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Review of Episode 324: “I Am Sylar”

This week  the viewers get the backstory behind Sylar’s posing as Nathan. Ando and Hiro work out their superhero competitive juices with a bit of hide and go hide again. Matt is newly change after he finds that he’s a daddy.

Sylar Multiple Identity Crisis: After waking from a sound sleep Sylar discovers he has shapeshifted overnight into the Federal agent he has been posing as. He tells Danko but Danko doesn’t have room for compassion when the world thinks Sylar is is dead. Sylar faces a delimma:  He can be anyone he wants – just never himself. He finds himself trying arduously to to remind himself, “I am Sylar” and even goes so far as to transform into his deceased mother and actually converse with her ala Hitchcock’s Norman Bates. His conflicted state even lead him to give a way the whereabout of Rebel only to save a hopeful, heroic Micah. He then confrences again with his mother to decide upon her likely advice that he could be president. Thus, Nathan Petrelli. But Nathan has a hard time convincing Sylar to not be him and gets mixed up one more time with an opportunistic Danko who has tried and failed at killing his buddy Sylar.

Who will Sylar be? Will he turn one direction or another? This is gonna be good!

Hiro, Ando and the Family Parkman: After tell Matt of his fatherhood. Matt is reborn and refocused to be a good Dad and he has even partly reconciled with his wife. He convices Ando and Hiro to let him go back home but he cannot escape the Feds. Ando and Hiro spend their journey discussing a plot to reel in the Feds but must sacrifice Ando as a decoy and somehow escape as a team. They vow to be a tandem always.

Overall, the Sylar piece was the carrying element throughout. The suplimentary stuff was okay but really not necessary. It was a good show though.


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!


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.


Review of Episode 320: “Cold Snap”

Several climactic twists arise like a creeping heat in this weeks show including two deaths, one capture and one precocious baby Matt Parkman.

Danko’s got Issues: After Sylar leaves his house, Danko’s alarm system alerts him [Danko] to a neatly puppeteered and gift wrapped Doyle. This is a bit of a scare, but Danko frigidly and seemingly soullessly moves on to task two as Suresh is summoned by Danko to view the quarantined prisoners. Suresh wrongly assumes he is there to help heal the sick but soon finds himself caught in Danko’s trap. Danko’s next target is the person who has been irritating his mission since the beginning: Rebel. Noah then suggests that he and Danko allow Tracey to escape in order to reveal Rebel – but not before Noah threatens to turn his nemesis Angela to the Feds. Tracey in turn releases Suresh, Matt Daphne…. Sure enough Rebel is revealed to be Micah. Micah and Tracey race against time to escape but are seconds away from being caught in the Building 26 parking lot. Thinking quickly, Tracey instructs Micah to tell the alarms to turn on the sprinklers – she freezes the room and herself, but not before Danko’s bullet smashes her to pieces as a tear then appears to run down her newly- shattered face.

From the looks of it, Tracey does appear to be dead. Is she? (Sources have it that Tracey’s real-life self Ali Larter wanted out of her contract and this looks to be the end of her character). Micah however is able to escape and thereby continue his rebellion. How will Tracey’s death effect Nathan’s quest for quixotic justice? Where does he go now that Danko has outed him and where does Micah fit in the Senator’s plans? I’d love to see Micah take a new lead now that he’s been revealed.

Daphne’s Last Moments: Matt and Suresh admit Daphne to the hospital. She wakes to everyone around her thinking she’s Gwen Stefani. She tells Matt to leave her behind. Flash forward to a surreal scene in Paris where Matt reveals he can fly. Daphne asks to be flown around the Eiffel Tower but suddenly amid the happiness, she realizes it’s all dream and asks Matt to fly her to the Moon – he does and she is seen deceased in the hospital.

This ending doesn’t sit well with me. There just isn’t closure to the relationship in a very well-dramatized way. I would have liked a fight, an accident, a heroic battle to the death Obi-Wan Kenobi style.

Baby Matt is the Little Engine that Can: Hiro and Ando discover a picture of Matt’s ex-wife and conclude that Baby Matt is really Matt Jr. The babe has a power: He can make inanimate objects move by themselves.

This is cute I guess… but what role will Matt Jr. play? Will he hold the key to next big storyline? I think it might be possible.


Review of Episode 318: “Exposed”

Well, finally after two days of mishaps, power failures and online video monkey wrenches, I’m finally back to bring you the Heroes review – and again, I apologize for delay… twice.

