I’ve been prepping myself all week to temper my expectations for the season finale of Heroes. Seriously, the freshman series has been building for an explosive finale all season long. How was it every going to live up to hype? Well, I’m glad I did. While I think that the season ender was a solid episode, it in no way blew me away. There were no surprise revelations like the Numbers finale. It wasn’t even as powerful of an episode as Supernatural’s cliffhanger.
The one surprise that caught me off guard was Angela Petrelli’s (Cristina Rose) commitment to Linderman’s (Malcolm McDowell) plan. She had no trouble continuing with it after Linderman died (by the way, news of his demise traveled fast). In her conversation with Claire (Hayden Panettiere) in a previous episode, Angela said she regretted her involvement with the justice-league group she was in with Linderman. Add that to the fact that the Haitian (who was mysteriously absent from the last couple episodes) secretly worked for her and I kept expecting Angela to double cross Linderman. But she didn’t. In fact, I think she might be worse than Linderman.
Moreover, who knew Mama Petrelli was so ruthless that she could actually chose one son over the other? That scene on the Deveaux Building with her talking to Charles Deveaux (Richard Roundtree) was very insightful. Knowing how cold and calculating Angela is makes you wonder what really happened to Nathan and Peter’s dad. I wouldn’t put it past her to have offed him because he wouldn’t go along with the destroy New York plan.
Speaking of the Deveaux Building, it was the scene of yet another pivot plot revelation. Seems that happens a lot there. I wonder if it was the headquarters for the now defunct justice league group. It’s obvious that Charles knew Angela and Linderman. I’m guessing he was part of their group. Why didn’t Linderman heal him? What was Charles’ power? Does it have something to do with his ability to talk to Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) in Peter’s dream? If so, does that mean Charles might still be alive? I can’t remember what he “died” from.
At first I thought Peter had time traveled, but Bennett (Jack Coleman) couldn’t have shaken him awake if he wasn’t there. I hope we finally get to know more about Charles’ background in Season 2. He obviously wasn’t in favor of decimating New York. And if he had a power, I wonder if his daughter did to? I don’t think it was coincidence that we saw her in this dream/flashback too.
It was nice to see that Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) found his inner good guy and saved the day. I guess he came through, but just not in the way his mother expected. However, I didn’t see the need for Nathan to sacrifice himself. When Ted (Matthew John Armstrong) went supernova, Claire knocked him out to stop him. Why couldn’t she do that with Peter? Why couldn’t Peter fly away on his own, especially if he was the chosen one to save the day?
I think the showdown with Peter and Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and Hiro (Masi Oka) was anticlimatic. But it did leave me with several questions. Peter should survive the explosion, so where is he? Sylar obviously isn’t dead, yet. Where will he turn up next? Shouldn’t Molly (Adair Tishler) be able to sense that he’s still alive? Why did Hiro time travel so far back? I thought he had a handle on his ability to time travel. Will Matt (Greg Grunberg) and D.L. (Leonard Roberts) survive?
I was very disappointed that Hiro didn’t allow Ando (James Kyson Lee) to come. I think his bravery earned him a seat at the table. Also why didn’t Kaito (George Takei) want to come help Hiro eliminate Sylar? He obviously has parted ways with Linderman. Why didn’t he take a more active role? I think there’s definitely more to that story.
Is Bennett really going to take Claire and just head home? By the way, I love that they finally revealed his first name even if it was a little contrived. Seems he’d have more of a calling to do more, especially with a name like Noah. I’d think he’d be on a mission now to stop the company. He can’t be naive enough to believe that now that Linderman is dead that the company will disband. Someone, my guess is Angela, will take his place.
Maybe Linderman wasn’t the real leader of the company after all. Maybe it was the one that Molly says is worse than Sylar, the one that can see her when she thinks about him. It’ll be interesting to see how they introduce the next big evil foreshadowed in this episode and to find out whether he’s been involved all along.
The peek into Volume II was a nice touch. I’m still not sure how Hiro traveled so far back in time. I guess we will be learning more about Hiro and Kaito’s heritage next season when Heroes returns in the fall. Heroes will share its Monday timeslot with its spin-off Heroes: Origins.