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Review: Heroes - Let It Bleed

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 5th 2010 2:10AM
Ray Park(S04E14) See, Heroes does answer questions. Now we know what happened to Claire's flying boyfriend, West. SPOILER ALERT! They're Facebook friends.

This second episode in a two-hour Heroes extravaganza returned attention to Sylar's storyline, last seen walking away from Peter, having fully regained control of his body. Does that mean Sylar is back 100%? It may not be that simple. We also got the wake of Nathan's funeral, where we learned that Peter isn't finding it very easy to let go.

I also am going to choose to believe that Nathan's wife and kids were there somewhere. It's been so long since we've seen them, if they were there I'm not even sure I would recognize them. But I'll give the writers the benefit of the doubt on this one. We didn't see everyone.

But the wake wasn't the important thing. It was Peter's apparent mental collapse over his brother's death. He decided to go all vigilante with the Haitian's powers and stop a hostage situation. It got me wondering if the Haitian's ability was the best one to keep. I think he only had access to his mother's or Claire's at the time, so perhaps he was best off. At least he could knock people out and wipe their memories of him being there. But, he can also get shot.

So Claire wasn't supposed to be there, which means Peter wouldn't have been able to heal from that gunshot wound. I think she should have just left him there with it since he wouldn't listen to reason and was vowing to make the same childish, impulsive and emotional mistakes/decisions he's been making since the first episode of the first season. Oh Peter, you're so annoying.

At least he was able to hook up with West so he could steal Nathan's old power. I wonder if he'll keep it in tribute to his brother. It would be an honorable thing to do, and flying is pretty handy.

Of course, super-speed is pretty good, so it was nice to see Edgar again. When Edgar revealed that his hope was to bring Noah back to the carnival so Samuel would accept him again, the cult angle was suddenly starting to make sense. I hadn't really considered it before, but he is doing exactly what cult leaders would do.

At the same time, it's a little insensitive of Noah and the "Iron Maiden" to just dismiss outright the possibility that the carnival could be anything like a home or a family to the people there. I think she was right, though, to question Noah's meat-headed approach to handling his problems. He's showing about as much intelligence and foresight as Peter on a good day.

Sylar, meanwhile, does appear to be broken. Is it a sliver of Nathan still in there that's stripped him of his ability to kill, or something more? Honestly, he shouldn't even be worrying about it right now. As he showed with Lydia, he can just take their abilities. He should be wandering the carnival stocking up, and he should definitely have Samuel's ability by now.

Instead, he got a vision of Claire-bear on his forearm in Samuel's ink and lit off for college. It was pretty convenient to have Gretchen at the library so they didn't need the actress for that closing scene. But Claire really should have changed dorm rooms by now. So much has happened already in that one; everybody she doesn't want to seems to know where she lives.

[To help put together the clues of where this is all headed, you can find clips and full episodes of Heroes on SlashControl.]

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I can't believe Claire's mad at her dad again. Between the fact that she's now college aged and the fact that she's been through the events of the past few seasons, you'd think she'd at least once not jump to the 'you lied to me, I hate you!' stance. Yes, I understand that she feels betrayed, but it starts to feel a little stale when she feels betrayed cyclically every X episodes only to realize that he's been trying to protect her.

January 06 2010 at 7:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They had what looked like "stand-ins" to represent Nathan's wife and kids. The kids were sitting beside Angela at the funeral and the wife was at the other end behind a veil so you couldn't really see her face ... but it was obvious to me that was who she was supposed to be ... all in the front row with Angela. I was just surprised they gave the flag to Angela and not his wife!

Also, there is a scene at the wake where you see the veiled woman leading the two kids off in the background.

January 05 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think we're finally getting somewhere this season! I'm glad Nathan's character is gone, and I'm glad we're diving deeper into what the heck is Samuel doing! Is this all some sort of love note for Vanessa!?


January 05 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Horn Rimmed Glasses. We didn't learn his name for months in the first season.

January 05 2010 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please forgive my stupid question, but why is Noah referred to as HRG? What does HRG stand for?

January 05 2010 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Lisa's comment

Horn Rimmed Glasses, because of his...well, you know :P

January 05 2010 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nathan's wife and kids were in the very beginning of the episode, talking with Angela. But the wife was another actress than the original, she never showed her face.

January 05 2010 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

when IronMaiden lady mentioned out loud to HRG with Edgar sitting there bounded that Claire Bear has the compass and than Edgar started undoing his boundment to escape, I thought for sure he was going to be the one outside Claire Bear's window but nope it was Sylar ho-hum
TidBit,,, Nathan's wife played Amelia "Rocky" McKenzie '88 - '91 on the defunct ABC soap Loving and no she wasn't at the funeral.

January 05 2010 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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