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A good way to win me over, tight white shirts and Peter Petrelli.  A better way would be to get the shirt off completely.

A good way to win me over, tight white shirts and Peter Petrelli. A better way would be to get the shirt off completely.

I made the title a question for which I have no answer this early.  Definitely not yet though.  A few intriguing things are happening that are enough to keep me tuning in, beyond the pretty (of which there was much!).  I don’t feel like doing a recap of 2 hours worth of show because you know, that’s a lot of effort and my brain can’t handle that.  Instead, we’ll go back to my tried and true list of things I liked and things I didn’t.  I’m sure I’ll forget some stuff but I’ll do my best to cover the whole thing.

Things I didn’t like:

  • It looks to be the year of Hiro.  He was ALL OVER the first two episodes, young him and current him.  The good news is he’s supposedly dying.  The bad news is, someone will probably heal him just to thwart me.  My money is on Mohinder, because you know he can only be smart when it sucks for him to be so.
  • Tracy being alive and well and possibly partnering with HRG.  I could totally handle it if that partnership were to be nothing but a partnership but you know that bitch is getting naked soon.  Probably with HRG, thus decooling him in a major way.  I am not pleased.
  • The rise of Janice and Matt’s total memory loss when it comes to his love of a lifetime with Daphne.  He remembers her dalliances but not his own.  It irritates me.  The writers brought on all these new characters, let’s not pretend that they never existed.
  • Danko’s death.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with him dying, but dying at the hands of Zorro?  He was Sylar’s to kill, dammit.
  • Hiro getting some time traveling skills back.  I don’t know if he can go anywhere but the carnival, but his new purpose of going back in time and making life better for people just annoys me.  Stop trying to force that character down our throats.  What happened to Hiro of season 1?
  • Ando/Hiro’s sister getting together.  Tripp said it best when we IMed through the show, if she hated him for a zillion years because Hiro spilled Ando’s slushy on her, then the bitch doesn’t deserve Ando now.  Tripp didn’t say bitch, but I will.  Also, is that the same actress?  I remember her as being way prettier but maybe I’m wrong.
  • The carnival itself.  I’m afraid of clowns…not like screaming afraid but I do not like them.  AT ALL.  Every time they cut to the carnival I wait to see a freaky clown appear, even worse, a freaky clown with some kind of powers.  When that happens (and you know it will just to hurt me) I will be here screaming about it.  Take that to the bank.

    What is this chick's power?  Shirtless fortune telling?

    What is this chick's power? Shirtless fortune telling?

  • The new people and their weird new powers.  I don’t know that I don’t like them, yet, but I don’t know that I do.  I mean, what is up with tattoo girl?  Samuel inks her and she comes up with faces and tells him of their importance to the carnival?  What the hell is her power?  I don’t really get Samuel’s either, I guess he’s just a Magic Ink Man?

    Uh...Claire could do way better, even if she is annoying.

    Uh...Claire could do way better, even if she is annoying.

  • Claire’s future lesbian lover.  Um…how do I say this without sounding like a superficial bitch?  Hmm…well screw it, I am one.  Chick is homely.  Claire is many annoying things but ugly she is not.  If she’s going to go girl, she could go better.  New girl seems psycho stalkery too…she probably killed Annie so she could room with and seduce Claire.  Freaky.
  • Not enough Sylar.  What, you know that will be a major complaint of mine until they demorph him!
Peter was very pretty.

Peter was very pretty.

Things I liked:

  • Peter…oh yes, I liked Peter.  Peter in his tight white shirt, Peter in his uniform, Peter with the ninja skills.  Milo was looking damn good last night and I appreciated it every time.  And I’m not gonna lie, when he went Ninja on Zorro, (I do not know that guys name so he has been dubbed) I squeed.  It was a beautiful thing.

    Elle! Sob!

    Elle! Sob!

  • Nathan noticing something was not quite right with his powers.  I loved the little bit of Elle’s power we got to see, though I would love it more if she were NOT DEAD!

    Hello mother!  Angela seeing Sylar in Nathan is going to be fun.

    Hello mother! Angela seeing Sylar in Nathan is going to be fun.

  • Angela seeing Sylar in her mind when she’s with Nathan.  That’s going to be fun to watch unfold until Sylar is back for good.
  • Claire’s hair.  Marked improvement without the wig.  I’d still be happy if she failed to exist, but since that’s not an option at least her wig won’t be sending me into fits of rage this year.
  • No Mohinder.  I don’t know if he’s still in the desert trying to right his father’s wrongs but less drain brain on the scene is always a good thing.
  • Samuel himself.  Yeah, I’m not sure about the carnival thing but I found Samuel to be rather compelling.  I have no idea what his deal is and why he’s interested in Hiro and the Petrelli’s (thanks to tattoo girl) but I am intrigued.

