A Swiss-French newspaper, “Le Temps”, recently published an article about the beginning of Season 3 in Switzerland. The journalist focalises on the importance of glasses, especially Noah’s. It’s a funny little piece that I have translated for you below. My translator’s notes are in italics between brackets.
Heroes: It’s All in the Glasses by Nicolas Dufour
After a perturbed second season, Tim Kring’s series comes back on Sunday evening on TSR1 (note: Swiss-French TV). Noah Bennet is wearing his glasses again, Hiro too: therefore, the world will be saved.
In a few scenes, at the end of Heroes’s season three (note: oops, typo?), Noah Bennet didn’t wear his glasses anymore. And with good reason: the adoptive father of the most unbreakable cheerleader of the world, Claire, had been shot in the eye. Which killed him, relatively speaking. But in Heroes, you can negociate with death. Thanks to Claire’s blood, Noah Bennet survived, so did his eye, and, in season three, he puts on his horn-rimmed glasses again. In the heart of Heroes’ big jumble (note: they mean the mess of scenarios, I think), at least this story was sorted out.
The second season of these ordinary superheroes had caused passionate feelings, as I had mentioned previously, to the extent that the creator Tim Kring had apologised for the bad quality of the scenarios. He apologised again since then, barely hiding his lack of interest towards his own series, promising wonders for the third volume that TSR started airing last Sunday evening. So much deference, and such a controversy, don’t seem very founded to me: if one closes an eye on the biologically convoluted nature of the series – a virus has now been brought up – Heroes remains great entertainment, that doesn’t have to blush when compared to much bigger productions offered in the movies. No need to try to understand what is really at play in the story. The protagonists, restless like marionettes in a little theatre whose puppetmasters are running on cocaine, speak about saving the world every fifteen minutes, and their bustling around is in fact rather pleasant. An appealing urgency of catastrophies, the end of the world every Sunday (literally: “Lord’s Day’s”) evening.
At the heart of this maelstom, Noah’s (who is played by Jack Coleman) glasses are like a buoy. The dry frames, thick on the top, resembling those of an FBI agent in the 1950s, have the adequate severity. An appeasing strictness. Even if the faithful followers of the series can’t always manage to understand the exact morality of Claire’s father, his glasses are a visual marker.
And they are not alone: Hiro (Masi Oka) also wears glasses, though more ordinary ones, but they accentuate his good nature. During his escapade in medieval Japan, during the second delivery (note: I’m guessing he means “what the show delivered in S2″), he wasn’t wearing them, which probably explains why the story went pear-shaped. Tim Kring should have thought about it. Now, Hiro finds his destiny in having to guard a chemical formula, and he’s brandishing his glasses again, like Noah. The world will be saved.