Cheerleader in Peril as ‘the Eclipse’ Starts on Heroes

November 25, 2008

In Heroes “The Eclipse Part 1,” the eclipse has begun and it’s having the reverse effect of the one we saw in Season 1.  But we knew exactly what was going to happen this episode because we saw Arthur’s sketches at the beginning.

Heroes - Season 3 - "The Eclipse" Part 1 - Jimmy Jean-Louis as The Haitian and Milo Ventimiglia as Peter courtesy Adam Taylor/NBC

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It was pretty funny watching everyone try to use powers they no longer have, particularly the overconfident Sylar and Elle.  The shocked look on Sylar’s face when his power didn’t work on HRG was priceless.  It’s amazing how reliant they’ve all become on their powers.

The best part was that Mohinder was finally back to normal.  Not that I’m a huge Mohinder fan.  It’s just that he was reaching an all-time low in the gross out factor and I’m not sure if I could take much more. 

But what does the newly healed scientist do?  Sets out to stalk Maya.  I’d be more concerned with whether or not this change was permanent.  Will he go back to being creepy dude when the eclipse finishes?

Nathan and Peter spend their time squabbling, too much brother revelry pent up I guess.  They find the Haitian who won’t leave until he stops his brother, a Level 5 escapee.

While the boys are gone, Angela goes to Nathan’s office where she finds Tracy, who happens to be on the phone with Arthur getting orders to go to Paris Island.  I didn’t understand this scene at all.  Why did Angela go there?  Does she know Tracy’s working with Arthur and if so, why didn’t she confront Tracy?  What was the purpose of this scene?

Meanwhile, Matt finally learns Daphne’s big secret when she goes home to Lawrence, Kansas and loses her powers.  I can see why she liked her ability.  I’m just curious why her dad didn’t get out his shotgun and chased Matt and company out of his corn fields.

Hiro still thinks he’s 10 so he and Ando head to the nearest comic book store to find the latest copy of 9th Wonder to tell them what to do and they find Seth Green.  I really hope we get to see more of Seth in the next episode.  But my big question is this:  who is writing 9th Wonder now that Isaac is dead?  Surely, he didn’t have three to six months written ahead of schedule.

And the big cliff hanger is the precious catalyst – I mean Claire – is shot when she jumps in front of a bullet meant for HRG, a man she is obviously very angry at for leaving so often.  So what does HRG do after patching up the now mortal Claire?  Leave, of course, and return to take vengeance on Sylar and Elle who are still licking their wounds.

Guess we are back to “Save the Cheerleader.”

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Heroes’ Claire’s Specialness Revealed on “It’s Coming”

November 18, 2008

On the most recent episode of Heroes, “It’s Coming,” we finally learned what made Claire special.  But was it really a big reveal for the audience?

Heroes - Season 3 - "It's Coming" - Robert Forster as Arthur Petrelli, Zachary Quinto as Sylar, Kristen Bell as Elle, Blake Shields as Flint, Ali Larter as Tracy Strauss and Jamie Hector as Knox courtesy Chris Haston/NBC

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Last night we learned that Claire is the catalyst that will make the formula Mohinder is perfecting work.  But most of us guessed that back in the season opener when Kaito (via a recording) told Hiro that the one with the pure blood was the key.

Sure Adam was a contender for the role for a while, but since he’s long been disposed of, it left Claire.

What would have been more interesting was to find out how Kaito made her the catalyst?  Surely, he did it while she was in his custody as a baby.  But how?  And why her?  Was it because of her healing ability?  Or was it just coincidence that she was the one available?  Did Kaito realize that she was a Petrelli?  Or did he and it was just an extra bonus to keep the catalyst right under their noses?

And just how will she be used to make the formula work?

Also not a big surprise given last week’s flashback, Elle and Sylar get close as he – after prompting by Arthur – helps her rid herself of pain and control her power again. 

Sylar is really becoming a nice guy, well except for the part where he is working for Arthur.  This empathy thing is really working for him.  I’m just having trouble finding him so likeable after wanting him dead for two seasons.

Meanwhile, Matt tries to help Angela by jumping in her mind.  But instead he finds Arthur disguised as Daphne, who stabs him.  Now, Matt must really love the speedster because there is no way after being stabbed that I would have brought her into my mind when she asked.  And even after he finds out she’s double crossed him, he stays with her.

In the end Arthur releases Angela.  Did Angela use the power of persuasion on him or was there still some semblance of love between them?