    If Matt insanity is the only way I get to see Sylar, bring it on.

    If Matt insanity is the only way I get to see Sylar, bring it on.

  • Parkman’s decent into madness or the darkside.  Tripp wasn’t happy with the Sylar involvement here but I was…firstly, I get to see him, so you know, happy me.  Secondly, he’s not Sylar.  He’s a figment of Matt’s screwed up mind.  He’s feeling crappy about what he did and he’s projecting Syler into all these situations, from kidnapping his baby to rehab.  Watching Matt freak out in front of all the other addicts cracked me up, as did him being at an addiction meeting for his mind control issues.  I think Matt has the coolest power this side of Sylar and Peter and it’s the one I would take if I couldn’t have them all.  And no lie, I’d use that stuff and I’d probably go darkside myself with it.  I think it’s gonna be fun.

    Best. News. Ever.

    Best. News. Ever.

  • Hiro is dying.  I know it probably won’t actually happen but I’ll cling to the hope all year long.  Yes, I have issues.

I think that hits the big highlights for me.  I really don’t know what is happening with the carnival but I am looking forward to Peter/Samuel interaction.  The fact that the broken compass worked for Peter has to mean something, though what I do not know.  Hopefully HRG will get dragged in with the Petrelli’s and I can truly enjoy a storyline for awhile.  I loved that Nathan reached out to Peter for help with his outta control powers and want to see if anything transpires there too.  And Momma…she’s gonna pay the piper eventually for what she did.  Angela vs. Sylar will be fascinating.

I loved this ninja knife fight scene between Peter and Zorro.  More please.

I loved this ninja knife fight scene between Peter and Zorro. More please.

The murder on campus stuff interests me a bit, unless it is the psycho future lesbian lover.  Then all bets are off.  The adventures of Hiro going back to right the wrongs has me petrified but hopefully enough other stuff will be going on to get me through.

I’ll be back next week, hopefully with plenty more pretty pictures of Peter and Sylar.  You know that’s what I’m really in it for, right?

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Fake Sylar burns, brought a flashback of my Elle.  Sigh.

Fake Sylar burns, brought a flashback of my Elle. Sigh.

So, we had Heroes season finale.  Did it live up to the hype? It really depends upon how you look at it and where they take it from here.  I was left highly annoyed and unmoved and irritated.  It’s not like I can’t see the great story line potential we were left with, but nothing Heroes has done lately gives me faith that that’s what will happen.  There was so much I hated about An Invisible Thread episode, one thing I truly loved, and one thing that I could learn to love with reservations.  Let’s start with the bad:

Repulsive.  Do not go there.

Repulsive. Do not go there.

Sylar/Claire

No, no, 1000 times no!  One of the good things about the Sylar situation that will be discussed in complete detail is that now Claire can’t get with him.  Kinda hard to when he’s encased in her birth father.  Or morphed into, however you want to say it.  Having to endure those scenes where Sylar was talking about how they could be meant to be together and pushing and pulling for a thousand years just sickened me.  I get his logic but I am not on bored.  Claire sucks, he rocks.  Elle was the perfect twisted woman for him and he killed her.  And if he could/would kill Claire, I would probably be okay with it.  But he can’t and thus, no.  Baby Noah better not come to be…I’ve worried about that since hearing his name and seeing Sylar caring for Mr. Muggles and now it feels like they really will go there some day.  Claire better change quite a bit if that’s ever to be tolerated.

Hiro got to be a hero again, insert rolling eyes here.

Hiro got to be a hero again, insert rolling eyes here.

Hiro

As usual, Hiro annoyed the crap out of me.  He was actually useful when he kept HRG from getting drugged by Danko, but I took issue with that as well.  HRG would not turn his back on or trust that guy, not after all he’s seen him do.  So he should never have been in that position.  Of course my main issue with Hiro was that he lived.  I had high hopes that the bleeding might result in his unexpected delightful death but no.  Sigh.

Surprise, Ali Larter is naked again.

Surprise, Ali Larter is naked again.

Tracy

I knew she was coming back but really?  We have to bring her back as a dripping wet naked assassin?  Does Ali Larter have a sex clause in her contract?  Why can we not get rid of this character/actress?  And now she’s killing people?  What?  Is she our big bad for next season, cause that will drive me away from the show.  She’s not qualified to stand in Sylar’s shadow, let alone become sort of evil genius.  I have thought of one potential use for her though, if she’s exacting revenge for her captivity, perhaps she’s going to come after Nathan.  She’ll try to kill him, they’ll figure out he’s unkillable and Sylar just may awaken inside.  And, to be honest, though I dislike her, she and Zachary Quinto could bring some major heat to the screen.  So I could deal, as long as it brings back real Sylar.

