by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2009 1:19AM
(S04E04) What are you doing with your life? Are you happy with what you do every day, 40 or more hours a week? If not, then you're not truly living your life, you're living someone else's. Only when you realize that this life is a gift and it's so much shorter than any of us can possibly realize, can you truly start to live for yourself. Take a risk. Do what you want. Do what makes you happy.
That's pretty heady stuff, but it was apparently on the Heroes writers' minds tonight, because that's exactly what this episode was about. And it turned out pretty well. There were moments of true growth for several of our characters, some good and some probably not so good.
"Acceptances" didn't do a great deal to progress the overall storylines forward, but it appears the goal was to make sure the characters were in the right mental frame of mind for their next actions. It's nice to see Heroes taking the time to try and give us logical character development, rather than haphazard personality changes.
As usual, Hiro's sequences provided more of the comedy relief for the otherwise heavy things going on in the show. But, as he's now learned that he's dying, it was Hiro who provided the message of the episode.
Nevertheless, it was pretty funny that no matter how many times he went back in time to try and save Tadashi, that guy was going to find a way to photocopy his butt. What Hiro learned was that it wasn't by going into the past to undo what happened that he could save Tadashi. It was by talking to him now and showing him that he can go on from this.
It was good to see him opening up to Kimiko about the fact that he's dying. He needs to stop hiding from the reality of what happened, and I'm glad to see he's got that now. Or does he? Having never revealed his ability to her, I'm sure she was more than a little stunned by his disappearance. But where did he go? And why? Was he in control?
Trying to put his work behind him proved more difficult than he might have thought when Peter showed up wanting to know about a tattoo that's no longer on his arm. Is Noah really ready to settle down and live a normal freak-free life. Speaking of which, what happened to the new Company he was supposed to be building? Did they give up on that already?
Claire showed up to try and cheer her dad up, and inadvertently inspired him to get out there and reinvent himself. What he discovered, though, was that what made him happiest was being the "Company Man." This was a change that did not go unnoticed by Lydia at the Sullivan Brothers Carnival.
Tracy, on the other hand, tried to step right back into her old life (I guess that killing spree she went on over the summer really is all in the past now) only to find out that it's not what she wants anymore. It was nice seeing Bruce Boxleitner back as Governor Malden, but what did Tracy expect?
When she worked for him last time there was as much sex as there was work. Did she think she could disappear for a long time, cite a family crisis and suddenly get a more serious role in his administration? She was fooling herself. We did learn, however, that she's not as in control of her abilities as we might think. At least crying seems to trigger a molecular breakdown. Now she'll have to be even more of a hardass.
Oh, Angela! It was a brilliant move in your battle to convince Nathan that he's Nathan, bringing a bunch of his old objects around for him to hold. By unconsciously tapping into Sylar's ability to know the history of any object he touches, she could reaffirm Nathan's belief that he is who she says he is. Unfortunately, it brought back way more than she intended.
I was very impressed with how this ability was used in the episode. Especially once we learned that Nathan's own memory had been tampered with by the Haitian to hide the death of a young girl he'd loved. It's another in a long line of things Angela has done to control everything about his ascension to power.
It was very cool seeing Nathan move around the pool, touching objects to pull the full story of her death out. And going behind Angela's back to do the right thing by telling the girl's mother Millie, played by Swoosie Kurtz, the truth: that her daughter died in a terrible accident and did not run away. Now that one backfired on Nathan, but at least he was trying to do the right thing.
Angela may now have a rival in the creepy mysterious women category on the show. That was quite a turn of events, well choreographed, with Millie's man killing Nathan and calling to confirm his death while Millie was dining with Angela. Truly sinister. I'd like to see if there's more to Millie than just wanting revenge for her daughter's death. If so, she could find a worthy opponent in Angela.
Of course, the real problem for Millie and her hired gun will likely be that it wasn't Nathan who crawled out of that fresh grave.
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