The Casting Couch

The Casting Couch

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Someone Flies...Someone Dies.



I cannot get through an episode without screaming at my television set...and that is a good thing. So much better than the Lost's and 24's of the world combined. But this is just my opinion of course (Hey, I still love these other shows too!). This show is awesome not only because of its unique ability to actually provide answers to all of its questions, but also due to its amazing cast. I've highlighted my favorite HEROES below.

Hayden Pannetiere. I've been singing the praises of Miss Pannetiere since the birth of this blog, so I won't delve into too much detail here. Nothing but love for that girl though. Nothing but love. She's the ingenue of the show and she plays her role well.

Greg Grunberg. Also doesn't need much detail. He's great in anything he does and is a veteran of hit shows like Felicity, Alias, and Lost. In a perhaps more meatier role than usual, Grunberg keeps us on our toes as with his constant internal struggle between doing what is right and following his heart. While he might not be your typical Hollywood hearthrob, there's something about this man that still makes the girls swoon.

Masi Oka. As the adorable Hiro Nakamura, Oka is the Cult Favorite, and believe me, he can really steal the show. Growing up with a strong American and Japanese background, he is able to really capture that loveable and determined naivete that his character requires. I'm sure it helps that Oka is a technical genius (thanks IMDB!), but his perfect blend of comedy and outright dedication to his "destiny" really helps humanize his character and keeps us begging for more.

Sendhil Ramamurthy. Who knew a geneticist could be so sexy? As thoughtful and determined Mohinder Suresh, Ramamurthy brings a degree of weight and intellectualism that the show would otherwise lack. Considering the part was originally written as a 55-year-old man, Ramathurthy's superior acting chops and degree of charisma really helped re-define the role as someone who we'd really be pulling for week to week.

Ali Larter. I have to admit I was skeptical going into the first few episodes of the show. Sure she had the star power, but I wasn't fully convinced this "Final Destination" actress had what it takes to convincingly portray a character with distinct multiple personalities. But I stand corrected, she's really got it. Probably one of the most difficult roles to play, slipping effortlessly from sweet-and-maternal Niki to violent-and-vengeful Jessica, I really started to believe that both of these characters had merged out of one being, and at certain points, she even managed to give me chills.

While these five are my front-running favorites, don't let that diminish the talents of the other lead heroes in this amazing ensemble cast. I really have learned to love them all in their own way, and I'm excited as more and more intriguing characters are introduced.

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