I just finished the flashback episode of Heroes. It seemed to have that same self-conscious feeling as the flashbacks in Lost. In Lost, everything was connected before the action started, and they took great delight in showing us how the travelers interacted before the flight. In Heroes, it seems that they are taking a similar path, not in time allotted, but in style. Dots are connected, and characters fleshed out.
This similarity, the need to show that everything was connected before the first episode began is curious. Why do the authors/creators not just start and tell the story from the beginning?
Are they just lazy and need to add shows?
Are they all mystics who need to show that everything is more closely connected than we might think? Is that supposed to be inspiring to me in my everyday humdrum existence?
Are we humans gripped with a morbid fascination regarding our past? Do we believe that it holds lessons for the future, or is it the very essence of our being? But the characters in the these series would be what they are regardless.
Are they uncomfortable with telling a story from the beginning? Is this a hallmark of creatures recreating on their own? We lack the boldness to truly say that we have created something new, and need to go back and show the back-story that fleshes out our current tale? The last point made me reflect on the beginning of God’s story. I am sure that someone has already realized this, but God did not just create the world from nothing, he created his story from nothing. No context, prequels, of flashbacks needed. The word created and gave birth to a story that has been unequaled.