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Heroes: The Hard Part

by JJ Hawkins, posted May 8th 2007 12:13AM
Hiro and Ando realizing Sylar knows they are behind the canvas

Every week I walk away with a bit of a headache after watching Heroes. It's not a bad headache by any means. It's more of a sensory/information overload kind of a thing since each episode is filled to the brim with so many details.

That being said, the show is so entertaining, I find the discomfort completely worth it.

This episode found Hiro and Ando back in present day New York City after their foray into the future. They set off to try and accomplish, "the hard part", but little did they know the hard part would have them face to canvas to face with Sylar not once, but twice within the episode. Even more impressive was the fact that the second time Sylar and Hiro were face to face, it was by Hiro's own doing. He's come a long way in a little time or maybe that should be in "a lot of time" if you factor in his time travel.

I thought I was going to have a coronary during both instances. Knowing Sylar could hear the faintest of sounds during the first meeting, then seeing a frozen Sylar's beady eye move when he was supposed to be frozen during the second meeting was tension filled television at its finest.

Of course, as viewers we realize the show has to play out as Isaac/Sylar/Peter's paintings dictate, so we knew the final battle between Hiro and Sylar would have to wait until another day. Sometimes it's a curse to be in the know on these things.

On a side note, I found it interesting when Sylar was in "Geordy La Forge mode" painting the future and we saw that his artistic style was strikingly different than the more cartoon like portraits found in Isaac's paintings. Thought it was a nice little detail the producers threw in there considering most people tend to paint differently. The show is probably full of similar instances I fail to see.

The thing I found most intriguing about this episode was the temporary conflict that Sylar went through when he discovered he would potentially be the cause of the Apocalypse in New York City. Sylar was an innocent little watchmaker for like five minutes. Since that point, we've only known him to be evil.

The glee that can be seen his eyes every time he kills someone and steals their powers is a testament to this evil. Up until now, he hardly seemed to have a compassionate strand of DNA in his body.

To a large extent by episode end, we found out Sylar still epitomizes evil, but for that brief moment it was compelling to witness the moral struggle he appeared to be going through. It was a bit unexpected.

It was also good to see the relationship between Sylar and his mother. It seemed like the show was trying to convey that Sylar's mom pushed him to this point, but I'm not entirely sure it portrayed that convincingly enough.

Moving on, I'm the kind of viewer who wants to reject a new character that gets injected into a show this late in the season. Molly was a bit of exception because she has a pretty fascinating power - not to mention a power that I would love to exploit.

One word. Paparazzi. If I had this girls powers and I always knew where everyone on the planet resided, I'd be selling pictures of Paris Hilton, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, and the lot of other famous people to Star Magazine left and right. I won't even talk about the torment I'd cause ex-girlfriends...but I digress.

We also learned that Mohinder's sister had the exact same nucleotide ailment Molly is suffering from and that Mohinder's father developed a cure but much too late. Then we were hit with the bombshell that Molly is the only one who can stop Sylar.

What? Now I find myself wondering who will really end up stopping Sylar. Will it be Hiro? Will it be Peter? Will it be Molly? On top of that, is Peter or Sylar going to go nuclear?

l'm also curious to see why Nathan called Linderman saying, "we have a problem" (I knew this guy could never be trusted), how Micah's powers fit into Linderman's plan, and why the shape shifter only now unveiled the fact that she can also make people see what she wants them to see. It seems like that power alone could have been used for some much more nefarious activity throughout the series. Wish it would have come out a little earlier.

I'm sure all of those questions and more will be answered next week, and more than likely, a whole slew of new questions will pop up that bring us all back for season two.

The final scene where Peter was on the verge of spontaneous combustion with Claire, HRG, Matt, and Ted watching in shock was a nice climatic place to end. If you ask me, the easiest solution at that point would have been for someone to put a cap in Ted's dome, but that's just me. Seems if you killed the guy who causes Peter to explode, Peter wouldn't explode. I'm just saying.

Was anyone able to catch what Sylar painted in blood on the floor of his mother's house? I couldn't make it out, but would love to hear what you guys thought it was.

Rating 6Eight months of television converged to bring us another content packed episode. Despite being a lot of information to digest, I give the episode a 6 as it was very entertaining and suspenseful at points. Can't wait to see what happens next week.

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Here are a few of my own notes:

I think Linderman plans to use Micah to rig the election.

I think that Thompson (Eric Roberts) just wants Mohinder to "fix" Molly so that they can track down Bennett, Matt, Ted and Claire. I think it has absolutely nothing to do with finding Sylar.

I think Molly is the tracking system Bennett is out to destroy. I'm not sure he realizes it's a who.

The Sylar plot with him mom did not make me feel any sympathy for him if that was the intent.

And I don't think killing Ted will prevent Peter from exploding. Peter kept his ability to draw the future after Isaac died.

As we see everyone converging on New York, I think we are missing a few people. Maybe they explained their absence and I've forgotten by the long break.

Where happened to Claude (Christopher Eccleston)? I know he was scared off by HRG, but will we see him again?

What ever happened to Hana (Stana Katic)?

And I know Claire's biological mother was headed to Mexico, but will we see her again?

May 09 2007 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ah, so that's why Sylar went back to kill Molly; I'd thought that was a dead end.

Good episode, 5/7

May 09 2007 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i don't get why peter would WANT to find Ted...im going to save the world by tracking down the one guy who will give me the power to blow up NY which is what i feared for the entire season up until now??!

sure peter might think its ted who will blow up but still...i find it hard to believe he can just walk into it like that, knowing his absorbing abilities.

May 09 2007 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I used to get that brain overload headache when I watched Battlestar Galactica...for the first 2 seasons anyway.

May 08 2007 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nonchalant Savant

YAH! Another new character!!!

They need to start killing some of them off so that tiny mortal brain can keep up.

May 08 2007 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

#51 Karen. I thought the same thing about Mom Petrelli, I have a feeling that there will be a secret revealed about her soon.

May 08 2007 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone notice that both Sylar's and Nathan's mothers were trying to make them be people they didn't want to be.

I love the Peter/Claire relationship. I loved that when his hands started to glow, he cried out her name.

May 08 2007 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Anybody else getting an "Angela Lansbury in 'The Manchurian Candidate'" vibe off Mrs. Petrelli in her scene with Nathan? No? Just me? Never mind, then.

May 08 2007 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the episode was very very exciting, but I feel like that for all the episodes. Heroes is only one of two shows (the other is Supernatural) that can get me practically hyperventilating with excitement and glee. It's just so brilliant it leaves me breathless and tingley all over. (Gosh, I sound weird...)
Some points....
*Sylar is so hott. I was swooning over him last night. It's gone from him being just a shadowy villian to being a main player that makes me write Mrs. Sylar all over my notebooks.
*Did the living snowglobe scene with Sylar and his mom give anyone else serious Edward Scissorhands vibes?
*It was interesting to see Sylar's painting skills improve, although it's a completely different style than what we saw in .07%.
*Micah running though the building and opening doors to continually find the same room was just spooky.
*When I realized that Molly was the same girl from the very beginning of the series, when we were just getting to know Matt and first ever heard the name Sylar, I screamed. I want to hug the continuity.
*HRG calling Claire "Clairebear" makes me cry every single time.

May 08 2007 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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amm he painted the explosion no?..

May 08 2007 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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