I don’t hate Mondays as much as other people, and with the advent of 24, I could say that Mondays were one of my favorite days of the year. And then came Heroes, which actually has me wishing that the weekend is over sooner, even if my hangover is telling me that I really need a three day weekend. Heroes has science fiction without getting too geeky. It has drama without becoming too much of a soap opera. It has enough blood and gore to make you say “ewwwww”, but not so much that you can’t wait for more each week. It has great suspense and some of the best characters on television. And somehow, I am going to need to figure out how to live without it for another six weeks because the fall finale was on last night and it was so good that I wanted to have cuddle time with my flat screen to thank it for taking such good care of me.One bad thing about last night – the fucking narrator was back! But is there really anything more that I can say? I don’t want to waste any more time dealing with him, so I am just going to get on with the show.
We start this week with the girl that has been causing so much of the commotion this year: Claire Bennet. Her father, the esteemed Horn Rimmed Glasses, or HRG, is kind of silent, and Claire is wondering if it is because what she told him. This is exactly the sort of scenario that Claire feared for the last couple of weeks as she began to learn about her new powers; everybody she loved would treat her like a freak.
Oddly enough, the reality might be even worse. Claire’s dad tells her that he has known all along about her and what she can do. She knew before she knew, and she knew even before she and Zach made the tapes. He says he didn’t want to tell her because he was trying to protect her and that he has done a lot of things he is not proud of to protect her.
There might have been a couple of seconds there when Claire felt a little relief, but for the most part, she couldn’t believe that her father had lied to her and let her feel so alone and like a freak. It’s about this time when she realizes that Sylar’s attack was not so random and that Jackie died because Sylar thought she was her.
HRG tries to assure Claire that everything will be fine because not even her mother or brother know, which is when Claire confesses that her brother Kyle does now, and so does Zach, her friend that took all of the videos. Mr. Bennet tells Claire to destroy the tapes, and he’ll pick Kyle up from soccer practice and talk to him.
When I mentioned the police investigation after what happened at the high school, I wondered how Peter would get out of it. As the forums and the comments quickly reminded me, news of the murder would probably filter down to the FBI where our good friends Special Agent Audrey Hanson and Officer Matt Parkman would be working on the case. News must travel fast because they were in Odessa in less time than it takes Fritz Coleman to get to a tree lighting ceremony in Tustin.
Matt and Audrey are looking over the crime scene and although the locals have picked up a hospice nurse from out of town (that would be Peter Petrelli if you are new to the series), Audrey doesn’t think that guy is Sylar. Matt must not travel well because he was popping lots of pills, saying that he was getting headaches. I am surprised that Matt, having lived in LA for so long, hasn’t figured out that you should cite dehydration or exhaustion in case of any sudden, embarrassing collapses. Headaches should only be used as excuse when people start questioning your other excuses. On the list of famous celebrity excuses, it follows somewhere after “emergency c-section” and “scrotoplasty”.
As they have spent more time together, Audrey and Matt have become kind of a fun team. Just for kicks, NBC should throw them on an episode of Law and Order. Anyway, they eventually get to talking about Matt’s marriage, and Audrey doesn’t believe that Matt never cheated on Janice, saying that law enforcement is appealing to a certain portion of the male population that she would classify as dogs. In a little quid pro quo, Matt asks Audrey what kind of personality is required for women in law enforcement, and Audrey says “bitches”. I would think that it Audrey’s case it was more accurate to say “butches” though.
Wow, so early in the episode and there was already a ton of stuff going on, and we still have a long way to go. Audrey and Matt were interested in seeing Peter, but before they could touch him, Nathan got there. Having your brother arrested on suspicion of murder within a few weeks of your election nigh is usually not a good thing, but Nathan has plenty of experience when it comes to spin control with his mother stealing things and his father working with a notorious crime boss that felony murder is almost a walk in the park.
