Heroes Reborn Series Premier Review: “Brave New World/Odessa”

Heroes Reborn

Run: September 24, 2015-Present
Created By: Tim Kring
Prod. Tim Kring
Genre: Science Fiction, Superhero, Serial Drama
Starring: Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Zukezane, Ryan Guzman, Rya Kihlstedt, Gatlin Green, Henry Zebrowski, Judith Shakoni, Danika Tarosh, Toru Uchikado

Heroes Reborn premiered Thursday night and what a premier it was!

We were introduced to a bunch of new characters and saw a couple old ones return. Just like the original Heroes premier I spent a great deal of it confused as to what was going on and who everyone was. It was fantastic.

Four years after Claire revealed her powers to the world and Evos (people with power) are living their lives and just doing their thing. I thought it was really cool right at the start of the episode seeing what was like an Evo Pride festival.

However, the festival was attacked and barely anyone made it out alive. Noah survived, but he spent a year believing Claire was dead. Now it’s been brought to his attention that that may not be true. It may also not be true that Evos and Evo supporter (Mohinder Suresh) were responsible for the attack.

Noah

Now he is on a journey to figure out what really happened that day, find his daughter, and save everyone else with powers before they’re killed. Along the way we’ll meet some new faces and see the return of some old ones while Evos and non-Evos try to save the world from a much bigger threat.

I’m not going to talk about every single thing that happened in the episode because it was two hours and that would make for an obnoxiously long review.

First things first is the characters. Just like Heroes, there’s a ton of them! Jack Coleman returned to play Noah Bennet and I was actually really excited to see him back on the screen. While there were a couple familiar faces in this episode, his is the most prominent and he’s the only main character to return.

Robbie Kay (who some people may know from Once Upon a Time) plays the role of Tommy Clark and so far I’d say he has the coolest power in which he can send things away and to anywhere he’s thinking of. Maybe I’m biased cause I’m a fan of his from OUAT.

Tommy

This character also kind of reminded me of Claire as he’s in high school and is attempting to be ‘normal’. I saw someone describe his character and his relationship with Emily (Green) as being sort of like Claire and Zack’s relationship from season one, but switched in which Tommy is the nerdy one and Emily is popular.

Zachary Levi has taken a step back from comedy and is playing Luke Collins, one of the antagonists on the show who is going around killing everyone with powers, along with his wife Joanne (Shekoni).

Another set of characters who reminded me of the original series are Miko Otomo (Sukezane) and Ren Shimosawa (Uchikado). Ren is the Ando to Miko’s Hiro.

Katana Girl

Miko became a master swordswoman and took on the role of Katana Girl (a character from a videogame Ren plays) and Ren stepped in to help her solve the apparent mystery of her missing father (I’m not totally sure what was happening here).

There were a few other characters introduced including Carlos (Guzman) and who I believe is his nephew (correct me if I’m wrong), Jose (Lucius Hoyos). This was probably one of the biggest surprises of the night because right near the end of the episode it is revealed that Jose has a power. He can like meld himself or sink through other objects (I don’t really know how to describe it other than to say he’s kind of like Kitty from X-Men).

I’m really loving the connections to the old series. Noah is obviously the biggest one, but all these other little things like other characters being similar or the fact that Tommy attends Linderman High School. I just thought all these little throwbacks were a cool addition that really connected the show to it’s roots while still remaining it’s own thing.

There was another character from the original series who they brought back last night, though I didn’t realize it until the end. Molly Walker, the adorable little girl taken in my Matt Parkman? She is now played by Francesca Eastwood and, not going to lie, I was a little confused.

Molly was like, eight? Maybe ten? It was said on the show that four years had passed since Claire revealed her powers to the world and therefore, since the end of the fourth season. But Molly looks like she’s twenty to twenty-five in this show.

Like, okay, sure, maybe she could’ve been a bit older than ten in the original series (not by much), but there’s no way she’s that old yet so if someone can explain this puzzle to me I would greatly appreciate it.

The other character from the original series who returned was The Hatian (Jimmy Jean-Louis). Yes, yes, I know his name is actually Rene, but I spent majority of the four seasons hearing him called The Haitian and therefore that is what I call him.

The Haitian

Unfortunately he was only in the episode for about five minutes as he tried to kill Noah Bennet (apparently Noah had instructed him to do this), but Noah killed him first.

I believe my exact reaction was:

“The Haitian!”
Five minutes later…
“Oh no… The Haitian.”

He got so little screen time! However, I hope Jimmy Jean-Louis was very happy because everyone I saw on Twitter and Tumblr were all incredibly excited to see him back even just for those five minutes.

There’s one character they introduced that I’m so confused about. Who the hell is The Penny Man? It’s like watching the original Heroes before knowing who Noah was. He was The Man in The Horn Rimmed Glasses. Now, Heroes Reborn, we have The Penny Man. He seems like a bad guy, but so did Noah at first, so I have no idea what to think.

Now then, what was probably my favourite part of the entire episode lasted for about half a second and happens when Ren is playing his videogame. He puts on his headset and is going into battle and goes, “Leeroy Jenkins!”

I’m going to assume most of you know what this is from. If not, watch the video below and click this link to read more.