This week’s mayhem is a triumvirate of mystique as the Bennets, the Petrellies and Sylar’s daddy search all seem to have exposed some core family values.

Claire and Sandra play Hide the Hunk: As per last episode, Claire is seen hiding her new friend Alex from the Feds again – this time in her closet. Claire tries to persuade Alex to hop a train to Albuquerque bu he’ll have none of it. As a result, Claire is forced to tell mom Sandra about Alex’s special underwater breathing ability. Sandra although angry with Claire’s deception asks Claire to allow her to help hide Alex and the three spend the remainder of the episode ducking, diving and dipping out of sight only to have Claire discover her bald, puppet master friend from days gone by awaiting her help thanks to a message from Rebel to escape the Feds as she goes to her microwave to grab a bag a popcorn.

This was a bit too young love for me in parts. There is obviously romantic tension between the two which did culminate with an easily-telegraphed underwater kiss. Also, during a heart to heart Sandra reveals she is considering divorcing Noah and as a result Claire later hesitates as Alex confessed he likes her that way. But the final scene surprised me and considering what the Puppet Man did to Claire, Sandra and Claire’s birth mother Meredith in episodes passed, the creep-o-meter just tilted into the red a bit. The ending gets a few bonus points from me in that regard.

Sylar’s Pit-stop Flashback:
Sylar and his friend Luke take a sudden detour when Sylar’s “spidy sense” is triggered by the look of a dilapidated dive diner where he spends the episode flashing back to a long-repressed day in 1980. Sylar wanders the abandoned grounds for clues of the fleeting memory that in his words, “eats at [his] soul” but his search seems only to soak him in vengeance when realizes his father killed his mother; and after a few minutes of pinning Luke to the wall, he decides to tell Luke go home to Luke’s mom and tells him that he wants Papa Sylar to die.

Where does Sylar’s Character go from here? Is he more violent? Does he continue his ravenous avarice for abilities – or is there an even more sinister plot afoot? One can only wait and enthralled.

Matt and Peter Unveil Exhibit A: Matt is swept off in his painting when Rebel sends yet another message to Peter’s laptop. This time it has the address to where Daphne is being held. The two are next seen at Building 26 where Peter borrows Matt’s telepathy and both proceed to manipulated their way with into the building with a kind of Jedi-level skill. Upon hacking into one of the computers, the are fed a Video by Rebel of the heroes and others with abilities being loaded on to plane hooded and gagged. They then attepted a trade with Nathan for Daphne and Matt’s freedom but to no avail. Danko is out to kill them. He almost does kill Peter if not for Nathan’s flying him away from harm.

Matt isn’t so lucky to escape before being injected with what one could assume might be nitroglycerin and strapped with what appears to be a bomb.
Here there’s an obvious power-play between Nathan’s wanting the heroes simply detained, while Danko is aiming to kill everyone who dares to cross his path. Is Nathan next? What becomes of Matt? This is an excellent climax!

Until next time, this is Mike saying, “Sorry for the delay and have a superlative weekend!”


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.


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.


The Recruit: “Do What You Have to Do” and “Day of Reckoning”

To watch berfore you read go to http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/video/webisodes/the-recruit/#vid=883401

Summary

“Do What You Have to Do”

As uneventful as this three-minute blip was there was on saving grace. The viewer finds Mills back in the same interrogation room with Angela; and through Angela’s powers of coercion also that Mills had killed one of her fellow marines. She tells Angela that after seeing what the formula did to the marine, she destroyed it. But the flashback tells other wise as Mills takes half a vile back with her – “Wrong answer,” barks Angela. She ain’t buyin’ it.

“Day of Reckoning”

Angela begins telling Mills about her boys who she love dearly and then proceed to get Mills to tell her about Mill’s mother’s suicide. Angela’s monologue tells Mills of her Mother’s powers. She tell Mills she can be difference, that she can still make a difference. The flashback then shows Mills escape through a locked door by teleportation – though unlike than Hiro, she only appears to move through physical space and not time and also unlike him, she appears to have no aspirations to save the world at all.

Analysis

These gets my a thumbs down. Couldn’t this have been attached to a longer episode? These episodes seem to have been split for no other reason than to milk a few more advertising dollars. It’s as if a person were to break up a chapter in a book every two pages just because. One up-side however is that Mills’ character does seem more developed and quite a bit more tortured than since she was introduced, which in most cases moves a story rather well.