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Review: Heroes - Shadowboxing

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 10th 2009 2:20AM
Heroes: Shadowboxing
(S04E09)
This week on Heroes, the action picked up right where it left off two weeks ago, with Claire and Gretchen facing off against the invisible sorority sister, Rebecca. We also checked in with both iterations of Sylar, the mind one trapped in Matt's body, and the body one hanging out at Samuel's carnival. Only neither was staying put for long.

The remainder of the episode took us back to the hospital where we could hang out with Peter and Emma. Nine episodes into this new season and I'm still not really sure where they're going with the Emma character. As a character, she's just not that interesting, and even less interesting is her ability to see sound as colors. Since they're clearly making no moves toward she and Peter becoming a romantic item, I find myself really wondering why I should care.

The problem isn't that she's a new character, as I desperately want new characters from time to time on this show. It's that she's not a very interesting new character. She has virtually no personality whatsoever, and even her 'sad story' reveal this week about how she failed to save her drowning nephew (and that's why she dropped out of med school) left me cold. I just do not care.

Why are we spending so much time on her? Will she be the "hero" to defeat Sylar this time around? Or will Samuel rise up as the bigger threat and her color can cut through his dirt abilties?

Speaking of Samuel, he put himself right into the middle of things with Claire and Noah this week. With Gretchen having run home in fear, Samuel started working his psychological manipulations on Claire, who's proven she's very susceptible to this sort of thing over the years. And, he revealed that Rebecca didn't really want to hurt Claire or kill Gretchen.

Well, she did, but not because she wanted to hurt Claire. She wanted to hurt Noah. See, Rebecca is just one of the surely countless victims of HRG's ways back when he was the "Company Man." He had no qualms about taking out people with abilities and didn't really give a damn about the consequences. I'm glad to see them standing by this side of his past; I was worried after last week they were going to try and sugarcoat his whole first season. Man was a monster, deal with it.

The new monster, of course, is Sylar. Body Sylar slipped back into Nathan form while at the Carnival, and woke up confused. Luckily, he was smart enough to take off flying when Samuel and Lydia came out of their camper. I guess that means he doesn't remember anything of his time at the Carnival? Who knows the state of what mind he does has.

Especially considering his true psyche is traipsing around in Matt's body, having recently gained control of it. Matt quickly answered the question of whether or not Sylar had gained his power. That answer is no. What we didn't get an answer to was if Matt's wife figured anything out, or even what happened after the big switch at home. By the time we caught up with them, they were already heading out to find Sylar's body.

The best sequences in the episode took place with Matt and Sylar. It was a little convenient that they showed up at the same diner where Charlie was originally killed, but no longer in the current timeline. I guess if the set is there, you might as well use it. I did appreciate the way Matt was using his abilities to set Sylar up for a fall. Throughout the episode, I was getting irritated that he was cowing to Sylar. The mind is more powerful than the body, as Sylar proved by messing with Matt all those weeks.

Matt's plan worked, and he got Sylar shot and killed. At this point, after Sylar had committed a pointless murder in his body, Matt was willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good. Unfortunately, if the previews for next week are any indication ... SPOILER ALERT! ... Peter butts his nose and his new healing ability in and heals Matt, or at least Matt's body. Who'll be in charge is anybody's game.

We'll also find out that there was a film, and something important on it, that led to Samuel killing Suresh, or at least injuring him severely as we saw last week. Is it too much to hope that Mohinder is dead? His character became frustratingly useless a couple of seasons ago and it's time for him to follow Adrian Pasdar to a possibly brighter future on a different show.

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Ty

i didn't think this ep was too bad but how in the heck did sylar/nathan...learn to fly he never opened up nathan head to get the power unless he learned it like he elle ability but im sure that didn't happen fail again writers....and for the deaf gurl ability if she has a strong emotion with the sound she is playing it will inflict damage like when she was playing the cello in her room and cracked the wall

November 11 2009 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Echy

Flying is Nathans natural ability so Nathan/Syler did not have to learn it.

November 16 2009 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cret

My girlfriend hasn't watched this show since season one, but ended up next to me as I watched the second half of this episode. Trying to explain what was going on was comedic and nearly impossible.

"So Matt is Syler. Only Syler can see Matt." "Nathan is dead, but his mind was put in Syler's body. He still thinks he is Nathan." "Oh yeah.. she can see colors for some reason." "Yeah, Noah is a good guy now." "Hiro is still alive, just not in this episode." "No. Matt is kinda like a ghost right now - following around Syler and can control his mind if he tries really hard."

What an absurd story.

November 10 2009 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PhantomSpaceman

I hope this isn't how they get rid of Gretchen. I might be the only one with this sentiment but I liked her character. I mean, why introduce her in the first place if she's just going to leave before the middle of the season? And her character was so irreverently dismissed. "I'm scared so I'm going to leave." No touching goodbye, just her leaving the room. Well at least Claire sent her a bodyguard in the form of the, now named, Haitian. So all that lesbian tension was for nothing and would have been better to not have been introduced in the first place? Good job Heroes writing staff.

And please do something with the woman who can see sound as colors (lamest power ever). She sucks. She's boring and doesn't do anything but drag Peter down with her (I miss infinite power Peter). I'm sure they can do something with her character but if they decided to kill her off irreverently I wouldn't be mad. Also, kill Samuel. He's lame. Earth bending is impressive but I don't buy him as a viable threat.

Let's wrap this up. Sylar's not interesting anymore, kudos to Kevin Pereira of Attack of the Show for his cameo as a cop arresting Sylar/Mat, Ali Larter is useless as is more than half of the cast, and finally I somehow still love this show. I also hate it. It's sad really. Maybe it can be fixed. We can all dream.

November 10 2009 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dutchy

Why the taf zacefron?

November 10 2009 at 6:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
San

Pretty much agree with the whole review, except for the bit with Mohinder; he was apart from Noah, the best non-power character, and the fact that he isn't as transparently pure good or pure bad as many other characters, makes him quite interesting to watch.

November 10 2009 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Which begs the question, why are you sitting on an internet entertainment blog complaining about complainers instead of having your job as... well, whatever the hell skill bitching about bitchers brings?

November 10 2009 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy

I see that many people here know exactly how this show should be written to make it perfect. This begs the question, "Why are you sitting at your computers making bitchy comments about someone else's work instead of being the producers of the great shows you all seem to think you know how to make?"

November 10 2009 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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driftwood

Have you been on the internet before?

"The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another. " Or tv in this case.

November 11 2009 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

One question that came to me while watching this episode: Where's Molly?

Parkman and Mohinder took over her care... they became her parents... but when Parkman learned of Baby Matt Parkman, she vanished...

Also, I wonder if last week Samuel had Charlie transported into the future where she's trapped with that Irish chick Peter just dumped there? lol

This was just pretty boring... oh, and btw, if you have a kid and a deaf sister? Yeah... pay the neighbor's kid to watch your child.

November 10 2009 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan

I loved when Matt tricked Sylar into suicide by cop. I thought it was a great twist and I was so disappointed to see in the preview that Peter saves them.

November 10 2009 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Echy

I could not agree more about Emma. Her story is boring beyond belief. Why is it that she only sees color for music? Sound is sound and there should be colors floating everywhere.

So Parkman/Syler takes seven to ten shots to the chest and lives long enough to get transported from Texas to New York so that Peter can save him. I can suspend disbelief but this is ridiculous.

November 10 2009 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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