Heroes 3.12: "Our Father"

After the disappointments of the two-part "eclipse", my expectations for this episode were fairly low. So I was a bit surprised to find that most of this episode was quite enjoyable. It gave me some small hope that a tighter focus with a stronger sense of direction could restore the series to its former glory.


The episode focused on Hiro and Claire, so it's probably no surprise that I liked those plot threads the most. In particular, I found them poignant, which is not something I can say about "Heroes" very often. Both situations required a bit of hand-waving and contrivance to work as intended, but after a while, you learn to accept such things (to a certain degree).


I know a lot of people have come to despise Claire, and to an extent it's understandable, but I think the majority of the problem is the writing. Hayden wasn't phoning anything in on this episode. Was it a little too convenient for Noah to listen to the babbling teenage girl with an unknown ability standing over the baby he was just ordered to protect at all costs? Probably. But I couldn't help but smile when he said, "Claire-bear", and realized what was happening.


Similarly, while it seems a bit odd that Hiro's father wouldn't notice the similarities between his son and the mysteriously befuddled "chef" that appeared out of nowhere, the scenes between Hiro and his mother were simply golden. I'd like the writers to bring this generational aspect of the show to an end, to be honest, but this worked. At least, it worked until Arthur came along out of nowhere and undercut Hiro's heroic decision to take on responsibility for the catalyst.


So where the catalyst came from is completely vague, but it can be transferred and apparently works like "the glow" from "The Last Dragon". Wonderful. But why give Hiro the first meaningful moment in the entire volume, only to snatch it out from under him? There's a certain shock value to it all, but the plot necessities seem to be driving that moment.


After all, the writers needed the catalyst to be revealed so that Arthur could steal it, use it to activate the Not-Promicin (because it's red, not green), power up the first batch of Super-Soldiers (beginning, ironically, with a former cast member of "The 4400"), thus setting the stage for a serious Sylar killing spree. After all, once Arthur is conveniently out of the way, Sylar is in the perfect position to force the soldiers to take the Not-Promicin and then steal the resulting abilities.


As usual, Sylar's character motivations are all over the place, and now, his supposed hunger has turned him into a Dexter clone. Now it's not about parental approval, or the hunger for power; it's about the hunger to kill in the process. It's suddenly a liking for violence. This may swing him back closer to the amoral characterization of the first two seasons, but it doesn't ring true with the rest of the third volume at all.


At the very least, Sylar's arrival should put an end to Arthur's plan, regardless of Nathan's intentions. Sylar might even wipe out Nathan and Tracy in the process of taking control of the facility. But I'm not sure whether or not this will end with Peter and Hiro's powers restored. A lot is still up in the air, and the writers still need to bring all of this to a meaningful conclusion.

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Dec 9, 2008 11:41PM EST

I almost laughed at how stupid this episode was. Apparently Noah believes a teen who he just met while in other episodes he does what ever the company tells him regardless of what it is. Even if he does realize it's his own daughter, it would change the whole future dramatically. How does Sylar use his powers to stop the bullet and tell if Arthur is lying when the Haitian is around? Am I to believe that Arthur would just stand there while all the talking was going on and not do anything? I seriously doubt that. If Sylar could use his powers, so could Arthur which means he'd be able to defend himself. There's so many loops-holes it's unbelievable. Each episode seems to be increasingly stupid, almost to the point of being comical to watch. I'm feeling like heroes is becoming a waste of time to watch.

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Dec 10, 2008 12:14AM EST

im sorry i have to agree there>>> THAT EPISODE WAS FLAWED AND PURE BS... arthur has absorbed some of the greatest powers some including that guy who has lived for iono how long and the only other person to completely rival sylars powers aka peter.... so unless the writers are trying to tell me that somehow the hatian was only focusing soley on arthur that sylar was free to do as he wants but then that would make it stupid because in past times the hatian has only been around or something and people powers hasent worked.. i remeber specifically when dapahne and hiro went to go get the other part of the formula and they didnt even know nor did the hatian know they where in the same place and yet their powers didnt work.....
But yet this time magically only sylar was strong enough.... the only theory i can see is that maybe arthur was to strong and he had to soley focus on him and when sylar came in he couldnt focus on both and for that reason slar was able to kill him because the hatian was only focusing on him or some crap like that but by then im pretty sure when peter about shot the haitian said he could no longer hold him in..... the way arthur was killed was f up... he had clare healing ability and that other guy so iono but i have to agree heroes is getting a bit stupid with the story line.

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Dec 10, 2008 3:50AM EST

sayinjin - seems you haven't understood the part where claire isn't invincible, the haitian said that he had trouble holding him and wouldn't be able to hold him for long, when he said he couldn't hold him any longer peter asked for more time so basicly the scene after is still logical
To the others - before the haitian was stronger than the others so he could cancel the others abilities without having to concentrate too much (or at all), but since he had to concentrate on arthur just to cancel "his" powers well it does makes sense that sylar was able to use his own (considering that sylar is supposed to be the main vilian in the serie)
CriticalMyth - Sylar is a sociopath thus killing ppl with time gets fun and it does swing true that he comes back to be evil since being a good guy was supposed to be temporary (he is the main bad guy after all)
To the others - Noah believed claire cause he thinks she's a mind reminder (she said "something like that) so he choosed to believe her on the moment, who said he completely believed her...? Haven't you guy learned by now that Noah is a good liar even with telepaths?

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Dec 10, 2008 7:50AM EST

Devil1360:
There's a difference between meeting audience expectation (Sylar as main bad guy) and making his actions within the story consistent with his stated motivations.

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