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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.


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