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Heroes is a drama about individuals across the globe suddenly discovering that they have super powers. NBC 2006-2010

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Episode 19 - .07%

30 March 2012

Synopsis: Mr Bennet uses his thoughts to direct Parkman to help him and Sprague escape. He then tells them that they should head to New York to destroy the company’s tracking system. Sylar kills Peter but Mohinder escapes with his body and takes him to the Petrelli house. Claire helps revive Peter but Nathan tells her she needs to leave for a week so that he can win the election. Nathan returns from his meeting with Linderman with a picture of himself in the White House. Linderman takes Micah to help “save the world” while DL stands up to Jessica. Sylar heads to Isaac’s loft where he kills him. But Isaac tells him he painted how Sylar was killed and sent it somewhere. Hiro and Ando head to Isaac’s loft five years in the future but only find future Hiro.

The Good: Heroes begins moving the pieces into place for the season finale and they do a good job with the overall story.

Linderman’s morality comes into question with his claim that destroying New York is an acceptable risk. The things he says to Nathan about his youth once more suggest that our heroes parents have already been through similar experiences to the ones we are watching. Certainly Mr Nakamura and the Petrelli’s must have been involved. It all raises interesting questions for the future of the show without stepping on the drama of this season.

Nathan’s own morality is tested again as he seems seduced by the portrait of him in the Oval office. The most intriguing moment of the episode is Sylar painting the future with his newly taken powers. He seems to be painting the same picture of Nathan but the colours are all starker and Nathan looks creepy and lizard like, almost like Sylar himself. What could that mean?

Parkman’s ability once again leads to a good dramatic sequence as Mr Bennet tells him how to escape. It’s a clever way to get the three of them back out into the world and into the plot again.

Sylar has the coolest moment in the episode when he scoops up broken glass with his telekinesis and flings it at the invisible Peter, killing him. Sylar then arrives at poor Isaac’s place to kill him. Isaac’s sacrifice is a nice redeeming moment for him as he was able to send the details of how to kill Sylar before he got there. It allows another brutal visual as Sylar impales him, Christ-like, with his own paint brushes. It is a poignant scene.

Hiro and Ando’s presence in the future is a nice end to the show. The sight of Isaac’s loft covered in a makeshift timeline is a good visual and suggests how future Hiro worked out when to tell Peter what to do (105). It certainly sets up the next episode nicely.

The Bad: There are still a number of questionable things going on here though.

Parkman hearing Bennet’s thoughts is fine when they seem to be cell mates. However once Parkman is running around the facility, should he still be able to hear Bennet’s thoughts clearly? If they are suggesting that he can hear peoples thoughts more clearly when they narrate them, then that needs to be established clearly. Otherwise one would assume he would stop being able to hear Bennet once he moved further away from him.

Then Bennet suggests taking Sprague to New York. But he has seen Isaac’s paintings and the imminent destruction of the city. Surely he can put two and two together after his house was destroyed? It seems a bit thoughtless.

Isaac’s death would have meant more if he had been better defined. His character is just too thin for his death to really be all it could be. We know he is a junkie and he killed Simone as a result. If he had mentioned her death specifically as the reason he needed to die it would have had more impact. It’s a slightly harsh criticism but it definitely could have been even better.

The scene between Claire and Nathan is awkward. She plays it well but the way he sends her to Paris for a week is bizarre. If she only needs to be hidden for a week then why does he say he can’t be there for her in such a dramatic way. And why does she need to go to France just not to interfere with the election? Couldn’t she just stay in the house? The whole tone, music and acting in the scene suggest he is lying to her. She also seems really sad, which is all odd, if indeed she were coming back in a week.

The conversation between Peter and Nathan suggests that Peter could blow up New York but survive and be fine afterwards. The suggestion of that really weakens the whole explosion story. Even though killing millions of people is a dramatic story, they are faceless fictional people to us the audience. For us the real drama comes from the thought that Peter will blow up and die. Now the implication that he could destroy New York and survive takes the real impact out of the story.

Finally Hiro’s behaviour is illogical. He sees New York destroyed and tells Ando that they must find out what mistakes they made. I would ask Hiro what actions he is referring to. Since coming to America they have messed about in Casino, he spent a few weeks in a diner leaving Claire to be almost killed, then went to New York to pick up a painting, went back to Vegas to steal a sword and now here they are. They have done nothing to try and stop Peter or Sylar, let alone learn anything about Sprague. If Hiro is wondering what he did wrong, then I would suggest he actually do something to help. It also seems strange that he would expect Isaac Mendez to still live in the same loft five years later after a bomb went off which destroyed New York. You would think anyone would seek new accommodation.

The Unknown: Does Linderman control the company?

Best Moment: Sylar comes to see Isaac. Isaac says he painted Sylar being killed. Sylar asks to see it. Isaac looks at his gun. So Sylar impales him to the floor with his paint brushes. Isaac says that Sylar can’t fight the future. Sylar says neither can Isaac. But Isaac replies that now he can be a hero because he sent the paintings showing how to stop the bomb and Sylar to “them.” Sylar shakes his head, leans over him and slices his head open. A sad end for Isaac. But meaningful deaths like this are a good reward for emotional investment as a viewer.

Epilogue: The number of logic holes in the story is worrying. It seems that just like last episode, the writers are keener on getting the characters where they want them, than they are on presenting the details in a better way. There are a number of good developments here though, particularly the death of Isaac Mendez. I suppose the bad parts will be forgotten if the follow up to this is really good.

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