It’s (Almost) The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

October 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm (Weapons of Mass Enjoyment)

Well, it’s almost November, and you know what that means? That it’s almost December, and you know what that means? That it’s almost Christmas. That’s the transitive property, I learned it in Geometry. Sure, call it a bad attitude, but I am ready for Christmas to be here! Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year, because it means gifts, cookies, themed trees, busy shopping, decorations, lights, sounds, music, and good ol’ overall cheer. I love Christmas. Last year’s Christmas was great, there were plenty of parties, presents, and photos to last all of this year. Hopefully this year’s Christmas will be even better. Last year I did the Top 25 Best Things About Christmas, and this year I’d like to do something similar. If you have any ideas for me, let me know. I also did the Top Ten Best Christmas Movies, and this year I might do the Top Ten Best Christmas Songs or something like that. Expect a lot of Christmas related posts. It’s almost creepy how fast this year’s went by. Within the next few weeks Halloween, Chili Dinners, Quantum of Solace, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Decorations, Present Wrapping, Caroling, Christmas Parties, and then Christmas will be heading our way. It’s going to be a busy two months, this is almost like the calm before the storm. Anyways, I hope you all enjoy your holiday seasons and hope you are all safe and have a great time!

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Casino Royale Review

October 30, 2008 at 11:03 am (Movies)

The name’s Royale… Casino Royale… and it has caused me to add another movie series to my list of must sees. There are approximately 20 Bond films, each of them conquering some different terrorist threat, some different supermodel, and a lot of the times a different Bond. I was very hesitant to this movie, as I’ve never seen a Bond film all the way through, however I was interested in seeing Daniel Craig’s take before Quantum of Solace was released in theaters. The movie takes place before any of the other Bond films, just as Bond is receiving “Double O” status. A terrorist group known as Quantum is sending different people to blow different stuff up, all I know is that it’s a bomb-making group. James Bond is sent to win their money (approximately $150 Million) in a game of Casino Royale and thwart their plans. I just gotta say, Daniel Craig is great in this film. He pulls off the demeanor, the suave actions of Bond perfectly, and as far as I’m concerned did better than anyone I’ve seen portray Bond. The movie kinda strays away from the standard action film and can actually be very intense in some portions. The action scenes are quick and intense, will leave you breathless, while also leaving you wanting more. The story has a nice pull to it, as Bond woos an agent known as Vesper Lynd, but things get awfully complicated awfully fast with her. Long story short, she’s going to be a big motivation in the next film. The movie provided that classic Bond atmosphere while taking the franchise to a new, fresher level, doing something new with the franchise. I really enjoyed this movie a lot more than I thought I would. You’ve got your fast paced action, cool cars, beautiful women, and snappy remarks you’d come to expect from any Bond adventure, just with a new coat of paint. The only real problem I saw was that when this movie is an action movie, it’s an action movie. When it starts to go towards the romance, it’s a romance. The tone shifts a lot in this movie, from the intense torture scene to Bond and Lynd sailing through Italy. Overall, if you enjoy fun action movies, Casino Royale is a great movie to watch. If you’ve never got into the Bond movies, this is a great place to start. I really loved this movie, and hope that if you’re interested, you’ll give this great movie a chance.

4 1/2 out of 5

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Eris Quod Sum Review

October 28, 2008 at 11:17 am (Television)

