Last week, we featured Heroes as part of our Cancellation Danger Zone because while it had a pretty good comeback from its long break because of the WGA strike, it's not delivering as well as hoped, so it just might be in trouble.
So while I'm assuming Heroes will continue on next season, I've found I really don't care that much if it continues except that I've invested the time watching, and I want to know how all these efforts to save the future will work out for our characters.
I really enjoyed the first few episodes of the season, but last week's step into the past seems to have slowed the season down a little too much as this week in "It's Coming," we did continue with the present, but it just wasn't that exciting or interesting.
My favorite bit went to Elle and Sylar working things out and seeing Sylar figure out how to take Elle's power without killing her, and also without taking her power away from her. I'm pretty fascinated by Sylar's developments as he's become so much more than a bad guy, and Elle has become more interesting this season as well.
I felt like the rest of the episode, though, was meant to be very cool, and just wasn't. We had Matt Parkman and Daphne visit Angela to get her out of Arthur's mind trap, which actually worked with Matt going into her mind, then both Daphne and Arthur joining in the mental fight as well. Surprisingly, the fight was won by Matt and Daphne showing they've fallen in love, and then Angela preying on Arthur reminding him that he used to love her like that, making him soften and let her free.
So going into minds is kinda cool, but it's gotten a little old with this power seeming to be shared with so many characters now.
The final moments with Claire and Peter involved in this situation also seemed like they were supposed to be fascinating and thrilling, but I found them more tiresome and annoying myself. Claire and Peter joined Angela, Matt, and Daphne at the hospital, leading to Angela telling them there was a third part to the formula which was a catalyst - which would be in a host/person, and Claire ever so dramatically laid out that when Sylar opened her mind to take her power, he said she was different and special, and so here we go - Claire thinks she's this very special catalyst.
I used to love Claire's character, but I feel as if they've overemphasized her "meaningful" looks in dramatic moments, plus her change from young innocent girl to a changed girl trying to figure out who she really is and what part she plays in this battle for the future. She's already become too self-important with her powers, so it just sounded annoying and self-centered when she said she thought she was the catalyst. I'm sure it could easily turn out she really is, but I found myself not interested in her being this "chosen one" that everyone's going to need to protect now. Maybe that's why the villains were after her when she thought they were coming for Peter... hm!
But hey, maybe Claire just thinks she is, and then they'll end up missing out on seeing who it really is, leading Arthur to get the right person while the "good guys" aren't looking.
I'm hoping these last few episodes have just been an extended build up to the real excitement, which it seems they might be, so perhaps I'm being too hard on them. So what did you think? Did this week's episode lack excitement? Do you think we just need to be patient for what's to come or is Heroes lacking luster these days?
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