Review of Episode 322: “Turn and Face the Strange” (Updated 4/15/09)

I’m finally back with my analysis and since a good number of you have probably seen the episode, things are a bit different this week.

Noah’s Arc of Tension: Noah, even after seeing what appears to be Sylar’s dead body is suspicious. In his curiosity has the spike that was found in the corpse’s brain taken to the lab for DNA analysis. But before his hunch can be confirmed, he is served with divorce papers. He soon realizes that the signature is not his wife’s and calls for the lab results. Noah is told the DNA is that of James Martin, shapeshifter. Noah runs off to catch the disguised Sylar in Noah’s home, but to his misfortune he nearly shoots his wife in the back of the head at point-blank range. Confused and bewildered he returns to Danko’s office to reveal his new knowledge to him by posing as Sylar but does not seek Danko’s blood, only the whereabouts of Sylar. Danko reveals Sylar is on assignment as another minor agent. When he takes the chance to shoot him, the man’s body seems not to heal and Noah runs for his life as he has now made himself a fugitive.

How long will Noah last on the run to nowhere? Is he safe anywhere? Is he loved by his wife? He is clearly not as evil as previous episodes might have had anyone think. But it is unclear whose side he might take. He does seem to care for Claire’s safety but also his goals are equally unclear.

Matt’s Mentalist Payback: After Daphne’s death, Matt and Mohinder return to the lab to continue their search for the  truth. But Matt has redempton on his mind. He tells the good doctor Suresh that he is going to hunt down Danko and make him suffer. Little does he realize that Danko interests have extended to a D.C. prostitute to whom Matt confesses that Danko has been lying to her. She later tags along with Matt to find the truth when Matt forces it out of Danko telepathically. Matt sees how Danko cares for the woman and threatens to shoot her but he can’t bring himself to do it and upon dropping the gun is shot by Danko only for the bullet to be frozen in time by Hiro and Ando who have been hoping to reunite Matt with his estranged son earlier in the episode but had some difficultly staying on the road due to baby’s “touch-and-go” powers.  Matt then rejoices upon seeing his babe and all is well.

This was arguably the most boring part of the story. Matt wants retribution, but why was all the Danko backstory needed? I can’t say that I can tell where the baby storyline will go from here. Kidnappings are cliche and an the baby’s ability is little more the than a one-time joke to me.

A Meeting at Coyote Sands: Angela’s dream in the cathedral has led he back to a mysterious place called Coyote Sands. She gathers the family (Claire included) in hopes of defusing all the resentment and lies that have torn the family apart. The area is a desolate peace of desert wherein she tells the family to dig and keep digging. Nathan is the first to dig up a skull of a man. Angela shrieks at the sight of a man she says she knows – she tells Nathan, “I Know all of them.” The Suresh monologue  then reminds the viewer of the story of the project nameske Icarus who dared to fly too close to the Sun on wings made of wax and thereby alludes to the danger on the project.

Overall, this episode was below average. The Noah story dragged on too long and the Danko story was inconclusive while the best story – the Patrelli family reuion was way too short! I hope next week is more entralling. Especially after a great week last week.

Stay tuned Thursday morning at 10am EST for the next review!