Review: 'Heroes' - 'The Wall'
by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 2nd 2010 1:30AM
(S04E17) While not quite as surreal as Pink Floyd's version, 'The Wall' still offered a pretty trippy experience for Sylar and Peter. Several years and a few hours later, it didn't seem like they were going to make any progress on Peter's hare-brained scheme to bust Sylar out of his mental prison.
The rest of the episode showed us Samuel's attempts to create a permanent rift between Claire and Noah by revealing to Claire, and us, the "Secret Origin" of H.R.G. By that I don't mean the origins of the odd fashion choice Mr. Bennett has made in eyewear, but the secret past he hasn't shared with Claire, Sandra or anyone in his life.
Why do this? Because apparently, and I still don't know why, Claire is important to Samuel's plans. In that she is a "special," I agree. In any other regard, she's not that remarkable. And where he left things, it seems he just might have figured that out.
We've learned in recent episodes that Samuel is much like a petulant child. He gets upset when he doesn't get his way and has been known to slaughter entire towns in a fit of rage. It's not a surprise that he buried Noah and Claire at the end of this penultimate episode, but I wonder if he's truly done with her. After all, he can always raise her up later and watch her come back to life.
I just feel sorry for the kids in Central Park who want to get a souvenir before they get slaughtered so Samuel can prove a point.
The slow evolution of the kinder, gentler Sylar got a major head start as he spent three years alone in his head after what Matt did to him. Three years to him which equated to three hours in our world. By that math, he and Peter spent an additional nine years together trapped in that world. A lot can change in that time. According to our penal system, full rehabilitation is possible in that span of time, though I think Sylar would get multiple life sentences or the death penalty for his list of crimes.
Zachary Quinto has done such an amazing job of crafting the villainous Sylar that it's hard to imagine that facet of his personality being gone completely. Plus, I'm still not convinced that there aren't trace elements of Nathan in there somewhere influencing him. We got confirmation of Nathan's memories; memories which Sylar has difficulty differentiating from his own; still being inside Sylar, so it's not too far-fetched.
I give Lauren credit for having the guts to just waltz into a carnival full of super-powered people. I have no idea how she was skilled enough to escape Multiple Man, but that's no mean feat. It was a little disappointing that Emma so quickly turned her in to Samuel, but she's clearly misguided.
Perhaps it was just to move the plot forward, but I have to address the fact that after Peter bonded with Sylar in the last episode, Matt went ahead and finished up the wall and then just left Peter there propped up against it for half a day? If Matt was truly convinced that Peter was now gone, forever trapped in the prison he'd created for Sylar, he could have at least put him on a couch, or gotten him some pillows.
Then, at the end, where the hell was Matt that Multiple Man could just waltz into his house like it was no big deal? I guess he could be at work or something, but it seemed a glaring absence. I'm sure it was so they didn't have to pay Greg Grunberg for the episode appearance, but I have questions, dammit!
Questions aside, it looks like next week's finale will be interesting indeed. There's a lot to wrap up in an hour, especially if they want to address all of the principal cast members. We haven't seen Mohinder or Tracy much at all this season. It's still unclear if this will be the final season of 'Heroes' or not, but just in case, I hope we get something satisfying for those of us who've remained loyal through the good, the bad and the surprisingly good again.
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