Back in Tokyo, Hiro – or rather Ando – is dealing with the side effects of Arthur’s attack on Hiro.  What I don’t understand is why Arthur didn’t just take Hiro’s powers?  Or was that what he was doing and Ando interrupted, leaving Hiro thinking he was 10?

In the end the sides line up and wait for what’s coming – an eclipse.

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Heroes Takes a Look Back in ‘Villains’

November 11, 2008

They say Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and Angela Petrelli was definitely a woman scorned in Heroes’ “Villains.”

Linderman and Arthur plotting together

Linderman and Arthur plotting together

I was wondering about the little Ozzie and Harriett routine that Arthur and Angela had going on in the beginning of this episode.  They didn’t strike me as the happily ever after type.  But it made a lot more sense after we found out how Arthur was keeping Angela “in line.”

And given that tidbit, it’s easy to see how she would be so willing to kill her own husband (I always thought she did).  Many mothers will do anything to protect their children.  Ironically, by doing so, she became the matriarch of the Petrelli family and became what she hated about Arthur – willing to kill her own son(s) for the good of the plan.

However, this interesting plot was ruined by the major hole in the storyline – the part they rewrote without explanation.  In Season 1, we were told that Arthur Petrelli committed suicide.  And if I remember right, he was found in the bathroom. 

I never believed it was actual suicide, but instead murder – or attempted murder.  However, this episode didn’t even reference the earlier mention to suicide, let alone follow through with the premise.  But even more frustrating, it offered no explanation for the deviation.

I was actually really enjoying this episode until we got to that part.  Then the whole episode was ruined for me.

I don’t understand all the trouble they went to in the episode to show other connections – HRG with Mohinder, Claire saving Flint – if they were just going to completely change the story as we knew it.

However, we did get some interesting tidbits in this episode.  We learned how Arthur survived.  And we got a little more insight into his powers.  He can obviously read people – when Linderman asked him to look in to Nathan he said he saw “trouble.”  He can also apparently put thoughts in people’s head – like convincing Angela that Nathan needed to die.

Furthermore, we learned that The Company knew about Sylar from the beginning and did nothing to stop him.  In fact, they encouraged his behavior. 

And we discovered that Flint and Meredith are siblings.  I’m guessing it won’t be long before she becomes one of Arthur’s henchmen since Flint is already one.

It started out as a great episode, one of the better of the season, but flopped with an ending that just didn’t cut it for me.  And did anyone else feel like the timeline was off a bit?

What did you think about the episode?  What was your favorite new reveal?  What didn’t you like?

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Is Heroes in Trouble?

November 3, 2008

Fans of NBC’s Heroes have the night off this week, but two of the show’s producers have the night off permanently.  Is this shake up a sign that the end is near for the once super hit series?

According to SyFy Portal, co-executive producers Jesse Alexander and Jeph Loeb were fired yesterday as a result of Heroes continual decline in the ratings and budge issues.
Can even Arthur Petrelli and his army of villians help Heroes?

Can even Arthur Petrelli and his army of villians help Heroes?

Can you believe that not even two years ago, this show was on a ratings high?  After the first season, Heroes launched a world tour and had plans for a spin-off (that have long since been discarded).

Did the series bite off more than it could chew?  Or was the writers’ strike a mark of death for the show?

Either way after a dismal second season, the show has been scrambling to get viewers back.  But not only is the show not gaining back its fans, it’s still losing them.  The viewership from the third season is down 18 percent from last year.

Blog and entertainment sites across the web are all coming up with plans to “save” the show, but I have to wonder if the show can be saved.

Will the exit of Alexander and Loeb really help the flailing season?  Do they have new/better help in the wings?  Or is a sinking ship trying to rid itself of “dead weight” (one could argue if Alexander and Loeb are really the right choices here) in an effort to save itself?

So do any of you have the power to jump to the future or paint it and tell us what’s in store for Heroes?  Is this the beginning of the end?  In this Heroes last season?  And should it be?


Heroes Form, Break Alliances on ‘Eris Quod Sum’

October 28, 2008

Loyalties are more than divided on Heroes these days.  On “Eris Quod Sum” we saw allegiance cross and double cross.  And who is at the center of all the chaos – the Petrellis.

A little water settles down the electric Elle.  Courtesy of NBC.

A little water settles down the electric Elle. Courtesy of NBC.

Arthur Petrelli was a busy man tonight.  First he confirmed some details for fans.  Yes, Peter’s abilities are gone for good.  Arthur takes it all and leaves nothing behind.

