Review: Heroes - Thanksgiving
by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 24th 2009 4:18AM
(S04E11) I am thankful that we are finally getting to the meat of this volume. I am thankful that we are inching closer to the inevitable conclusion of this battle between Sylar and Nathan over who will retain control of the body. And I am thankful that Angela Petrelli, the always incomparable Cristine Rose, was back this week.
Also making a return appearance for the Bennett family Thanksgiving dinner was Sandra, along with her new beau Doug. And, of course, Mr. Muggles. It's sweet that Muggs fell in love with Doug's dog, but that doesn't excuse Sandra for dating such a total tool. It's a little awkward to think of going to your ex's holiday, but it's not unheard of. Particularly since she probably already knew Claire was going to be there.
Not to be outdone, Samuel had a Thanksgiving dinner of his own back at the Carnival, but Hiro certainly wasn't thankful to be there.
Hiro's one-track obsession with Charlie is equal parts annoying and endearing. It's blinded him to right and wrong, to a degree. To save Charlie, he had Dr. Suresh committed. To save Charlie, he will deny that he saw Samuel kill his brother Joseph eight weeks ago, even though Lydia was there with him. To save Charlie, he will apparently do just about anything. So much for the hero willing to sacrifice for the greater good. Looks like Hiro is human after all, but then we already knew that.
What I don't know is if I should remember a call of "Must rescue Watson. Beam me up Scotty!" It sounds incredibly familiar, and yet I don't think it's been revealed yet. Maybe a hint of the future? Whatever it means, it's where Hiro zapped off to once Samuel's "man" did whatever he did to him. I can't remember that guy's ability, if we ever knew it. Man, I'm doing a great job on keeping track of these details, eh?
Back at the Bennetts, it was a pretty uneventful evening. Claire slashed open her arm, but Doug was convinced it was a peanut allergy. It was nice to see Gretchen roll back into the fold, though she may come to regret that decision now that Claire has her on a wild goose chase to the Sullivan Bros. Carnival, care of the compass she stole from her father.
I won't even get into how stalker creepy it is that Noah is out hunting after his former partner and lover, considering that the Haitian wiped her mind. I don't think he could undo whatever the natural chemistry was that first attracted them to one another, so maybe they can find happiness again. Still, the whole thing was a little weird.
The real action was at the Petrelli Thanksgiving. Tell me that display, even before Nathan lost control, wasn't about the most sterile, sad and pathetic holiday meal you've ever seen. Angela is one cold and calculating bitch, and apparently that comes through in how she brings in a feast for her "family" to enjoy together.
Only this hasn't been a family for quite awhile. I was actually glad to see Sylar ultimately take back control of his body. A little more surprising was that Nathan's consciousness is still somehow in there, fighting for control. We already know (SPOILER ALERT!) that Adrian Pasdar is scheduled to leave the show, so presumably he won't win this fight.
On the other hand, even if it looks like Sylar, it would be interesting to see him struggling with Nathan's psyche battling his evil impulses. I'm still waiting for the inevitable confrontation between Samuel and Sylar. No matter how powerful Samuel can be, I just don't see ground-shaking as any real threat for Sylar when he's firing on all cylinders.
Things were a little slow this week, but it's a holiday episode so you can forgive some indulgences. We got some major developments within the circus, as now Lydia and Edgar know Samuel for what he truly is. And we know as well the depths of the darkness in his heart.
If I'm understanding what was done to Hiro right, it looks like he was mentally set to a point in the near past, though I could have that wrong. This would mark the second time Hiro's mind has been punted back to an earlier point in his life (the last time he was made a child again). Repetition does not suit you, Heroes. Prove there's more to this than that.
Sure, we could probably nitpick apart this saga until it's nothing but shreds, but the same could be done for any comic book you can find, as well as most other television series that have such complex plots. The bottom line is whether or not it's entertaining, and this season it is again. Relax and live a little. And if it's not your cup of tea, then move on and let the rest of us enjoy it.
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