great, maybe this will come into effect later down the line,” but here’s the only analysis I can come up with as to what “Save the Cheerleader was supposed to accomplish:
    -Sylar doesn’t get Claire’s powers therefore allowing Hiro to kill him with his Hattori Hanso and this somehow stops the city from exploding.
    However, as ratings fluctuated Heroes was forced to make sh*t up as it went, all of this went out the window because:
    A) Peter was actually the one who explodes, and Nathan ends up saving the day with a simple flyover.
    B) Sylar doesn’t even die when Hiro stabs him (as discussed in #10)
    C) This season Sylar does cut Claire open and we learn that he can’t even kill her, and really, there’s nothing that actually can, thus rendering the phrase “save the cheerleader” entirely useless.

    Three gaping plot holes with a flock of little ones surrounding it. This is why the show is the anti-Lost. A show like Lost may leave holes open, but even four seasons later it will come back and close them. Heroes leaves them open like gaping wounds, left to be prodded incessantly by people like me.


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    Post by Wayward Daughter on Tue 20 Oct 2009 - 17:31

    yikes


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    Post by Mrs P Sylar on Tue 20 Oct 2009 - 17:37

    Sad


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    Post by Wayward Daughter on Tue 20 Oct 2009 - 17:42

    hug

    It's just some idiot picking holes


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    Post by ItsAGibbo on Wed 21 Oct 2009 - 14:58

    That Bastard! How dare he say all that?


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    Post by Wayward Daughter on Wed 21 Oct 2009 - 16:20

    Because he is what you called him? Laughing


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    Post by Enochian on Wed 21 Oct 2009 - 16:46

    But you have to admit, it's all true to some degree though, isn't it? Sometimes you just have to laugh at these things.

    Anyone laugh? AT ALL?


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    Post by Wayward Daughter on Wed 21 Oct 2009 - 16:54

    A little bit. The S2 ones are kind of true, even though they should be 1 point


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    Post by Enochian on Wed 21 Oct 2009 - 17:01

    Cake[/color][color=black]? wrote:

    Oh. My. God. I was doing the happy dance when Nikki/Jessica went up in smoke in the season two finale, so you can imagine my surprise when she showed up as the ice princess in season three. I believe there was a fair amount of yelling and throwing things on my part.


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    4) What’s the Box???
    Another stupid-ass Heroes tagline that was probably the most anti-climactic reveal in the show’s history. Prison Break did a similar episode with a mystery box, and their box contained a human head. And what did the Heroes box contain?
    Paper.
    Specifically, Peter’s identity. Yup, the big reveal was that Peter….was Peter, which was only surprising to one person…amnesiac Peter, and definitely not the audience. This is a shark moment because it marks one of the first times the show did a needless teaser to desperately beg people to tune in next week.

    I thought these bits were I never really thought much of the box personaly...


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    Post by Wayward Daughter on Wed 21 Oct 2009 - 17:03

    lol. Maybe that was better if you, like me, hadn't seen S1 then Laughing . But I never knew that was a tagline. Kind of crappy

    And I'd forgotten the Larter one agree


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    Post by Enochian on Wed 21 Oct 2009 - 17:08

    Cake? wrote:
    and that’s why she’s there now and it has nothing to do with Ali Larter’s contract.

    Completely true


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    Post by Wayward Daughter on Wed 21 Oct 2009 - 17:13

    Cake? wrote:
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    and that’s why she’s there now and it has nothing to do with Ali Larter’s contract.

    Completely true

    agree


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    Post by Enochian on Wed 21 Oct 2009 - 17:17

    Why are you so quiet? There's no one to speak to


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    Post by Mrs P Sylar on Wed 21 Oct 2009 - 19:31

    Yeah, no one is on now, either. Nah, I was offended. Sad


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    Post by Wayward Daughter on Wed 6 Jan 2010 - 13:38

    Cake? wrote:
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    and that’s why she’s there now and it has nothing to do with Ali Larter’s contract.

    Completely true

    It's like:

    Oh, Niki's SL's been getting more and more unpopular. The fans hate everything we do to her, so let's kill her off. No, wait, we don't want to lose the actress. Too late. Oh well, let's just give her a new character. And in case people complain that she looks the same, we'll make them twins. No, triplets, to give us a safety net in case the same happens again

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    Post by Mrs P Sylar on Wed 6 Jan 2010 - 17:43

    lol!

    I liked it, actually. Tho I do wish Niki had made a small trail onto the SL.


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    Post by Wayward Daughter on Wed 6 Jan 2010 - 17:44

    I like Tracy better, too. It's just so obvious that that was the thought proccess behind it. And I find it slightly funny

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