Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Finished the entire season 1 in 3 days. Gripping! American TV series always do that to me. The first half season of The O.C. captivated me while I was in Tokyo last year over the New Year period. I didn't want to miss any episode of Lost. But somehow, I always give up on their second season.

The showdown between Sylar and Peter was not exactly effects-ridden. Not really a let down but was just wondering if Peter's radiation was stopping him from being able to fly. I mean, why else would Nathan step in? And also, since Peter came into contact with Sylar at Kirby Plaza, will that mean he has superhuman hearing and liquefaction powers as well?

It's no coincidence that Sylar and Peter are portrayed as opposites in terms of their powers. Sylar needs to remove the brain in order to receive the powers while Peter needs to remember them in his head.

Death is a dominant theme. How death, and the prevention of it, seems to be the motivator for all our actions. Death makes us filter the important from the mundane and ration our remaining time amongst those whom we really love and care for.

While many of us wish to have powers similar to the characters in the series, but without the baggage, we know that it is almost impossible. Well, at least not in the present moment. We want to be Hiro Nakamura but we know we're more like Ando.

But there is this underlying theme that became more apparent as the season came to a close. The premise on which the plan to blow up half of New York City was very disturbing. The need to sacrifice thousands in order to save millions, was how Angela Petrelli described Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs. It's a nefarious act that can be done only by the callous, many would say. But if the end was achieved, will it justify the means? If someone said that the world would be much safer after a September 11, with the slew of plans and imperatives in place, the surveillance cameras, the Patriot Act, the right to declare war on another country, is it justified? And if it was self-inflicted, can anybody say it was wrong, after seeing the big picture?

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