Week two and Heroes is still going strong(er than it has)! It may be that I'm just running off the episode-just-finished adrenaline rush, but seriously, that was just about as exciting as the second half of Chapter One, the good old days of Heroes Is Amazing.
This week, exciting developments, where things are...not clearing up, exactly, but at least starting to take shape.
THE BAD GUYS:
Zeljko Ivanek is a BADASS. I don't really feel the need to further explain this point. He is a fantastic addition.
Sylar. Sylar Sylar Sylar. Last week I had some quibbles about the Sylar plot (namely, that there was too much going on elsewhere and there wasn't enough time for him). But this week...omg. First of all, it is so good to see Zachary Quinto back to Deliciously Evil as opposed to his brief stint as Questionable Unknown And Slightly Sympathetic. And with this kid in tow to be a foil to his damaged-child side? This could be golden. (Still, I won't complain much if the kid gets killed off sooner rather than later.)
Tracy...doesn't really belong in this category. I just hate her. But, actually, this week she was almost tolerable. I love that cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering stuff. Now, though, it is time for her to get drugged up and stuffed in a goo tank for the rest of the Heroes epic...unfortunately, clips of next week's episode disagree.
GRAY AREA GUYS
I'm sorry, but when did Nathan and HRG become equally Claire's father? Claire still seems to understand that Nathan is, and I quote, "Dad Number Two," but why is HRG putting up with that nonsense? To deal with the two separately, I'm glad to see Nathan keeping up his antagonist role. As for Bennet, it seems like that brief moment of capturing Mohinder was his one bad-guy moment and now he's all "Save Claire! Save Peter! I'm a good guy, I am!" Please.
Let me just get this out: OMG BADASSES BADASSES BADASSES BY SO MUCH OMG
...right. Seriously though. If the character dynamics between Hiro being completely in Hero mode, Mohinder being a whiney bitch who does the right thing only when he has no other option, Parkman on a revenge tirade, Peter as idealist, and Ando as not quite a sidekick who could turn at any moment for some unknown reason (thanks for the remind on Ando-kills-Hiro, I'd forgotten that)...if this all keeps it shape, the next few episodes will be awesome.
On a final note, Claire. I was not a fan of wannabe badass Claire in Chapter Three. Honestly, she's never been high up on my list. But for some reason, her showing some real attitude worked for me in this episode. She's not a victim and she's not an overly idealistic, accident-prone good-doer. She might turn into a real, interesting character element (...finally).
The only downside to Heroes getting better is that I'm super impatient between Tuesday and Sunday.