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?
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