Matt makes Sylar think he's Nathan.

Matt makes Sylar think he's Nathan.

Angela/HRG/Matt

Oh you tricky, tricky people.  Can Matt’s mind mojo really be a permanent and forever thing?  Will doing what he did eat him up inside and turn him darker?  Will he relent and release my Sylar for me if I ask nicely?  I guess I don’t really understand why this move was necessary.  Now that Peter can morph, couldn’t they try to convince him to play Nathan when required?  I guess he’d probably refuse and he’d be too choked up over his brother’s death to agree to such a thing, so maybe it makes sense.  I just am not that happy about the situation.  I think it’ll be fun to watch Angela and HRG interact with “Nathan” and I did enjoy her face when he was fascinated by the clocks incorrect time at the end.  The little things will be beautiful to watch.

Another interesting thing is that when/if this comes out, they’re in deep shit with their loved ones.  How do you think Peter and Claire are going to react when they find out that they tricked Sylar into playing Nathan and lied to them for however many days, weeks, months it goes down?  I think it could go a long way toward bringing out my bitter future Peter, actually, which I am totally fine with.  I just think it’ll have a ripple effect on their lives in a way they’re not anticipating, which admittedly makes for good show.

It's scary when your puppet comes back to life, isn't it Danko?

It's scary when your puppet comes back to life, isn't it Danko?

Danko

At first I was quite put out that Sylar didn’t end him right after taking the knife out of his head.  How cool is that Sylar still has an “off switch” but he can move it around thanks to his morphing, by the way?  Anyway, I was pleased when Sylar shifted into Danko and killed some of his men and then shifted back into the agent to arrest him.  That’s probably an even worse punishment for a man like Danko anyway, to be branded a traitor and a killer.  Of course, HRG and he formed their momentary truce and last we saw Danko was drugged, so who knows what has become of him?  I’m glad that he’s still alive now because he has some interesting gray potential to explore, should they decided to.

And on to the good:

The moment of the night, equal power face to face, and such pretty faces they are.

The moment of the night, equal power face to face, and such pretty faces they are.

Peter

Pretty, powerful Peter is back!!!  Words cannot express my joy when Peter announced his plan to touch Sylar and get his powers so he’d be able to actually take him on, followed by the announcement that he’d done it.  I would like to express some irritation that the majority of the fight scene consisted of Claire standing outside a door with blue flashes illuminating her though.  What, the effects were too much?  I was a little pleased that Sylar was using Elle’s power, it felt like kind of a tribute to his missing woman, but why didn’t I get to see it?

Even better than Peter getting Sylar’s powers was what he did with them though.  Sylar killing the press secretary and waltzing happily into the limo and shaking hands with the president and having nothing happen?  Worlds of awesome.  Well something did happen, he morphed into Nathan and himself and various others but he didn’t turn into the president, then Prez morphs himself into Peter, face to face with Sylar and he jams him with the drug.  Beautiful.  Awesome.  We needed to have an equal to Sylar or else there’s really never any true chance of him losing in the end, so they best keep it that way.  I don’t care if he’s too powerful, I like it and I want it that way.  They have to give me something, don’t they?

And to the potentially terrible or incredible:

Dead Nathan.

Dead Nathan.

Sylar as Nathan

I won’t lie to you, my initial reaction was straight up anger at this situation.  I questioned why they were doing it, why they felt the need to keep Adrian Pasdar around (he’s the Ali Larter of the men apparently) and why they’d shelve Zachary Quinto indefinitely.  I mean, how many of us are watching this program just to see him at this point?  They’ll keep me around with powerful Peter but damned if I don’t want his villainous equal on the other side.  So, I was filled with rage, to the point that I couldn’t sleep.  Yep, I was still up at 2.  If I’d given into temptation and written this blog last night it would have been filled with a lot less optimism and a lot more expletives.  But I thought about it and I see how very delicious it could be.

Our favorite serial killer isn't too far buried, it seems.

Our favorite serial killer isn't too far buried, it seems.

As I mentioned above, there’s the possibility that Tracy could go after Nathan and bring out Sylar.  He’s in there, we know that based upon him knowing that clock was incorrect and being fascinated by it.  So we get to wait and anticipate the moment that the fascinating killer returns.  Will Matt’s control diminish, will he slip, will he be racked with guilt and admit something to Peter?  Many ways to go there as well.

When he comes back, not if, families are going to be ripped apart by the lies.  No way does Peter forgive Angela for not telling him that his beloved brother died.  Ditto for Claire with Daddy #1 and Daddy #2.  There is a lot of potential to be mined, even if I don’t like not seeing Sylar’s face week in and week out.

