Eugene Cho

heroes the tv show

Okay, I get it.  I’ve been rolling my eyes every time someone mentions how much they enjoy the TV series called Heroes.  I own a TV but dislike watching  shows.  In fact, I don’t watch any TV shows with the exception of ESPN Sports Center and the local news.  Yet, I enjoy my TV because I’m a voracious consumer of DVDS – foreign films [particularly Asian cinema], new releases, and documentaries galore.  While I’m curious about the shows on TV, I simply can’t stand watching them because of something called COMMERCIALS.  I hate commercials.

But the past two weeks, I’ve been renting the first season of Heroes on DVD and I’m mesmerized.  Wow!  Things have changed since my fixation of the 80s show called Greatest American Hero.  Anyone remember that?

If you’re a fan of TV shows, visit BuddyTV.  This company, based in Seattle, know and love their TV.  So, for future DVD rentals, what TV shows should I be renting?  What’s worth my time and WHY?


Filed under: entertainment,

33 Responses

  1. Lost, my friend, Lost. Other than Heroes, its my only other weekly show.

  2. pdxWoman says:

    i am a dvd freak. i own more than 40 seasons of tv shows and over 250 movies. i never watch a commercial; i don’t even get tv reception.

    taste in entertainment (tv / movies / music) is so personal it is nearly impossible to make a recommendation. especially since we don’t know each other. but, i was excited to be FIRST, so here’s my list…

    watch: firefly (great pastor in this one); dead like me; west wing
    over rated: lost; boondocks

    take it or leave it: if you like greg grunberg (of heroes) and mindless tv, alias is okay (except the last season).

  3. pdxWoman says:

    well, i spent too long replying and john beat me to 1st…

    and we clearly disagree on lost…

  4. Dexter is worth watching – it’s a show about a serial killer who works in a police forensics lab – however he’s been trained by his adoptive father only to harm other killers. The humour’s sharp, and like a lot of the better TV shows these days, each episode builds toward a tense finale full of surprises. Highly recommended.

  5. Ragamuffin280 says:

    I have to agree that Lost is overrated. West Wing is definitely a show to check out, as well as the 13-episode series Firefly and accompanying movie Serenity (watch the series first). Also, try Boston Legal and Prison Break.

  6. Ben C says:

    ENTOURAGE ON HBO – Game over

  7. alex oh says:

    I would go with Ragamuffin’s recommendation for Firefly. Although short and cancelled before being completed, it was a great show.

    Jericho is another good one.

  8. yung says:


    “Would I rather be feared or loved? Um… Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me” – Michael Scott

  9. JB says:

    Heros is the only show both Vince and I like. We watch it from the NBC website on a laptop after the kids are down. Very cozy. Just a few ads and we hit the mute button. Free and no late fees.

    PE, I know you didn’t like the fact that one of the only asian male characters on prime time tv couldn’t speak English (at first), but you’ve got to admit that Hiro is a great character! YATTA!

    My other two shows are Ugly Betty (also watched when convenient from the ABC website) and Project Runway, but something tells me you wouldn’t enjoy them!


  10. rexhamilton says:

    “Believe it or not, I’m walking on air…” -I remember many times being in elemetary school, watching Great American Hero!

    Rent the Fox series-Arrested Development…should never have been pulled so quickly from tv!

  11. e cho says:

    JB: Hiro is a great character. I’m really speechless about Heroes. It’s so well done. But I’m thinking that you’re missing out a little on the visual impact by watching Heroes on the laptop. Well, you gotta do what you gotta do.

    John: I did catch the first season of Lost [a weekly later via someone’s recording] – mainly because I was so intrigued by Daniel Dae Kim and YunJin Kim as part of primary cast. That was simply unheard of. But after that first season, I just couldn’t follow it anymore. They “lost” me…

  12. young chang says:

    Would agree on the recommendation for West Wing. We have seasons 1-5 if you’d like to borrow. =) Great writing, comedic timing all in a drama format that actually makes you hopeful about politics, my first love.

  13. Ryanbd says:

    Maybe it’s not as good as I think it is ‘cuz nobody has mentioned it, but I love “30 Rock”. It’s such a collection of great caricatures of the characters. I think it might finally be the successor to Seinfeld…big words, I know.

    I’m disappointed to hear you didn’t hang with Lost. Especially on DVD. I’m down the rabbit hole on that one and anxiously awaiting its return. The Office is the other of the three we’re committed to. Dwight Shrute (Seattle actor plays him) is The Man:

    Dwight Schrute: In the wild, there is no health care. In the wild, health care is, ‘Ow, I hurt my leg. I can’t run. A lion eats me. I’m dead.’ Well, I’m not dead. I’m the lion. You’re dead.