And Arthur was in a taking mood this episode.  First he “heals” Maya by taking her power.  And fans rejoice as Maya leaves hopefully for the last time.  But not before she has a very stalker-like goodbye with Mohinder.  No way I’d waste words on some guy that put me in a cocoon on the wall! 

Meanwhile Mohinder goes to work for Pinehearst to help with the formula.  I don’t understand what Mohinder needs to do.  Don’t they already have both halves of the formula?

Next Arthur takes Maury’s life.  Maury had pledged his loyalty to Arthur in exchange for Matt’s safety.  But when Arthur’s plans for Matt change, Maury protests and gets a broken neck for his troubles.  But given what we later find out I have to wonder is Maury really dead?  Or was it a show?  For who’s sake, I’m not sure – maybe Knox.

Next Arthur sends Daphne to kill Matt or so Knox thinks.  After playing a little mind trick on Knox, Daphne befriends Matt.  But we know that she’s still working for Arthur, who warns her that he if she screws up he’ll put her back where he found her.  Just where did he find her?  Did she have powers when he found her?  Or did she acquire them later?

In the meantime, father-of-the year is playing musical sons.  First he has Peter locked up and wastes the opportunity for father-son bonding with really bad lines like “you’re grounded.” 

But the comatose Angela uses her mad skills and a promise that he’s her “favorite” to inspire Sylar to break out of his coma, escape Level 5 and save his little brother.  Sylar manages to save Peter from being Mohinder’s guinea pig, but gets himself caught. 

So instead of running for his life, the powerless Peter decides to return the favor and rescue Sylar.  But what he doesn’t know is that Arthur tries to win Sylar to his side by convincing him that Angela is the devil incarnate (hmm . . . that didn’t take much improvising).  Sylar decides to stay with Daddy and sends Peter flying out the window.

Has Sylar really traded allegiances?  Was the man who evaded capture so many times in the first two seasons, really so easily taken hostage by Camp Arthur?  Did he try to kill Peter or help him escape?

Pete falls at the feet of the blonde duo on their way to Pinehurst to get “fixed.”  Elle’s powers are really out of whack (almost took down their plane) and Claire is still feeling broken, so the pair bond over daddy issues on a cross country flight.

But the appearance of Peter stops Claire in her tracks, while Elle continues into Pinehearst.  So who does Claire call for help?  Daddy.  No not him, the other Daddy. 

Nathan and Tracy leave their meet and greet with Meredith and HRG at Mohinder’s lair to go to Claire and Peter’s aid.  Peter gives Nathan the low down on Papa Petrelli.  Nathan promises to shut down Pinehearst legally, but then heads out to confront Daddy Dearest.  Another son in Arthur’s grasp.

Tracy, who has been getting kick backs from Pinehearst, agrees to accompany him.  How is her former allegiance to Pinehearst going to pan out?

And while all these alliances are being formed, and broken and double crossed, our wanna be hero Hiro is in Africa arguing with Ando about the hazards of time travel.  Apparently Africa is the new place to go when we don’t know what to do with your storyline.  Or maybe it’s just an excuse to flash forward or flash backwards.  And backwards is just where it appears Hiro’s spirit walk is going to land us in two weeks.

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Arthur Petrelli’s Power Revealed on Heroes

October 21, 2008

The Petrellis are a complicated family and apparently the heart of Heroes.  Tonight on “Dying of the Light” we see a perfectly healthy Petrelli patriarch use his power on his own son while the rest of his family is incapacitated.

Adam learns that Arthur Petrellis is alive.

Adam learns that Arthur Petrellis is alive.

Let’s start with Arthur.  If you thought Peter’s ability was cool, you haven’t seen anything yet.  But it’s easy to see how Peter is his father’s son, if to a lesser degree.

First Arthur meets with Adam.  And without saying a word, he puts enough fear into Adam to empower Knox.  Then he touches Adam, making him age so rapidly that he turns to dust.  Did he just use Adam’s ability to stay young against him?

And if that didn’t wow you, suddenly Arthur is Mr. Healthy, up and out of bed.  So not only does he absorbs some else’s power, but he uses it against them too.

So I have to wonder if Maury is pulling the Linderman sightings or if it’s Arthur doing it with a power he stole from Maury?  Could explain why Maury is so afraid of him? And last week, Arthur used Angela’s premonition power against her to put her into a catatonic state.