I laughed so hard I had to pause the episode. Kudos to the writers or to whoever it was that included that in the episode. The Internet thanks you.

I laughed this premier and I am so excited to see what happens in the rest of the season! What happened to Claire? What’s going to happen with all these other new characters? How did Molly Walker suddenly age ten years?

What do you think? Let me know below!

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The Whispers Episode Review: “X Marks the Spot”

The Whispers

Season 1 | Episode 1 | Aired June 1, 2015

Premiered: June 1st, 2015
Created by: Soo Hugh
Prod. Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Zack Estrin
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Based on: “Zero Hour” – Ray Bradbury
Starring: Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Barry Sloane, Kristen Connolly, Kylie Rogers, Catalina Denis, Derek Webster

What would you do if your child’s imaginary friend turned out to be real? And what would do if that not-so-imaginary friend was using your child to get people killed? That’s the premise of the new show The Whispers which premiered last night.

When I first saw the commercial for this show I was intrigued and knew right away that I wanted to watch it. It sounded creepy and it kind of reminded me of Under the Dome as far as the supernatural aspects go. It’s safe to say, I was not disappointed.

The Whispers starts off with a seemingly innocent little girl, Harper, talking to her imaginary friend, Drill. However, it isn’t long before the situation escalates to the point of Harper’s mother falling out of the tree house and nearly dying. It quickly becomes apparent to viewers that Drill is definitely not imaginary.

Harper is not the only child who is able to see and talk to Drill. Another little girl, Minx (Rogers), and a little a boy, Henry (Breitkopf) (who was deaf until Drill “fixed him”), also communicate with Drill, as well as a little boy who died a month before as he did what Drill told him to.

One of the things I love about shows like this is how everything is connected. For instance, Claire Bennigan (Rabe) is an FBI agent who is investigating the Harper case. She is also Henry’s mother. It is revealed in the show that Henry’s father disappeared three months previously in a plane crash. However, during the episode, his plane is found by Wes Lawrence (Sloane), a member of the Defense Department and Minx’s father. However, the body of Henry’s father is not there.

At the same time all this is going on, a mysterious man, a John Doe, was brought into the hospital with no memory of who he is. It turns out this man is Sean Bennigan (Ventimiglia), Claire’s husband and Henry’s father. Somehow he is connected to everything that is going on with the children. From the mysterious shape found by his crashed plane to Harper entering his room at the hospital and saying that he knows where Drill is, it was seriously mind warping.

Overall, I found the premier of The Whispers to be amazing. It was creepy and intriguing, and just a little bit confusing. All of which are great aspects for a new show and it definitely has me wanting to watch more.

Did you watch the season premier of The Whispers? What did you think?

Watch the video below to see what’s coming up this season!

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Finding Carter Episode Review – Season 2 Premier: “Love the Way You Lie”

Finding Carter

Season 2 | Episode 1 | Aired March 31, 2015

Run: July 8, 1014-Present
Created by: Emily Silver
Prod. Terri Minsky, Deborah Spera, Maria Grasso, Alexander A. Motlagh, Emily Whitesell
Genre:Teen Drama, Family Drama
Starring:Kathryn Prescott, Cynthia Watros, Alexis Denisof, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Zac Pullam, Alex Saxon

I meant to have this posted on Tuesday when the premier actually premiered. Then when I didn’t get it up that day I meant to have it up on Wednesday. Well, here we are on Friday and it’s finally getting posted, my review for the season two premier of Finding Carter.

This show has been wild since the very first episode and it was obvious in the first minute that season two would be no different. At the very end of season one Carter is once again kidnapped by Lori Stevens, the same woman who kidnapped her when she was three.

The season two premier picks up only a few hours after this happens and it all snowballs from there. While previously we had seen Carter wanting nothing more than to be back with the woman who had raised her for thirteen years, now Carter doesn’t want anything to do with her. She tells her “mom” she is different now and tries running away from her. Instead, Carter and Lori meet Taylor and Elizabeth at a diner.

So many things happened in this episode! Max and Taylor got back together, David tackled Lori, and Carter got to return home. However, probably the biggest thing to happen was Lori finally revealing why she kidnapped Carter all those years ago. Elizabeth wasn’t able to get pregnant so she and David had used an egg donor and that egg donor was Lori.

I’ll admit that I did not see this coming. Like, I was freaking out. When she said she was Carter and Taylor’s mother I was just kind of sitting back like, wait… are they adopted? This storyline is crazy. But it also really makes you think.

Like, do egg donors have parental rights? Especially when they sign a contract saying they’re forfeiting their parental rights, can they really get them back? This is getting a lot deeper than I thought it would, oh boy.

But it does make you think and, frankly, if she hadn’t kidnapped Carter I almost could have sympathized with Lori. She genuinely felt like she had given up her children which is tragic, but then again, she did kidnap Carter so I think any parental rights she might have had are gone now.

Alright, pulling it back cause that got way too deep. All in all, the season two premier of Finding Carter was a rollercoaster. There were so many things going on. So many emotions and revelations and fighting, it was crazy! If this is how thee show premiered I can’t wait to see the rest of the season.

What did you think of the season premier? Any predictions for the rest of the season?

Check out the preview for the rest of the season below!

 

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