Review of Episode 316: “Building 26”

This episode takes a turn for the sentimental. quest of Sylar’s father, a wedding called off and and Bennett’s family issues take center stage along side a contrastingly cold Nathan.

Claire and Comic Book Boy: Claire is perplexed by strange text messages from a mysterious person known only as “Rebel” Rebel tells her to warn a mysterious clerk named Kyle that “they” are after him. After taking a moment to convince Kyle of the urgency of the moment, they are able to escape the Feds and Noah and talk a bit> Kyle reveals an underwater ability and Claire confesses Noah real job.

It’s quite clear that there’s a budding romance on the rise between Claire and her new sidekick. Noah and Sandra are having trouble reconciling Noah’s continued path of employment and have decided to seperate. This is good for dramatic tension between father and daughter. Two people who love each other with conflicting agendas – it’s quite classic!

Nathan Gets a Boss: Abby Collins of Homeland Security has been assigned to oversee the funding of Nathan’s roundup but she is skeptical of his motives – until of course she see Tracey Strauss freeze an agent to death!

Nathan now has Abby to do his bidding on the legislative front and vows to fund anything. This means some very intense warfare!

Hiro and Ando Become Wedding Crashers: Matt’s drawing has led Hiro and Ando to New Delhi, India to a random wedding where they find a dejected and despairing bride-to-be named Anapura ans a smug, jerk of a groom named Tepak. Tepak finds Ando plotting to stop the wedding and proceeds to knock Ando on the head with a pot and kidnaps him only to have Hiro break up the wedding again in the exact spot in depicted in Matt’s painting. Then in the next scene Rebel strikes again via a fax to warn Hiro and Ando of danger. Hiro is convinced it is the message of his destiny.

This one is a mystery. Obviously, it’s important, but why? Where does Anapura fit into the equation? Might she have a power and if so what is it? If not, why have the story? I guess we’ll all have to wait this soap opera out.

Sylar and Luke Take a Road Trip: Sylar and Luke travel a few hours west and discuss Sylar’s dad’s infamous red wagon. Both Sylar and Luke exchange memories of the wagon in a moment of emotional connection between the two. This pays off for Luke later as Sylar helps save him from the Feds after first leaving the boy at a diner in an earlier scene.

Is this a sign of Sylar struggling with a sense of compassion? Why did Sylar save Luke after the boy gave Sylar the address of Sylar’s father. Luke was Sylar’s link to his father but when he gave Sylar that address all bets were off.

Noah Gets Slipped a Mickey: After announcing a separation from his wife, Noah is seen at a bar where he collapses as is subsequently hoisted up by his “friends” Matt and peter!

This is scandalous and may drive a whole new plotline. It’s a good move by the writers to create a new tension point in the story in which Noah can now be used as a bartering tool and a hostage… ooooooh!


Tonight’s Blog Moved to Tuesday Due to a Lack of a DVR

The usual blog will be moved to tomorrow for this week only. Don’t forget to watch the replay of tonight’s episode tomorrow on nbc.com!

Peace and Love,

Mike


Trivia: A Random Look at Dania Ramirez for Those Who Like Ladies (Mature, Non Nude)

Time caught up with me today, but I thought I’d leave all the people with severe Dania Ramirez crushes something fun to amuse themselves…. C’mon I think this is funny:

http://www.beyondhollywood.com/gallery/dania-ramirezs-cleavage-is-my-hero/


Review of Episode 315: “Blood and Trust”

The week’s storyline was minimal but set up the dynamic for a whole new battle between the heroes and Feds which maybe quite exciting for future episodes! The are only two major plot points:

The Heroes’ Plane has Landed: Claire, Hiro, Suresh and company have crash-landed somewhere in Arkansas to a now dismembered plane and the heroes are left to roam the surrounding area while swarmed by military forces. As they run, a vengeful Noah catches up to Claire to take her home while Peter escapes into the woods. Matt runs off to lone park bench to use his newly harnessed pre-cog drawing ability. He is unknowingly tracked by Ando’s GPS and found by Ando and Daphne. Nathan tries to control the fallout of it all but finds no help by his military sidekick – fallout which includes a gunned down Daphne and crazed “hunter” who may have been manipulated by Matt to turn on his own army. But through it all the heroes decide to keep fighting.

The US vs. THEM dynamic is intense and continues to build with each episode but the future is uncertain. This is probably a good twist for a whole new story. It lessens bordom and keeps views interested – always a plus!

Sylar’s New Friend: Sylar is on a quest to find his birth father. I leads him to Newark, NJ to the home of Mary and Luke Campbell who are greeted by Sylar and a tied, gagged and stabbed Special Agent Simmons. After a bit of truth or dare and torture and finds a dispondant Luke who hates his life. Sylar uses Luke’s anger and depression to provoke him to reveal a special ability to melt objects and “subjects” including Agent Simmons. The two form a bond and Luke vows to help Sylar find Sylar’s father.

Will Luke and Sylar’s relationship prove to be an advantage or a curse? What powers might Sylar’s father have if found? What is Luke’s future in the series? This may be tricky. Stay tuned.


Episode 315 Live Blog: “Blood and Trust”

The heroes’ plane has crash-landed scattering the heroes in a remote area in Arkansas. The government cannot contain them apparently. But battle lines are redrawn with the heroes now being chased by the entire United States’ federal police force; and Sylar is curious after finding a new, young, protege to help him find his father.

