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Heroes: Trust and Blood

Claire: "So I get a pass. And everyone I know just disappears."

This episode was typical Heroes, in that there wasn't a cohesive beginning-middle-end of the episode. There was meandering around the crash site, and lots of running around ineffectively in the surrounding woods. As they were all fleeing for their lives, Matt stopped, found some art supplies, and created elaborate cartoon panels. (In that kind of rush, he can't scribble stick figures?) Daphne, with Ando in hand, dashed to the rescue (from Tokyo to Arkansas, over an ocean or two) and promptly got shot.

And I was again struck by all of our young superheroes being dark-haired guys of multiple ethnicities, plus three blonde white women -- all of whom were taken out. Daphne died, which was a surprise. The ambivalent side-changing Tracy was captured, and she should just stay there and out of the way before she does any more harm. And Claire... went home to Costa Verde. Being the daughter of not one but two of the villains can be handy, since she can now spend all of her time organizing the upcoming clandestine superhero rebellion with the help of Rebel, the mysterious text messager.

At least Nathan and Noah are conflicted. Nathan appeared to truly believe he was saving the world from the superheroes, while Noah confessed he was only in it to keep his family safe. Nathan's nasty cohort Danko (what a great name; it evokes dankness) thinks people with abilities should be put down like rabid dogs. But Nathan does *not* think people with abilities should be put down like rabid dogs. I'm still not on board with Nathan as the villain, but at least his motivations are complex. And possibly coerced. Is it really just ambition? Or is President Worf behind it all?

And at least Sylar is mustache-twirling serial killer evil again, which is something of a relief after his ambivalence in the last volume. Sylar's new little buddy and possible relative, Luke, doesn't know what he's getting himself into. But since he's a waste of space who just microwaved poor Agent Simmons to death, I don't think I care.

Bits and pieces:

-- Peter told Tracy that he can only hang on to one power at a time. (I was right.) Is it deliberate? Because what if he brushed against, say, Matt, right before he needed to fly? And what if he touched Sylar? Would he get them all?

-- Noah let Peter go not once, but twice.

-- Tracy's loyalties are extremely flexible. I'm not sure anyone should bother rescuing her. I wanted to like Ali Larter's new character more than her old one. Why are they making her so unlikable?

-- Sylar's possible new father was apparently the tomcat of the neighborhood. Does Luke have more than one power? He was talking without moving his lips, wasn't he? Did I hallucinate that?

-- I liked how decisive, angry and focused Peter was. He's acting like the natural leader. At the same time, I thought Hayden Panettiere was too angry; her acting felt off, sort of like the stomping around school of acting.

-- This week's Most Obvious Symbolism: Sylar gave Luke a plastic superhero action figure to melt.

Not quite a three, but at least it was fun to watch,

Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.


  1. Now every single neivew character from season 2 and 3 is gone... really smart way of dealing with negative criticism, writers...(sight)
    Well, well, Sylar just got himself a sidekick... or should I say, minion?
    Also, doesn't Hiro have diplomatic immunity?

  2. Wow, D, that's a good point. We're now back to all of the characters from the season 1 pilot -- there's no one new, except for the dead "African Isaac" (forget his name).

    I think I also figured out one of the (many other) things that's been bothering me. The Company, Pinehearst, and now the U.S. government. Their methods, tactics, and motives all seem to be the same. Was it ever really established what the Company was doing, and why they felt justified in using the extremely harsh methods for the greater good? Or how they became the good guys when a rival company (Pinehearst) seemed to be doing the exact same thing? And now the government -- at least we know their motive as there's been a clear (and cliche) precedent set. But now that the Company and Pinehearst are dead, are we ever going to learn what the hell was going on?

    Maybe one of you guys can help me?

  3. Jamila, I think there's no help to be had. Heroes certainly isn't going to go back to explain things when it seems so set on moving forward. It's too bad, really, that we're all sort of left hanging like Peter's temporary Irish girlfriend (trapped in a future that will now never happen) about past storylines.

    The past two episodes have certainly been more fun to watch than previous ones. All those army guys just wandering around with guns and Quonset huts seemed a bit unbelievable, though. Why weren't they searching for the hero-terrorists? It's nice to have background characters (there was a notable lack of them in the first 1/2 of this season), but they've got to be there for a reason!


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