Do I think they’ll go to the depths this story could have?  I hope so, HRG and Angela in particular would rock the story.  I don’t know that I trust them to do it, but the potential will keep me watching.  Nathan’s death could take Peter a lot darker very quickly.  That I would really love.  So, I’ve talked myself down some and I will be back next season, hoping that my favorite character returns quickly to go head to head with my other favorite.  Such pretty.  I hope this is not an error of epic proportions, but I guess we won’t know that until the fall.

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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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Two Dankos?  I'd rather have two Sylars!

Two Dankos? I'd rather have two Sylars!

Well, I knew this shape shifting business was going to confuse me, I was prepared for it, but I wasn’t prepared for it to be quite so soon and quite so frequently.  I think I have it figured out now, but I hope that Sylar dials back on it some, if only because I miss seeing his pretty face when he’s busy being other people!  Not a win!  I think I’m going to go back to my tried and true list of what I liked and what I didn’t this week because I thought this episode was a bit of a mixed bag, probably helped by the return of Hiro and Mohinder to the forefront.  Never good for me, those two!  On to the list!

Noah really lost it this episode.

Noah really lost it this episode.

What I liked:

  • The chapter title being on the body bag carrying faux Sylar.  That was a nice effect.
  • HRG being suspicious of Danko.  I’m glad that he didn’t buy into dead Sylar at all.  He wouldn’t be HRG if he didn’t test the theory.
  • Vengeful Matt.  Oh yes, it was good to see that guy again, taking charge and attempting to kick ass.  Of course he stuck at the point when it came to killing the girlfriend, but he wouldn’t be Matt if he had killed her.  Still loved him working the mind control on Danko and ferreting out his girlfriend and telling her of his lies.
  • While I may have gotten a little overtired of all Sylar’s disguises, I did enjoy his joy in each one.  The hubris he showed as Danko, the attitude he gave Sandra with her divorce papers…Sylar characteristics leaked out and that was cool.
  • Okay, the face that Ando had to make to make baby Matt Parkman happy did amuse me.
  • Coyote Sands.  Well we have a direction that most everybody is headed at least.  HRG, the Petrelli’s, I assume Parkman and Hiro and Mohinder.  Maybe, just maybe they’re all going to go come together and figure things out!  I can hope!
  • HRG holding the gun on Sandra thinking that she was still Sylar.  I kinda loved that it took Lyle calling with a Mr. Muggles related question in order for him to be convinced that it was his wife he had a gun on.  Of course, by then it was too late and she didn’t want to talk to him anymore, but that was well done.  HRG really was awesome the whole episode running the gamut of emotions.  I was very impressed.
  • Matt using mind control on Danko to make him tell Elana that he was lying about his whole life; loved watching him fight doing it but not being able to.  And I loved her realizing that he was willing to watch her die before giving up his hunt.
  • Hiro stopping the bullet from killing Parkman.  So, he has his uses from time to time, if he does more stuff like that I might grow to like him again.
  • Well, at least we have parallels.  Everybody’s losing their love.  Danko, Parkman and HRG…poetic justice I guess.
  • HRG pretending to be Sylar and giving Danko his files as a test to prove that he knew about Sylar.  While it messed further with my head, I enjoyed HRG’s brief moment of power and control.  Didn’t last for long though!
  • Matt meeting his son.  It was cute.  I’m a sucker for dads and their babies, so this one was easy.  But…I’d have liked to see him ask some questions there, instead of just accepting it.
  • Good move on Sylar faking being really and truly dead and making the ninja’s think that HRG had murdered one of their own.  I did love his telling Danko that he squeezed out some extra blood for show.
  • Sylar’s irritation at nearly being killed, coupled with him spitting out the bullet.  At least this week Danko showed he was thinking on his feet more again.  After Sylar was shot and he pretended not to know what HRG was talking about, it was a good move.
  • Danko and HRG leaving messages to their non-receptive women at almost the same time.  Again, nice parallel.  I don’t know that Sandra/HRG are done forever but Elana seems to have come to her senses anyway.
  • HRG is reunited with Claire.  I may not like her, but he does and he clearly needs her right now, so I guess that’s good, since we’ll never be without her.
Matt Parkman meets Matt Parkman.

Matt Parkman meets Matt Parkman.

