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Heroes: The Eclipse - Part 1

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 25th 2008 9:51AM
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(S03E10)
We've reached the climax of this volume of Heroes. With the coming of the eclipse the first time, abilities manifested in our plethora of characters, or at least some of them. Or at least it was a catalyst of some importance. Now Claire is apparently a catalyst of some importance. Because the writers aren't sure how to make her anything other than kind of annoying, but she's the "hot chick" so they have to keep her. But that's another issue. It's time for another eclipse, and this time what havoc will it wreak?

Maybe it can make Peter whine less. Or Claire be less useless of a character. Or Matt more important of a character. Or Mohinder go back to normal or just die already. Things were definitely turned sideways this episode, and I think it was in a good way. I know all they naysayers will keep saying nay, many of them doing so without even watching the episodes (which makes their opinions irrelevant), but things are getting on track. Now if they can just avoid a disappointing conclusion to this volume, I'll be thrilled powerless.

It did get some people to put out there some of the feelings we've all been feeling for awhile. Peter was able to yell at Nathan for being a pawn of his father, and everyone really. Nathan was able to yell at Peter for being a bitch. And Noah yelled at Claire for being a big baby. She's been acting like a spoiled brat all season and he totally called her on it. But then she went and got all sentimental and took a bullet for daddy, so it's back to love love.

When the eclipse hit and everybody lost their abilities, it came down to their personalities and inner strength to drive the plotlines. We got a chance to see how much we would or wouldn't like everybody if they were just themselves and we had to consider them all as regular people. As it turns out, many of them relied on their abilities as a crutch, like Sylar and Elle, who were easily handled by Noah single-handedly, unless you want to count a blonde bodyshield as assistance.

The whole thing was so touchy-feely, from Noah and Claire's bonding moments to Matt's mushy cliche-ridden speech to Daphne to that ending with Sylar saying that he can damn well take what he wants when he wants and planting one right on Veronica Mars' kisser. We even had a feel good moment when Mohinder plopped out of his disgusting cocoon and looked more like the guy we used to like way back in Season One.

If ever there was a time to take down Arthur Petrelli, this is it. Unfortunately, a guy like Mohinder isn't going to be able to because he's kind of a wimp and Arthur's sons are trapped in Haiti for the time being. Elle and Sylar have a lot more on their hands than each other with HRG right outside the window and the rest of the gang is stuck in Lawrence, KS. Presumably powers will return, because they haven't changed the name of the show to Humans, but it may not be until after the eclipse passes, and then Arthur's would return, too.

It was fun seeing Breckin Meyer and Seth Green as the comic shop proprieters, and the play with the 9th Wonders comic cover mimicking real life. I genuinely have no idea where they're going to go from here with any of these plotlines, and for that I'm genuinely glad.

If Claire died from her wounds, I wouldn't be horribly upset but then maybe I'm a cold-hearted bastard. A nice ass and toned abs only gets you so far in my book. Her character has oeen the object of some other subject since day one. She's always someone else's goal, rather than significant in her own right. Makes her kind of hard to root for as an individual. I am hoping her mom shows up soon, though, and holds up her hand to show off her cool flame and then looks even stupider than usual when nothing happens.

What do you think will happen when the eclipse ends?
Everyone's powers come back just as they were207 (24.5%)
Powers come back, but with some changes518 (61.3%)
New people get powers105 (12.4%)
Powers stay gone15 (1.8%)


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Phish

i liked this episode, the power-removing eclipse twist was pretty good.
i'm really looking forward to seeing these characters deal with their situations without powers. hopefully even after the eclipse passes, their powers will be gone, until the next eclipse.

November 26 2008 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jnewman176

The only thing I found truly unbelievable in the episode is when they were in cornfields of Kansas, and there were MOUNTAINS that looked strangly like California in the background. I guess they were in the "hilly" part of the state. That I found odd-everything else seemed perfectly logical.....

November 26 2008 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Picviewer

In regards to the so called rude comment problem of
""A nice ass and toned abs only gets you so far in my book."
May I suggest using your inside voice for rude comments like this?"

Maybe the truth hurts? Her acting ability certainly isn't going to get her far. Or does this come from the school of thought that everyone should get a gold star for trying?

I guess we found out how they'll trim the episode costs, no lighting which in turn cut down on the makeup artists costs too. Really never knew of a eclipse that totally blanks out all areas of a planet at the same time and shorts out the electrical system. Yeah maybe someone could have turned some lights on somewhere this episode? candles? flashlights?

November 26 2008 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
r.r.r.

"A nice ass and toned abs only gets you so far in my book."

