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Review: Heroes - Upon This Rock

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 5th 2010 1:25AM
David H. Lawrence XVII(S04E13) Samuel's plans are coming together as he finally tracks down one of the last pieces he knows to make his utopian dream of a home for people with special abilities a reality. At least that's the snowjob he spends most of the episode feeding Claire. And in typical Claire fashion, she remains just as conflicted and confused as she always is.

Speaking of confused, remember when Hiro spouted off some nonsense and then disappeared last time we saw him? I thought maybe it was a reference to something I'd forgotten -- it happens -- but instead it was just the first sampling of whatever that dude did to his brain. It takes Sam's "swiss cheese memory" from Quantum Leap to a whole new level.

The bulk of the episode, however, had to do with Claire and Samuel. While Claire was digging deeper into whatever Samuel is up to, due to some clever manipulation by Lydia, Samuel was out meeting Emma. You know, the deaf girl who can see sound. Yeah, she's still pretty lame as a character, but she learned that she can use music like a siren to lure people in.

Now Samuel said that she should lure this one particular guy in, because he could make plant-life grow, but I'm not sure sure she didn't just lure everyone in. Once he had the guy he wanted, Samuel was off again. He left Emma a card to find him later should she choose to, but he wasn't nearly as aggressive with her as he turned out to be with Claire.

He had multiple man keeping tabs on her, essentially trapping her at the carnival. But he told her she was free to go. He lied. People who kill their brothers in cold blood tend to do that. Speaking of killing, I didn't even miss Sylar this episode. In fact, I think Samuel as a villain in his own right is perfectly capable of sustaining the rest of this season. How boring would it be if every time the X-Men went out to face a villain, it was Magneto. Variety is the spice of superhero life.

Hiro seems trapped in his pop culture, hero worship mind, struggling to communicate with Ando and those around him. I'm not sure what the dude at the carnival did to him, but it reminds me of those people who say the wrong thing while thinking the right thing. You could see how frustrated he was. And yet it was all a bizarre puzzle that Ando was able to figure out pretty quickly. Still a little confused by all of that, but we'll see where it goes.

It was great to see David H. Lawrence back again as the puppet master, Doyle. I love that character, and his portrayal of him is always layered with deeper emotions and twists than you usually see in a tertiary figure. I was also curious as to what it means that Claire noted he wasn't as strong as he used to be. I doubt that was a throwaway line. Perhaps Samuel is slowly sapping the abilities from his "family" permanently in strengthening his own. Yes, you can feel free to abuse me in the comments if we've already been shown this.

Now that Claire is out of there, who do we think she could find that can take down Samuel? Peter? Sylar (I sure hope not)? Well, this is only the first of the big two-part premiere. Check back later for my take on the second episode. Until then, in the immortal subtitled words of a Japanese police officer: "If not, we wouldn't not have known to call you." I just love proofreading!

[In the meantime, you can always catch clips and full episodes of Heroes over at SlashControl.]

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Oh, and Claire? Jesus! Are you kidding? Yeah, she cut herself... and yeah, it didn't heal... and yeah, two seconds later Peter reminded us and revealed to her that he had and was employing the Haitian's power.

Sylar isn't able to kill because, despite what we've been lead to believe, Nathan is still inside.

January 06 2010 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Look, I know it's hard to watch, but we ARE watching it. Is it too much to ask for you folks to remember the most basic plot points?

When last we saw Hiro we learned exactly what caused this. We saw the guy do this to Hiro. Why do you need to listen to Ando or bring real world medical knowledge into it? Just watch the damn show and remember it week to week.

January 06 2010 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Mike's comment

How could I have possibly forgotten something that happened on a television show that hasn't been on in a month when the incident in question actually occurred in an episode 6 weeks ago? Allow me to commit tv related hari-kari as penance for attempting to determine what happened based on what was said in the most recent episode.

January 06 2010 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hiro was effected in last weeks episode not last months.

January 07 2010 at 6:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"I was also curious as to what it means that Claire noted he wasn't as strong as he used to be."

Interesting because 3 characters had a power loss from their 'exposure' to the Samuel and/or his circus: Doyle, Claire (who, when she cut herself could not heal) and Sylar (who was unable to kill Samuel).

Seems that Samuel may be draining off the power from all his family.

January 06 2010 at 8:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Lou's comment

Claire could not heal because at the time she was cut Peter had the Haitian's power.

January 07 2010 at 6:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They sort of explained the Hiro speaking in gibberish thing. He said that the 'transmission is getting mixed up at the source' or something to that effect, and Ando said it was because of the brain tumor (which may or may not be true).

Basing my medical knowledge on an episode of either House or Scrubs, there are certain conditions that can cause the brain to mix up words. The person in question knows what they want to say, but when they say it their brain substitutes a different word. I think that's why Hiro tried to write down what he was trying to say and then got frustrated realizing he'd written exactly what he was saying on the paper.

January 06 2010 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

Ugh, Hiro going on and on about those comic characters brought me close to flipping the channel and lady light bright being back didn't help matters, since she can see sound can someone fart near her LOL

January 05 2010 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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January 05 2010 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What is the story with the tattoos? At first I thought it was part of Lydia's power. However, there have been a couple of times when Samuel created the tattoos on other people like Peter and Syler last night. Samuel also uses the tattoo ink to create drawing and manipulate pictures. Can anyone explain this?

January 05 2010 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Once he he had the guy he wanted, Samuel was off again."

Uh, maybe you should proofread your stuff before blatently criticizing someone else's...

January 05 2010 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Shaun's comment

He made a typo on an internet blog......... the subtitlers on Heroes made a typo on a multi-million dollar internationally broadcast program with only 15-30 titles... Jason wrote more in this one entry than those subtitlers did as their entire job...... Sorry for expecting them to read their subtitles..... then again, that would probably force them to watch this crap, and obviously they're not going to force that on themselves.........

January 05 2010 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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