Heroes 'The Eclipse: Part 1': The True Test of a Hero

Last week we were told "it's coming," and finally after a few weeks of build-up episodes, this "it" finally came - and while I'm not as in love with this show as I used to be, this "it" brought some interesting developments which became instantly dangerous and occasionally funny for our heroes.


I hadn't fully paid attention to the fact that our heroes came upon their powers during a previous eclipse, but we were well-reminded of this fact as the eclipse, the "it," finally came - and not so surprisingly, made all the heroes and villains powerless.


This became immediately interesting as the entire point of this show is that these people are special and they're fighting in this long battle for the future because of their powers and what different people are doing with them. So suddenly these people using their powers for good and evil were left as ordinary mortals who didn't know it until they tried to use their powers, which for most was in defense against other heroes/villains.


There came a bit of humor in the danger as well as we followed Elle and Sylar on their mission to get Claire, the catalyst, for Arthur Petrelli. (What a nice grandpa he is, kidnapping his granddaughter to use her for evil.)


So while I feared for Claire's life as HRG trained her to fight with the continued assumption, as the eclipse took place, that she had her powers. I was worried HRG would be the one to hurt Claire as was shown in Arthur's drawing, instead as this worry set in, more trouble came along as Elle and Sylar appeared... and Elle tried to use her lightning powers, but ended up just flicking her wrist with no avail.


So while Elle struggled, looking like Toby Mcguire's tragic Spider-Man in training moments, Sylar tried to attack and he didn't have powers either. Meanwhile Matt Parkman was looking like an idiot in Kansas as he tried to use mind tricks on Daphne's father, but with no powers, he was just a weird man tilting his head and being creepy.


The humor generally continued until Claire decided to be a dumb blond - heroic, but dumb - and didn't seem to process that Elle and Sylar's powers being gone might mean hers were too, and so while Sylar turned to the power of a gun to take out HRG, Claire jumped in front of it to save HRG and was actually hurt.


Claire, really now. But maybe she didn't really think she had her powers and wouldn't get hurt. Maybe that was Claire showing how much, despite her anger, she really loves her dad. Now that would make me not find Claire so annoying, so I hope that's the case.


While these guys all worked out their hero battles without their powers, Suresh and the other Petrelli brothers also found themselves in dangerous positions without their powers. Suresh tried to take off as soon as he realized his powers-gone-wrong had disappeared, but while Arther couldn't hold Suresh with his powers, he sure could hold him with a muscular villain. Turns out man-handling is still a good stand-by.


As for the Petrelli brothers, after a fall from the sky, they had to face the music as they searched for the Hasian in the dark jungle, only to run into some rough and tumble guys who were in contact with Daddy dearest - who promptly knocked Nathan out with a rifle butt. Luckily, Peter escaped and was held back by the Hasian, so it looks like they'll be left to save the humbled US senator.


So what comes next? Arther is clearly not left entirely powerless, so if the eclipse only means a temporary loss of power, then Arther will be right back where he was as soon as powers are restored.


But if all these powers will be lost forever because of the eclipse (which I highly doubt), then what will happen to all the heroes and villains? Will there be a battle left to fight?


Photo courtesy of NBC.com

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Nov 25, 2008 5:01PM EST

I believe that they will get their powers back, just in time. That means that Claire will heal (just imagine what would happen if she doesnt...), Arthur will keep doing whatever he wants, the Haitian will save nathan and they'll all live happily ever after.LAME. It has to go beyond that... Something big's gonna happen.

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Nov 25, 2008 5:47PM EST

actually i was debating with myself whether to write this or nt because am a huge fan of heroes bt there is a very big plot hole. if the eclipse stops powers from working how is it that in the first episode of the second season hiro was able to stop time when arrows were shot at him and kensei while there was an eclipse...?

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Nov 25, 2008 6:01PM EST

plot hole how come Adam didnt die at all the other eclipses and when did Issac do all them 9th Wonders

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Nov 25, 2008 6:24PM EST

maybe these eclipses are different from the others...and well, apparently a long time ago...and i just wanna add that hiro was one of the funniest characters..now he is way funnier when he thinks he's 10 haha.don't forget that half of the last season was cut off, plot holes could have been solved thereorplot holes will be solved later onyou never know...

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Nov 25, 2008 6:57PM EST

actually isaac's 9th wonders are nt plot holes. if you remember in season before he died he had written up a bunch of 9th wonders just hadnt had them published yet. and when he knew he was going to die he gave them to his publisher (the fat dude) and so their still being published.

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Nov 25, 2008 10:22PM EST

I don't know ... I'm a huge Heroes fan, but I feel as though this season as a whole has been a bit of a disappointment. I think the main reason is that I love Heroes because of all the characters, but going with the storyline all the characters are changing. So, while this moves the plot along a bit, it takes out a lot of the appeal that the show had in the beginning. I do think that they have kept Hiro pretty much the same (ignoring a few years of maturity of course ...) and I appreciate that. Oh, and Satreed, thanks for explaining the 9th Wonders thing, cause I was definately a bit thrown off by that.

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Nov 26, 2008 3:07AM EST

elle used the gun not sylar....oh and this season rocks what is wrong with you all lol

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Nov 26, 2008 11:59AM EST

Just a thought but Peter's power was genetic and came with the first eclipse; is it possible that his original power will be restored as the eclipse passes because he still has the genetic marker it's just not active anymore?

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Nov 30, 2008 3:18PM EST

i new it the whole time....it kinda was just in ur face

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Nov 30, 2008 8:53PM EST

wait, i'm confused. if peter came back from the future and changed everything, how are isaac's 9th wonder comic books still accurate? which future did he foresee? would he have foreseen peter coming back and the chain of events that have occurred since? why didn't the african guy have the same ability to foresee the new, 'revised' future? remember he said "something tells me the future is not how i have painted it" referring to how he foresaw parkman and daphne happy together etc? then he painted over the old painting with the new future. so that means that he couldn't see the new future until peter had altered it... so why could isaac see it before peter came back?
also, maybe someone could explain something else... does sylar have all his abilities back from season one? including the exceptional hearing? if so, why couldn't he hear HRG tell the vortex guy to kill him?

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Dec 1, 2008 4:22AM EST

If the newer heroes had gotten their powers from the eclipse, than wouldn't the older people still have their powers? Didn't Peter's Parents have their parents before he was born?, and what about the immortal guy Hero saw when he went to the past, he had his powers for centuries.

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Dec 1, 2008 4:24AM EST

Hiro*

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Dec 1, 2008 2:42PM EST

perhaps there was something different about this eclipse that means it takes away powers...i could be that the time when eclipses allowed powers to manifest are over (hence why in the past people were still using powers during the eclipse) and now there is a period in time where the eclipse will take powers away...maybe somthing to do with conditions on the sun (e.g. age, temperature, sunspots, or whatever else the writers could possibly imagine)
in relation to the issue frescoy brought up - it may be possible that the people who had the original powers like isaac are more powerful than the new people like usutu (if thats how you spell his name). for example, isaac (after he had got past his drug problems) was able to paint without any aids, whereas usutu still seems to be requiring the music he listens to in order to get into the trance.

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