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Heroes: An Invisible Thread (season finale)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2009 12:20AM
Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli on (S03E25) In my early look at this finale, I laid a pretty broad hint as to the major twist at the end of this volume, and I was impressed with some of the deductive abilities of our readers. And the fact that one of you got it exactly right. Now that we've all seen the final cut of the closing chapter of the "Fugitives" volume of Heroes, we can really look back at it and see how we think things have gone.

What was needed was to wipe the slate clean, resolve as many of the dangling plot threads as possible, and establish a tabula rasa for "Volume Five." Or as much of one as we can this far into a series. After all, these last two volumes have left some pretty sour tastes in many mouths. The set up for interesting things to come next year was definitely well done. I'm more interested in what's going to happen in "Redemption" than I was excited about what happened in this finale.

Let's look at where our cast stands:

Danko & Noah
I wonder if dropping Danko into the cell with Noah after he was set up by Sylar was so that we could gain some sympathy for the little creepy dude. If nothing else, we might start to think of him as someone similar to HRG. Remember how we feared and loathed HRG in the first season. I like Danko as a character, I think he adds a sense of reckless danger and menace to the heroes' lives. It would have been such an easy thing to just kill him off, but I'm actually glad they didn't.

Hiro & Ando
As much as I love Hiro and Ando, it seems like they were on the periphery of the major plotlines all season, and that continued here tonight. Hell, even at the end sequence they kind of just decided to wander off on their own. They really need to make better friends with Team Petrelli-Bennett so they can get integrated. They accomplish important tasks helping everyone out, but they're never part of the big plans. They always just act independently and their goals happen to coincide with the main players.

It doesn't seem like they have any idea right now what to do with Suresh. His role tonight was to tell Hiro that if he tries to use his power again, it might kill him. Other than that he's been on a quest to find out more about his father and ... well, nothing for awhile now. Ever since he lost his spider abilities he's just been kind of wandering.

Three seasons in and Claire is still trying to find her way in the world, grow up and figure out who she is. She's getting pretty good at angry victim. And being left out of the major fights, as we all were tonight. What the hell was the deal with the big battle in the suite being literally behind closed doors? You build to this all season long and then you don't even show it to us? Claire's eyeball and flashing lights doesn't cut it! Did you use up the budget getting Michael Dorn for that cameo?

Pete's the heart and soul of the series, but he too has been largely underutilized all season. The big question was if he was going to get Sylar's abilities in this final battle. At this point, I want to know if he got all of his abilities or if he was only able to pick-and-choose the shapeshifting one. And if he'll finally get to be important again next season.

He's been all over the place since the series began. His goals and motivations have seemed to flip-flop as much as many real politicians. Many times this seems to be an extension of the brotherly rivalry that remains ongoing between him and Peter; he's either with Peter and by extension Peter's stance on a particular issue, or against him. So while it was gratifying to see him firmly on the side of "right" finally, there was no reason to believe he would stay there.

The hint that I gave regarding Marvel's Exiles series was how the villain Proteus' personality was suppressed while he looked like teammate Morph, and he was in fact psychically programmed to believe that he was Morph. He then proceeded to "be" Morph for a long time after that before the Proteus personality inevitably came back out and took over. In essence, Nathan is dead, but it may be awhile before he finally disappears. I can see why it's valuable politically to keep him around after Sylar slit his throat, but it's also incredibly dangerous.

While his ambition to shake the President's hand may have been thwarted by Peter, and ultimately Matt, I wonder if they realize that he's still just as close to fulfilling that diabolical goal now as he was before they dollhoused him. Now Sylar is a Junior Senator, as Nathan. He's already been involved with projects very close to the President, so one would assume this will continue.

Can our heroes really be so naive as to not consider the ramifications should Sylar regain his memories? He'll still have all those abilities, including the shapeshifting, and he'll have regular access to the President and anyone else in government that he wants. Not to mention that he could "turn" at any moment and continue lying to the family, as well. Hell, at some point we'll probably have to deal with all of that next season. After all, there's no way they're going to keep Zachary Quinto off the show. Maybe this will just give him time to make another Star Trek movie.

