Review of Episode 321: “Into Asylum”

First, my apologies for my day-late post….

This week’s theme was one of running, hiding and ultimately, finding of one’s calling from that which one might say is his mentor.

A Time for Drunken Clarity: After scooping her up and flying her away from Doyle two episodes ago, Nathan decides to hide himself and Claire in Mexico with his as yet near-estranged daughter wondering why he cares. They have no money so Claire decides to sell a necklace that Noah gave her while Nathan attempts to go shot glass for shot glass with a vacationing collage-aged barfly to win some cash for his and Claire’s cause, but he passes out before he’s able to monetize his efforts. Claire takes over and the viewer finds that her healing ability also applies to he liver and she is able to drink the young man out of consciousness and take all his money. Claire than is seen walking a drunk Nathan through the door of a hotel after which Claire suggests that he should never fly drunk again. A dialogue ensues an Nathan in seemly one, heartfelt attempt, verbally reconciles all his regrets and mistakes toward Claire and his initial denial of his duties toward her, after which the two vow to keep their commitments to help one another.

Nathan appears to be making some form of amends toward all that he has done – the Prodigal Senator has returned. But is Claire now a player in Nathan’s plans? There is after all an x-factor of how both Nathan and Claire will be received in Washington. This is a plotline I never saw coming this soon, but it is a welcome change from the apocalyptic, evil Nathan of four months ago.

Standing at the Foot of the Crossroads: After escaping Noah and Danko, Peter transports Angela to the cathedral they frequented years ago. Angel sits in the pews prayerful and contrite as she recalls he sins to a confused Peter: how she was never there the way she should have been and how she hid the truth of the family for all those many years. We used to have love, she says woefully. Peter says that no matter what happened in the past, Angela is still his mother. Angela than asks rhetorically if Peter’s unconditional love is love at all. Peter than turns his attention to a scupture of Christ and he prays. He asks Jesus uphold his end of their deal.

Suddenly Noah and his team seek to snatch peter and Angela away but Angela finds an open confessional for she and Peter to hide in as she continues to tell her conscience in full to
Peter and musters the will to reunite her broken family with Peter in toe.

The spot-on symbolism is brilliant here. Jesus, the confessional and Peter’s willingness to forgive his mother despite he anger all fall together into perfect, Biblically-driven storytelling. This is very well written!

Sylar Seeks an Accomplice: Sylar pops up unexpectedly in Danko’s backtseat after Danko finds two of his men dead in a suspect’s home. Sylar knows Danko wants revenge and uses that to fuel his reasoning with him. Convinced Sylar can help he, Danko reluctantly allows Sylar to help him after Sylar gives a box full of evidence (body parts and all) to him. The suspect< Martin is a shapeshifter and with a little detective work Sylar discovers Martin to be a man about town, attention-loving and power-hungry. They then follow his trail to a nightspot poetically called the Garden of Eden where Martin has taken the form of Danko in order to woo a vixen at a far table. Martin is next seen having shaped himself into Sylar’s image and is shot shortly thereafter which later leaves Noah and his team with the assumption that Sylar is Dead as Danko and a femininely-disguised Sylar escape suspicion without a trace.

Danko obviously has selfish motives, a lust for power and clear need to win inside of him. It’s really a matter of time before his ways kill him in my view. Also with Sylar’s newly-acquired ability, can he ever be caught? I do think he can, but there are enough possible scenarios for several weeks of story here! This is a great idea!

This episode had more depth than the past several as it had multiple metaphors and a uniquely Christian theme. It will be interesting to see if this continues – one of the better episodes to date.

Note: Next week’s Tuesday and Wednesday post will be back on their regular days.