Other than wondering why his brother didn’t give him a lecture, I have to say that Peter was a little ungrateful for what his brother did to keep him from having his name plastered all over the place. Odessa can’t see too many murders like that, so you think the town would be in an uproar. I’ve given Nathan shit for being a creep, but if you saw a picture of a loved one that showed the person was going to die, wouldn’t you do everything in your power to make sure that person didn’t die? That’s all that Nathan did, so I can’t give him too much shit.
So, Nathan and Peter have one of their little fights about all of these people with superpowers. Peter is trying to convince his brother that there a lots of people out there with power, and he knows that the next thing he must stop is the bomb in New York City, but he doesn’t think that he can do it, although I am not sure if he only meant that he couldn’t do it alone. Peter looks away from his brother and Nathan says “How can you stop what’s coming when you don’t know anything about power.” Peter turns to look at his brother, but instead of Nathan, it’s Sylar. Whoa! It even freaked me out a little bit. But why did that happen? Was there another Hero around that had some power we don’t know about that Peter accidentally touched?
I would like to speculate a little more, but we finally got an update on Dl, Micah, and Niki/Jessica. The last thing we saw was Jessica looking into the scope of her rifle at DL’s chest, and then we just heard a shot. I thought they would get out of it by saying it was somebody else doing the shooting, but no, Jessica shot DL. It was sort of a surprise only because he can walk through walls, so wouldn’t he be able to make objects pass through him? Well, he was surprised by the first shot, but he was ready for the second shot and it did pass through him just like we would have predicted. And it was a good thing, because the second shot went right through his head.
When she saw the bullet pass through DL, Jessica decided that she would have to do her killing with a little bit more of a personal touch, but by the time she makes it to DL’s truck, the two of them are gone. They had made it to the woods and weren’t taking any chances. I was unaware that Jessica was a game hunter and knew how to track wounded animals through the wilderness, but I guess after seeing that she was pretty good with the rifle, DL didn’t want to take any chances, and was pulling out all of the evasion tricks that you can only learn through years of careful study of the Hardy Boys mysteries. Seriously. Walking back over their own footsteps? Might have worked when people were trying to burn you at the stake in France, but do they really think they can stop Jessica?
DL and Micah do make it to a cabin in the woods, where DL uses his nifty little trick to unlock the door so he can get inside. He is trying to make himself some sort of bandage for his gunshot, and I am sure the next step is to find a crazy old veterinarian who won’t ask any questions about how he got shot or bother calling the police. Well, that might have been a good plan, but DL passed out because, you know, HE WAS SHOT, leaving Micah to figure out what to do. Micah is convinced that his mom is still inside Jessica somehow. Would he take the chance on getting her in order to save his dad?
But first! The scene we have all been waiting for! HRG meets Sylar for the first time. After everything that happened to his daughter, I was wondering what Mr. Bennet would do once he got him alone. I was also wondering what it took for them to keep Sylar in check. Considering everything Sylar is capable of, I was surprised to see that they didn’t have him in anything that you couldn’t find in your everyday, garden variety, maximum security prison. WTF?
If there is anything I love about HRG, it’s the way he is so under control. Sure, serenity now can mean insanity later, but he doesn’t get flustered. Now that he has Sylar, he starts to taunt him a little bit, saying that he isn’t so untouchable and then calls him by his real name – Gabriel. If there is anything that all of those years of television have taught me about serial killers is that they hate to be reminded of how normal they used to be, and that is exactly what HRG does.
Sylar doesn’t exactly sit there and take it though. First he says that was good because he can see how things work, “just like you”. Whoa? Does that mean HRG has some sort of power that we haven’t heard of yet? HRG responds, saying that Sylar is insane and that all of the abilities have given him a power he can’t handle and it’s degrading him, to which Sylar responds that when he gets out of there he is going to collect one more ability from HRG’s daughter. That’s enough to make HRG realize this isn’t a game and he leaves.