After my loss of faith in Heroes, I have fully gained my respect for the show back, and now am re-addicted. I have not been this excited for the show since the glory days of Season 1. After a rocky start to the beginning of the season, the show is back in action, and continues to amaze me with great writing, twists, and action that I know, love, and still love. This week a lot of the emphasis really shifted from the Bennet/Gordon girls to Pinehearst, where a LOT of the action took place. We had Elle, Claire, Peter, Sylar, Angela, Arthur, Flint, Daphne, Maury, Mohinder, Maya, and more all converging onto this monumental structure for the show. The Petrelli family storyline for this one (which if you think of it is everyone’s storyline) was probably the best this spin around. Arthur has taken Peter’s powers, which proves to be an interesting dynamic for Peter to cope with. He tries to overcome his father, who continues to manipulate those around him. He kinda reminds me of a combination between Adam Monroe and Daniel Linderman. He tricks Mohinder into giving him Maya’s ability, and then, even after Sylar rescues Peter by his mother’s orders, is tricked by his father’s opinions to throw Peter out of the picture. However, the fact he let Peter live implies Sylar is tricking the tricker. Hiro and Ando are still in Africa, with Rafiki, I mean Usutu teaching them. Think of it as Timon and Pumbaa. The meal that Usutu provides seems to give anyone insight into the future or past. The Parkman story was also fun to watch this week. Maury’s death was genuinely sad towards the beginning, and so was Matt’s reaction. Daphne coming to kill Matt, and being unable to was nice, plus the added fight between Matt and Knox was surprising in the fake death of both Daphne and Matt. Matt’s starting to show some real power development. Daphne still working for the company, it “all being her plan” will probably come around later on and cause some serious repercussions. Mohinder’s revenge towards Sylar was great to watch, seeing all that hidden anger come back out. We haven’t seen that since Parasite. Claire and Elle’s storyline was good, it was great to have Elle back into the picture, and her loss of control is interesting to see. Even though she’s turning back over to the company, we haven’t seen the last of her. Overall, this was a fantastic episode for any classic Heroes fan. You had some great revelations, some wonderful plot twists, fast action, all the while keeping it at a steady pace to keep it fun to watch and interesting. If the rest of the season is like this, then Heroes fans are in for a great treat, especially with next week’s episode to be a flashback, chronicling how Pinehearst came to be. 

5 out of 5

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It’s A Monkish Miracle!

October 27, 2008 at 8:58 pm (Television)

Remember that show Monk? You know, that one that came on about 2 months before Heroes came back and was lukewarm, but is now blowing us away? That show that showed up, lived with us for about 2 months, then just dumped us like a bad girlfriend? Well it’s coming back! This time with Monk’s 4th Annual Holiday special. Last year’s was great (Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa), but this year’s might be even better. This year’s is Mr. Monk and the Miracle, and according to Wikipeida, as I mispelled it on my bookmarks, it is to follow Monk being uncontrollably being drawn to this monastery (get it, monks) where he searches for a miracle. Hopefull this one wll have a deep meaning, and will give us some good holiday spirit. 

Also, for the Psych fans like myself, Psych will also being putting on a Christmas party. This year’s holiday themed-episode is “Christmas Joy”, in which Gus’ family, including his sister Joy, come to town for the holidays. When the Santa from the local mall is arrested and put in jail, a little girl comes into Psych and asks them to help get Santa out. Wow, all this talk of Christmas has me all Christmas-y, off to get the Christmas decorations.

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Heroes Volume 2 Graphic Novel Collection Art

October 27, 2008 at 6:12 am (Comics, Television)

One of my favorite comic sets was Heroes: Volume 1, which helped explain some of the back stories and hidden motives from the first season. Even though these jessies premiere online, they also premiere in comic form months later. I’m a traditional comic guy, so the announcement of the second collection gets my nerd senses tingling. The new collection will be 272 pages long, about as long as the first, and will include the novels “Flying Blind”, showing the back story of West Rosen, through “The Kill Squad parts 1, 2, and 3”, telling us the story of Ted Sprague’s brother-in-law’s involvement in the company. I am totally looking forward to this and other graphic novels to come out later this year. Below is the awesome cover art (although may not be final) of the set. *Note-that is the front and the back. (It’s official-I’m a DC comic guy.)

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Anchorman Fight

October 25, 2008 at 7:24 pm (Movies, Video)

This is a video I found a few weeks ago, but I still think it’s hilarious. I’ve never seen the movie Anchorman, but plan to after seeing this clip-

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Poll: What Movie Are You Looking Forward to the Most in 2009?

