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Heroes: It's Coming

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2008 3:10AM
Heroes - Angela Petrelli(S03E09) It's a shame that nobody's watching this show anymore, because tonight was all about setting the stage for the battle to come. With "Volume 4" coming either in December or early next year, we should be moving fast and furious to the big confrontation between Team Pinehearst and Team Primatech. By the end of this episode, all of our major players appear to have chosen sides. The stage is set, after only nine episodes, to get to the meat of this volume.

Remember when we were told that there was going to be an examination of the generations of Heroes, and possibly struggles between them. It looks like the Writers Strike swept all of that off the table. Hell, the only people left from the "first" generation are Angela and Arthur Petrelli, and now they appear to be on opposing sides. It took awhile to get to this point, what with wasting all that time on Mohinder and Maya early on this season, but it looks like we're finally getting to the good stuff. Creator Tim Kring took pen to paper, or more likely fingers to keyboard, to write this pivotal episode. Is there anybody left watching to appreciate his efforts?

At this point, are we confident that Angela is now firmly on the side of good, with Arthur and Pinehearst representing evil? Angela certainly came across as pretty evil back in the first season, and both her and her husband appear willing to put their own agendas above the health and well-being of the world at large. In fact, the only difference I can find between them is that Angela cares for the health and well-being of her children, if nothing else. Arthur simply feels that they each have a role to play.

I'm glad to see Daphne finally pick a side, if we can fully believe that she finally has. I'm not sure at what point she fell in love with Parkman, but it was only at the moment she thought he would die that she changed her mind.

The scenes between Elle and Sylar were very sweet and touching, weren't they? I can't wait until next season when they're setting up Arthur as a good guy who only seeks redemption for his past misdeeds. "You're a monster!" "I'm trying to be better." Aw, now just hug it out. That said, Sylar is actually pretty damned effective as a monster attempting to reform.

Arthur tipping him off on a way to get someone's ability without killing them may have sated his hunger for good. After all, wasn't the craving for their abilities? He didn't want to kill them, he just wanted their abilities and to understand how to work them. And he managed to take Elle's ability without stripping them away from her. That got me thinking. Arthur, Sylar and Peter all seem to have variations on the same powers, or maybe they have the exact same power, they just manifest it differently. And since Sylar and Peter don't take powers away when they acquire them, maybe Arthur can't either.

He was able to erase 18 years of Hiro's memory, so maybe what he can do is erase someone's memory of how to access their abilities. You have to figure that Peter isn't going to stay depowered. He was whiny and pathetic enough when he was one of the most powerful people on the show, and he's gotten much more annoying and useless now. Oh, and save the catalyst, save the world? Why does that sound familiar?

Which team will you root for?
Team Primatech539 (50.8%)
Team Pinehearst106 (10.0%)
Team Bring on the Retooling258 (24.3%)
Team Cancellation159 (15.0%)

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MWM

X-mas Wish list:
Kill Claire, Hiro, Tracy, daphne, parkman, flint, knox, and especially Mohinder.
Bring back Adam
Give Ando his power
Have Peter and Sylar team up to take on the world

November 20 2008 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rachael

I'm not jumping on any bandwagon. I've attempted and continue to attempt to watch the show. But then I doze off, or become completely distracted. That to me is not the makings of a good show. And if they cancel it, so what? I'll just continue reading books.

November 20 2008 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jordancda

In many threads here this sounds totally cliche but I feel like its necessary right now considering the tone of this comment thread:

Great ep.

November 20 2008 at 4:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brett

oh yea, I forgot. He's dead.

November 19 2008 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brett

All I want to know is....Where is Adam Monroe? He has got to be a BIG player coming up.

November 19 2008 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bozack

No, Arthur definitely takes people's abilities. Adam Monroe was 500 years old. When he touched Arthur and his power (invincibility) was stripped, he turned into a pile of 500 year old bone dust. If that's simply a mind trick, it's a doozy!

November 19 2008 at 4:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Franklin

Guys, seriously, be prepared to be disappointed in the last episode of the "Villains" arc. Don't you remember how the finales went down for the last two Volumes? Everything just petered out. I'm not expecting to be surprised or wowed at all. There will be a lame conclusion, followed immediately by a cliffhanger that leads to the "Fugitives" arc.

The end of this current episode felt like the same overly dramatic build-up of the last two volumes, which ultimately led to unsatisfying climaxes.

November 19 2008 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PixelSlave

The second season really destroyed the momentum of the series. Season 3 is really great, but people already lost interest to the show.

Anyway, I hope Sylar stay being a villian the way he is "NOW". Having him running around killing and taking power away from other people is not a good idea for the show. Why? He's so strong that unless (a) we all know that Sylar will die in the series; (b) we all know that the person facing him won't die, it's safe to say that whoever facing him will have his/her head cut opened. There will be no suspension left to the plot. Now, there are a lot more ways to play out the story. He may or may not kill the victim. He may or may not take the power away.

Oh, one more things that really excite me is Mohinder's failed experiments, and Arthur's acknowledge of Kaito's success. People from the US may not be familiar with that, but in Japan, one of the three most famous super hero series is called "Kamen Rider" (If you are interested, read more about it from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Series). A recurring theme of the series is that a secret organization modify human beings into super soliders thru different kind of methods. One(or more) such mutant/cyborg would escape and become the super-hero of show. The hero usually bear a normal human's face, but can be transformed into an insect(or animal) inspired form. Arthur said that Kaito's research success wasn't good enough. But, what if (a big if), Kaito had successfully control the mutation? What if he secretly build an army of mutant who can transform into monster like heroes/villians? Time to have a west-eastern fusion of super hero show!

November 18 2008 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AT

I wondered if Sylar and Elle are being manipulated into creating (conceiving) the next generation. In last week's flashback episode they portrayed Past Elle as having feelings for Gabriel, with HRG mocking her for it for emphasis in case the viewers hadn't caught the subtlety. Of course they had to write that in to explain this week's pairing and the foreshadow and foreplay of a relationship. On Heroes the past CAN be rewritten to drive the plot forward. If only life were like that.

Why, the two of them are electric together!
(Okay, that's my attempt at a bad joke.)

November 18 2008 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fritzkreig

if you don't like it, why are so many of you still watching it?

November 18 2008 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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