Be here Wednesday for a full review.


Review of Episode 414: “Clear and Present Danger”

This episode was a bit of a plot teaser. The usual narration is skipped for a lead-in with a lone Tracey Strauss prompted by a phone call to watch Nathan announce his plans to round up the “dangerous people” in the country as she herself is caught by mysterious black-suited men.

Claire Warns the heroes: After the demise of both Pinehurst and Primatech, Angela has arranged for Claire to get her GED and go to college but Claire says she knows Sylar is alive. Claire then listens in on a phone conversation between Angela and Nathan. Claire overhears Nathan’s plan to round up the heroes and immediately calls peter. She next finds a bewildered Matt Parkman who reveals his newly begotten pre-cog drawing skills before they are both caught by Nathan’s men.

Sylar’s Mission: Sylar is seen in route to whom he thinks is his birth father. He’s told by the man when he finds him that the man actually is the brother of his father and he than dive Sylar an address. On his merry way to find the man Sylar is met by the black-suited men. But unlike the other heroes, Sylar is able to ward them off with his multiple powers.

Sylar as with he previous few episodes shows an emotional vulnerability as he searches for his genetic link. Despite being all-powerful, his struggle between the good side and evil side within him still troubles him deeply. The audience is forced to wonder if he will repent or become even more monstrous – a smart more on the part of the writers.

Hiro Still Wants to Be a Hero: Hiro shows Ando to spandex suits along with a GPS equipped motorcycle. Hiro has plans for Ando and him to be a super duo. But Ando hates the idea. He feels Hiro is envious of his powers and Ando doesn’t want to be a sidekick. Ando later finds that Hiro is taken while Ando is tracked on the GPS.

Envy rears its head and this may lead to rift between the too. This could get interesting but it seems a rather minor point.

Sylar as with he previous few episodes shows an emotional vulnerability as he searches for his genetic link. Despite being all-powerful, his struggle between the good side and evil side within him still troubles him deeply. The audience is forced to wonder if he will repent or become even more monstrous – a smart more on the part of the writers.

Suresh and Peter captured:
Suresh and Peter and both picked up, Suresh however has Noah to thank for his capture as both men are taken but not before Peter confronts his hypocritical brother Here we also see that Noah is working with Nathan.

This creates a fairly unique dynamic between to former enemies. It’s a good move to blur the lines between which side is which. It now moves the story from competing companies to a simpler Us versus Them with the heroes on one side and the captors on the other.

The Hijacking: The heroes plot an escape and a few succeeds clair seeks to take over the controls of the plane however she is met my Noah at the co-pilot’s chair. Fighting breaks loose and the scene fades to back.

I immediately thought of the miracle on the Hudson on this one. The plain will likely be said to have been hijacked by “terrorists” and Nathan will be a likely candidate for the hero of the flight.

Overall this episode just went though the motions. It had a very premise: Lead the viewer into the new chapter. But the story only gets a lackluster reaction for its unimaginative directness.


Episode 414 Live Blog: “Clear and Present Danger” (Updated 2/4/09)

Well, the round up has begun. Peter Petrelli has become the enforcer supreme feeding into th stress of a post-9/11 America taking former friends like Tracey Strauss with him. We also find Sylar is indeed alive and now searching to find his true parents rather than his next victim. Hiro creates new super personae for himself and Ando. Matt discovers his calling to be a “prophet;’ and yet again Claire feels compelled to get involved. There is also a bit of a surprise in the end that I, as a good blogger am not at liberty to discuss without ruining your viewing experience for those of you who missed tonight’s episode…. The wackiness in back, Baby!

Be here Thursday (for this week) for a full review. Until then, be sure to watch the replay tomorrow.


A Few Quick Notes Before Monday’s Season 4 Premier

So everyone in America and likely around the world knows that this Sunday is Superbowl Sunday: The most watched TV event every year with those dudes in the helmets and pads putting their hearts into every tackle and catch because they can and because we like it! But for Heroes fans, Monday is a day of redemption. Season Four is almost upon us, Fans; and with it come so many clusters of ideas and theories and questions. Who will have the best power and who will have the most of it? What new characters might we see? Will your favorite webisodic adventurer be there? Who is good? Who is evil? questions as vexing as these have not been pondered since Mr. Owl’s timeless quandary concerning how many licks it should take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop…. But I digress.

I’ll be away this weekend, but to hold you ravenous wolverines a bay, I have some homework (or rather “homeplay”) for you.

(Click here for episode spoilers).

(Click here for the latest Heroes iStories and graphic novels).



The heroes are Back this Monday!

YES! Finally, the new season of Heroes begins this Monday with the story getting more horrible and dystopic by the minute! Nathan is headed to Washington to weed out the evil elements by preying on the public’s national security fears and feeding off of his own insatiable urge for worldly power. He’ll round ’em up in his fictional Guantanamo chamber with a decidedly more deadly intent than the real-life version.

But how will the heroes respond? They seem to have no where to run or hide. Will Peter take the lead? Will Claire take up her perceived cause to save the world? What will become of Sylar? Is he really dead? Lastly, where does Angela fall into this equation?

Don’t miss the Season Four permier this Monday! I know I won’t!


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