Heroes 3.16: "Building 26"

Despite the jumpstart that the premiere provided, I'm not surprised that the story fell into a somewhat transitional mode so quickly. There were very few surprises in this episode, and the story didn't seem to flow very well from the previous installment. Perhaps that was the result of some of the changes taking place in the writing staff when these episodes were being prepared, but "Heroes" doesn't need any help lately when it comes to feeling disjointed.

Oddly enough, I liked some of the plot threads and how the writers chose to handle some of the natural issues that would emerge out of the newly federal witch hunt against the metahumans. Nathan's struggle to maintain control over his own program may not be original, but it does offer a few interesting ideas. Abby is essentially Nathan's chance to reconsider his decisions. If he wanted to, he could have let Abby be the one to shut the program down.

Instead, he made it very clear that he believes that the only means of ending the potential threat of metahumans is to keep all of them fully contained. (Well, all but the privileged few he selects.) Despite the bloodshed already on the books, he seems blind to the consequences. By sending men like Danko against those with abilities, he's giving metahumans a reason to go underground and form a resistance against the government itself. He's all but pushing them into the kind of extreme action that he's trying to prevent.

Danko's little gambit doesn't quite add up, even if it worked for the purposes of the plot. Tracy heard Abby's objections, and she's supposed to be a political expert. So, having seen Abby standing there by Nathan, why would she use her power at all? Why not call out for Abby to help her, claiming that she's being held for no reason? Her decision to kill someone with her ability completely undermines any opportunity to shut down the program and end the threat.

Less troubling is the "road trip" with Luke and Sylar. While it doesn’t make sense in purely logical terms, since Sylar could simply rip the information out of Luke's brain at any time, it does provide some insight into Sylar's self-delusional capabilities. Sylar talks about how one must have an objective in mind, and how emotions need to be kept out of one's actions, but his recent history doesn't match his stated philosophy. The implication is that he's not even sure why he's letting Luke live, or why he saved Luke in the process of "intelligence gathering".

Much less successful was the Bennett subplot. Never mind that Noah had to be incredibly stupid or naïve to fall for anything Claire did in this episode, let alone leave himself vulnerable in a public location. The real issue was Claire and the writers' decision to retread her teenage rebellion tendencies yet again, with yet another bland potential love interest. The "Rebel" storyline has some small potential, but right now, it seems more like a plot convenience than anything else.

The final subplot, involving Ando and Hiro, seems a bit out of place. For one thing, the basis for their adventure comes a bit out of nowhere; it took me a moment to realize that they were pursuing one of the drawings created by Matt in the previous episode. As much as the adventure reveals a bit of the tension between Hiro and Ando over their reversal of ability fortune, it fell a bit flat for me. Perhaps that has something to do with the overuse of the "precognitive drawings" motif over the course of the series.

I can only assume that this was all necessary to propel the story arc forward, however incrementally. Abby is now a true believer, which should prove both a blessing and a curse. Sylar is getting information he needs for his own resistance, and Peter's little gang now has their hands on Noah. As noted above, the Hiro/Ando thread doesn't seem to point to anything specific quite yet. In essence, there was nothing particularly shocking, but also nothing particularly nota


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Feb 20, 2009 6:00PM EST

I think the thing with Tracy was to lead up to her betraying the Heroes and eventually joining Nathan, and that her not escaping was a choice, and that being why it showed her looking right at Abby before killing him. Perhaps she decided the only way for her to get out of this was to re-gain Nathans trust and convince him to let her join him, because lets face it, even if she got out, she'd always be running. All she's been saying is, she wants her old life back, and what she had was a position of power in the government.

And Sylar could not simply rip the information out of his head. He posses no abilities that allow him to access others minds, other then seeing how their brain works to find their abilities, not their thoughts or memories. Sure, he could torture him and tell if he was lying, but Luke seems like the kind of kid who might just let himself die. As far as the Bennet thing is concerned, I agree. I can see Noah answering his cell for Claire, he lives and breathes just to be sure she's safe, the call could be her being attacked or something. And you can pretty much assume they already knew his ability was to breathe underwater, its not dangerous in a comic book store. And as The Hunter said when they lost him, "He's pretty good at this for a kid." meaning they knew his history, and that there was little no possibility he could put up much of a fight, clearly not realizing rebellion is already underway. Aside from that, I completely agree, I'm sick of this bull with Claire, basically reusing the same story over and over.
And I'm just betting that the reason Hiro and Ando had to go ALL the way to Indian to stop a wedding is so the writers have an excuse for them being too late to help Matt. Why else would they need them to be in Indian just to show the role reversal? Other then annoying us of course.

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