    Dwight Schrute: The problem, Jim, is that people who are really suffering from a medical condition won’t receive the care they need because someone in this office is coming up with ridiculous stuff. Count Choculitis….Why did you write that down, Jim? Is it because you know I love Count Chocula?

  14. Ryanbd says:

    Ok, one more from Dwight:

    Mr. Brown: At Diversity Today, we believe it’s very easy to be a hero. All you need are honesty, empathy, respect, and open-mindedness.
    Dwight Schrute: Ah, excuse me? I’m sorry, but that’s not all it takes to be a hero.
    Mr. Brown: Great, well, what is a hero to you?
    Dwight Schrute: A hero kills people, people that wish him harm. A hero is part human and part supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma, or out of a disaster, that must be avenged.
    Mr. Brown: Uh, you’re thinking of a superhero.
    Dwight Schrute: We all have a hero in our heart.

  15. Brad VW says:

    Hey from Illinois, enjoy the site!
    or some good crime drama that hasn’t been ruined like extra CSI’s and Law and Orders, I would go for Bones (great character interaction and relationships), Numbers (good stories, good math, and good family dynamics), and some criminal minds (although it can be a little extreme, it also has good characters)
    Don’t forget about the Simpsons either.
    After Home starts the church on fire with a model rocket he and Bart built, Marge comes out and says, “Homer this is the worst thing you have ever done!”
    Homer replies, “Marge, you say that so often, it has lost all meaning.”

  16. david says:

    down with the TV industry! sorry, buddytv… 🙂

    every year around this time i feel the pressure to buy a tv, but then i watch some and i remember why we got rid of ours 3.5 years ago. i’m still tempted by the technology, and think i might cave within the next 2 years, but we’ll see…

    until these statistics change, i sleep better at night knowing i’m resisting the matrix…

  17. jack says:

    dude, greatest american hero is one of the coolest tv shows ever made. i love that theme song. thanks for reviving that memory…

  18. jessica hong says:

    first of all, amazing that the tv blog warranted so many comments. 🙂

    i have TWO essentials: freaks & geeks and flight of the concord. they’ll change your life. quotable quotes out the yin-yang.

  19. worinld says:

    tivo/dvr. man’s best friend, tv execs/advertiser’s worst nightmare. but why rent, when you can just dvr and watch?

  20. Matt Chism says:

    Wouldn’t be right if I didn’t throw in Battlestar Galactica into the mix- at least the new revisioned version. It’s truly epic, especially the first and second season; Nevermind the robots, its main concern is humanity and our continual repetitions of sin. It’s actually had some of the most poignant writing I’ve ever seen on a tv drama- they won a Peabody Award last year for excellence in fictional writing. Plus, if you watch it on DVD, there are no commercials or pesky cable fees. It’s my “other” show (other than Heroes).

  21. SolShine7 says:

    “Friday Night Lights” (NBC) – The tales of smalltown Texas through the eyes of a high school football team and its coach will make you think about the simple things like love, friendship and hope…but then it’s never really that simple at all.

    “Lincoln Heights” (ABC Family) – On the streets of L.A. life isn’t as always glamourous. Lincoln Heights tells the story of a black cop who decides to give up his comfy life in the suburbs and moves his family back to the ‘hood of his youth giving them all a chance to make make a postive difference. This show SHOULD have gotten a Golden Globe nod…shame on them!

    “Chuck” (NBC) – Somehow, Chuck makes a computer geek look really, really cool. There’s plenty of cheesy spy action going on, but like magic…it just works.

    And then there’s my PBS favorites: Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose and [i]ndependent Lens.

  22. Blake says:

    Gotta agree with Chism on BSG. It’s an awesomly epic show. Those Psylons are tricky little buggers.

  23. e cho says:

    Some very interesting suggestions.

    But, I’m surprised no one’s mentioned “24.” Maybe folks are getting tired of Jack Bauer.

  24. Dan H says:

    All the above suggestions are good stuff. But for those with patience for detail, and willingness to be challenged with the ambiguities of real life, The Wire is the best thing to come on television in maybe forever. Start renting DVDs now.

  25. insipid "g" says:

    i would have to vote w/ Gerard McGarry above… DEXTER on showtime RULES!

  26. pdxWoman says:

    never watched 24 — never sounded interesting to me; in fact, it sounded dumb.

    thought you might appreciate the humor of this website, which you may already know about… … written by Christians with a sense of humor about the Christian religion. this month’s issue contains an article about James Kim, a Korean-American pastor who *gasp* speaks only english and doesn’t know any martial arts…

  27. Rebecca says:

    Ooh, Firefly is a definite favorite, as is Wonderfalls, another short-lived but fantabulous show.