October 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm (Movies, Polls)

With so many great movies that have come out just in 2008, it’s hard to imagine a greater year of cinema. Of course, that’s also what we said back in 2007. There are plenty of great moveis already scheduled to come out next year, and I figured it would be a semi-good idea to poll my nerd posse to find out which one you’re looking forward to the most. (Feel free to vote more than once, also, if I forgot a movie, drop me a comment.)

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Fear Itself

October 24, 2008 at 10:37 am (The Way Earl Sees It)

 

What is fear? Fear, you know that creeping emotion that comes over you every so often. That emotion that grips you like a bear trap every time you go through the lunch line, every time Mr. Harris passes out one of his tests and you haven’t studied, and every single time Mr. Luker comes over the PA to deliver the announcements? That little emotion is called fear, or in some cases, nausea, or both, depending what kind of person you are. Fear is one of the strongest emotions known to man, and it can provoke bravery in tough situations, or it can cause us to cower in, well… fear.

                Fear is classified as an innate emotion, alongside other emotions like anger, joy, or sadness. There are several described causes of fear, including certain traumatic experiences that may have occurred. For example, if you fell into a cave filled with bats, you might develop a fear of bats. This might also lead you to fight crime and avenge others as a superhero, but that’s an entirely different multi million franchise entirely. The first use of the word fear as the noun to describe a sense of terror was around 1290 in a medieval work written in Old English. Fear can also be attributed to be a cause of learning of something, as in the case of the Little Albert Experiment. In the experiment, an 11 year old boy was “trained” to be afraid of a white lab rat. There are several different classifications of fear, almost different levels. Sure we can look at fear on different levels in the way of “How Afraid Are You”, 1 being puppies frolicking in a meadow, 10 being “Holy Cow I Think Lucifer Himself is at my Doorstep”, but I’m afraid there is a more scientific classification. There is paranoia, in which one person may have a heightened perception of persecution, with or without cause. This may be caused by some sort of compulsion, disorder, or may lead to a phobia. There’s also Distrust, which is not a loss of faith in someone, but is more like a sense of caution, like you feel before you read these editorials. Finally, there’s terror, which is the fear most of us are accustomed with. It’s the sense of panic that comes over us when approached by something we are afraid of or an extreme phobia. It can overwhelm the person and become so much that the person makes irrational choices. It has even been shown that extreme fear in certain circumstances can lead to death in the form of cardiac arrhythmia, literally being “scared to death”.

                Fear is such a prominent part of life. People flock to theaters to see the latest movie about some serial killer trapping some more teens at a summer camp; thousands go to theme parks just to be scared out of their minds by huge drops, loops, and spins on the latest thrill ride. Fear is such a large part in media as well. It can serve as a wonderful prop for villains in our favorite TV shows, or be a basis for ourfavorite comics. Villains like Jonathon Crane a.k.a. the Scarecrow in the Batman series uses fear to intoxicate and paralyze his opponents, when he is nothing more than a normal psychologist with knowledge of the human mind. Supervillains like Benjamin “Knox” Washinton on Heroes use the fear in their enemies to strengthen themselves.

                As I stated earlier, Fear is one of the strongest emotions known to man. Although at times it can paralyze us and cause us to run, screaming in terror, at other times if we can confront, overcome, and control the fear, it can give us that much needed adrenaline rush, and even strengthen us to do something we’ve always been afraid to do. 

