Review: Heroes, Season 3, Episode 16 a.k.a. Volume 4, Chapter 3

It’s getting a little confounding, converting the Season’s episode number to the Volume’s episode number, is it not? Soon there is going to be a Heroe’s Season to Volume converter… Now watch someone who reads this blog actually create such a thing… And you all know it’s a definite possibility!

I was a little hesitant when it came to working (yet again) on the review for this episode, since I already posted the reviews of the two episodes that come after it. Then I thought to myself: why not? It would be a challenge, reviewing this episode while already knowing what is going to happen, and not letting that influence my writing.

Perhaps journalism is my calling. Who knows.

Sylar & Luke

There were definitely some funny moments between these two:

Sylar: OK, technically, I am a serial killer.

Sylar: Luke. You really have to stop trying to be my friend, or I’m going to have to kill you.

But the most interesting thing is that once again, Sylar is fighting emotions for fear that they might become an obstacle to what he wants. While it seems clear that he like young Luke (is Sylar the Darth Vader to this Luke?), he’s fighting it, telling Luke to back off numerous times & in various ways. In his innocence or stupidity, depending on how you look at it, Luke is playing quite a dangerous game; it’s a matter of debate if this is because he doesn’t realise who Sylar is and what he is capable of, or if, like Belle, he sees the inherent goodness in Sylar. And is this why Sylar liked Belle and now likes Luke, because they see a side in him he doesn’t think exists anymore?
Which makes the interaction between Sylar and Luke, after the former saved the latter, all the more interesting.

Sylar: I didn’t come back for you; I came back for this.

Perhaps it’s a good thing that this time, Sylar isn’t getting involved with a girl; girls tend to push emotional buttons, and perhaps Belle pushed too many of Sylars’, ending up dead. However Luke, being a guy, might be able to back off when needed – perhaps this means that he won’t be killed, or at least that his death will be further off than Belle’s was.

Let this priceless moment not be forgotten: when Sylar, after saving him, is trying to drown Luke out, turns on the radio and the lyrics: “psycho killer” fill the car! And let’s not forget to congratulate Zachary Quinto for creeping us continuously out.

Claire & Noah Bennett

I used to like Claire; I really did. But as the show goes on, she is becoming more and more irritating. Such a spoiled brat! However, children and teenagers being a product of their environment, I have to be fair and turn towards one of the sources of such angst, i.e. her father, Noah Bennett.

While Claire is acting like an ungrateful teenager, it has to be noted that Noah Bennett, acting all secretive, isn’t helping the situation. He should know by now that he can trust his daughter, and perhaps he should take the time to talk to his family about what is going on. That way, everyone knows what is going on, no one inadvertently steps on the others’ toes and perhaps they might even find a way to help each other out. Isn’t that what they did at the end of Volume 1?

Review: Heroes, Season 3, Episode 17, aka Volume 4, Chapter 4

Completing the review of Episode 17 (Chapter 4) tickled me enough to work on this one, especially since I am far less annoyed with Heroes now that I know it has the potential to become as awesome as it used to be.

Then again, it could be that the hibernation is wearing off and I am slowly but surely waking up. Who knows?

The most interesting thing about this episode was the wonderfully ethical minefield brought on by the actions of Matt, Suresh and Peter. Matt claims they have done nothing wrong, only to be corrected by Suresh; up to the point when they drugged and kidnapped Noah Bennett, they hadn’t done anything wrong.

Which makes one wonder at the fine line between justice and revenge; when does one cross that line? While Matt has every right to want those behind Daphne’s (alleged) death punished, and to a certain extent, it can be argued that it’s a form of revenge acceptable to today’s society, when does this crusade for justice become one of revenge? When does he become that which he is fighting against?

This question is all the more important for Matt to deal with in that his power is increasing. What if he starts using his Jedi mind trick to make people hurt themselves or others? He is already quite scary in this episode, basically torturing Noah to get the information he needs.

Another interesting point in this episode was brought to us courtesy of above mentioned Noah Bennett and Angela Petrelli, as they discuss the end of their involvement in anything related to people with special powers (with exception of course of their respective children).

Noah: This is all I’ve ever known. What am I supposed to do now?

Which bodes the more general question of: is this why some people stay in there current situation, however terrible it might be? Because that’s all they have known, and they’d rather be in a bad yet familiar situation than an unknown but probably much better situation?

I’d like to end this (brief) review with a little bit of nose-rubbing: do you all remember the last scene, where Matt paints an exploding DC on the floor of Isaac Mendez’ New York loft? Well, I’d like to take a bit of credit in that I kind of saw it coming in the last couple of weeks.

Give a hibernating person a chance to thaw, already.