Addicted to Heroes

As a child, I always wanted to be a superhero with special powers. I dreamt of flying like Superman, climbing like Spiderman, moving objects with my mind like Magneto or having a special ring that could manifest things I thought of.

No wonder that it tickled my curiousity when I heard of “Heroes”. And after watching the first two episodes, I was hooked. The series is about people discovering that they have special powers. From episode to episode, they, and even more the audience, notice that they are somehow connected, finding parallels and connecting elements. And above watching them and their powers grow, suspense rises because evil rears its ugly head.

The makers also show a great sense of humour by little jokes like giving the frightened swallowing of a Japanese the subtitle “GULP!” and by hints like the one depicted in the screenshot (showing the limousine of a CEO played by George “Mr. Sulu” Takei).

That every episode ends with a cliffhanger makes Heroes highly addictive. I spent two afternoons this week with watching the first ten episodes although I had other things to do. I just couldn’t stop.

Heroes is one of the rare gems in the rubbish of television programming. That is, if we’re talking about the English original. As usual, the German dub was ruined. In the original, the two Japanese characters speak their mother tongue with each other (subtitles for the audience) and broken English with other people. In the German version, they speak fluid German when talking to each other (no subtitles), and with everyone else… broken German. The mind boggles.

Well, I’ll have to finish now; my precious demands to watch the next episodes. This stuff really is addictive. You have been warned.