'Heroes' finale: They all fall down
Powerless. That was the title of the final episode of "Heroes" this season (unless the counterproposal is signed?). That was how the fans felt when faced with early disappointment. That's what Tim Kring may have felt after all of the criticism.
But the episode didn't feel powerless. Whether because of forced deadlines or just righting the ship, this show was oozing with conflict -- with resolution -- and even left viewers WANTING to see what happens next. Huh, a novel concept.
The battles that were set up in the previous couple of chapters drove the episode, and many heroes fell.
- Niki seems to have been blown up as she selflessly saved Monica from New Orleans thugs. I like Ali Larter, but I hope it sticks. Still, it's pretty messed up for young Micah.
- The inevitable Maya vs. Sylar scrum ended quickly when she was shot after learning that Sylar killed her brother. But, dang it, she was revived. As long as they do something good with her next season, we'll be fine with that. Great powers, if you can control them.
- Peter took out Hiro, but I liked the mini-battle. Hiro's teleportation gave him an advantage, but his hesitation let Peter zap him. Believable and simple. Now it's Parkman's turn to take on Peter. No contest once Pete picked up on Matt's "suggestive" thoughts. As powerful as he is, it took brotherly love from Nathan to stop him. Hiro, on the other hand, easily took out Adam. Burying him alive is an apt punishment for someone who can possibly live forever, but leaves the door wide open for his return.
- On the Claire/HRG front, Noah has decided to return to the Company in order to save his family. Claire's resolve to take everyone's powers public might not have been a good idea, but it was bold. This was probably the most unsatisfying resolution for their storyline, but Nathan's made up for it.
- Nathan took up where Claire left off, deciding to go public with his powers. But before he could come out with it, he gets gunned down. We should assume that with Adam underground in Japan and Claire out in California, there won't be a resurrection. Of course Peter could teleport him, but he doesn't know where to go. Or maybe he now has healing blood too. Hmm ...
- Sylar regains his powers, Elle gets a taste of being a hero (though only because she was looking for daddy Bob's approval), and Nathan's mom speaks to someone on the phone, referring to the situation as "opening Pandora's box." Those three events alone bode well for the dramatic future of the show.
For a strike-shortened season, it sure seemed long. Most of us are probably not satisfied with it as a whole, but at least it didn't leave a bad taste in my mouth -- so to speak. We never got to see the full extent of the older generation's powers -- Nichelle Nichols was underutilized -- but for those "fans" who left the show (many of you commenting on this blog), you missed out on some good stuff the last few episodes. But never fear, you can watch it online. And hey, isn't that what started this strike mess in the first place?
Here are a few other opinions and Buddy TV's live blogging of the show:
-- Jevon Phillips
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