May I suggest using your inside voice for rude comments like this?

November 25 2008 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jordan Werme

Either the writers are lazy, or they genuinely don't give a shit anymore. The continuity problems on this show are making it hard to watch at this point.

When did Ando learn to speak English? How may issues of 9th Wonder did that guy have in the bank before he died? Since when did super powers (other than the healing power) cure chronic disease? And seriously ... when the bloody hell did Ando learn to speak English!?

November 25 2008 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Josh

Ando has been speaking English since season 1. Hiro used Ando frequently to communicate with people. Remember when Ando showed up at Niki's place thinking she'd help because they had chatted online? Ando was able to communicate with the cops just fine. When Peter called to tell Hiro that Future Hiro said they're supposed to meet, Ando was their inbetween on the phone.

And as for 9th Wonders, as I explained in comments above, in series timeline, Isaac died in November 2006 and it is now only a few months later (Nathan was shot on March 20, 2007 and Season 3 picked up right where they left off, resulting in the awkward situation of having it still be spring 2007 on a show airing in fall 2008). Isaac only needed four or five months' worth of comics done at the time he died for there to be new issues finished, and comics are often finished long ahead of their release date.

November 25 2008 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cdawg

josh i get how Parkman's dad was just killed. My question was - didn't PArkman already relegate his father to a life in his own head last season? How did he escape that?

November 25 2008 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Josh

Ah, that's a better question, one I was asking myself. The writers have stated in online Q&A's that Maury was locked up in Level 5 and escaped during the breakout we saw. In fact, it was easy to miss, but last season, following Maury's nightmare imprisonment, Matt Parkman was looking over that group photo of the company founders and while most were labeled "dead," Maury was labeled "incarcerated" so the company got him locked up by that point. I guess we're left to assume that Parkman let his father out of his nightmare once he was securely locked up in Level 5.

Only problem then is that Nathan's visions of Linderman this season PRECEDED the Level 5 breakout by one episode, so... how was Maury already working for Arthur at that point? THAT is a legitimate continuity error, but not a show-ruining one, IMO.

November 25 2008 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LC

Parkman was able to escape his fathers mind trap last season, so it only stands to reason that Maury, who is far more experienced with his powers than Matt is, was able to escape Matt's mind trap.

November 25 2008 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Stewart

The characters without their powers makes for a much more interesting show. Hopefully they can keep that human part about them once they get their powers back.

November 25 2008 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
K.V.C

Cdawg you beat me to it!

With Isaac dead, who's drawing the 9th Wonders comic?

So Sylar is evil again? WTF is this show doing?@?!?

They need to kill half of them off and find a plot line to follow.

November 25 2008 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Josh

As I already replied to cdawg, next week, Seth Green and Breckin Meyer's characters will explain how 9th Wonders is still in print. It probably amounts to the real-life fact that comics are often finished far, far ahead of schedule. It works because, despite being on the air for 2 years, less than a year has passed in the series' timeline since the pilot. Season 1 took place in Oct/Nov 2006, Season 2 took place four months later (Nathan was shot on March 20, 2007), and Season 3 picked up right where Season 2 left off, meaning it's still spring 2007 for the characters and Isaac would only need to have had four or five months' worth of comics lined up before he died for there to still be new episodes. Plus, in the Season 1 finale he gave a fan his sketchbook, and the writers have said they may use that sketchbook to keep Isaac's drawings in play if need be.

November 25 2008 at 11:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mail4bh

I agree with cdawg: what is the purpose this season? No one seems to have any kind of plan or reason for living.

Also? You forgot one other asset Claire has: a nice rack.

November 25 2008 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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carterman

Methinks you haven't seen enough 'nice racks' as of late to say that she's got a nice rack, but then again, I am a big boob fan in both senses of the word.

November 26 2008 at 5:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh

Cdawg, Parkman's father is the guy who was giving Nathan and Daphne those visions of Linderman, and Arthur snapped his neck and killed him a few weeks ago.

There WAS an eclipse the morning after Heidi's accident; the reflection of an eclipse can be seen in a hospital window when the doctor is telling Nathan about Heidi's condition. Nathan's kids are with Heidi.

I'm pretty sure it was stated that Parkman and his wife are separated now.

The writers stated in a Q&A at comicbookresources.com that Seth Green and Breckin Meyer's characters will explain how 9th Wonders is still in print in Part 2. They are also going to have a theory that explains how an eclipse can affect the physiology of specials.

I think Mohinder was more surprised that he was suddenly back to normal than he was by the cocoon.

November 25 2008 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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