Outside of the room, he gets a phone call, and it appears to be from the person calling the shots. I am wondering if it is Mr. Lindermann because we haven’t seen him yet and he seems to be pulling so many strings these days. HRG is upset because of what he hears, and when he bumps into Eden, we learn that whoever is calling the shots wants HRG alive. Eden thinks it is insane an account of everything he has done, and suggests that she could suggest that Sylar kill himself. Nobody would have to know! She jokes that even the Haitian guy would agree with her if he could talk. At that moment, we see The Eraser and he gives a little nod, which is more emotion than we have seen out of him all season. Nevertheless, it looks like Sylar is going to stay, no matter what the consequences are.
By this time, Audrey and Matt have made it to Peter and they start asking him a few questions. Almost immediately, Peter starts having the same headaches that Matt is having. Matt seems to be having some problems with his ability these days and after Peter absorbs the ability, all sorts of crazy interference happens. Audrey is oblivious to it all and continues to ask questions about the attack at the high school, and other little oddities like why he doesn’t have injuries even though there was a lot of his own blood at the scene. She thinks that Matt has been successful, so she leaves, saying that Peter doesn’t get to go until she has some answers.
That’s for you Jampony
Mohinder is back in New York, and I only mention it because apparently Eden had enough time to fly to New York, place a sticky note on the fridge saying “welcome back” with the name Isaac Mendez, then fly back to Texas to speak with Isaac at the paper factory. I guess one of the other people who work for HRG could have done it, but I think we need a better explanation, like why Mohinder didn’t find it strange that somebody already figured out he was back even though it looks like he has been back much less than a day. Doesn’t he question anything? He’s probably the only geneticist that still believes in Piltdown Man.
Anyway, Eden was still in Texas, working with Isaac. Our painter friend is still frustrated because he can’t seem to sketch anything that, well, can predict the future. Eden tries to give him a shot of confidence by telling him that he helped save Claire after Peter saw his picture. He then mentions the mural in his apartment that depicts the big bomb in New York and decides that he has to do whatever he can stop the bomb. Eden, who has become a little bit of rebel, gives Isaac a phone and an access card to the paper company that holds him hostage.
OK, we know that Isaac can get out, but who is he going to find? Well, how about Hiro and Ando? The two of them made it to Odessa, where they heard about the cheerleader. Hiro is nearly in hysterics at this point. He couldn’t save Charlie, and now the cheerleader was dead as well. He was worried that if he let the cheerleader die, that means the world has no hope. Ando says that maybe the statement wasn’t “if you save the cheerleader, then you save the world”, but more of list of things you have to do. Understandably, Hiro is a little upset because he should know what he was talking about. Ando argues that it was the future Hiro and not the one standing in front of him that made the statement.
The two of them decide to move on, saying that if they don’t continue on their journey, than Charlie and cheerleader would have died for nothing. Now we know that the two of them shouldn’t get down on each other because the cheerleader was saved, but I can tell you what is really going to make their day: a call from Isaac Mendez! After all those messages that Hiro left for Isaac, Isaac finally returned one. I’m not sure how the new addition to Hiro’s Scooby Gang is going to do, but if Ando’s Shaggy, and Hiro is Velma, then I would call Isaac Freddie.
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As a side note, I got to meet Masi Oka (Hiro) at a mixer for Ivy League folks in the entertainment industry (don’t make fun of me, I am a TV critic, after all). We were even nice and invited the kids from Stanford to tag along. The evening kind of sucked because they actually made us pay for drinks, and I got stuck talking to this girl who is writing a book about her whirlwind marriage to Bill Nye the Science Guy (I only WISH that was a joke), but I did get a chance to chat a little bit with Masi Oka. I didn’t want to hound him too much partly because I hate doing that and partly because sometimes celebrities are just boring in person (and I just met a friend’s girlfriend whop happened to be a Czech model who loved to talk about ANTM as much as I do). Overall, he was pretty cool, but I met a few kids from Brown I thought were much cooler. And, if you must know, I didn’t hear him talk about waffles the entire evening.