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The Incredible Hulk Review

October 23, 2008 at 6:07 pm (Movies)

EARL SMASH TINY BLOGGERS WHO NO THINK EARL IS FUNNY!!! With all of the huge superhero movies coming into theaters, and now coming to DVD, it’s easy to forget about some of the other heroes, the bigger, greener, stronger ones that could break you in half like a toothpick. The Incredible Hulk follows Bruce Banner, your regular scientist, who just so happens to be on the run from the government for “stealing military secrets”. Here’s the thing-He is the secret. Throughout the film Banner is either on the run, making out with Liv Tyler, or beating the snot out of some military vehicle or Tim Roth. The movie really takes a focus less on Banner’s humanity, and more on the Hulk as a weapon. Banner wants rid of it, Blonsky wants it, and Ross wants it as a military “super soldier” weapon. The beginning of the movie in the credits is entirely the origin of the Hulk, and then it shifts us to Banner trying to live without… Hulking out. The movie does focus on Banner’s human side a lot, and it proves to be just as interesting, if not even more interesting, to have Banner on screen instead of Hulk. You feel sorry for his character, which adds for a much neededpersonal effect in the fights between him and whoever’s ticked him off. However, the film doesn’t dwell on these long enough, and the movie really takes off, flinging you from battle to battle. The battle scenes are epic, the Hulk smashing apart some building, using some cop car as boxing gloves, or ripping apart Tim Roth. The movie is uber flashy, and it gives action fans craving for a good fight on a full stomach. As far as action packed superhero movies go, The Incredible Hulk delivers. Edward Norton does a great job as the dual sided Bruce Banner, and proves to be a compelling character anyone could root for. A bad thing I myself did, I began to compare this movie to the other great superhero films that came out earlier this year. Even though this film isn’t as fun as Iron Man or as compelling as The Dark Knight, it still is one of the best superhero movies I’ve seen. Of course, the man himself Stan Lee is in for the ride, and so is Lou Ferrigno, funny as always. The movie provides an excellent story and atmosphere, and still proves itself with some fast-paced action and great portrayals. Even if it’s not up to the calibur of TDK, that doesn’t mean The Incredible Hulk is not a fantastic superhero movie. I highly recommend it to anyone comic book junkie look for a fun ride on a saturday night. 

4 out of 5

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Dying of the Light Review

October 21, 2008 at 12:14 pm (Television)

Finally, I feel so bad for calling Heroes over with, and possibly even in a downward spiral, because this week’s episode was really good. The episode combined all that’s great in Heroes, and showed off what the series is capable of. There was just the right mix of action, comedy, adventure, suspense, and unexpected twists to keep the viewer entertained. Really the main focus of the episode I believe was the delving in to Pinehearst, more specifically, Arthur Petrelli. We were introduced to the patriarch last week as the head of the new company wanting to hand out powers, and this week we finally get to see what his power is. They bring in Adam Monroe, who, very surprisingly, is killed by Arthur sucking the life out of him, and his ability. Peter and Sylar had some pretty good tussles in this episode, which was fun to watch, and they even had to work together sometimes. Arthur taking all of Peter’s powers was an unexpected, yet fun twist that will be interesting to watch in the upcoming weeks. Matt is finally back in the US, and is trying to find Daphne. He almost served as a conscience to Daphne, warning her of her evil ways at Pinehearst. A lot of the comedy came from Matt, along with Hiro and Ando, who are now in Africa. The twist showing that Ando was really not dead may have been a little cheap, but it made more sense, given how quick Hiro was to kill his best friend. Hiro and Ando are now with Usutu, and after the hilarious shovel gig, are given a clearer incentive to save the world. According to his painting, killing Flint, Knox, Sylar, and Arthur are the keys to saving the world. Looks like it’s back to Hiro’s great old ways of saving the world. Mohinder betrayed some trust with Nathan and Tracy, and towards the end of the episode they’re seen in a classic duel style with their powers. One of the creepier villains, Eric Doyle devised a creepy plan that trapped Claire, Meredith, and Sandra. The whole Level 5 villain premise one week at a time is a really good one to execute every week, acting as something new. As far as story development, this one did great. Arthur’s assembling this team, which so far consists of Flint, Daphne, Knox, and Maury. It’s been shown that interest has been shown in Hiro and Matt as well. As far as what Arthur is assembling the team for, is yet to be seen. We know that he wants the alternate future, but something tells me he wants some powers, and all of these people can give them to him. He’s being very selective in that he only gets people with powers. But that’s just a theory. Overall, this was a great episode in that they’re starting to assemble the storyline, paint a clear picture of the future (some pun intended), and make it interesting, giving the story room to breathe, hopefully they’ll keep this up. 

