It just goes to show that even if your
dreams do come true — as in waking up one morning with superpowers — the
government will somehow ruin it for you. But if you are a fan of Heroes, airing Mondays on NBC, rest assured you will learn just enough to keep your
cheerleader outfit blood-soaked but wearable. So give me an H! Give me an E!
Give me an R-O-E-S! What’s it spell? (Give us a second to think … ). Call the
neighbors; we’re throwing a Heroes party! Woo hoo! Go, Asian time travelers!
Setting the scene:
While primal rage and microwave emission
would not be at the top of our list of powers we’d like (unless we had some
Orville Redenbacher popcorn that didn’t pop properly), it’s best to decorate in
the starkest, bleakest choices possible: Think the holding cell in the episode Building 26 with concrete-block walls. You can paint fake blocks on rolled
art paper or on a dropcloth. Then add a metal chair in the middle of the room with
chains to restrain the hero or villain of the moment. In front of the chair,
you can hang heat lamps. For this, we’d just use regular fluorescent strip
lamps in an ominous fashion in case Niki tries to
freeze anyone. You could also replicate Mohinder’s Brooklyn apartment if that
seems easier. Invitations should be on the back of Heroes magnets available
from the NBC Universal Store, and party favors can
be anything from character action figures to Helix scarves or necklaces, Heroes magazine, stamps, T-shirts, tote bags — you name it, they’ve got it.
Tell guests to come as their favorite
character: Claire, Niki, Sylar, H.R.G., Peter, Mohinder, Hiro, Ando. You get
On the menu:
On the hi-fi:
Heroes by David Bowie, Waitin’ for a
Superman by the Flaming Lips, Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down, The Ballad of
Barry Allen by Jim’s Big Ego. Or go traditional and grab the show’s soundtrack featuring songs by Wilco, Panic! at the Disco,
Death Cab for Cutie and many others.
So what can possibly take this party over the
top? How about if you commission artist Tim Sale, whose work
is seen throughout the series, to draw you into a huge piece of art? As a rule
he doesn’t take commissions, but let’s not kid ourselves; money talks, and his
work is amazing. Pay him a lot. Hang the art. Save the cheerleader.