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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Commentary with a Co-ed: Heroes ends its sophomore slump

by Ashley Gouveia

Volume Two has come to an end and can I just say, “Why?!” It was finally getting over the sophomore slump and it had to end now?

Anyway, rant over. The episode was fantastic. The show definitely brought it’s A game all the way to the last second. The ending left me feeling oddly nostalgic but hyped for the continuing chapters. Throughout the hour there were moments where I felt like I was watching season one Heroes. In this case, that’s a very good thing.

Hiro stopping time and meeting Peter brought flashbacks to the subway scene where we heard for the first time, “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World.” But this time there was not even a mention about the cheerleader. It was all about Hiro attacking him with the sword. How cool was the PrimaTech break in scene with people getting thrown all over the place by Peter and Adam? That was all sorts of cool.

One of my favorite moments of the night was Hiro’s reaction to seeing Nathan again. “Flying Man!” There is the Hiro I know and love. Oh, how I have missed you. Please don’t ever go back to 1671 Japan. You are needed for the comic relief that was lacking this season. I have a feeling that because of what he ended up doing to Adam (buried alive, creepy!) it might change him. The lovable naïve Trekkie, with an ambition to be a hero, might be gone for good.

I wasn’t annoyed with Elle’s character this week. I found her to be a lot more interesting than I previously did. Maybe because she had more to do than just being a loony toon with a shock treatment. It was great to see her go up against Sylar, even if it was just for a minute.

Speaking of Mr. Evil, he was finally ousted as a psycho to Maya. Mohinder had to explain it all. Sylar wasn’t even all that convincing of being the “good” guy. Perhaps she was lost in his eyes. I guess the twin ESP thing didn’t work since she only realized her brother was killed because of Molly and her abilities.

There were plenty of deaths in Monday’s finale. But some didn’t stick and some will be a guessing game ‘til 2008. Nathan being shot at the podium and Nikki being blown up after saving Monica were the most shocking. The final moments of Nathan giving his speech over the montage of flashbacks were amazing. What can I say? I’m a sucker for the voiceover montages. On Heroes they are always poignant and effective.

Volume 3 is titled “Villains” and what better way to start that off than by witnessing Sylar regaining his powers. He’s back! Well, not really. Not until some time next year. Darn!

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Kara said...

The show does seeem to be getting back on track.

Here, here Ashley on Hiro NEVER going back to that place again. You're spot on that his comic relief has been sorely missed.

Steph in LA said...

I was hoping the addition of Kristen Bell would revitalize the show for me, but it just didn't. Her electric skills weren't enough to regenerize me.

ashley said...

kara, it's always a better episode of Heroes if Hiro can be his funny lovable self. I loved his "flying man" moment w/ Nathan. lol.

steph, i wasn't a big fan of KB's character at first.
But she teams up or against Sylar that would be really interesting to see.

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