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Heroes: Landslide

by JJ Hawkins, posted May 15th 2007 12:15AM
Sylar turns in a fugitive

) This episode got off to a quick start picking up right where we left off last week with Peter Petrelli on the verge of combustion. Peter nearly had Claire shoot him as they had previously discussed, but fortunately, he seemed to gain control of his newly absorbed power.

Which brings me to this question: Why is it Peter can absorb powers by standing next to someone, but Sylar has to "rip your head open" to quote Claire? I'm sure someone will let me know in the comments. I'm guessing it's not just a personal preference.

Peter's involvement from this point forward was fairly limited, but we can see from the previews that all hell is going to break loose next week, and Peter and Sylar will have their much anticipated standoff.

Nathan Petrelli continues to bug me. Throughout the entire first season he's had several opportunities to be a good person and potentially avert a lot of the chaos that is destined to occur, but he always brushes those opportunities aside and continues forward. Case in point was the conversation that took place when Hiro confronted him on the streets and offered him the chance to not become a bad man.

I loved that Hiro called him out on the fact that he's already a bad man. I also liked his repeated cry of "villain, villian, VILLIAN". Nathan is a difficult character to read. There's times I think he's good but more often than not he seems a little evil. I also wonder if he's sincerely happy that his wife is newly mobile. I was surprised she didn't seem to make the connection that Linderman healed her.

Let me be the first to say that Hiro's dad is an absolute badass and you could tell Hiro loved discovering this from the cheesy grin on his face when his dad broke out the ninjitsu moves and put the sword to Hiro's throat.

I never really suspected that Hiro's dad was anything other than the CEO of a large Japanese company, but it was pretty interesting to learn that he's actually a major player in the Heroes' mythology. I would love to see an entire episode dedicated to his "allies with powers who fought to save the world but lost their way".

The entire sequence where Hiro trained with his father was riveting stuff. I'm wondering if Hiro saying "to save what is important I must be strong enough to cut out my own heart" means he will have to perform some form of the sacred Seppuku ritual in his battle with Sylar.

It was also cool to see Hiro become proficient with the sword in such a short period of time. The Kaito Nakamura Dojo is truly a center of martial arts excellence.

I enjoyed the humor the writers inject into what could otherwise be some stark subject matter. I chuckled a bit when Candace was stuffing food in her mouth and confessed to being huge hinting at the fact that she simply makes other people see her as thin and attractive. I imagine if given a poll, a good portion of the viewing audience would adore utilizing her power on a day to day basis more so than the power of any other Hero. Or maybe that's just me...

I also laughed out loud when Parkman convinced the security guard to let him through the gates by pulling the "you didn't want anyone to find out about the...porn" routine. You could see Parkman struggling to read the guard's thoughts and I found it humorous that he chose an item most guys would have some reservations revealing. Funny stuff.

In the real world are you allowed to take people, even kids, with you into a voting booth? Doesn't matter. As everyone speculated in the comments Micah was being utilized by Linderman to manipulate the votes. Just another reason we need to get rid of those stupid E-voting machines...

The three deaths in the final fifteen minutes of the episode had me reeling. Bennett breaking out the "your last thought" line was priceless, and a little unexpected. Sylar taking out Ted in typical Sylar fashion was imminent, but that didn't make it any less grotesque watching the forehead slicing.

Finally, Linderman's death was spectacular. I've always found D.L.'s power to be interesting, but a bit dull. When Linderman's eyes were bulging I was a bit confused, but then I saw the ginormous hole in the back of his skull and all became clear. Good times.

Rating 6Of course, considering Linderman heals things, it's not too far a stretch to think we'll be seeing him again sometime next season.

This was an exceptional entertaining and violent episode and a great lead-in to what will probably be one of the best hours of television all year next week. I give the episode a 6.

Can't wait for the finale.

Also, next week there will be a live chat during the episode. Check in 10 minutes before the episode airs to join in and talk about the series finale with other Heroes fans.

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I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a fanboy and feel free to call me retarded for making a comment that may be way off base, but....Am I the only one to notice that Mr. Bennett had full recall of the events that happened in Texas between Ted and Claire? Shouldn't he have no recollection of that event?

May 17 2007 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spencer Gardner

I have a speculation about Peter's powers. Up to this point, I can't recall that he has used more than one ability at the same time. Is he just dumb, or can he not physically do it? For instance, when Sylar killed him by flinging the glass all over the room, he was invisible. Why didn't he levitate too? He could have easily avoided the glass by doing so. If I am right, this could severely hamper his fighting ability.

May 16 2007 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Chuck, I read an answer to your question as whether Sylar broke Hiro's time-freeze. He did not. The writers answered the question in a Q&A interview:

Hiro's never killed someone before and he was extremely anxious and so, he lost his concentration. That split second was all Sylar needed to gain the advantage.

May 16 2007 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

George, get over yourself. I'm not getting paid to review the show. He is.

May 16 2007 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A few thoughts -

The future has already been changed. I'm pretty sure the first time Hiro went to the future, he was alone, without Ando. And then he found Isaac and arrested when he discovered Isaac. Granted, that was the day after the election, which will be the next episode, but he already has found Isaac dead. But there's that whole circular space time continuum issue. But regardless, the comic books originally showed Hiro without Ando, which is why Hiro tried to send Ando home. So the future that will play out is not necessarily the future that was set in the beginning of the series due to the choices the characters' made due to the knowledge of the future.

And the spot in the brain that renders Claire/Peter invunerable and probably the section that will make Lindermann permantely dead is likely the cerebellum and the upper levels of the spinal cord. If that's true, then that just adds a whole new level of respect for the Heroes writers. It's responsible for fine motor functions, which I think a super power would fall under. Disable the cerebellum and I would imagine any power would become useless.

I also found it odd that Parkman didn't recognize Molly Walker. He saved her and had to interview her again.

May 16 2007 at 1:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Okay, really, all the comments about expecting Hiro to freeze time to train and come back as an excellent swordsman, stop watching Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Yes, they glossed over it with the whole worthy of the family destiny bit, but guess what? It's a show about super heroes. You are supposed to suspend disbelief.

May 16 2007 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


It has never been established that Sylar eats the brains of his victims. I think zombie movies lead people to think this. Sylars power is to understand how things work. In order to understand how a heroes power works, he needs to look inside. Unfortunately for them that means removing their brain and examining it.

May 15 2007 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Peter absorbed Claire's power when he saved her from Sylar in "Homecoming", and has used it previously without thinking about it after Claude threw him off a building in "Distractions"."

Actually, majake, Claude threw him off hoping Peter would think of Nathans flying powers. After he healed, Peter said that just before hitting the car he remembered this innocent cheerleader he saved and her sweet crooked smile. So he did indeed think of Claire and finally proved to himself that his innate power was empathy and that he needed to "feel" the person whose power he was going to use when they weren't in proximity to him.

May 15 2007 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cant believe no one commented on the fact that DL could have grabbed Nikki and let the bullet pass through both of them instead of getting hit with it. He really needs to go read some X-men...

May 15 2007 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Mildred Pierce

"Why is it Peter can absorb powers by standing next to someone, but Sylar has to "rip your head open" to quote Claire?"

Because Sylar and Peter have different powers. Which of course beg's the question, what would happen if Sylar were to take Peter's power.

May 15 2007 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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