What I disliked:

  • I said it above but it bears repeating, Sylar was Danko, Sandra and some random ninja dude this episode.  That’s too much.  Trying to figure out who was whom hurt my head, hence the blog title!
  • Baby hijinks.  You knew it was coming.  I’m thankful that Parkman has met his son if only to keep Hiro and Ando off babysitting duty for too long.
  • Promise me an Angela episode and then just give me a teaser at the end?  Not cool.
  • Japanese Texas Truckers.  It’s like they tried to figure out someone more annoying than Hiro.  They succeeded.  Kudos.  Of course he was around less, so he was less bothersome.
  • I don’t like to see HRG lose his mind the way he did but I did think it was well done.  I’m glad he’s headed to Angela and co.
  • Angela making them dig up the bodies instead of just telling us whatever happened at Coyote Sands.  I mean, it’s clear as day that people with powers were killed there, so why not just spit it out?  I guess we have to wait until next week.
Can you blame baby Parkman for crying with these two in charge of his well being?

Can you blame baby Parkman for crying with these two in charge of his well being?

So that was that.  I guess I weighed more in on the liked side than disliked, I just found the episode a little confusing with the many faces of Sylar.  On rewatch, it was easier to tell when it was him, of course, I knew that this time around, but I would say clues are given in body language and attitude.  I can learn to deal with it, I guess, but I hope they don’t overuse it.

All politicians have skeletons buried in their closet, guess it's fitting that Nathan should have to dig some up.

All politicians have skeletons buried in their closet, guess it's fitting that Nathan should have to dig some up.

Things are finally coming together, heroes are uniting and with only 3 episodes left for the year, that needed to happen.  I’m looking forward to whatever Angela might deign to reveal to us next week.  I love the woman but she drives me insane.  Still, I think we’re going to get something at least!  I look forward to it.

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The true leader of the Heroes!

The true leader of the Heroes!

So there was a lot of hype going into last night’s Heroes:  Bryan Fuller was back and the show was going to return to form!  Strike up the band and roll out the red carpet!  Well a funny thing happened on the way to the celebration; the episode totally fell flat for me.  Now I will say that part of it could have been the inclusion of all of my least favorite characters, minus Claire, and the absence of my faves but for a brief appearance by Peter.  I make allowances that that might have factored into my lack of excitement with the episode.  Still, though, I thought it was much ado about nothing.

We found out that Micah is indeed Rebel, long specced by most of the Heroes watching population.  I’m not disappointed by this, I was glad to see the kid again though he’s turned into Walt from Lost.  The Heroes need him on their side since he’s smarter than all of them combined.  Still, the reveal fell flat for me because of the focus on Tracy making herself bait and leading HRG to Rebel.  You knew darn well that she would sacrifice herself to save Micah so there was no surprise factor.  I did like the ice illusion and Danko shooting her and shattering her, but since she winked I figure she’s not really dead and will be back.  That sucks.  I am quite done with her and have been from the get go.

In other death news, Daphne finally bit it.  What was the point of all that really?  Matt gets her out of the facility and takes her to a doctor but she dies anyway?  I was completely flummoxed by her waking up and acting like she and Parkman didn’t have that relationship we never got to see and then the Paris thing.  Luckily when he started flying I realized he was planting stuff in her head (tho why would he plant the relationship was nothing part?)  I guess the dance in the sky over Paris was pretty in a very cheesy way, I just don’t get why they went ahead and killed her off anyway.  Why not have her die when she was shot?

Cute or not, this kid would drive me batty.

Cute or not, this kid would drive me batty.

I guess part of it was leading up to the reveal of baby Matt Parkman and his ex Janice, who I do not want to revisit again.  Now that Hiro and Ando have absconded with her baby, maybe she’ll disappear.  Sigh.  Sure.  Seems Daphne’s death brought on memories of the ex so I’m sure we’ll be stuck with her again.  Oh and the baby gave Hiro back his freezing time power, hooray.  He can be a hero again!  I was sooooo waiting for that to happen!  I’m so excited that he can think he’s going to save the day again!  Yes, that was sarcasm, why do you ask?  Also, Heroes, never ever rip off a beloved ET moment again, particularly not with Hiro.  Ugh.

And the baby hijinks with Hiro already suck.

And the baby hijinks with Hiro already suck.

In an aside, if I had a baby that had the power to turn on all his toys at once and drive me absolutely insane?  I wouldn’t go looking for him when he disappeared, that’s all I’m saying.  I love kids but I don’t think anybody could endure that one constantly.   Oh, and I demand that Peter get his hands on that kid and turn on some of his cooler powers.  If Hiro can get some of his back, so can Peter and he’s quite clearly going to need them based on previews.

Peter's still a momma's boy at heart.

Peter's still a mommas boy at heart.

Angela had the ninjas hot on her tail and met with Swoozie Kurtz who gave her attitude and then some cash.  Didn’t help her as she got trapped in an elevator and was being brought down to the feds, but when the door opened, there was Peter with his arms around Mommy and whisking her away to the Statue of Liberty to hang for awhile.  I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with the two of them; she was worrying to HRG that she might have pushed Peter away permanently so she has some atoning to do.  I’m also pretty mad at her for being willing to throw Micah under the bus to save her own hide.  You gotta love her mothering instincts don’t ya?  Throw the kids to the wolves!  She does make me laugh.  I wonder what she’d do with Matt Parkman Jr. and all those noisy toys?

