it’s not chipped, we’re not cracked: a letter to Heroes

Oh we’re shattered. [MC – Memoirs]

Dear Heroes, heroes goodbye

I’ve been a little busy lately, and it seems that you thought I was just letting it all slide.  I wasn’t.  I was just getting around to this letter, as it’s been a long time coming.

This may not mean much to you since I’m not a die-hard-fan kinda girl, but you’ve let me down.  To tease me with prospects of awesomeness and then slowly kill off almost every person of color on the show?  Even major characters?  That is NOT the way to my heart.

I loved you so much I volunteered to review your best and worst moments.  Those were good times, even when they weren’t such good times.

But as time went by, echoes of DL, Monica, and even that vortex guy only grew louder in my head.  I don’t have the time or inclination to follow web-posted storylines, just so I can keep up with characters that somehow don’t deserve to make the cut on the small screen.  Year after year, the man who came to be known as the Haitian, continued to be known as the Haitian.  Even after visiting Haiti!  Because having one magical negro wasn’t enough, Usutu got to be a plot device for a while, getting name checked on the show only after he was decapitated!  Two cute Asian guys (one a little bit hot) get to play the buffoon occasionally, while propping up what we finally found out was the MAIN storyline last year.

And I’m losing interest.

Watching the few women of color that appear, disappear – sometimes without any explanation – while the blondes almost always have their freaky coercive and inappropriate sexual assaults?  Not my idea of a good time.  There was the slight incest scare with Claire and Peter, the Puppetmaster scenes, the Sylar/Claire puppetmaster scene, various power plays with every Ali Larter character…and then of course, our good friend from the current season, carnie-tatt-girl.

You really value me so little?

Almost every woman I know who ever watched no longer does.  Why should we?  If we want to see skeevy dudes planning & executing various forms of domination over women, we can just watch the news.

When things were new and fresh, I thought this was the start of a cool show.  And it was.  And this is the end.

Men and women of color on your show continue to be use as props with little more than one-dimensional backstories.  Seriously.  Where is freaking Mohinder?

Becky and the new Usutu are not enough.  The cop and the doctor are not enough.  Angela is not enough.  Portraying your first lesbian while simultaneously painting her as an SWF stalker?  Not even close.

My head hurts when I watch, I think of better storylines when I’m half-awake, and I’m just tired.  I feel like Syfy could’ve done a much better job with the show.  Or maybe Animal Planet.  QVC even.

Good night and good luck, Heroes.  And so I say, with a yawn,

When I break – I break. (MC –  Up Out my Face)

what she said

Basically, Rachel summed it up for me. It’s just barely the middle of January [not even really] and I am weary – weary of this political game that’s making me feel like I’m getting played.

A couple weeks ago we were all friends, ready to tear that house down. Long as one of us made it in, we knew we’d be on the right road. Now, all of a sudden, it’s every person for her/himself and God for us all.

I abhor political ads – mostly cuz they have a tendency to go negative, and I feel like going negative means you’re not good enough to win. Sure, there’s more to it than that, and there are nuances I don’t know anything about, blah blah blah. But truth will out, right?

A statement Arianna Huffington made on The Daily Show – oh who knows how long ago – I think it was the ’04 election – really resonated with me. She said something to this effect:
When the house is on fire, you don’t worry about redecorating. You put out the fire.

We all know that the POTUS won’t be able to effect inordinate amounts of change – no matter who it is. Unless of course, we start a war with Iran, we’re attacked again, and Bush decides to seize the gov’t and implement a new monarchy/dictatorship. I’m not ruling that out. But there will certainly be a perceptible difference in our lives when a Democrat is in charge again. If nothing more than the majority of the country will breathe easier. Shoot, after the ’04 elections, there were folks dealing with serious depression. And while I wasn’t one of them [I was sad, but I dealt with it], I can understand.

So, uh, why’s er’body gotta be jumping on some racist shzz, or some name-calling crybaby sexist crap?

Is this the strategy? Tire everybody out to the point where the majority decide – that girl and that black guy – they’ve got too much drama, let’s try this new white dude.

Scary.