24 Is to Heroes What Evisceration Is to…?

I have a love/hate relationship with hit TV programs. It’s not because I’m trying to be contrary or anything but whenever I find myself the object of a lot of “You’ve just got to see _____!”-type statements I can almost guarantee you that I will not like the show.

It’s not that I’m rebelling against what everyone likes, it’s just that hype ruins almost everything. It was this way with 24. We were told by at least four different people that 24 was an amazing show and that it would change our lives and lions and tigers and bears. We ordered it on Netflix and I tried to watch with an open mind.

I hated that show. Ohhhh, how I hated that show. I couldn’t stand it. The first season was fine I guess (if you’re into watching the same people get kidnapped over and over and listening to an exhausted man repeatedly say “You’re just going to have to trust me” even though he looks like the last guy you’d ever want to trust) but the other seasons we watched (two and three I think) were atrocious.

In my opinion, the show was contrived to within an inch of its life. It was the amalgamation of Murphy’s Law and sadism. The show exists to dangle hope in front of you in the midst of intense peril and doom only to gleefully snatch it away from over and over again for 24 freaking episodes of pure torture.

Apparently, I’m still not over it (we stopped watching that show almost a year ago).

The reason I’ve opened this particularly virulent can of worms is that Wes and I started watching Heroes a little while ago. We have so far made it through the first two episodes and the unaired pilot episode.

This was another show that was endlessly hyped to us so I’m concerned about what I’m going to think about it. I’ve already identified two characters who irritate me almost the entire time they’re on-screen (Claire the cheerleader chick who is way too upset about not being able to destroy herself and mopey flying guy Peter who is so self-absorbed it’s almost painful to watch. Funny enough, they’re dating in real life) but I hope they develop a little more and stop annoying me.

You can be sure of one thing, though, and that is that I will tell you what I think of the show regardless of what that opinion might be. In this regard, I’m not exactly a woman of mystery. If I were, though, this blog wouldn’t be very fun to read. No one wants to read about what they’re never allowed to know. That’s no fun at all.

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