Awesome shot of Peter and Angela looking out over NYC.

Awesome shot of Peter and Angela looking out over NYC.

So, on top of the confusing Matt/Daphne thing, we had Danko chilling in his apartment shaving with no Sylar anywhere in sight.  I was quite perturbed that my boy was not present and was not threatening and/or killing the dude.  Instead, he sets off the Danko’s alarms and he heads into the living room to find Doyle the Puppetmaster strung up like one of his marionettes.  Sylar gifted him with Doyle as a sign of good faith I guess, cause next week they’re actually meeting and Sylar is promising to help him round up the others so he can be the only special one.  Sigh.  Sylar, my love, we’d come so far and then you go and do this to me?  Why do you destroy my hopes of you and Peter teaming up to take on the government and crushing everyone in your way?  So uncool.  I’ll wait and see how it plays out but I’m quite unhappy about this unlikely union.  Still, it has me looking forward to next week so I guess that’s something.

Sylar's idea of the perfect gift.

Sylar's idea of the perfect gift.

So that was the big stuff this week.  Daphne and Tracy died, but probably only Daphne permanently.  Hiro got a power.  Matt & Mohinder are out and about again.  Peter saved Angela.  Sylar helped the enemy.  I am interested to see what Angela has to say to her boy and to see what Sylar is going to do (he still better kill Danko for me down the road, this is not too much to ask!) and to see what’s next for Matt that hopefully doesn’t involve changing diapers.  I loved him working the mind mojo on the ninja soldiers and the doctors.  Such a cool power.  If nothing else, I appreciated that!  I also loved Mohinder getting the tables turned on him by Danko yet again…silly, pretty, dumb Mohinder!  They really do need Micah to lead them all, don’t they?

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Sylar meets his father.

Sylar meets his father.

Last night’s Heroes was appropriately titled Shades of Gray and I don’t feel the need to change it as it was perfect for the episode. It played on the Sylar/father thing but also played into Nathan, Angela, HRG & Claire’s storylines. It was a pretty good episode, good enough that I didn’t even miss Peter but not good enough that I didn’t groan when I saw Hiro at the end. We’ll discuss that later though.

Sylar caught up with Solomon Gray at his taxidermy house and went in announcing that he was there to kill him. Daddy told him to go ahead, he didn’t have much time left anyway and turned around to show himself attached to some sort of oxygen tank. He has cancer and will die imminently so he’s not exactly afraid of death. This gives Sylar pause and he asks his father why he killed his mother and abandoned him. He actually ponders this for a minute and then announces that he doesn’t really remember because it wasn’t important to him. Jeez. Talk about a knife in the heart! Then he launches into a commentary on their powers and how their pray was weak and unimportant and blah blah. He gets Sylar to kill a rabbit, much to my utter irritation and sadness. I can watch Sylar cut open heads all day but killing animals gets to me. Yes, I am weird. Anyhow, Sylar cuts himself and shows his father his little immortality power and brags about how he won’t be dying or getting any older. Dad seems to poo poo this and says he’ll just suffer forever then, but it’s a cover for when he shoots two arrows into Sylar’s chest pinning him to a wall. He then uses some mind mojo on him that’s supposed to paralyze him. Tripp & I went to commercial concerned, not that Sylar would die but that Luke would show up and save him and thus we’d be stuck with him for longer. Fortunately that did not come to pass. Sylar was playing possum and he removes the arrows and then uses a hose to choke Daddy for awhile. Solomon asks him to give him his power, he won’t have to die to do it after all but Sylar tells him no, he’s not going to give his gift to Daddy. Then Solomon asks him to kill him but Sylar won’t do that either, he’d rather let him live out his days miserable and in pain. He takes off and Solomon is left to his cigarettes and his dead animals.

Nathan wins the pissing match, Danko wins the war?

Nathan wins the pissing match, Danko wins the war?

Nathan, meanwhile, got to Matt and helped him with defusing the bomb, thanks to an assist by Rebel, then punched him and turned him over to the ninja soldiers. He went head to head with Danko and seemed to have won, the Prez authorized Danko’s removal from the project and HRG’s promotion. Danko pulled a gun on HRG and Nathan as they were heading to meet the president but instead of shooting Nathan, he shot the glass and pushed him out and watched him fly away. Now he knows Nathan has a power, which he suspected but couldn’t prove. Interestingly, the camera winked out while all this was going on, so it appears that Rebel was making sure nobody saw Nathan’s flyboy act.  Prior to that Danko went to see Angela to try to get some info but everybody knows that getting information out of Angela is pretty much impossible. She reminds him of some incident in Angola where a lot of people died and that gets him to back the hell off on looking at the rest of the Petrelli’s, until of course he sees Nathan’s flying act. Nathan flies out to California (how the hell fast can he go by the way?) and is there to scoop Claire to safety when she gets the text from Rebel that her free pass has been revoked.

