'Heroes' Review: The Fifth Stage


As Heroes concluded what vaguely looked like its mid-season finale, the show alluded to the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance)--- all of which I've gone through unknowingly as I watch the first 10 episodes of the fourth season play out. This week, though, it's all about acceptance of the things we can't change, what is and what should never be. Case in point: Nathan Petrelli.


Ever since Sylar killed Nathan, and Matt instilled Nathan's memories into Sylar's head, leading him to shape-shift into Nathan at the end of last season, Heroes fans knew that it's only a matter of time before the show officially pulled the plug on the U.S. senator. And so, what might as well be the worst-kept secret of the TV season happened last night.



Nathan jumped off the rooftop, where he first displayed his ability to fly in the first season of Heroes, and died, leaving his brother Peter helpless and heartbroken. Now, it's Peter's duty to carry on and fight the good fight for both of them.


It's not really the climatic ending I expected and it's not really how I envisioned Nathan's final scene to be but at least Milo Ventimiglia and Adrian Pasdar's heartfelt emotions genuinely came across the canvas.


On the lighter side of things, "The Fifth Stage" also focused on Claire's never-ending quest to find her place in the world only this time she ended up spending the weekend at Samuel's carnival after realizing that it's the closest thing to home.


As for the rest of the characters, it looked like things are going to get messier if and when Heroes returns next year. The ending left several questions involving Tracy, who was supposed to join the carnies yet was nowhere to be seen, and Hiro, who was running away with Mohinder and Ando.


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Dec 1, 2009 8:25PM EST

Anyone else think that the guy who attacked Samuel was being controlled by Doyle. (Who seems to have stepped up his powers since it was a natural performance)

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Dec 13, 2009 12:46PM EST

DOYLE HAS THE ABILITY TO CONTROL WOMEN ONLY...even though that would be a good idea...hmm. Maybe Samuel arranged it himself to prove to Claire how peaceful they are. he IS very charismatic and I think that that is what got her most interested (and her finding a home their) and also the fact that it is the opposite of her old life which she didnt fit into at all. But who are they after?? Cuz in the last ep. he said that it wasnt her he wanted....maybe it is Peter and Noah. Peter is a powerful dude and he will have to come to the carnival eventually and tell Claire that her dad is dead. And Noah is veeeeeeeeeeeery skilled at ....bad stuff....you know what forget what i just said. Maybe he wants to KILL Noah since he is good at bagging and tagging and could wipe his whole carnival out...he will take Claire hostage and take Noah's life for hers.....OH!!! And then maybe Claire will kill her self*finally* (stabbing herself in the back of the head). then someone kills Angela and Peter becomes the dark dude from the future ep and goes on a hunt to KILLLLLLLLLLL Sylar and he brings Matt, hiro, ando and some other ppl and their is a HUUUUUGE battle and that is how the season ends!!! :D

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