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When they were interviewing Peter, Audrey and Matt heard him talk about Claire a little bit, so they decided to bring her in to talk as well. She is there with her dad, basically asking bullshit questions, hoping that Matt is able to pick up on what she is really thinking. The only problem is that Matt isn’t getting anything. Does that mean HRG can block signals like the Eraser? Audrey isn’t getting anywhere, and HRG is getting pissed, so she lets them leave.
Matt goes to talk to Mr. Bennet, trying to sense what was going on, and tells Audrey that he didn’t get anything. Once again, Audrey is upset because her ace in the hole isn’t doing anything to pay for his plane ride, but Matt says that there it was almost as if there was an absence of sound. What could it be? Why, there in the corner, it’s The Eraser. I guess HRG knew what they were up against and brought him along to protect Claire.
Like I said earlier, Claire asked to see Peter. She wanted to thank him for saving his life, as did HRG. Claire asks for some privacy, and we now see why she wants to talk to Peter. She saw him heal, so she thinks that he is just like her. For the first time, she feels like she has somebody who knows everything that she is going through. The exchange between these two is cute. I feel bad for Claire because she doesn’t really understand why he is saying that he is not like her, but she clearly has the hots for him. But just like the rest of us, he is going to have to wait until she turns 18.
Despite all of their efforts to keep Jessica off their trail, she seemed to be closing in on DL and Micah. She finds DL’s jacket and they make a little bit of a too-obvious attempt to show that Jessica has that strange tattoo on her back. For a moment, Niki takes control of Jessica and we see that there is no symbol. I mentioned this before, but they made it so obvious I had to mention it again. Niki sort of makes an effort to say that Jessica is inside of her and is supposed to do what she says, but Jessica says that isn’t the case anymore.
Micah cries out in the distance, and Jessica and Niki make a run for it. One of them gets there, but we aren’t sure which one it is. Micah explains that his dad is hurt and needs help, and Niki pulls out a gun, which means it is really Jessica. DL is actually waiting to make an ambush on her and get her weapon, but Jessica overpowers him. Micah tries to stop and Niki pushes him away, where he crashes into some rocks and hurts himself. Jessica’s whole purpose is to protect Micah, and when this happens, Niki comes back, and realizes what she did.
We know you are jacked DL. Keep your shirt on.
Micah knows it’s his mom, but DL is still a little wary. In either case, how do we know how long it will be before she goes wacko again? The answer is that we don’t know. Niki realizes this and runs off while DL and Micah aren’t looking. The next time we see her, she is turning herself over to the sheriff. And she confesses to murder! I did NOT see that one coming AT ALL.
Isaac met with Hiro and Ando, and that was great and all, but he is still convinced that he can’t paint unless he is on drugs. Then Hiro talks about the first time he met Isaac, when he was dead and the bomb exploded NYC. Isaac explains that the person who cuts off brains is not a problem anymore, and as they are looking through some of his sketches, it’s apparent that he painted some pictures of Charlie and Hiro – when he was sober no less.
Realizing that he can he paint the future again, Isaac gives it another shot. He remembers painting a man that explodes, so how do you stop an exploding man? Isaac concentrates (just like Hiro taught him) and then starts to paint. What he came up with is nothing that we ever expected. It is a painting of Hiro and the good news is that he has his samurai sword. The bad news? Hiro was using that sword to defend himself against a Tyrannosaurus rex. Ouch! Hiro always uses great geek references and he used another one this week, talking a little bit about the butterfly affect ( I am sure he is more Ray Bradbury than Ashton Kutcher, or he might just like the Simpsons). But the first thing on his mind is safety “I really need to find that sword.”