That free pass was revoked because Claire helped the Puppetmaster, Doyle, get away. She spent the first half of the show soul searching about that, trying to decide if she wanted to cross that line and help someone that she disliked or not. She got a brief job at the comic book store which was pretty cute, all the guys were totally into her despite her looking rather weird and plastic yesterday. Doyle’s dubbing of her as Barbie was very appropriate. She ended up saving Doyle from the feds and giving him papers to escape and start his new life. She asked if he planned on being good and he gave her a rather evil smile, so I think he was putting on a bit of show for her to get her to help him. Good, I can’t see the Puppetmaster as a good character, nor do I want to.

Angela's reaction to the "threat" of Danko.

Angela's reaction to the "threat" of Danko.

How beautiful was it when HRG directed Danko to Angela and she just basically smacked him down like a red headed stepchild? Slurping her oysters and treating him like a servant. I adore that woman, despite her apparent sock fetish. What is up with that? And what are she and HRG doing exactly? I am dying to know…I restate my demand that we get an Angela episode soon.

Sadly, Hiro showed back up but fortunately it wasn’t until the last couple minutes of the episode. He and Ando showed up at the address to save Matt Parkman and found instead a rattled babysitter with an infant. Turns out that he’s Matt Parkman…yes, apparently the baby is Matt’s or at least named after him. I thought it had been established that his wife was pregnant with that other guy’s baby but whatever. All I know is we’re stuck with Hiro attending to a baby. It will of course be played for wacky hijinks and just serve to annoy the majority of the viewers all the more. At least he’ll be on the same mentality with his charge, I suppose. Sigh. Will Hiro ever grow up? 

Sylar leaves a present for Danko and lies in wait.

Sylar leaves a present for Danko and lies in wait.

I save the best for last because, hooray, Sylar and his rabbit took off and went to Danko’s apartment. How great was it when Danko walked in and saw that stuffed bunny staring at him and Sylar hidden around the corner? I guess he’s decided to go after the tough prey after all. I love it! And I’m mad that I have to wait 2 weeks to see that get resolved. 2 weeks! Another week of good show and even better cliffhanger, so Heroes has me completely absorbed and excited again. Bring it on!

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Sylar watches new pal Luke demonstrate his power.

Sylar watches new pal Luke demonstrate his power.

Sylar got a friend!  Sylar got a friend!  I am inordinately excited by this for some reason…not sure why.  The last time Sylar remotely had anything resembling a friend, it ended rather badly and crushed my shipping heart.  Poor Elle!  But something about Sylar and Luke was compelling.  I’m sure it’s the Sylar factor, he’s been the best thing on this show over the past year.  His interest in Luke’s power was understandable but he also seemed to have an empathy for his life.  The mother that didn’t understand him and the absent father figure, well, he could definitely relate to that.  I still anticipate it ending badly, but I will enjoy this little friendship while I can.  Sylar’s going to want that microwave power for himself sometime down the road I imagine!

Our favorite serial killer enjoys his work.

Our favorite serial killer enjoys his work.

I think I’ll go back to my loved it/hated it list this week because there was a lot about this episode I enjoyed but there was also a lot that left me kinda cold.  Or perplexed.  Or bothered.  So without further ado:

As usual, Heroes kills the wrong blond.

As usual, Heroes kills the wrong blond.

Things I hated:

