The Heroes are in trouble! It is indeed coming and from Suresh’s narration we review the eclipse that first caused the heroes abilities. Therefore a second eclipse is foretold. What will it bring? More powers? Fewer?
A “Hiro’s” Quest is Dashed: Hiro is confronted by a once again refreshed Arthur Petrelli and stopped in Present-day Africa, but oddly enough not zapped of his power completely. Instead, Hiro is made to believe that he a ten year-old boy for the entire episode. Why? It is very entertaining, but Arthur could have easily taken ever bit of Hiro’s power. I have a theory that it might be the writer intent to leave Hiro ignorant of the goings on because if he were simply without his powers, Hiro might still want be an actual hero. But also, Arthur may be preserving Hiro’s ability for later use. Besides, watching Ando convince Hiro he not ten is pretty funny!
An Unhappy Daddy: Arthur finds that Sylar has not killed Peter after all and decides to tell Sylar that Sylar can in fact do without killing . This a clear foreshadowing of Sylar’s transformation to Good Guy Daddy Gabriel. This is a good way to set up the struggle between a Sylar yearning for goodness and a newly hungry, vengeful Peter as Arthur moves his intention to Nathan joining his side as the future president of the United States.
Peter Tries to Protect Claire from Herself: Claire and Peter’s confrontation is much more minor struggle as Peter just wants to protect Claire from becoming her future homicidal self just before she’s captured by her future villain buddies. It’s an interesting plot twist to say the the least that leaves us wondering who’s on what side and even which side is good and which is bad.
The Pre-lovebirds: Elle and Sylar’s scene is a passionate one – a war of wills in side a company cell. Elle wants revenge for Sylar’s remorseless murder of her father. But as Sylar refuses to Kill Elle, the two see eye to eye as two people who just want to be normal when it’s all said and done. This is a brilliantly written scene and character progression and I look forward to seeing where it will go and even if it will lead to a romance between the two.
The Lovebirds: Matt and Daphne’s relationship progresses to move us toward the future as expected, in a surprise twist, the two realize their love by being trapped in Angela’s Petrelli’s Arthur-induced coma even after “Fake Daphne” near kills him.
Arthur and Dr. Suresh Plot Away: The two peas in a biochemical pod realize the there is a catalyst missing from the original formula. We find that the “good guys” have woke Angela out of her coma only for her to give a narrative of the original plot from day one which confirm that there is in fact a catalyst… and Claire recalling Sylar’s words about how she is special saying, ” I think I’m a the catalyst!” The suspense is built yet again with no end in sight.
This episode like the others, builds a climax to yet another climax. It’s a bit annoying for those of us who like closure. Then again, this series has never been about closure, has it? Naaah!
Stay tuned for next Wednesday’s review at it’s regular time at 7 p.m. Eastern time.