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I Will Make You Hurt: The Racialicious Review For Heroes 4.9

By Special Correspondent Arturo R. Garcia, cross-posted at The Instant Callback

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

Like a bad ’80s thriller or the opening of any “CSI: Miami” episode, “Heroes” wasn’t about business this week. Instead – pause for Caruso Pose – it was personal.

At the center of the grudge matches was the show’s new Dastardly Duo, Sylar and Danko – who, it turns out, does have some game with the ladies. Seems America’s Top Lawn Gnome, besides being married to his job, had himself a girlfriend on the side, a former call girl named Alena (Blonde #2,560,742, if you’re keeping score).

MattsAt least, he did until Matt Sr., seeking revenge for the death of Daphne, outed the “Hunter,” a confrontation that leaves both men emotionally broken. Lucky for Matt, not only is he rescued from the wrong end of the gun by Hiro (with an assist from Mohinder), but his mood brightens considerably when Hiro introduces him to a new reason to keep going – his own flesh and blood. The shot of the two Matts in the park, with Hiro and Ando, provided a smile-worthy moment.

While Matt rediscovered his sense of family, Noah saw his start to unravel in earnest, thanks to Sylar, who set out not to kill HRG, but “to destroy him,” personally and professionally. The cat-and-mouse game between the nouveau shape-shifter and the professional paranoid seemed to bring out more sincere evil in Gabriel than even the showdown with his dad a few weeks back. Continue reading

The Racialicious Roundtable For Heroes 4.8

Hosted by special correspondent Arturo R. García

The Algonquin SnarkTable continues to grow this week, with the addition of Jen* and the return of Hexy to our ranks! Did they pick the right week to come back? Well, let’s talk about that …

What’s more improbable: that Nathan & Claire made it from the U.S. to a tourist town in central Mexico unscathed (if broke), or that seemingly the only Mexicans they managed to interact with were a hotel clerk and (presumably) whoever got them the tequila shots?

Mahsino: Just to be devil’s advocate, Heroes never has had a good grasp on geography (see Africa, Somewhere In). That being said they could have easily avoided this mess by sticking to the formula of leaving the location broad- they already set the bar low with the Botswana and Haiti fiascoes. Hell I would’ve bought somewhere near a college campus in southern Texas for believability. And I mean, let’s be honest, having actual Mexicans in Mexico is irrelevant: how else do you measure the quality of a place if not by it’s white-western occupants?

Diana: At first it bothered me that they went to Mexico and only interacted with one Mexican –the hotel clerk–in a country full of PoC. I will say it was priceless when the hotel guy assumed Nathan and Claire were there for some nookie. Gross, but priceless.

Jen*: K, so Nathan flew them to Mexico, with enough cash for 1 night at an hourly motel? Their relationship has always skeeved me out, but now, I roll my eyes with the hotel clerk. Blech. What else would anyone think? That does look like Elle’s hair, though. But wait…Nathan was in the Navy, stationed in the Philippines? That’s a reveal I wasn’t expecting. I also wasn’t really expecting any Mexicans in Mexico. Oh, and I was kinda ticked about how Claire had to take off her shirt to start drinking. How old is she again?

Erica: Heroes showed Patzcuaro as Tijuana (dry dusty streets), or at least what I think Tijuana looks like based on Hollywood’s perception. Doubtless the pictures on the Patzcuaro tourist information website are the “best” of Patzcuaro, but it does NOT look like a desert.

Hexy: Anyone remember when this show not only had a range of POC in it, but had a range of POC as well developed central characters? I’ve never been to Mexico. I would imagine, though, that it does actually contain Mexicans.

Andrea: I’m surprised good ol’ Nathan didn’t have any cash on him. But then again I shouldn’t be, I suppose, considering how deeply he effed up this whole “Get the Powers People” campaign. I was actually more shocked at his ‘do this week. The front looked like it was in perma-windgust. As for the show’s representation of Patzcuaro: the words “lawsuit from the town’s chamber of commerce” comes to mind.

On the flip side, would you call the lack of script interactions (aside from that damn “La Cucaracha” horn) with the native populace “good news”? I mean, at least Nathan didn’t try to seduce anybody like he did in Haiti, right?
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Jen*: Shoot, I’m just glad there are no characters known as “the Mexican,” or that they didn’t just happen to stay with Maya’s family – since she’s Latina, and Mexico = South America, right? Continue reading

No, Really, We’re Okay Now!: The Racialicious Review For Heroes 4.8

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By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García
Also Posted At The Instant Callback

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

angelapeterAre people’s expectations really that low for this show anymore?

Going into this week’s episode, the word seemed to be good from my friends: “Heroes ftw” one said on twitter; “we’re on an upswing,” another told me this morning. Really?

