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Review: Heroes - Close to You

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 12th 2010 3:45AM
Heroes: Close to You(S04E15) Doesn't it always come down to a girl? I'm not sure why I didn't see it.

This week saw many of the pieces coming together for the endgame coming soon between Samuel and whatever band of heroes Noah can put together to take him down. But then again, Noah's not the only one gunning for Samuel at this point, is he? Other than Sylar and Tracy, we touched base with just about everyone in the cast, and for the first time in a long time, this series is starting to feel the same way it did during that exciting first season, when it had three times as many viewers.

If you were irritated trying to keep up with Hiro's bizarre "geek culture" speak, you'll be pleased to know that it comes to an end this episode.

Sometimes I forget that Ando even has powers, he so rarely uses them. It was nice of the writers to give us a quick line to remind us that he avoids doing so for fear of a prophecy of him killing someone coming true. Still, I was thankful that he was able to do so this week. In fact, the three stooges (Mohinder, Hiro and Ando) made for a pretty good team in their escape from the institution.

At first I wasn't sure why Hiro was being committed. Considering he has a serious medical condition, I'm not sure a standard mental institution was even appropriate, but I'm sure the paperwork to figure all that out wouldn't have happened yet. Plus, I thought Ando was committing him, though I'm not sure how he'd be authorized to do so. Could Hiro even commit himself? What would he say? Something about Picard being assimilated by the Borg?

It was good seeing Parkman back involved. Noah's almost as sneaky as Samuel, just showing up there after the wife leaves for work. At least we know Noah's just walking in. I'm still not sure how Samuel and the carnival can jump around like that. After the plot to draw out Samuel by dangling the woman (Battlestar Galactica's Kate Vernon) he's had a crush on since his childhood in front of him backfired, it was cowardly of Matt to just go back to his ratatouille. Oh well, I helped get a woman kidnapped by a dangerous psychopath, and possibly killed. Not my problem.

That it comes down to a woman for Samuel is so predictable, and yet it works. For as powerful as he is, Samuel is written very much like a petulant child. As such, an immature crush is wholly appropriate. As is kidnapping her and thinking she'll stay once he shows her something awesome, or that she'll suddenly desire him as he does her if he becomes strong and powerful enough. It also does a great job of showcasing how delusional and dangerous he's become.

I'm a little less clear on how Emma fits into it. Is she drawing people to the carnival against her will, thus leading to their deaths? I know Angela's dreams are fuzzy and unclear, but that much seemed a bit clear, as did Sylar's arrival to save her. I have a feeling that Sylar will be the one in the end who can take down Samuel. That way the whole world can be in his debt.

Peter rushing in with no explanation and breaking Emma's cello in response to his vision is perfectly appropriate for his character, as well. Brash and emotional, he never does a very good job of explaining himself, and fails again, as he's thrown out of her apartment promptly, having reduced her to tears. Good one, Pete. Chalk up another win for the good guys.

I can't decide if I want Angela to ever change, or keep being the hard-ass bitch she's always been. Peter is now the only family she has left, and yet she still lies and keeps secret. I don't blame him for taking her ability to be able to see for himself what her dreams are, but there was no guarantee he'd see the same things she would. Plus, now he has one of the lamest abilities, when he did have West's cool flying ability to honor his brother. How can he stop Samuel now? Fall asleep and dream up a way?

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Sir Yuck-Yuck

this episode should have been titled burning bridges

January 13 2010 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great bit: At about 18 minutes in, Emma leaves Peter's apartment after an awkward run in with mama Petrelli and Peter tells Emma he'll "call her later"...

January 12 2010 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I admit, it's more interesting... but it's still way too stupid to really enjoy.

For instance, this is the first time we've seen Parkman in a while. What has Parkman been up to? Well, obviously not having to deal with the dead body in his trunk... He was shot by police and taken to the hospital, where he was going to die had Peter not shown up... Okay... that's fine... but what about the dead body in his trunk? When he was shot they undoubtedly impounded his car. Parkman was a cop. His prints and DNA are in the system.

It's just hard to take seriously a show with such stupid and blatant leaps. Even a 3 second mention of the Haitian cleaning up his mess would've been nice... and necessary... but is nowhere.

January 12 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Mike's comment

Parkman doesn't need the Haitian for a mind-wipe, he can manage just fine on his own. He clearly cleaned up after himself once he got Sylar out of his head and went hope to be a stay-at-home dad.

January 13 2010 at 3:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think this show has so much potential but the writers don't give the viewer enough credit or they don't care enough about the viewers to dig deep. It's mostly a shallow mess of storylines they tie together in the final episode, like a 5 year would tie their shoe. I've watched since the beginning and kept watching for the potential, but I don't think I'll tune in next season.

January 12 2010 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i feel like peter breaking her cello might lead to her going to the carnival even more.

January 12 2010 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"I'm still not sure how Samuel and the carnival can jump around like that."

If you haven't noticed, Samuel can move the earth.

January 12 2010 at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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