Friday, October 19, 2007

Claire Bear, Indeed

As you are probably aware, Claire Bennett on Heroes has the power of spontaneous regeneration, making her much like Wolverine, but without the claws or the adamantium-infused skeleton. I've often thought that, although other powers are more flashy or fun, hers is the best one to have, especially if you live the rather dangerous lifestyle of Heroes cast member or X-man. Not only would you be almost indestructible, but you would also reap other, less immediate benefits. First, your power would counter-act your aging, allowing you to live for over a century while maintaining a youthful appearance and fitness level, just like Wolverine. Second, you'd be immune to overtraining; you would recover from workouts very quickly, allowing you to exercise very intensely and frequently, thus reaching unparalleled levels of fitness. Cool, eh?

By the way, when I pointed out this second hidden benefit to my bride, she said, "You're a big nerd. You know that." Yes. In other news, the sky is blue, down is the direction in which gravity pulls, and pain is considered, by the majority of 18- to 34-year-old males, to hurt.


  1. Anonymous10:39 PM

    Don't worry, you're not alone. This had already occurred to me, and led to a conversation with a friend that went on far too long about how I think her ideal future profession is "female fireman".

  2. Hey, thanks for the comment.

    Wouldn't that be "firewoman"? 8-)

    How about nigh indestructible superchick.

  3. Anonymous2:59 PM

    And to expand on LabRat's, we're guilty of it as a pair too.

    You know it's a slow night on the sofa when you come to the conclusion that a character in a tv show has a very specific dating handicap.

    On the other hand, she can wear white on her wedding day and technically get away with it no matter what.

  4. You, Singray, are naughty.

  5. I think regeneration is great depending on the state you are in when you get it. If you're body repairs all damage to the state you were in at the beginning, you couldn't in fact develop more muscles. And, as in the Ann Rice vampire novels (it was years ago and I only feel a little guilty) hair cuts and shaving could be tricky. Finally, the question of developing new neural pathways could be interesting.

    I once toyed with the idea of super-hero of supreme immutability. Something on par with an embodied universal constant. I just wasn't sure if he'd fall of the planet if he was unaffected by all forces.

  6. Forgive the grammatical and spelling errors. It's not like I should know better.

  7. Hey, good point. I hadn't thought of that.