Dying of the Light Review

October 21, 2008 at 12:14 pm (Television)

Finally, I feel so bad for calling Heroes over with, and possibly even in a downward spiral, because this week’s episode was really good. The episode combined all that’s great in Heroes, and showed off what the series is capable of. There was just the right mix of action, comedy, adventure, suspense, and unexpected twists to keep the viewer entertained. Really the main focus of the episode I believe was the delving in to Pinehearst, more specifically, Arthur Petrelli. We were introduced to the patriarch last week as the head of the new company wanting to hand out powers, and this week we finally get to see what his power is. They bring in Adam Monroe, who, very surprisingly, is killed by Arthur sucking the life out of him, and his ability. Peter and Sylar had some pretty good tussles in this episode, which was fun to watch, and they even had to work together sometimes. Arthur taking all of Peter’s powers was an unexpected, yet fun twist that will be interesting to watch in the upcoming weeks. Matt is finally back in the US, and is trying to find Daphne. He almost served as a conscience to Daphne, warning her of her evil ways at Pinehearst. A lot of the comedy came from Matt, along with Hiro and Ando, who are now in Africa. The twist showing that Ando was really not dead may have been a little cheap, but it made more sense, given how quick Hiro was to kill his best friend. Hiro and Ando are now with Usutu, and after the hilarious shovel gig, are given a clearer incentive to save the world. According to his painting, killing Flint, Knox, Sylar, and Arthur are the keys to saving the world. Looks like it’s back to Hiro’s great old ways of saving the world. Mohinder betrayed some trust with Nathan and Tracy, and towards the end of the episode they’re seen in a classic duel style with their powers. One of the creepier villains, Eric Doyle devised a creepy plan that trapped Claire, Meredith, and Sandra. The whole Level 5 villain premise one week at a time is a really good one to execute every week, acting as something new. As far as story development, this one did great. Arthur’s assembling this team, which so far consists of Flint, Daphne, Knox, and Maury. It’s been shown that interest has been shown in Hiro and Matt as well. As far as what Arthur is assembling the team for, is yet to be seen. We know that he wants the alternate future, but something tells me he wants some powers, and all of these people can give them to him. He’s being very selective in that he only gets people with powers. But that’s just a theory. Overall, this was a great episode in that they’re starting to assemble the storyline, paint a clear picture of the future (some pun intended), and make it interesting, giving the story room to breathe, hopefully they’ll keep this up. 

4 out of 5



  1. The James said,

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

  2. earlman27 said,

    Yea, Heroes is great on their episode titles. Last week’s was Angels and Monsters, which didn’t carry too much weight, but the week before that was I Am Become Death, a reference to the atomic bomb. There was also the butterfly effect, the second coming, and next week’s Eris Quod Sum, which is latin for “I Am become what you are”.

  3. dragonshensi said,

    This was a great episode. Good poem btw.

  4. rcribay said,

    Do you really think Sylar is in that painting? I think it’s Papa Parkman in the upper left.

  5. earlman27 said,

    Yea, that looks a lot like Sylar in the upper left. It may not be spot on, but it’s how they’ve painted him in the past. To be honest with you I think that has to be Arthur in the upper left, the hairstyle and color is his. Plus, the two sided thing means something, it might have something to do with his eminent demise or his ability.

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