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Heroes Season 4, Episode 9: "Shadowboxing" - Review


The lack of action in Heroes is starting to wear on me a bit. I've been enjoying the character development, but the pace needs to pick up again now that we're eight episodes deep into the season. "Shadowboxing" had some potential for action in a couple of the storylines, but words took the place of fisticuffs. There were still some interesting developments, but the series feels like it's gone from meticulously unraveling a great story to dragging its feet.


One major problem I had with "Shadowboxing" was the amount of time we spent with Peter and Emma in New York. For much of their story, we watched Peter heal victims from a train crash. This drained Peter of his power and his energy for a bit, but after some panting and sweating, he was right back to it. Though healing is a great power to have, it's a boring one to watch. But Peter healing, and Peter being weakened by the process, wasn't the point of the story. This was really Emma's tale, as we watched her come out of her shell and heal people with her own special powers… by way of medical training. This has been the direction Emma's path had been heading ever since we first learned she opted out of becoming a doctor. No big surprise. No big revelation.


Elsewhere, Claire and her father were trying to track down Becky to figure out why she had attacked her and her sorority sisters a couple episodes ago. The first half of this storyline gave Gretchen a very believable exit -- she was terrified for her life. I liked this. Why would anybody stick around just because Claire said it would be okay? I also liked how Becky's story continued to grow. When she first arrived, we thought she was nothing more than a generic sorority sister. Since then, we've learned she has ties to the carnival and Samuel, she killed Claire's first roommate and now we've discovered she's seeking revenge against Noah Bennet. I really like this development, as more often than not new characters are introduced simply because a power is needed to tell a story. This season, the characters have not been wasted (like the short stay from healer Jeremy) and Becky is no different.


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