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Is Heroes Saved?

by Mindy Monez February 3, 2009 12:13 pm
Is <i>Heroes</i> Saved? I'm sure everybody's split on this, and understandably so, but I'm firmly in the camp that believes last night's Heroes was a very solid episode, and a good indication that the show may be back on track. Lots of action, no time traveling, a clear narrative, the bad guys and good guys were, at least ostensibly (though wherever HRG is aligned is always difficult to define that way), easily identifiable, no sign of Maya, and Zeljko Ivanek is really scary so far. And I actually like Sylar, especially when he's off doing his own thing, so I'm even on board with that part.

The opening sequence with Tracy being captured as Nathan's TV interview plays in the background was well-done, action-wise, and it set up the principle conflict of the new volume perfectly without wasting any damn time like this show usually loves to do. Nathan's clearly(?) the bad guy here, though I'm not sure how much ambiguity I'm going to tolerate as far as what his intentions with the heroes are. Does he want to weaponize them? Cure them? He probably doesn't want to kill them, but I suppose that's possible. He seems to be working for Angela, and she's a cold hard bitch. Either way, I want to know by next episode, or I'm going to be annoyed.

The only diversion I hated was Parkman's spirit turtle guy hallucinations and more white eyeball drawing, but that could just be because I've pretty much had it with both Parkman and Daphne as characters. Hiro's still annoying as all get-out, but, you know, such is Hiro. I am kind of loving Ando's new powers douchebaggery thing he's got going on, though -- you know most people would do the exact same thing in his situation. Oh, and I guess Peter forgot he could fly when he was on the plane? Or can he not fly anymore? I can't remember, because this show is hard to fricking follow, but I do think that needs to be cleared up ASAP as well.

In terms of the promo for next week: Yes, a plane crash in a weird place seems very similar to Lost, but is that an inherently bad thing, based on the little information we have right now? Lost is a great show. And either way, it looks like the good guys are coming together as one to fight the bad guys as one, which is what Season 2 should have been, so while that's overdue and taking place after a plane crash, I'm going to accept it happily now. Until things get inevitably screwed up in classic Heroes fashion. (No! Think positive! It's going to be great!)

So yeah, for the first Tuesday morning in a long time I can say I liked last night's episode. I was entertained, I understood everything, I didn't scream at the TV very much, and it didn't seem like drunk people wrote it. Very rare qualities for a Heroes episode. The question I keep asking myself is, if it wasn't my job to, would I still continue watching? Well, the answer to that is that I'd have probably stopped watching in the middle of Season 2, but let's say I made it through all that and got to where we are now. I'm pretty sure the answer is yes, I would still be watching, and god, am I ever relieved to finally say that. Welcome back, Heroes. Don't mess it up.

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