Claire Ever-LivingRating: 3 likes, 0 dislikes
When I first started watching this series (I didn't see the pilot.), I almost gave up after watching one episode that focused on 'Hiro'.
Then I noticed 'Claire' , a kind of '4400' version of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer', and I got interested. The Claire character is an average looking high school cheerleader who discovers she can heal from anything. She's kind of like Superman, Dracula and Marvel Comics' Wolverine. What's different about her is that she is an honest, regular high school kid. I saw the episode when she was killed behind the bleachers, and the next one when she woke up in the morgue and uses her power to wreak vengeance on an egotistical rapist.
After that one, when I talked to my college-attending son, we agreed that 'Claire' was the best thing about 'Heroes' and that the producers would do well to focus more of the plots around her. That they did.
The next episode I watched was the brilliantly done one which features 'The Jamaican' , the Cop who can read minds, Claire's father, Thermo-Guy, and of course, Claire Ever-Living.
That episode should win an Emmy for something.
If someone who has never seen "Heroes" before wants to watch an episode to introduce themselves to the show, this is the one. The combination of excellent special effects, good acting and solid directing makes this episode an instant "Heroes" classic. One of the great things the producers did was to start Claire's dad off as a potential bad guy, then show that he's not so bad after all. I was completely fooled (and convinced) by the twist and it made me pay more attention to the other characters (though Claire is still the one that keeps me there).
Hayden Panettiere is brilliant as a young girl trying to deal with what she can do and the ethical decisions she has to make.
If anyone deserves her own spin-off, it's the ever-living 'Claire'.
Review posted on Monday, October 8th 2007 at 7:30 pm