It seems a little hasty for Matt to be completely over Daphne and ready to re-establish his life with his ex-wife and newly discovered son. But Matt has been consistent in wanting to just lead a normal life. Now he's part of an elite circle of trust with Noah and Angela regarding the decision to morph Sylar "permanently" into Nathan.

Volume Five: "Redemption"
For me, this was the best part of the night. I enjoyed seeing Tracy coming back and going after Building 26 Agents. That's how you can get Danko back on the show, when she's ready to take down the big dog. The other piece, that was inevitable, was the slow realization by Nathan that something isn't right within him.

But other than that, we have a blank slate. No idea what the major storyline will be next season and really endless possibilities. Peter's back to being powerful, Sylar's on the sidelines. They can go anywhere with any of the characters, and they could even write some of them out if they wanted to.

What did you think of the finale?
Best finale yet!115 (10.1%)
Pretty good, but v5 looks even better384 (33.6%)
Kind of a letdown, but I haven't given up on the show yet432 (37.8%)
What a waste of my time!211 (18.5%)

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Maybe that's a stupid thing to ask, but wouldn't it be easier to give dead nathan some cheerleader blood? Last time I remember, that worked fine with corpses.

April 30 2009 at 5:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Has anyone seen Rebel? Micah was pretty instrumental in bringing everyone together and he doesn't even make it in the finale? Pretty weak heroes.. I don't know about the fifth chapter. it doesn't look interesting to me, but ill continue to watch till it gets canceled..

April 30 2009 at 3:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't understand why they turned Sylar into Nathan. Why not make Peter be Nathan for a couple of years and then he can retire from public life and no one is the wiser? He has the shape changing power so he could do the job as well as a barely kept in check psycopath like Sylar.

April 29 2009 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

goodbye, Heroes.

it was nice knowing you, but inane writing is just inexcusable. volume 2 onwards had ping-pong characterization; zero sense of storyline structure, build-up, and coherence; and has just plain boring, uninvolving, and borderline stupid..

you are a one-season-pony. bye!

April 29 2009 at 7:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would be careful in the promising new Volume. I too thought that for Volume 3 and that was probably the worst Volume ever. As for the blood transfusion, let it go! Don't you want a character dead? Geez, fickle fans.

April 28 2009 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Was I the only person that thought that it wasn't 'Tracy' at the end? I assumed it was the 3rd sister that we learned about before. Seems silly that Tracy would now have the water power that she previously didn't have.

April 28 2009 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Any ideas when Niki will come back? The show was great when her character was in it :(

April 28 2009 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Like the show or not, you gotta admit Sylar has the best lines! "Whast your brothers name again, Lyle?" and the best "O man Clarie is going to be so mad at me". If it wasnt for Sylar I woulndt be watching

April 28 2009 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love how people complain about something and then when the show stops doing it, they complain again. When Claire saved Noah, everyone complained that the show would use that as a crutch and that no one would ever die. So they make a vow not to use Claire's blood again and people still complain. The stupidity of the American TV viewer knows no limits.

April 28 2009 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to TMZ's comment

They are just those nerds who LOVE the show, but pretend to hate it just to feel like they are cool. Why would you spend the time to come on to this site to complain about the show, week after week, unless you secretly liked it?

Honestly, are you saying that you'd rather see "Superstars of Dance", "I'm a Celebrity, get me out of here" or another "Big Brother" instead of Heroes? Super powers leave too many open doors for plot holes, so you have to suspend disbelief. After all, how realistic is a show that has a man who can shapeshift and cut people's heads open with his mind?

April 28 2009 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it's more to do with the show having already established precedent. In the Heroes universe you can resurrect people with the right blood. It was a bad idea, but it's part of the mythology now. It seems silly that the characters would have forgotten it.

April 29 2009 at 6:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So many mind-blowingly stupid character flips for the sake of mind-blowingly stupid plot yanks... this isn't "Heroes," it's "Puppets."

This is the second time where an entire season of interesting character developments have been pissed away to serve a Why Did They Do That finale.

And the opening of Volume Five looks like the writers spent as much time coming up with it as it took to air.

I would say the writers have no respect for their characters or their audience, but one shouldn't assume malice when simple incompetence will do.

Heroes is done.

April 28 2009 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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