Matt told Audrey about the feeling he had in the police station when HRG was around, and it was enough to convince her that they should follow him a little bit. That leads them to the paper factory where HRG works. I really loved the part where Matt made a joke and then Audrey thought to herself “He can be cute sometimes. Oh damn, did he just hear that?!” Could you imagine them as a couple? Forget Law and Order, how about Moonlighting?
When they finally got back to business at hand, they saw HRG walking out with the Eraser. Matt desperately tries to listen to what they are saying, but he concentrates so hard he actually gives himself a bloody nose. He was able to pluck out one word thought – “Sylar”.
So what did HRG have to say about Sylar? Well, he paid our buddy Gabriel a visit. He just wanted him to know what was going on, but Sylar had a message of his own. Although HRG thinks that he is a humanitarian, Sylar says they are both alike. They both collect special people. That really makes me wonder who HRG is working for, but I guess we’ll find out soon because they are going to take Sylar apart and figure out what makes him tick.
You know, I think I really like HRG. He obviously has some personality issues, but he just cares about his family more than anything else and would do anything to protect him. Why is that so bad? It’s bad with what happened next. Claire came home to talk to her brother about her abilities, but he acted like he didn’t know what was going on. In fact, he can’t remember if his father even picked him up from school. Claire gets really scared and goes to talk to Zach, but suddenly Zach, who she called her best friend earlier in the episode, doesn’t remember anything they went through in the past couple of weeks.
I really fat bad when Claire’s world was crumbling around her, but I laughed out loud watching her run on those stubby legs of hers
Claire runs away and back to her house. She thinks that people are out to get her and have reached her loved ones. She calls her dad, and he remembers the conversation, but she won’t, not for long. After getting off the phone, The Eraser comes out of the closet. But he doesn’t erase Claire. He is supposed to, and he even tells Claire that he works for her father (that’s right, he even SPEAKS), but he doesn’t erase her mind. The Eraser then asks if she can keep a secret, and just when you thought you know who was pulling the strings, a whole new story falls into your lap.
And then came Eden.
Eden decided that she was going to flip the switch a little bit. She calls up Mohinder and tells him that she is not who he thinks she is, but will explain later. Right now, she has a little work to do. She takes a gun, walks into Sylar’s room, and tells him that he is going to take that gun and shoot himself. But something goes terribly wrong. Sylar looked so helpless against HRG, but he was able to use his ability to pull her right through that plate glass window that was supposed to protect him from the world.
How did this happen? What the hell is going on here? I just don’t get it. And just imagine what Sylar could do with Eden’s power? Eden was an idiot, but she did try and stop him. She lifts the gun, and Sylar says, “You know that won’t hurt me” (seriously, what will hurt this guy?), but she isn’t going for him. Eden points the gun at her own head and blows her brains out. The stunned look on Sylar’s face tells me that he can’t gain her power now.
I am so confused at this point. Was The Eraser working with Eden or some other entity we don’t know? Again, I wanted to try and figure it out, and then they had to drop the mother of all cliffhangers on us!
Nathan gets Peter out of jail. Peter has come down with some cold. I wonder if he caught it from Matt Parkman, who was also having headaches. I do know that Matt Parkman didn’t experience what happened to Peter.
After literally falling over with exhaustion, Peter has a dream. He is the star, but he sees almost everybody involved with the story so far in it as well. The streets are empty and it is just the Heroes. Everybody is in New York, and they are running from somebody. Peter looks at himself, and then he starts to explode!
Peter is the one that blew up New York City? But how could that be? Did Sylar get the power of persuasion from Eden anyway? I am just sooooo confused, but nothing like how Peter must be feeling. He thought he was going to be the Hero, and now it looks like he is the one that they need to stop.
Wow. What a great episode. It kind of sucked to lose Eden, but I really like how elaborate the story has become. At this point I literally have no clue what to expect, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The bad news? We have to wait until January 22 for new episodes to return. I don’t think that is too long to wait, but we’ll have to think of something to fill up our Hero time until then.
What did you think of the episode?