4 out of 5

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WHOA….GAMES…

October 20, 2008 at 2:56 pm (Video Games)

  

  

  

I don’t know what it’s been lately, whether I’ve just been busy with the… real world (shudders), or my own thoughts, but it seems that all of a sudden all of these great games I had read about are coming out… now. So, for the little gamer in all of us, here’s a full comprehensive list of the big titles coming out this holiday season. 

October 19-

 

  • Fable 2
  • Far Cry 2
  • Dead Space
  • Spiderman Web of Shadows
  • Midnight Club: Los Angeles
  • Rock Band 2
  • Wii Music
  • Bioshock
October 26-
  • Little Big Planet
  • Fallout 3
  • Legendary
  • Guitar Hero World Tour
  • Motorstorm 2
November 2-
  • Gears of War 2
  • Resistance 2
  • Quantam of Solace
  • Endwar
November 9-
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • WOW: Wrath of the Lich King
  • Saint’s Row 2
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
November 16-
  • Left 4 Dead
  • The Last Remnant
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
  • Need for Speed Undercover
  • Sonic Unleashed
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • Shaun White Snowboarding
November 30-
  • Prince of Persia
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Destroy All Humans: Path of the Furon
  • NCAA Basketball 09

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Angels and Monsters Review

October 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm (Television)

Despite what I first heard of this episode, I liked it. It was actually one of the better episodes this season. At first I had lost faith in the show and even considered quitting the show, but this episode convinced me to stay in the game, because, hopefully, things are about to get better. The episode slowed things down, and gave you a more focused picture of what’s to come. Hiro and Ando were sent to go dig up Adam Monroe, and so they did. This provided for some great comedic moments, as Adam “promised to be nice”. Sylar, Bennet, and Claire went after a Level 5 escapee who created black holes for different reasons, Mohinder continues to be mysterious in one of my still least favorite storylines, and some much needed back info is given on some companies. From what I have inferred, Pinehearst is a company used to genetically create Heroes, like they did with Nathan and Tracy. They’re led by the revived patriarch, the big villain now, Arthur Petrelli, who wants to create this future with everyone having powers. Maury Parkman acts as his puppet, producing the image of Linderman into Daphne and Nathan’s heads in order to think they’re doing the right thing. At the end of the episode Maury was told to bring him Monroe, which, with Knox kidnapping him, leads you to think their group works for them. The regular company, more specifically Angela Petrelli, is trying to stop it. A new group has emerged trying to save the future including Daphne, Knox, and Hiro, who killed his best friend Ando to join. Stephen Canfield’s storyline was very interesting, and his power was something to behold. Even though his death came soon, he was a very thought provoking character, and fun to watch, along with Sylar and Bennet’s interaction over Claire. At first this twist really didn’t sound like it made sense, but thinking over how he wants to save the world, plus his briskness to do it leads you to think he’ll go back to save him. With these two companies emerging, plus the opposite sides of Peter and Sylar coming into play, the season is starting to shape up. Let’s hope the show continues to focus on this new storyline and more on development, and it can shape up to be a great season yet. 

4 out of 5

Ok, really this is just me trying out the new poll feature, do it or not, it doesn’t matter. I just thought it’d be neat. 

