Black and white or just grey and slightly darker grey?
November 18, 2008 11:52pm CST
When the show first started there were very clear lines drawn between good and evil, white and black, light and dark. But now it's getting harder to tell. At the end of the most recent episode (Chapter 9 It's Coming) the characters were divided - Angela, Peter, Nathan, Claire, Parkman and Daphne in one place, Arthur Petrelli, Tracy, Sylar/Gabriel, Flint and Knox in another.... The first group were in Angela's hospital room which was all white and brightly lit and the second group was in Arthur's office which was dark and dimly lit, indicating the good side and the bad side. But are we really sure that there is a good side (white) and a bad side (black) or is there just grey and a slightly darker shade of grey?
• United States
19 Nov 08
You're right, the lines are definately blurring. We see hints of this based on the glimpses of the future that we see - like Claire hunting down and killing Peter. Perhaps it is supposed to be a lesson about what is morale is all relative (no pun intended, given the recent events). Honestly, though, I don't remember the eclipse triggering their powers previously. Didn't Elle talk about being pushed to examine her abilities since she was a little girl? And how can Claire be the catalyst? She didn't have a chance to interact with some of the older characters before they developed their powers. It seems like continuity may be going out the window.
• United States
19 Nov 08
I can see how Claire could be the catalyst. When the Company took Meredith and she burned the house down, they told her Claire was killed in the fire but she was really taken to live with Noah, who was supposed to kill her when she started showing signs of abilities. Somewhere in all of that, the Company could have injected or implanted her with whatever it was that would make her the catalyst (Angela said but I was so caught up in the rest of the confusion I missed it). As far as "triggering" their powers, I don't really know. The show started with an eclipse that they were all watching. Claire had already figured out that she was "different" but not exactly why (I think she was on test 6 or something when the eclipse happened). Peter's dreams of flying first started with the eclipse. Hiro had been working on stopping time but it wasn't until after watching the eclipse during his calisthenics that he made the second hand on his clock tick backward. So, yeah, I guess, in a way, the eclipse triggered some of their powers. Others, like Angela and the rest of the Company, Meredith, Flint.... all had their powers before. Meanwhile, anyone else miss Micah? :(
6 Dec 08
The character of Sylar is the best example of that moral ambiguity you comment. During the first and second season we all thought he was a cruel murderer. In the third season we learn he is a victim of his own ability. I think this "turn to black" is very interesting although it may can be a sign that screenwriters are not very sure what they are telling.