HEROES: 3.25 “An Invisible Thread”
It’s really hard to write about Heroes right now. Mainly because I just read this, and now I just can’t take it seriously. But anyway…
I think it’d be fun to keep a 2009 finale countdown death tally. So far we have Edie Brit (Desperate Housewives), Kutner (House), and now, Nathan Petrelli.
I must give a hand to Heroes. While they’re still chicken in the killing and removing characters department (why couldn’t Sylar or Nathan just die already?), at least they’re providing us with interesting twists. Now Sylar is Nathan–gee, can’t see how this could turn badly.
Honestly, that’s a new thing that we saw with Matt Parkman, wasn’t it? We knew that he could alter perception, but in the long term? That was new and different. And what will be the repercussions?
We could tell by the short “six weeks later” preview that all is not well in the head of “Nathan Petrelli,” aka Sylar (oh no, will this be another Sam Jim Jim Sam issue? Because Nathan Sylar Sylar Nathan is much harder to type over and over). Mainly the wee issue of the clock. Even Angela saw it. So how long do you think we’ll have Nathan, not Sylar?
I’m hoping a while. What this storyline needs is a slow build. Slow build this–keeping Zachary Quinto away from it as long as humanly possible–and work something else up fast. Like Tracy.
By the way, if you didn’t know Tracy was still alive. You’re clearly doing one of three things wrong. 1) You’re not reading my previous posts. I called this one. 2) You’re not watching the show that closely, because she clearly blinked after she was shattered. 3) You’re not understanding that Heroes will never get rid of major actors. This is why we still have Adrian Pasdar playing Sylar.
Plus, Ali Larter actually announced her appearance in the finale in a late-night show.
Anyway, I think we’ve made a reasonable turn and there’s room to grow. I’m curious most of all to find out about Hiro. As much as I want Hiro alive and well, it does bother me that they seem to leave him with no conclusion in this episode. I think it would have been huge to kill him. But then fans would get upset and we wouldn’t get the Hiro/Ando death-defying matchup that we’re all wanting.
Was there anything else in the episode that really grabbed you? I give props to the burial scene. Not only did they let Matt Parkman sway Sylar, but he swayed them all. Everyone saw Sylar in that fire, which was a great trick of light.
In the end, the majority of our heroes are still standing. And there was one death, so I’ve got to give Heroes props. Plus a twist. Since those seem to be my criteria for memorable television, I guess this one hit the mark.
Let’s just hope Sylar stays far away for a while. Man, he’s annoying.