You may be asking yourself what this has to do with the Heroes premiere last night. That's a good question. It comes into play when dealing with the character development theme. I was sitting watching Heroes, on the edge of seat and loving every minute of it, when I realized that I didn't know any of these characters. I didn't know Peter, Nathan, Mohinder...even Hiro and Claire seemed different to me. They were nothing like the people I met in 1st season Heroes. They had changed. The change was apparent in the Petrelli brothers more so than in anyone else. Especially Nathan. And yes, I know that the Peter we saw throughout the whole episode was Future Peter, but even the tiny glimpse of Present Peter (and remembering him from the end of last season) was enough to make me feel like he had changed just as drastically from the 1st to 2nd season as he seemed to have changed going 4 years into the future. Still, it was Nathan and Mohinder that seemed to have little reason for such drastic changes in their characters. Even before Mohinder shot himself up with his recently discovered Hero serum and became all aggressive, scary guy, it seemed out of character for him to even risk testing it before all the possible wrinkles had been ironed out. Mohinder never seemed like the kind of guy to desire a power for himself. He just wanted to help people, to finish what his father had started, to honor his name. How did he suddenly become this power-hungry mad scientist? It didn't really seem to fit. And don't even get me started on Nathan. I mean, yes, he died for a minute. But almost ALL the characters on this show have died and come back to life before and they never felt the need to suddenly turn to God and NOT notice that hey, my brother is acting a bit off, maybe he's not really Peter and maybe he SHOT me and I should start asking where my REAL brother is. Jeez. Ok, maybe he didn't need to be THAT intuitive, but the whole "God saved me" bit was so very out of character for Nathan that I was scowling at the television every time he was in the frame. I mean, he's a politician for Zeus sake! Not only that, but Nathan seemed like a smart man in season 1, but now he's making the same mistakes he did before and that's just not smart. But then again, it wouldn't be such a great show without the conflict that stupid decisions create. So I guess I shouldn't complain.
Still, because there are just so MANY characters on this show, they can never focus very long on just one character, so any kind of huge transformation for a character will always come as a shock for the audience. They have SO much going on that I barely had time to react to one crazy event before I was moved into ANOTHER crazy event. It's frustrating and totally awesome at the same time. It was such an amazing and thrilling premiere that I am actually excited to go back home and watch it again. I can imagine the list of things I probably missed due to the action moving so fast from one thing to another. All in all, the best and most exciting premiere I have seen yet for this fall season. Bravos Heroes, you're coming back up from behind and we are loving every dang bit of it. May I please have some more, massterrr?