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My Disneyworld Trip-Day 1 & 2(Just So You Know, I’m Back)

October 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm (Weapons of Mass Enjoyment)

“I’ll be back… and I am back… for GOooooooooooOOODD.” Yes my fellow nerds, I have returned, and I have pictures! Just for those of you that didn’t know or just didn’t read my last post and have been wondering where I’ve been for the past week, I’ve been to Disneyworld. Yes, Disneyworld, where all (or most) of your dreams come true. So much happened this past week that I feel the urge to tell you in different posts, chronicling the highlights of each day, I guess you could say I’m pulling a James. Don’t worry, I will also continue my regular posts in between to keep it fresh. Maybe even a few pictures here and there. I woke up bright and early Saturday morning, ready to hit the road. We arrived at the Huntsville International Airport, and with relative ease got onto our airplane and headed south to Georgia, where we got onto another plane which took us to Orlando. But I’ll skip over all this stuff about the flight, and move onto the real stuff, DISNEYWORLD! As soon as we got into our resort and got all our bags taken care of, we moved onto one of my favorite parks, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Last time I visited D-World I got sick about halfway through, and didn’t get to ride any of the stuff I wanted, so this time it was a rematch. First thing we did as soon as we entered the park was enter the shorter line for The Tower of Terror, which showed me how high my stomach could actually go. Even though I never plan to ride it again, it was a really fun ride. After leaving from there we basically saw the sights, explored the streets, ate a few bites at Pizza Planet, and basically got ourselves introduced to Disneyworld. I checked out a few of the neat little shops as the rest of our gang rode The Tower of Terror again, and before we knew it, we headed back to the resort to get ready for the Magic Kingdom the next day. 

The next day we rode on over to the Magic Kingdom, which continues to be my favorite park, thanks to the sheer size of the park. All of the different zones, the different worlds, and plethora of astounding roller coasters had me breathless. We took a plunge on all 3 mountains, Space, Thunder, and Splash, Space continuing to be my favorite, and hit up two surprisingly fun shows, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor and Stitch’s Great Escape. I got my family to come along for the Pirates of the Carribbean ride, the ride I had been missing since they re-modeled it. Also, we got a chance to ride the Tomorrowland Expressway, Teacups, Jungle Cruise, the Carousel of Progress, the Astro Orbiter, and even have a little Psych-out and get some pinapple ice cream. While we waited for the parade and fireworks shows, I ventured off on my own and got to see some of the stuff I wanted to, but knew most of  the family wouldn’t. I got my nerd on at liberty square, where I got to visit the Hall of Presidents, and do my best Nicholas Cage impersonation. After seeing the Spectro Magic parade and Wishes fireworks show (both of which are just pure Disney magic), we called it a night, and moved out of the park like cattle.

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OFF TO DISNEYWORLD!!!

October 9, 2008 at 9:12 pm (Weapons of Mass Enjoyment)

Well, just in case you will be wondering where I shall be the next week when I’m no longer posting, viewing, or commenting, I just wanted to let you know I’m going off to the happiest place on Earth, Disneyworld. I’m leaving out this Saturday, and plan to be back on the next Friday, the 18th. I shall miss all of you (most of you), however will most likely forget you while in Disneyworld. On that note, as I always do, I will leave you with a video to remember me with while I’m gone. 

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Heroes: Villains (So Far) Recap 1

October 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm (Television)

I find myself getting lost a lot in the new episodes of Heroes. It might just be that my understanding will set in later, or that I’m having trouble getting into the new story, but I thought it would be a good idea to do somewhat of a recap. Explain what characters are doing what, their motives, and what everyone’s trying to stop. 