    I’ve never liked 24 or Lost, and so far I have resisted Heroes, although I might get sucked in as well. I did get hooked on Ugly Betty recently.

    Personally, I have rented so many Korean TV drams over the past year it’s scary. Minhee and I should compare notes.

  28. gar says:

    Big echoes on Firefly (it ended too soon…) and (the new) Battlestar Galactica. Watch the BSG miniseries and the first episode of the first season, “33”… if you’re not hooked after seeing “33” (arguably one of the greatest episodes of the series), then you probably won’t like BSG.

    For sitcom / comedy, the wifey has made me a fan of “How I Met Your Mother”. The episodes are short (~20minutes) and NPH’s character is hilarious.

  29. e cho says:

    ok, i’m sold. who’s got the Battle Star Balactica on DVD i can borrow?

  30. psyche says:

    I like Heroes!!! I like the story and the twist…The power that every heroes possess is absolutely amazing…I like the Cheer Leader more than anyone there…

  31. […] got responses:  Please Stop Dancing [Glad to know that we have some readers from the ’80s!]; Heroes the TV show [Who knew people loved their TV so […]

  32. Alison W says:

    A new batch of Heroes is coming to NBC in summer 2015 called Heroes: Reborn. I hope it’s as good as season 1!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

stuff, connect, info

One Day’s Wages

My Instagram

"He Makes All Things New." In other words, Christ is our eternal hope. I'm sitting in my swinging bench on the comforts of my front porch after an exhilarating and exhausting day at church. It never gets tiring, stale, or old to preach and proclaim the good news of the Gospel - not just on Resurrection Sunday but every week as we gather as the body of Christ.

But it was this picture of Coptic Christians in Egypt pouring into churches on Easter Sunday that deeply moved my heart...just a week after two churches were bombed by ISIS terrorists taking 45 lives and injuring hundreds.

Even in the face of persecution and suffering, I'm so grateful for the witness of these sisters and brothers in Christ. May they be comforted and strengthened...and wherever you are reading this post, stay encouraged. Be faithful and steadfast. Don't give up. May we keep running the race set before us as we fix our eyes on Christ.

It's not just there. It's all over the world...God is still at work. The Holy Spirit is still moving. God is not yet done. There's only one explanation: 
Christ has risen! He has risen, indeed! Jesus is alive! Hallelujah! #OneChurch Remember, there is no Resurrection without the Crucifixion; No Easter Sunday without Passion Friday; No empty tomb without the Cross.

So, before we move too swiftly to the celebration of the risen Christ, may we sit at the foot of the Cross...and consider the depths of His sacrifice and love. "Oh, what love is this..." Just when we think we get what it means to follow Him, Jesus washes the feet of His disciples including...the one He knew would betray Him,

and the one that would deny him,

and the others that would abandon Him in His greatest need.

What amazing love.
What amazing grace. Oh. What. Amazing. Grace. M(inhee) + E(ugene). Not taking anything for granted. 20 years = 7300 days = 175,200 hours. A flourishing  marriage doesn't just happen. The idea that two Christians who choose to get married will produce a Christ honoring marriage is a gigantic myth. Its also extremely dangerous. The truth is that it takes so much intentionality and work. Intimacy definitely includes physical touch but is not only about physical touch. We have to pray, read, listen, learn, mutually submit, confess, forgive, repent, laugh, dream, rest, play, and the list goes on.

In other words, we have to keep Christ at the center because it's inevitable, there's a lot of messing up. So much messing up. It's both beautiful and painful and without grace, it's impossible.

Grateful. Thank you, Jesus, for your grace. And thank you, Minhee...

my tweets

  • Take heart. Press on. Be encouraged. Christ is still risen. || 1 day ago
  • It's not Easter. Crowds may be smaller. But may we preach the Gospel w/ deep conviction; That we truly believe that the tomb is still empty. || 1 day ago
  • Looking for a church in Seattle? Join us tomorrow to hear a word from this woman of God. The tomb is still empty!… || 1 day ago
  • The degradation of our environment impacts all but the reality is that poor communities suffer most...perpetuating the injustice of poverty. || 1 day ago
  • Caring for God's creation should always be part of our stewardship. In other words, it's not optional but an essential part of discipleship. || 1 day ago
  • Fantastic @CTmagazine piece about @gailsongbantum, Executive Pastor @SeattleQuest. Inspired by her story/leadership:… || 3 days ago