I love a good quote. In the past, I’ve been known to keep a very large document with all of my favorite quotes in it. They’ve been printed out and stuck on my walls or just kept around in case I thought I needed whatever messages they contained. Some make me laugh (many of the Gilmore Girls quotes I’ve been known to sprinkle into regular conversations), some are inspiring, and sometimes some just say exactly the right thing and I treasure them forever. So today we are going to be talking about my favorite TV quote and how it relates both to me and the TV show from where it came.
We dream of hope, we dream of change, of fire, of love, of death. And then it happens; the dream becomes real, and the answer to this quest, this need to solve life’s mysteries finally shows itself like the glowing light of the new dawn. So much struggle for meaning, for purpose. And in the end, we find it only in each other. Our shared experience of the fantastic and the mundane. The simple human need to find a kindred. To connect. And to know in our hearts that we are not alone.- Mohinder Suresh (Heroes 1×23, “How to Stop an Exploding Man”)
In one (apparently unpopular) voiceover, Mohinder summed up the thesis of the first season of Heroes. The beginning of the season showed us a group of (mostly) separate individuals, connected by their powers but without knowledge of the others. As the season progressed, they slowly came together against a common enemy, culminating in a finale that finally had the group together.
Characters had met along the way, unintentionally encouraging each other in their journeys. Isaac gave Peter the tools to know how to save Claire while validating Isaac’s belief that it was his destiny to help save the world. Peter saved Claire, and in doing so, made each of them feel like they were a part of something larger. Hiro met Nathan on a few different occasions and made him feel guilty enough the last time to realize that he needed to help save the world. Mohinder found Zane/Sylar who validated the work he and his father had been working on. Not everyone will agree on this, but Mohinder gave Sylar a place to belong (under an assumed identity) for a short time.
These people were alone. They felt like they didn’t fit in with others. Through finding each other and connecting, they found their purpose. They found something they could do to make a difference. They came together and helped save New York.
This is what I loved about the first season of Heroes. It wasn’t the actual superpowers, it wasn’t each character’s origin story. It was the way that a group of different people with a shared gift could come together and do something positive. It was the way these people found a place to belong, even if it was for a short period of time. They had a moment where they knew with 100% certainty that they knew they weren’t alone, that others were fighting with them and going through the same struggles.
The idea that we find meaning and purpose in our connections with others is one that has always resonated with me. I know the difference it can make when you find a group of people who you do connect with and who make you feel like you aren’t alone. I know how much power there can be in that. Finding a kindred spirit gives you the freedom to be and express who you are and know that the other person will accept it. They make you strong. They make you feel like there is another person out there who understands how you feel and see the world. It’s a connection that makes you feel like it was always supposed to happen. It enriches your life. It’s a beautiful idea and it’s the reason I will always love Heroes more than the later quality of the show probably warrants. It gave me this quote and a way to express the way I create meaning in my life.
What are some of your favorite TV quotes? Do you tend to prefer quotes that make you laugh or make you think?