This is of course tangentially related to our blog but the television series Heroes encompasses so much of our graphic novel fantasies that a review about it, especially by the New York Times, is a exciting topic for discussion. As par the course for the New York Times, the piece veers between pity and condescension of what the series says about the oh so precocious Generation Y.
First comes the pity
“Young people today can’t repay their college loans; they can’t afford apartment rents, let alone mortgages; their Social Security is being sucked up by their elders; and H.I.V. left them out of the sexual revolution: what was once free love is now a viral minefield. It’s a plight lamented in books like “Generation Debt” and even in ads for Freecreditreport.com that showcase debt-crippled lads gamely doing menial work as they warn others about the dangers of letting bills pile up. (“They monitor your credit and send you e-mail alerts/So you don’t end up selling fish to tourists in T-shirts.”)
“Heroes” gives its fans cathartic validation: You inherited a screwed-up world, and it’s not your fault.”
Then the condescension,
“And Generation Y has more special abilities than any previous one: these are people who came of age taking the Internet, BlackBerries, cash machines, Facebook and iPods for granted. They also take the taking for granted. They are the most coddled, indulged and overprotected generation ever. Swaddled in safety and self-esteem, they have all been assured that they are special. They don’t rebel against their parents or even seek independence; they welcome an electronic umbilical cord that stretches through high school and college and even the post-graduate return to the empty nest. On “Heroes” those filial bonds stretch beyond the grave: even after his father is dead, Hiro (Masi Oka) still receives his fatherly advice via prerecorded DVD.”
And more speculation about the state of the inscrutable Generation Y*
“Some of the most likeable characters are stuck mopping up their parents’ mistakes. In Season 2, after Peter manages to wrest back the vial containing the world-threatening virus and destroy it, his fellow hero Matt (Greg Grunberg), whose father was also one of the founders of the Company, is less relieved than disgusted. “Your mother, my father, God knows what else they’ve done,” Matt says bitterly. “How much longer are we going to have to clean up their mess?”
The only interesting part about the review apart from the absurd psychoanalysis of the plight of Generation Y was the last paragraph which actually talks about the upcoming new season.
“The ratings for last season slumped, probably because there were too many pointless diversions and time-travel to feudal Japan. Mr. Kring has assured interviewers and fans that the third season will correct those mistakes and recover the fast-paced suspense and tension of the first season. The premiere episode lives up to that pledge, with lots of violence, special effects and laser-fast editing.”
The Heroes would premiere today at 9:00 o clock on Monday, September 22, 2008.
*In case any of you have been following the financial bailout in the past few days, just wonder why would the cheery Y ever think they have to clean up the mess produced by the Baby Boomers.