Meanwhile, Daphne continues her recruiting efforts for Pinehearst.  We pick up with her meeting with Hiro and Ando and learn how Hiro faked Ando’s death.  No big surprise there – most fans had figured out that scenario or a similar one already.

But she sends Hiro (and his sidekick) to Africa to kidnap Usutu for Pinehearst.  Instead Hiro plays how many times can I get hit with a shovel before finally having a conversation with Usutu.  Usutu tells him he’s relying on his powers too much and shows him a painting of the real villains.  Anyone get a good look at the painting?

In the meantime, Matt has returned from Africa with turtle in tow.  Just how did he get the turtle through customs?  Did he declare it as his totem?  Either way, the turtle need not lead him any further because Daphne is waiting for him at the airport.

After thinking Hiro had turned into a killer, she gives Matt a half-hearted sales pitch.  But Matt is giving his own pitch – he’s trying to convince Daphne that Pinehearst will get her killed and that she is his soul mate. 

You can see that she wants to believe him, but Arthur and company are obviously holding something over her so powerful that she can’t leave them.  Did they give her her power and are threatening to take it away if she doesn’t cooperate?  Or do you think it’s something else? 

Needless to say, she continued her recruitment by visiting Level 5.  She frees Flint and Sylar.  But Sylar refuses to go with her, saying “I’m not a killer anymore.”

But the freed Sylar did check on Mama Petrelli.  When he finds her incapacitated, he wakes Peter from his coma.  Instead of joining forces with his brother, Peter puts the smack down on Sylar, leaves him in a coma and heads to Pinehearst.

Shocked to find his dad alive, Peter falls for the give-dad-a-hug gag that leaves him powerless and Daddy walking around with a whole lot of new abilities.  Since Peter obviously leaves Arthur more powerful, why didn’t he send Daphne to recruit Peter?  Was their relationship that bad?  Or did he just know that Pete would find his way to him?

Meanwhile the eldest son Nathan and his girlfriend Tracy are playing fly bait for Mohinder when Daphne stops by to visit.  She walks in on his cocoonville, but does nothing to help his victims, just leaves him a Pinehearst card and tells him he’s as bad as the rest before dashing out.  She obviously doesn’t understand Nathan’s connection to Pinehearst’s founder.

Obviously Pinehearst isn’t worried about keeping a low profile.  Daphne has left the card with the double Godsend symbol all over the country.  But I guess the real question is who is left to stop Arthur?

And lastly we have little Claire Bear, who is often playing hero again, this time with Sandra in tow.  The mission is to free Meredith from Eric Doyle, the puppeteer. It seems that Eric and Meredith have a past relationship.  He tells her, “I’m going to make you love me again.”

But the girls have different plans for him.  After playing a game of Russian roulette combined with spin the gun, Sandra finally shoots Claire.  Thinking her dead, a surprised Eric gets knocked out by “Barbie.”  Next thing you know HRG is on the scene bagging and tagging the puppeteer.

Even after being praised by Daddy, Claire won’t talk to Noah.  Anyone else think it’s ironic that Claire is following in the footsteps of the man she doesn’t trust?  Well, if HRG can’t get Claire on his side, he’ll settle for partnering with Meredith.

Aside from seeing Arthur’s power in use (but not totally defined), the episode had no big reveals.  But the story seemed to move along.  What was your favorite storyline?  What questions did the episode leave you with?

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Arthur Petrelli Lives on Heroes, But is He an Angel or a Monster?

October 14, 2008

On tonight’s “Angels and Monsters,” Heroes dropped a bombshell.  The yet unseen patriarch of the Petrelli family – long thought dead by his own hand – was show still alive and running his own “company.”  And guess what this company’s logo is?

Papa Petrelli is alive, although bedridden, and guess who is helping him -- Maury Parkman (left)

Papa Petrelli is alive, although bedridden, and guess who is helping him -- Maury Parkman (left)

Here’s what we know:  Arthur Petrelli (Robert Forster) is alive, or at least for now hanging in there.  He is bed ridden.

Here’s how I see it:  Arthur had a parting of ways with The Company, probably over the issue of giving people powers.  Seeing Arthur as a threat, Angela – or another member of The Company – killed (or at least thought they killed) him, making it look like suicide.  But Arthur didn’t die – not sure if that a result of his power (which is what?) or just luck.

I think for the last two years Papa Petrelli has been hiding away regaining his strength and forming a plan of vengeance and/or domination.  Given what he looks like now, he must have been in really bad shape.

