Heroes Season 4, Episode 4: 'Acceptance' Review - Featured

So far this season on Heroes, we've been slowly checking back in with our main characters.



While we've gotten a lot on what Claire, Noah, Peter, "Nathan," Angela, and Matt and "Sylar," have been up to, we've only spent a little time with Hiro and Ando, a tiny bit with Tracy, and none at all with the very absent Mohinder.


In 'Acceptance,' there still wasn't any sign of Mohinder, but we did get Hiro and Ando back who have been absent for a bit, and we got Tracy back in full. Not a huge amount happened for Tracy beyond us seeing her deciding she was back in the game going back to work, only to see her walk away by the end of the episode. I am intrigued, though, by what seems like her lack of control over turning into water. It was looking in the bathroom as if she didn't know how to stop herself from changing, or at least her power wasn't strong enough to just get rid of it quickly when it came about.


Hiro was more interesting as he tried, over and over, to time travel and save a guy working at his company from jumping off the roof. I'm glad he succeeded, but his moment of mind-freeze showed us that he definitely is having some serious problems because of all his time traveling, and if he continues like this in dedicating what he thinks is the end of his life to saving people, he's going to kill himself. I'm also curious what he told his sister. I'm loving that she and Ando are together and now going to get married, but when Hiro talked to her, it seemed like he just said he was sick as opposed to explaining the whole situation. Now that she's seen his mind-freeze as well as him disappear, will she have to know the truth?


Noah, Peter, and Claire didn't have much happening besides Claire trying to help her dad figure out what to do with his very changed life, which Peter tried to turn into Noah helping figure out his bizarre compass, only to give up immediately.


That did lend to the first run-in of the season for Claire and Peter where I couldn't help but feel like was just an awkward moment for Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia as their first time doing a scene together in the new season with them broken up. A good reason why co-stars shouldn't date... especially when one is 18 and one is in his 30s, and they're supposed to play uncle and niece, together, broken up, or what have you.


But that weirdness aside, Nathan ended up being the most interesting storyline that resulted in what I'm hoping will be a more full return of Sylar!!


So far we've only gotten this most awesome character of the show appearing in Matt Parkman's mind, trying to get Matt to release him. But now that Nathan's been killed by some thug hired by the mom of his dead girlfriend, the accidental death having been covered up by the always conniving Angela ages before. How inconvenient for Angela that her trying to make Sylar in Nathan's body really believe he's Nathan by bringing back memories that ended up making him remember something she'd gotten the Haitian to erase!


Now how would that work that Nathan/Sylar could remember something that had supposedly been erased? Maybe Sylar's strength shone through to retrieve that, or did Angela actually want him to remember that, and she had a part in his "death"? That doesn't make much sense as it looked at the end of the episode that Angela had no idea what was happening as Nathan was killed and it was reported to the mother. Also, she's been fighting so hard to have Sylar really be Nathan, so it seems a waste to kill him over that memory when she's so good at cover-ups.


While it wasn't shocking to see "Nathan" didn't die from the gunshots and burial, or even to see his hand shooting up out of the grave, it was pretty cool to see he'd turned into Sylar! Does that mean Nathan's fully dead now, or just that in that Sylar got the chance to turn back into himself to heal himself and then get back into his own skin?


Whatever it means, what will Sylar do first? Will he go after Angela and/or Matt? Looks like we have some seriously fun Sylar drama to look forward to! Good to have you back, Sylar, now do you think he'll get to stick around?

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May 11, 2016 2:39PM EDT

I agree that this episode was pretty interesting. Finally, Hiro had a serious and interesting storyline rather than one dedicated to comic relief. Tracy's was a bit weak, but it might improve depending on what is happening with her power (I don't get how she can't control it. She seemed pretty in control while killing gov agents. Also, I still think her stoppage of killing spree was too quick and I didn't quite follow it).
Lastly, Nathan's story was just great. I loved every minute of it. 1st, we found out who Angela had gone to last season to ask for monetary help. 2nd, the story line was not contrived and showed that the writers actually thought through the whole thing before writing. (SPOILER IF YOU HAVENT SEEN EPISODE 4.4) Here's what happened:First, heres what seems to be going on with Sythan. Matt removed Sylars mind from Sylars body and made it think it was Nathan's body. Thus, the whole "who am I?" thing so early on (Nathan's mind was not fully there because Matt couldn't take it from a dead Nathan's body). Sylar's mind had to go somewhere, and therefore it is now stuck in Matt's body (along with Matt's mind). Got that so far?Second, is what happened this episode. Angela wanted to stop the identity crisis so she told Nathan to touch his stuff from his past. She knew that Sylar's object memory power (which she gave Sylar and which would have stayed in Sylar's body along with all his other powers) would show Nathan "his" past (genious idea from the writers). Unbeknownst to her, the hat was linked to the very traumatic event that she tried to hide from Nathan. The power showed Nathan that he had been linked to the death of his ex girlfriend and Nathan's mind made him feel regretful and want to learn more. Eventually, he discovered that his mom had erased this from his mind before AND tricked the girls mom into thinking the girl had run away. Nathan's mind felt very bad and went to tell the mom the truth which clearly pissed her off for some reason as she hired a hitman who shot and buried Sylar's body and Nathan's mind. Then, Sylar's healing power kicked in and healed Sylar's body. Clearly, in doing this it overpowered the ShapeShifting power that was making Sylar's body look like Nathan. Now, we are left with Sylar, operating with Nathan's mind, trying to figure out who killed him, why he isn't dead, and why he looks like someone else (I'm not sure if he will realize he looks like Sylar). Talk about a mid-life crisis!

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Oct 7, 2009 3:43AM EDT

devs711 well said. yeah we now have a sylar looking body who has a nathan mind or who thinks he is nathan.

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Oct 7, 2009 3:11PM EDT

I think 'Nathan' is still 'Nathan' for now, because Matt/Sylar storyline hasn't developed as much as i'd like yet,
a sidenote;Hiros and Nathans storylines this episode were awesome.
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Oct 7, 2009 5:11PM EDT

great episode i love sylar!!! hiro was great too but claire is boring and has no interesting story lines

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Oct 8, 2009 5:41AM EDT

Good episode overall. Loved Swoosie Kurtz as Millie again (thank you Bryan Fuller for that one, ahem). I felt so bad for her character!!
Gotta say, the Hiro and Ando storylines always get a giggle out of me, but Hiro really had me rolling this time. And the suddenly serious overtones has me worried.....
Nathan's storyline i think deserved praise. It was well-crafted and neat how it all worked out.
I have a feeling though, that Sylar is not necessarily back. My guess is that Nathan's mind is still in there, but something may have reverted the physical aspect to show itself. Perhaps it was the ring the hitman took off Nathan? Did anybody see that?

I dunno, but i cant wait till the next one (as always...)

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Oct 12, 2009 10:23AM EDT

What I don't get is, if Nathan (well, Sylar) always had the object-history power, surely he would have gotten glimpses—after touching certain items—of Matt Parkman and Angela erasing Sylar and making him Nathan?

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