  • Sylar-After finally getting his powers back at the end of Season 2, Sylar acquired the ability of Claire Bennet, and is now invincible. He decided not to kill her, as he found her “too special”, which causes severe emotional repercussions later on. He killed two company members, and stormed the company facility. he kills Bob Bishop, takes his ability, and nearly kills Elle. She knocks him out, and he is taken into custody. It’s revealed that he’s a “Petrelli Boy” and is paired with Bennet for a bank robbery. He murders and steals Jesse’s ability, and is taken once again into Company custody. At the end of I Am Become Death, he is confronted by Peter, and tells Peter “he now has the hunger”. Sylar is probably the most understandable this season. He’s still getting powers, and just wants to escape to get more.
  • Peter Petrelli-Future Peter came in at the beginning of The Second Coming and shot Nathan to prevent him from revealing his abilities, and Present Peter is sent into the body of Jesse. Future Peter acts as Future Hiro in this season a lot, as he constantly reappears to try to fix the past and stop the future, which is the big problem-Everyone having abilities, and the world coming to an end. Peter goes into the future with Future Peter and sees the devastation, where Future Claire is after them. Future Peter is killed, and Peter is taken into custody after stealing a peaceful Future Sylar’s ability, acquiring “the hunger”, which is sure to cause some serious repercussions in the upcoming episodes. Really Peter in this one is inadvertently becoming the villain while obsessing over the future, trying to stop the apocalypse. 
  • Hiro Nakamura and Ando Masahashi-Hiro in the first episode received his quest. He was given half of a formula that could give people powers, and it was stolen by Daphne the speedster. This is believed to be what causes the alternate future. She also steals the other half from the Haitian. They’re taken into custody by the Company, and are sent to dig up Adam Monroe so they can help save the world and, according to Angela, “Stop the one who is watching over them.” It’s also seen in the alternate future that future Ando kills future Hiro, who is lacking any sort of awesome soul patch.
  • Matt Parkman-Probably the most simple storyline, Matt is in Africa. He is hanging out with his African buddy, and he has seen the same future as Peter. He is going on a “spiritual journey” of sorts with a turtle and sees the many paths of his past and the paths to come in the future. In the alternate future, he is married and has a kid with Daphne, which will be fun to see how that particular thread turns out in the episodes to come. 
  • Level 5-Really, one of the most promoted aspects, Level 5, has been dropped. Flint, the flamethrower, was taken back in. Jessie was murdered by Sylar. The German was murdered by Knox. Knox is on the run, and is rumored to be fought by Claire later on. 
  • Claire Bennet-After being nearly killed by Sylar, Claire is on a journey to be more independent and hopefully be able to defend herself from those like him. She is living with her mom and Sandra. Questions of her morality and soul are also in the mix. In the alternate future she is evil and works for the company, which isn’t really explained. 
  • Nathan Petrelli-Nathan, after being shot, is a religous man. He is followed by the ghost of Daniel Linderman, impeccably portrayed by Malcolm McDowell. He is unsure of why or how he survived, and is trying to live a Godly life, but also is juggling with his new position of power as a Senator. Nathan is a very simple and “good guy” I guess in this season.
  • Tracy Strauss-Let’s get this straight-Niki is dead. Dead as a doorknob. Tracy, Niki, and Barbara are clones (I presume of Jessica). Each one inherited different abilities, and Tracy has freezing. It is said by Zimmerman that he “created her” through “some company”. She is the assistant to a governor, kills a reporter, and is stricken with guilt. She tries to kill herself, but gets into a relationship with Nathan after he saves her. She remembers nothing of her past, much less Niki’s.
  • Mohinder Suresh-The doctor who becomes tired of being a punching bag, Suresh has given himself powers with a serum, which is confirmed to not be the same of Hiro’s. Suresh’s has horrible side-effects, which are beginning to show. He has gotten into relations with Maya, and continues to fear for his life. 
  • The Company-Bob’s been killed, Angela’s in charge. Bennet is now working with Sylar, and Adam has been brought back to life. They have the Haitian back in, and have Flint, Hiro, Ando, Sylar, and more in custody. 

As far as I know, that’s all the main characters and their storylines so far. Really the big storyline I’d like to think is the future where everyone has powers, and that’s what everyone is trying to stop. Peter, Hiro, and Matt and those around them are the only ones I know of that are aware of the future, the others are just trying to find themselves and stray from their inner villain. Hopefully, things will get straightened out in the next few weeks.

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