Heroes Season 4, Episode 19: "Brave New World" Review


The fourth season of Heroes came to an end Monday night with "Brave New World." It was exciting in parts, touching in others, and overall a fairly decent way to end the season. There were some head-scratching moments to be sure, and some glaring shortcuts in the storytelling, but the overall effect of the episode worked for me.


This was one of those episodes where you had to let go of how we got here. The second half of the season failed to build on the momentum of the first set of episodes, causing a bit of a lull in the last few outings. But accepting that we are where we are, the confrontation in Central Park brought the season to a decent conclusion. All year, we've watched Samuel Sullivan build his power and become increasingly unstable. He's been controlling and manipulative and the master of his carnival flock. So it was fitting that he would be brought down by that same group of people deserting him.


But first we had to get to that moment. Claire and Noah Bennet were trapped inside a trailer 30 feet underground. I liked that Noah realized he wasn't going to survive, but his regenerative daughter would, even if it took her a month or more to dig herself out. I wasn't completely sold on their teary goodbyes, but the scene was effective in presenting Noah's dying wish: "Promise me you'll hide." In the intense moment, the only thing he wanted is for his daughter to stay hidden with her power. This made Claire's leap from the top of the Ferris wheel at the episode's end all the more powerful. Not only was she revealing her secret to the world, she was doing so against her father's strongest desire.


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