Company Man

Tim Kring is really starting to stretch even _my_ suspension of disbelief. I’m perfectly willing to assume that certain things are true within a specific speculative fiction universe for the sake of enjoyment. I’m not one of those people who like to critique and criticize to the point of complete deconstruction in order to make sure that every last bit of minutiae is spot-on perfect (though the more homogeneous and consistent the universe is, the more enjoyable it is). And there have been a number of objections raised by several reviewers that I’ve been willing to either grant out-of-hand or merely wait too see if Kring addresses them in an intelligent manner.

What happened in last night’s episode of “Heroes”: that stretched my suspension of disbelief to its maximum limits was the point near the end where Ted nearly went nuclear. Up to that point, it was nice to finally start seeing a bit more of an information dump, getting some of the answers that we’ve been waiting for (though not, by any stretch of the imagination, all of the answers). And it was intriguing – though not entirely surprising – to discover that Hiro’s father has been involved in this whole conspiracy. ((It also sets his behavior toward Hiro a couple of episodes prior in an entirely different light.))

But when Ted gets shot and begins to lose control, I was disappointed that Kring gave a couple of his characters a complete pass. Mr. Bennett and Matt Parkman were both exposed to enough high-level, lethal amounts of radiation to give them severe burns and cause the beginning effects of radiation poisoning. Claire gets by easily enough by her ability to heal, but when a guy is giving off enough radiation to scorch the inside of a house, you expect the others to come away with more than what looks like a few hours in the sun. You would also expect them to be immediately sick and vomiting as their insides should have been boiled into sludge from that exposure. But of course, Kring isn’t done with these characters, and the previews for next week suggest that Mr. Bennett isn’t even out of the picture completely yet.

Like I said, I’m willing to suspend disbelief a fairly long ways in order to enjoy something, and I like Heroes enough to give it a fair chance. ((Even despite it’s obvious knockoff to X-men.)) But Kring is going to have to stop being quite this sloppy in his writing and play by a consistent set of rules.

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