So now Arthur is back in the game with his own company – Pinehearst – and the company’s logo is two Godsend symbols intertwined.  Given that he’s the guy that Daphne has been working for, I’d say that the formula – which can be used to give ordinary people power – is a major part of his plan.

But what exactly is his end game?  An army of people with abilities?  Why?

We also know that he’s been recruiting his oldest son Nathan through the imaginary Linderman.  It turns out Linderman is not so much a figment of Nathan’s imagination as the work of Maury Parkman.

Major questions here.  How did Maury come to work for Arthur?  Correct me if I’m wrong, but the last time we saw Maury he was in the hands of The Company and was trapped in his own mind by his son Matt.  How did he escape?  Has Maury always sided with Arthur?  If not, what did Arthur do to win him over?

Furthermore, I want to know why Daddy is working so hard to win over Nathan?  As we learned tonight, Nathan’s power is synthetic.  Wouldn’t the powers of Peter be more useful to Daddy?  Or is it the synthetic power that Arthur needs?  Although it’s never made clear tonight whether Peter and/or Sylar’s powers are natural or synthetic, I got the feeling that at least one of them was born with their power. 

The next question would be is Arthur Peter and/or Sylar’s dad?  Maybe Pete’s not his, that’s why he didn’t try to recruit him.  Speaking of which, why are they recruiting certain people?  Is it because of their family connections or their abilities? 

When Daphne was requested to recruit, Maury (as Linderman) gave her files for Knox and Mohinder and she falters calling them “pretty nasty people.”  It seems Mohinder is moving up on the badass list, maybe it has something to do with the fact that he spent the entire episode collecting people (Maya included) and storing them cocoon-like on his wall.

Daphne recruits Knox, who then kidnaps Adam for Pinehearst.  And someone from Pinehearst had already talked to Stephen Canfield (Andre Royo).  Plus now we know how Daphne and Matt (another family connection) meet since he’s on her recruit list.

Or is Pinehearst just looking for easily swayed people?

Yes I’m thinking of the Japanese Nazis, as Adam called them.  “We are the worst heroes ever?” Yes they are.

First they – or rather Hiro despite Ando’s protests – lost Kaito’s half of the formula to Daphne.  Then they got caught by the Haitian while trying to steal the second half and tonight they unbury Adam only to lose him moments later in a “cantina” after being distracted by a Star Wars reference.

Then Hiro kills Ando in an effort to prove he’s bad ass enough to join Daphne and Knox.  I don’t for one minute believe Ando’s dead.  It’s probably another Scooby plan of Hiro’s.  I just haven’t figured out to what end.

While I’m pretty sure that Nathan isn’t entirely buying the “dead mobster telling me he’s a messenger from God,” I think it’s going to be Angela herself that pushes her son into Arthur’s waiting arms.

After confirming that The Company did give the Tracy – and her sisters Niki and Barbara – their powers and revealing to Nathan that Daddy wanted his son to have powers even if they were synthetic, Angela tried to sound repentant.  But it’s kind of hard to see past the fact that she has Peter subdued in another room with a medically induced coma.  Now that’s a mother’s love for you.

And Peter almost got a chance to pay her back for all her motherly kindness with a little slice to the head, but brother Sylar stopped him.  It seems that Angela has at least one obedient child.  And she’s going to need it now that she knows Arthur’s back thanks to that little premonition.

Meanwhile we were introduced to two new heroes villains people with powers – Stephen Canfield and Eric Doyle (David H. Lawrence).

Claire, in all her infinite teenage wisdom, decided to go hunting for escapees solo.  She found Stephen.  But so did HRG and Sylar.

Stephen can create vortexes and accidently killed his neighbor over a lawn mower dispute before being hauled away to Level 5 two years ago.  Now that he escaped all he wanted to do was reconnect with his family.

Claire just wants to help him, HRG just wants to use him to kill Sylar and Sylar just wants to play father and daughter off each other.  In the end Stephen sends himself into a vortex.

In the meantime, Meredith and Sandra discover that Claire is missing and start trolling through the Primatech files looking for clues.  But when Meredith spots Eric she calls him a horrible man.  It seemed like she had some history with him or at least knew something she wasn’t telling.

But if she knew he was a puppet master why would she go there?  And how are Claire and Sandra going to end up there next week?

I think this episode was pretty good.  I hope it was critical to forming this season.  Let’s hope I was right and it wasn’t just another tangent.

What did you think of the episode?  Did you know it was Arthur behind it all?  Who are you cheering for – Angela or Arthur?

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