I didn’t even mind that this was a placeholder episode; everybody needs those, I get that. But Sylar and Dudley DoWrong playing Law & Order: Superhuman Unit to track down a fugitive shapeshifter was by far the most effective plot in “Into Asylum,” which in itself was nothing more than passable.

Not to say that our latest installment of As The Petrellis Turn didn’t have bright spots: Cristine Rose and Milo Ventimiglia each showed some more welcome shades of humanity in Angela and Peter, respectively; and best of all, no Mexicans were harmed in the filming of the Claire-Bear Goes To Mexico sequences.

Claire3In fact, Claire was downright clever in using her regenerative powers to swindle a spring-drunk American coed out of his drinking money. But the ensuing reconciliation between herself and Nathan just felt hollow, because if there’s one thing we’ve learned about this family – and Angela herself copped to this in her confessional – it’s that these folks are always gonna make the wrong choice.

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Return Of The Racialicious Roundtable For Heroes 4.7

Hosted by Special Correspondent Arturo R. García

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We’re back!

After our brief hiatus, your Friendly Neighborhood Snark Merchants are back, with two new additions: everybody, please, welcome Diana and Andrea to the team, as they join Erica and Mahsino in going over “Cold Snap,” a surprisingly eventful (not to mention decent) episode. So let’s get to it!

Going by the recap thread, everybody’s happy to see Micah again. Your take on his return, and what do you think the future holds for him?

Micah 2Diana: I was really glad to see him and, like most folks, was not surprised he was Rebel. It kind of pulled at my heart strings to see Micah had “growed” up some, including his voice change. His character brings a much needed vitality to the show. The adult Heroes are so wrapped up in their angsty grown up B.S. (and Claire with her teeny bopper melodrama) that the idealism of being a superhero is lost (except for Hiro, of course). As the story progresses, I’d like to see Micah and Baby Touch and Go paired together. Imagine the leverage they would have with their two super powers coupled with the idealism of youth. It would be the perfect counterpoint to the eeeeeevil of Danko and the madness of Sylar.

Mahsino:
Upside 1: His voice changed off camera, which is good, because I totally would have been the one to make fun of his voice cracking.

Upside 2: It was nice to have someone who not only sounded like he knew what he was talking about, but seemed to have a plan that didn’t seem like it was freshly pulled out their ass.

Downside: I can’t overlook the fact that he claimed the empty void of person of color who sacrifices themselves for a blond that nobody really cares that much about. If Micah can stand as the voice of reason for the rest of the rebellion, cool- but I have a sneaking suspicion that he’s going to make an ultimate sacrifice at the end of the season.

Erica: One thing that I have consistently liked about Micah was his clarity of ethics. He’s hardly pure good — one of our first glimpses of “what Micah can do” was him convincing an ATM to spit out a few hundred bucks. Then he stole pay-per-view for his cousin. And in this episode he stages a gas leak in Union Station, a false alarm which is doubtless a huge inconvenience and expense for bus companies, law enforcement, and the fire department. But he’s just so UNSELFISH about it, you can’t help but be on his side. He cares about helping other people, and has always been convinced that special powers meant you should help people; his shock at a “hero” turning out to be a double-crossing bitch was really genuine.

Andrea: Micah…meh. Perhaps because a) the Racialicious folks called it (Spoilers, all of you!:D), b) as other watchers pointed out, Heroes’ new pattern is to offer one semi-precious stone episode in a pile of crappy ones to keep fans halfway excited, and c) the show has so deeply gone downhill as far as characters of color are concerned that I have no expectations as far as his getting major play on the show. So yeah, I can see Micah being Rebel and then getting offed…and not reincarnated like his momma/aunt/protector Nikki/Barbara/Tracy. I’m not going to get hepped up yet.

Any episode now, I’m waiting for the reveal–complete with muddled exposition– of Micah actually being the unknown child of Nikki/Barbara/Tracy and President Worf … er, Dorn … uh–what the hell is his name? Continue reading

The Kid Is Alright: The Racialicious Review for Heroes 4.7

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by Special Correspondent Arturo R. García, also Posted At The Instant Callback

My, my, Micah, how you’ve grown.

Micah1Even if it was the worst-kept secret on the show, the youngest Sanders’ return to the fold was one of several nice touches this week, making “Cold Snap” a welcome turn for the better from the past couple of episodes.

Name-checking Che and eluding Angry Valjean and the Armies of Excess Security, Micah came out of hiding to help his not-mommy Tracy escape SEXY TORTURE, only for her to first lure him into a trap, then help him get out of it with an all-out display of her freezing powers. It’s hard to figure a kid who’s hip to Che “leading a revolution” would be so surprised Tracy is “a politician” (not technically, but you know). Still, it was good to see somebody on the show who didn’t mix good intentions with angst – in other words, not Claire. Continue reading

Inglorious Bastards: The Racialicious Review of Heroes 4.6

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By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García, also Posted At The Instant Callback

Writer’s Note: There were moments this week where I considered not submitting this review to the site — not only was this a horrible episode (more on that below), but the white-washing of the series has seemingly gone into overdrive. It’s gotten worse as the series has stumbled along, don’t get me wrong, but there’s just something extra creepy about it this year. It doesn’t help matters that the early rumors about the season finale and next season center on Those Damn Bennetrellis. This sort of willful ignorance is building to another piece later in the year. But, before that, our weekly tradition.


WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

There was a lot of bad to go around in “Shades of Gray” — too bad only some of it was intentional.

Like a reject from Volume 3, this episode was a mess “anchored” by a bunch of bad personalities. Topping your sh-t parade was the much-ballyhooed reunion between Sylar and his father Samson, finally revealed as being played by Smallville escapee John Glover.

sylarsUnlike Lionel Luthor, though, Samson is holed up in a van down by the river in the remains of a trailer, hammering home hunting metaphors when not wheezing his way through cancer (while still smoking, of course, to remind us he is A Very Bad Person). After teasing both a reconciliation and a fight between the two men, in the end Sylar just … uh, walks out. We’re supposed to believe Gabe gleaned some insight from his dad turning on him, but it amounts to, “Well, I’ll just keep on being EEEEVIL.” And I know that letting the sickness take his father slowly was supposed to be ironic or whatnot, but the Sylar we’ve known wouldn’t care about making a statement; he’d just take the righteous kill — and the bunny. Continue reading

Culturally Clueless FAQs—Number 4

by Guest Contributor HighJive, originally published at MultiCultClassics

    Change has come to America. But it took a detour around Madison Avenue. While citizens have adopted phrases like “post-racial,” the advertising industry operates in a pre-Civil Rights time warp. Whenever the topics of diversity and inclusion appear, ad executives consistently display stunning ignorance. MultiCultClassics has sought to address the issues in the past. However, the matters have evolved along with society, despite Madison Avenue’s retarded development. As a public service, this blog will answer a series of Frequently Asked Questions to enlighten the asses… er, masses.

Question: Isn’t Cyrus Mehri just another opportunistic bottom feeder in the Jesse Jackson / Al Sharpton tradition?

Answer: It’s always interesting—yet never surprising—to see individuals who protest injustices branded as bottom feeders. Then again, facing off with Madison Avenue on these issues does require lowering yourself to nasty depths.

Regardless, it’s important to recognize key differences between Mehri and Messrs. Jackson and Sharpton.

Despite occasional forays into advertising industry affairs, Jackson and Sharpton are ultra-outsiders. (Although rumors claim Black-owned agency executives told Jackson to back off when he offered to wage battles in the past.) While the two clearly understand things like exclusion and discrimination, they’re corporately clueless, at least when it comes to the ad agency business. In contrast, Mehri has done his homework. The Bendick and Egan Economic Consultants, Inc. report is nearly flawless in its examination of the inner dealings on Madison Avenue. The AAF and 4A’s couldn’t have produced a more factual, accurate document.

Additionally, the tactics employed by Jackson and Sharpton have possibly lost effectiveness over the years. One could argue that Jackson especially often resorted to intimidation that played on White guilt. Mehri, on the other hand, seeks to intimidate by proving Whites are guilty.

Advantage Mehri.

As for being opportunistic, well, let’s really consider the term. Remember, this battle has been plodding along since the 1930s. Madison Avenue has had plenty of opportunities to address matters for about 80 years. It’s not as if Mehri seized upon the moment, catching people unaware. The truth is, industry leaders have been opportunistic by perpetuating the problems via apathy and worse. Maybe we should all see this as an opportunity to create positive change.

If Mehri manages to take this drama to a courtroom, we can’t wait to learn whom Madison Avenue will call upon to defend. Even Denny Crane would take a pass on it.

Mother’s Day: The Racialicious Review of Heroes 4.5

By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García, also posted at The Instant Callback

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

For the second straight week, a strong character showing from the Bennet clan buoyed the episode. But go fig, it wasn’t Noah.

Sandra1After spending the whole of the series as little more than a doormat for her husband and her daughter, Mama Sandra stepped out and stepped up in “Exposed,” helping Claire get Aqualad Alex away from the feds (including webisode graduate Rachel Mills). We also got to hear waaay too much about her affinity for Def Leppard, but it was worth it to see Ashley Crow finally get to play a fully-realized character on this show. Hopefully we’ll see more of Sondra’s newfound strength during Claire’s confrontation with Doyle.

Elsewhere, off the beaten path, we got a glimpse of Sylar’s biological mother, as a roadside diner stirs memories of the day young Gabriel’s dad literally took the money and ran. Little Gabe runs after him just in time to see the elder Gray telekinetically slice his mom’s forehead open. In other words, HE LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU! Continue reading