Heroes: I Am Sylar
by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2009 1:15AM
(S03E24) The penultimate chapter of this latest volume of Heroes keeps the "improved" status of the series going. As expected, Rebel returns to the series and, as seen above, has an unexpected encounter with Sylar. The episode doesn't so much as pick up where last episode's left off, with Nathan and the extended Petrelli clan watching Sylar-Nathan at a live press conference requesting a meeting with the president. Instead, we backed the clock up so we could see what everyone else was doing while Angela was making her family dig holes in the desert.
Thankfully, what everyone else was doing was far more interesting than ultimately what we got at Coyote Sands. Micah is always an appreciated return to the series, and if he survives the season (did he even survive tonight?), I'd love to see him return as a cast regular next year. The stage is getting set for a climactic season finale. At this point, I'm not sure what's going to happen, who's going to survive, and what state we're going to leave anyone in.
We've been promised three deaths, two of which are permanent. I don't think Daphne was one of those three deaths, but Tracy was. And it's pretty much been leaked that the latter of those two will be back. Which means we still have two permanent deaths to consider. You have to imagine Danko is going to be one of those, hell the episode may open with that, considering what went down with Sylar at the end of this one. As for the other, is it time to say goodbye to one of the Petrelli brothers?
They've done a pretty good job of making Peter pretty useless this season, and considering his role in prior volumes, his death would be pretty staggering to the status quo. But in the here and now it would have virtually no impact on anything. But then again, the same could be said for Mohinder. As the last surviving member of the original company, I'd like to think Angela's importance could keep her around a bit longer. It's an interesting thing to consider. Will they actually kill off a Season One castmember and keep them gone?
I'd imagine Hiro and Ando are safe, though I'm not sure what's going on with Hiro. We aren't really sure how "Baby Touch -n- Go" turned on his powers. Does he still have the capacity to have his full powers? Does Ando still super-charge other people's powers or is it just red energy lightning now? You'd think if he still had his charging abilities, then by touching Hiro it would have been a breeze for Hiro to stop time.
Matt Parkman seems also to be a sentimental favorite with the creators. He hasn't had any significant storylines, though I'm wondering if there isn't something important about Baby Matt Parkman. It is kind of convenient that just as Daphne is written out of the show here comes Matt's ex with his baby in tow. It is a proven scientific fact that babies solve all marital problems. It's true, if you're fighting too much with your wife, just knock her up and all your problems will go away.
The evolution of Sylar had some mixed moments for me. I was able to buy that he saved Micah, considering he sees a bit of himself in the kid. It's probably the same reason he didn't kill that other little psychopath he let tag along when he was on the great daddy hunt. But when he threw him out of his apartment, there was a very stupid looking little tear on his face.
I loved, however, the arguments he was having back and forth with his mother, or at least the woman who raised him. It's always nice to see those Pushing Daisies alums anywhere on my television, and Ellen Greene got a much meatier performance out of her character this time. It had to be a hoot playing half of Sylar losing his mind, shape-shifting back and forth from your body to his so you can have a one-man crazy two-person conversation. And yes it was about as confusing as that sentence.
It looks like they've officially righted the train that is Heroes. It's got the perfect mix of drama, humor and action going on right now, as well as intrigue and suspense. We're back to the magic of the first season, and if there are any viewers out there who've wandered away, it's not too late to jump back on board.
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