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Coolest title placement ever.

Coolest title placement ever.

No need to tinker with the title this week, Heroes had it dead on.  And, as one would expect, having a Sylarcentric episode is a good way to win me back.  Of course, they tempered that with Hiro but Sylar’s awesomeness did win out.  Upon first viewing, I wasn’t actually sure how I felt about the episode overall.  I think I was a little over the “family issues” what with my Supernatural rewatch, Lost, Veronica Mars…I thought I’d had my fill.  But on second viewing I was able to get caught up in Sylar’s struggle to find himself.  Of course, a lot of this felt like a rip off of Ben’s arc on Lost, complete with convo with dead relative seeking forgiveness.  But each of those men is special in his own way so I shan’t get overly upset about it.

It would be an interesting character study to compare Ben and Sylar, someday maybe when their arcs are complete (and both are likely dead) I can do it.  I won’t do it justice, but I’ll try.  It’s funny that last week Jerk pointed out Lost taking a shot at Heroes and this week Heroes felt like they’d borrowed a couple of Lost story lines.  Of course, few things are really original and I’m sure they’ve been done elsewhere as well, it was just interesting.  Like Desmond last season, Sylar had to find a constant in order to hold on to himself.  Or to life, in Desmond’s case.  Both men were told to find a constant by someone else, Daniel in Desmond’s case and Danko in Sylar’s.  Sylar was able to find his in his dead mother while Des found his in Penny.  That was one of the more romantic things we’ve ever seen on Lost and not quite comparable to Sylar pulling a Norman Bates and morphing back and forth between himself and momma, but it was interesting.

Sylar helped himself to a pretty power and announced his presence loudly.

Sylar helped himself to a pretty power and announced his presence loudly.

Before I get ahead of myself, I must mention the awesomeness that was this weeks title.  Sylar carving I Am Sylar into his arm with Chapter 11 above it was just made of cool.  Anyway, he woke up as Agent Taub and was none too pleased about it, so he proceeded to keep marching about town as himself.  This made Danko angry, as Sylar is supposed to be dead and not be appearing on surveillance cameras.  Sylar argued with him a little but went ahead and went after the next target on the list, Tom Martin.  He can apparently explode things just by looking at them and thinking about it.  Sylar found that pretty cool, so you can imagine what happened next.  Danko and co came in, along with Agent Taub and saw I Am Sylar written on the wall in blood.  Hilariously, Sylar as Taub says, “Look at that, what an ego.”  Hee.  Danko was not nearly as amused as I was.

Sylar did make him happy by telling him that Rebel was still in town though and giving him a lead on him.  Happily he found Micah on his own and Micah appealed to his “specialness” telling him that he and he alone could save them all.  Sylar liked that, as he’s apt to do whenever he’s told he’s special, and helped Micah get away by morphing into him and getting shot and disappearing in the water.   Danko didn’t seem too suspicious of this, though he could have been covering.  Dunno.

Sylar's constant is his not so dearly departed mother.

Sylar's constant is his not so dearly departed mother.

Sylar let Micah stay at his place wherein he got to witness the morphing between mother and son as he argued with her over letting Micah live and not knowing who he was.  I loved Micah’s “psycho!!!” expression in reaction but he was pretty calm when Sylar confronted him and told him to get out or he’d kill him.  He pointed out that Sylar could turn into Nathan Petrelli and change things and Sylar got that look on.  He found his purpose, clearly.

Sylar finds Nathan's DNA...really glad he didn't brush his teeth to morph though.

Sylar finds Nathan's DNA...really glad he didn't brush his teeth to morph though.

While hunting around Nathan’s office to find some DNA, Sylar started talking to Mom again and she told him she forgave him for killing her, he didn’t mean it.  He pointed out that he did mean it but she forgave him anyway.  He killed the only woman who ever loved him and he actually is sorry about that.  That seems to have been enough for Sylar to get his Nathan on and he finds a toothbrush and that’s done.  Nathan shows up to confront himself and Sylar talks to him about how much he hates who he is.  Nathan says it was people like him that made him go to the president but Sylar isn’t much hearing that as he is about to cut him.  Danko bursts in though and takes Nathan down with his electrodes.  Sylar is displeased and refuses to go along with Danko’s plans to turn back into Taub and go get the others.  Danko then stabs him in the head with a knife and it looks like Sylar is down for the count.

Sylar is now apparently really and truly unstoppable.

Sylar is now apparently really and truly unstoppable.

But not so much, really, because Sylar gets back up and complains about that hurting.  Danko’s a little stunned and a lot frightened in that moment, isn’t he?  Clearly, all this morphing has changed Sylar’s DNA enough that he’s no longer able to be brought down by the one accepted method of defeating him.  This would be a major problem for everyone, wouldn’t it?  I mean, he has no weakness now, right?  Other than the occasional mommy issue I guess!

I’m going to say right here and now that if Danko lives more than 5 or 10 minutes into next week I’m gonna be mad.  Sylar needs to end him, and pronto.  I don’t see him standing for Danko’s orders anymore, not now that he’s found himself again.  So he needs to off him and then do what he’s going to do.  And I still think one of those things he’s going to do is kill Nathan.  Previews of Angela’s screaming and him saying “Claire’s going to be mad at me” seem to enforce that, but we’ll see.

I could talk about the rest of the stuff that happened, but it’s pretty pointless.  Hiro is still being a dumbass and Matt seems to have forgotten all about Daphne in the wake of finding his son and ex-wife again.  Fine, whatever.  I’m glad he’s going to rejoin the fight though, interested to see what is coming for him based on some of Grunberg’s comments.  I am not remotely interested in the interview in which Fuller said that Hiro was going to have some major arc next year though.  That just ruined my day.  They need to kill him and move on.  I am so tired of that useless buffoon at this point.

I don’t want to ruin my mood talking about him though.  I also had to laugh at Mohinder being captured right where we left him, in the dark looking through stuff at his dad’s old concentration camp.  I know that’s not what it really exactly was but that’s what it looked like and kinda what it became, so there you go.  Poor Mohinder, so pretty and still so very dim.  He didn’t even react!  God.  I really am quite grateful that my future is not in the heroes hands!  HRG and Angela and Claire were all taken in as well.  Looks like only Peter, Matt, Hiro and Ando are free.  Doom.

Next week we get to see the Sylar/Claire thing play out, which should be interesting, and also see if Nathan can get to the president before Sylar does.  I’m sure he will, but I still think he’ll die.  Not that I don’t like him, I just think he’s going to be the sacrifice Mohinder was yammering about at the end of the episode.  He started it and he’ll finish it but I don’t think he’ll live to see it end.  That’s my prediction.  I usually suck at these things but we’ll know soon enough!

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