“Heroes”: The superpowered season 2 premiere


Heroes is back tonight, and my inner fangirl rejoices!

In addition to Lyndsy Fonseca as April, the would-be (but won’t be) lesbian cheerleader, there are four fetching new females to watch out for this season:
[Spoiler alert! You’ve been warned.]

Variety revealed that Kristen Bell will be playing a character named Elle, a “sexy, mysterious young lady who has ties to the supposed death of Peter, H.R.G.’s past and the future of Claire.”

Her 13-episode arc begins in October. Reportedly, Tim Kring, the show’s creator, described her as “‘a little unstable’ and ‘a cautionary tale of what our Heroes could become.'” Oh, Kristen, my TV has missed you — insert joke about Elle’s power having something to do with zingy one-liners here.

Dania Ramirez, who will be playing a new regular named Maya Herrera, reports enjoying being able to represent her Dominican heritage and speak her native language in her new role.

In the same interview with ign.com, Dania states that her character has a twin brother, and that her power apparently has something to do with him but doesn’t depend on him entirely.

Dana Davis joins the cast as a character named Monica Dawson.

Supposedly a new regular, she may also be connected to Micah, the son of Ali Larter‘s character(s), Niki/Jessica Sanders and Leonard Roberts’ D.L. Hawkins. With Monica comes her grandmother Nana (as Siege so aptly noted, her name is “ever-so-original”), played by Nichelle Nichols:

Attention Heroes production team: While it was rather rude of you to tease us with the notion of a lesbian cheerleader and then rip her away rather inconsiderately, you can always make up for it down the road. Say, with the inclusion of a fantastic lesbian or bisexual character in the upcoming spin-off, Heroes: Origins. Created to fill the gap during hiatuses and reduce the number of repeats, Origins will consist of six stand-alone episodes, each telling the story of a new hero separate from the main crew — though there may be the occasional cameo. Here’s the extra-fun part: After all six episodes have aired, fans will be able to vote for their favorite Origins hero, and that character will join the regular cast the following season. Michael Dougherty, John August, Eli Roth and Kevin Smith are set to write an Origins episode each; Smith and Roth will be directing their episodes as well. Eli Roth wrote and directed Hostel 1 & 2 — let’s hope that if there’s a lesbian character in Origins, she doesn’t wind up in his episode.

In geekier news, the online Heroes graphic novel on NBC.com is being collected by DC Comics.

I’m excited about this, as I’ve tried to read the online comic several times but (being the old-school nerd that I am) have been put off by the digital format. The book will feature an introduction by Masi Oka (Hiro) and will also include much of Tim Sale‘s artwork — he created the paintings for Santiago Cabrera‘s deceased character Isaac Mendez. The hardcover will be released on Nov. 7 and will retail for $29.99 USD ($36.99 CAD). It’s available for preorder by several online retailers and at your local comic book store.

Check your local listings for tonight’s season 2 premiere of NBC’s crown jewel. I’ll be on my couch in my limited edition “Petrelli for Congress” T-shirt:

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