  • The 43 hour flash ahead.  It confused me and I thought the Heroes were still wandering around the plane nearly 2 days later.  I then realized that their scenes were before the 43 hour time limit, but you can understand the confusion.  When Hiro, Mohinder, Matt and Peter are all involved, the lack of brain power can be astonishing, so it would not have surprised me to have them loitering by the plane waiting to see what happened next.
  • Hiro.  I thought he might get less annoying without his power but of course, that is not the case.  He’s determined to save the world and thinks he must re-attain his power to do that.  I do not want him to have a power…at this point I do not even want him to live.  Stop being irritating Hiro.  Whining about Ando having powers endears you to no one.
  • Peter only has one power at a time now.  It’s sort of interesting but it also makes me wish for the future Peter that was epically awesome.  And hot.  Of course now I have to root for Peter and Sylar to hold hands somewhere down the road and get Petey all those fabulous tricks.  This image does not upset me at all.
  • Mohinder being stupid as well.  Telling Hiro to just hand himself over to the cops and tell them he has no powers anymore.  Why would they believe him?  He’d at least go through a bunch of tests.  Moron.  Those 5 teaming up…le sigh.  They need to find Sylar, he is their only hope.
  • Daphne getting killed.  Was that really necessary?  Why do they insist on leaving Tracy/Nicki/Jessica alive and killing off the blonds that I actually give a damn about?  Poor Matt as he watched her get shot!  I’m holding out hope that the soldiers will make her mysteriously better, as we never saw her after they ran off.
  • Nathan’s very flimsy excuse for what he’s going.  I wish I could find it remotely believable but I don’t.  If he was still going for making the super army I could buy it, but the whole rounding them up for the good of the world thing really doesn’t wash.  He’s not protecting them from themselves at all.  Lame.
  • The 5 stooges teaming up to fight together.  They really need to find Sylar and quickly.
  • Or maybe not, Claire got a text from “the Rebel” who wants her to help them fight.  Initially I thought it might be Hiro, because it sounds like something he’d do, but I am guessing we have some mystery hero out there.  I’m slightly intrigued but mystery text messages are kinda gay.
Hiro would be marginally cooler wearing this shirt.

Hiro would be marginally cooler wearing this shirt.

Things I loved:

  • HRG and his shades of gray.  He let Peter escape twice at Claire’s request and seemingly pleasing Nathan who loves his brother enough to not want him dead, only as a prisoner.  So sweet!  I don’t know what side HRG will end up on but it’ll be to protect Claire.  That much is clear.
  • Hunter guy.  Tommy Lee Jones, as previously dubbed by me last week.  He’s bringing the scary badass vibe well.  I really can’t wait to see HRG or Sylar kill him.  You know one of them will.
  • Rednecks Are Better Lovers t-shirts.  Hiro should have worn it, would have made him a slight bit more tolerable.
  • Daphne’s “of course you do” reaction to Ando’s revelation that he and Hiro have GPS trackers.  Yep, sounded about right to me!
  • Sylar…always!  I was a little bit disturbed by the return of the straight up serial killer persona but in the end he did leave the kid alive.  For now.  “I’m gonna torture them, in front of you.”  God help me but that twisted look in his eyes was a thing of beauty.  I need to see a psychiatrist.
  • Daphne’s pointing out to Ando that he kills Hiro in the future so he must have survived the crash.  Ando’s happy reaction just made me laugh.  “Oh, that’s right, I kill him!  Hooray!”
  • Claire jumping in front of the bullets that were being sent Daphne’s way.  Yeah, she is invincible but it was nice to see her thinking of others.  She has been surprisingly tolerable these past couple of episodes.  Keep it up!  Calling Nathan Senator Sky Boy was pretty awesome.
  • The return of Matt’s mind control.  One of my absolute favorite powers by far and him getting one of the ninja soldiers to gun down the others was awesome.
  • Sylar sipping his coffee while choking the mom with his mind and then the kid shooting his microwave power at him.  Sylar’s “small world” and “we need to talk” reaction just amused me.  Zach really hits the right note with Sylar each and every time.
  • Agent Simmons actually pulling his hands up despite the knives holding him the chair and Luke microwaving him to save Sylar.   He earned that pass to live…again I say for now!  “I let you live, which is kind of a big deal for me.”  Beautiful.
  • Tracy trying to play both brothers and failing miserably at it.  Nathan double crossed her of course and Peter got away and she was sent off to be tortured.  I am not sorry about this.
  • Peter taking Nathan’s flying ability to get away.  Ahh the irony.  I liked that Nathan was relieved, despite his douchiness the rest of the time.
  • Matt’s thirst for vengeance.  I love it!  Him working his mind mojo on the soldier boys will be awesome.
  • Peter taking a leadership role.  It’s a step toward awesome Peter of the future, minus all the super cool powers.
  • Angela pretty much telling Nathan to kiss ass and handle his problems himself.  Of course I still don’t trust her not to turn Peter over sometime but right now she seems to be mad enough at Nathan that she might actually aid her other son.  We’ll see.  I love Angela, she’s always a mystery.
Peter borrows Nathan's power to get the heck outta there.

Peter borrows Nathan's power to get the heck outta there.

So that was the episode in a nutshell.  I am not happy about Daphne at all but I am happy to see Sylar kicking some butt still.  I do truly believe he’ll end up having to help the others down the line, and I really want to see that.  And of course, the Peter power thing. hehe I won’t let it go.  If moron Hiro can get his powers back, then Peter damn well should be able to somehow too.  For now it works, I just want the option of more powers later.  Next week it looks like Claire is headed back out to help our boys, who need all the help they can get I’m sure.  We’ll see what happens!

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