I'm not really sure why this episode was called Building 26. That storyline was very much not the main focus...partly because I don't think there WAS a main focus. This week marks an end of the exponential rise in quality, I think. Heroes didn't really go downhill, but there was less excitement (necessity of setting up the next few episodes) and the focus was split between too many not-that-interesting plot lines. Best part of the entire episode? The last thirty seconds (more on that in a bit).
Let me break down Building 26 in my usual style. (By story line, this week):
HIRO AND ANDO
Let me start by saying, WTF.
Not to diminish the impact of Indian traditionalist grandfather's and the plight of their lovely Indian enterprising granddaughters but seriously, YAWN. Remember how much we all adored Charlie when Hiro and Ando went off to save her, despite the fact that she wasn't particularly interesting and definitely not important in the long run? Yeah. Not so much with...what was her name? Oops, I already forgot. On purpose.
THAT ASIDE, this new Hiro and Ando dynamic makes me want to shoot myself in the face. WHY is Hiro still acting like a f*ing ten-year-old?! He's always been a bit...juvenile, I suppose. But mostly it was fanboydom wrapped in idealistic nobility - aka, good times. Now, he's just sort of a whiny bitch. And Ando is only angry at him for, like, five seconds. If this little "conflict" wasn't going to be developed, is there a reason why Hiro and Ando needed their own separate storyline this episode? I mean REALLY. Did we SERIOUSLY need to make this entire detour just so they can get a FAX?
In case you couldn't tell, this part of the episode greatly disappointed me. The Hiro/Ando storylines are usually some of the best, so it's just sad to see this.
NATHAN AND COMPANY
So I was really excited about Homeland Lady. She seemed like someone who might be a genuine moral voice (something Heroes has kind of lacked since Hiro started behaving like a...you get my point). Anyway, apparently her Constitution-thumping came to naught, as did her friendship with Tracy.
Speaking of Tracy, only THREE lines in this entire episode! (I counted.) The fact that she killed a guy almost demands respect. But not quite, because it was all a manipulation by Zeljko Ivanek...who is still my favorite part of this new Chapter. Because he is a BADASS. And also because he helps show how lame Nathan is.
As for you, Nathan, please stop pretending to have a conscience. You put Parkman in the same category as Sylar, which proves how completely unstable you are. No one actually believes you when you try to justify this project. We all know its just because you're a dick with daddy issues who feels cheated by having powers thanks to genetic manipulation and not just genetics.
SYLAR AND LUKE @#$@#%@# CAMPBELL
I think the best way for me to express my feelings on this storyline is to share my notes (yes, I take notes):
[from the beginning to the end of the episode]
- "So you're like a serial killer." Wow I hate this kid. Please kill him now.
- Warm fuzzy Sylar is no fun. Holy crap I hate this Luke kid. Holy crap. Please kill him NOW.
- SYLAR IS NOT A MENTOR/FATHER FIGURE. KILL LUKE NOW.
- WHERE IS THE PSYCHOSIS???
- YES YES OMG YES THANK YOU.
- Oh no. Oh no. Sylar you did NOT just save that f*ing kid. No. F* no. DAMMIT. YOU'LL KILL FREAKING ELLE BUT SAVE THIS DUMBASS KID?
To translate: I hate Luke Campbell. That thing I said last week about him being possibly valuable for expanding the Sylar character? Madness. Kill this kid now. Permanently. Before Sylar gets any lamer. (HE WAS SOOO AWESOME IN 'A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER,' WHAT HAPPENED???)
CLAIRE AND HRG
I have never liked Claire, so it sort of pains me to say that she was one of my favorite parts of this episode. But she definitely was. It is FANTASTIC to see her standing up against HRG in a way that isn't crying and whining and trying to