This week’s Heroes directly followed up last week’s “It’s Coming” with more of a “It’s Here”, and the results… are mixed, but ultimately satisfying. This episode was one of those actually really satisfying “This person’s here… this one’s here…” effort, with a lot of characters in a lot of different places. Matt and Daphne were in Kansas along with Hiro and Ando, and were coping with the Eclipse in their own ways. Hiro, in the mind of a 10 year old, almost smartly came off as a Sensei to Matt, inspired by his preteen mind. Matt had difficulty coping without his abilities, and when finally confronting the hiding Daphne, was shocked along with therest of the audience that she had a handicap before her powers, ultimately re-emerging during the Eclipse. Initially I really disliked this plot choice, but after thinking over it (and reading the new novel) I kinda likethe choice, it allows the viewer to feel some sympathy for her character, even if it’s a really haphazard move, which is what I didn’t like originally. At the end of the episode, Hiro and Ando met up with my new favorite characters, Seth Green and Breckin Meyer, who, even though they only had two lines of dialogue, look to bring some humor and life into the finale. Peter and Nathan were also on a mission this week to go find the Haitian, and they ran into some trouble once the Eclipse took their powers, and Nathan is taken captive by Samedi. It looks like Peter and The Haitian will be on a classic mission next week to rescue him. The sibling squabbles between the two were fun, but, like a lot of the rest of the season, some of the conflicts and arguments just didn’t really make sense. Probably the best storyline though was that between Sylar, Elle, Claire, and Mr. Bennet. Bennet was training Claire, and Sylar and Elle came in to break up the fun. Watching all the Heroes try to use their powers, then shift to just regular old gunplay and slow motion was really interesting to see. Both Sylar and Claire having to face the fact they no longer had powers proved to be a unique concept.However, once again, the writers create this spur of the moment make out between Sylar and Elle, which, like a lot of other choices, didn’t make too much sense. Now Claire’s dying, and it looks to be a big focus next week. Despite any poor choices in writing, the episode did contain a lot of fun action and story developments, which was really this episode’s highlight. Hopefully next week’s episode can turn some things around, get the story tidied up, and start to organize things for the upcoming war between the Heroes and the Villains.
It’s really become clear what the big problem this season is. It’s not too fast of a story, it’s just that the story’s not well thought out. Character choices aren’t as clear, decisions are thoughtless, and it just doesn’t seem like the writers know as much as they use to when they’re writing these supposedly 15 episode arcs. Maybe they can get things under control and get Heroes where it needs to be, a cool, thoughtful superhero storyline.
4 out of 5