6.03.2007

Who Watches the Heroes?

Warning: Major Heroes and Watchmen spoilers ahead...


Recently finished a marathon of the last few episodes of Heroes. If you're not watching it, you're really missing something.

But did anyone else notice - especially toward the end - the amazing parallels between Heroes and Watchmen?

The first thing that hit me was the planning of a major disaster for the greater good.

It's a different idea, with a different background, and different plot. But the concept is still the same - plan a huge disaster that will bring everyone together. It's for the greater good - the end justifies the means. In Watchmen, the point is for everyone on earth - all races and nations - to be unified against a common threat. In Heroes, it's more about how tragedy can bring a nation together.

The second thing that struck me - mainly because the disaster planted the original thought in my mind - was the whole generational sub-plot. The fact that a group of heroes had all been through this before, and all or most had ties to this generation. Of course, this didn't use flashbacks - but maybe they're saving that for the second season.

And I can't believe I've missed the last 30 installments of the on-line comic. Guess I'll have to go back and read them all. They're supposed to go all summer. I'm curious if the parallels will feel stronger reading through them.

It all just made me want to go back and read Watchmen again.

Did anyone else see those parallels?

4 comments:

Bones said...

I did! Glad it wasn't just me.

Same here, after I get all caught up I'm gonna start Watchmen again. It's been a few years since I've read it.

Jim said...

I think this time, I'll go and buy it instead of just reading it off the bookstore shelf :)

Bones said...

Hah, I'm gonna have to buy it again too. Mine somehow went missing when I moved from my apartment in Atlanta. Methinks one of my roommates kept it.

Jim said...

Funny how that works sometimes...