Despite all the suspense and action spurred from the fugitives running from Nathan's (Adrian Pasdar) powerful government force in last week's episode of Heroes, I found Sylar's (Zachary Quinto) quest to find out his dad far more interesting. But it's not just because I wanted to explore the mystery behind Sylar's nature, which apparently lies in the discovery of his biological father. I was also intrigued by his encounter with Luke Campbell (Dan Byrd), the delinquent son of a single mother whose husband took off some time ago, and who, by implication, may be Sylar's half brother too.
But whether or not Luke turns out to be Sylar's brother is something that doesn't concern me at this point. It may even take some time before we get to the bottom of the truth. For now, I'm simply curious about Sylar taking Luke as his apprentice. And given how tragic his last partnership (with Elle) turned out, it might end with a lot of blood shed as well.
Then again, it might take some time before Sylar returns to his evil ways, cuts Luke's brains out and steals his power. After all, Sylar let the kid live, which is kind of a big deal for him. And knowing that Luke saved his life and that they have so much in common will even make the kill harder.
Like Sylar, Luke is just trying to figure out why he is who he is. He's also a super-human with the ability to melt, burn and boil stuff just like a microwave. Although Heroes still has a lot to reveal about Luke's past, it's obvious that he's not happy to be raised in such a dysfunctional household where no one really understands him. He tends to lie because he'd rather be anyone else but himself and has this seemingly uncontrollable rage, something Sylar can definitely relate to.
My guess is that as Sylar begins to see himself more and more in Luke, Luke will find himself increasingly empathizing with Sylar and wanting to become his protÃÂ©gÃÂ©, which was what prompted him to abandon his old life in the first place. And since Luke has information on the current whereabouts of Sylar's father and Sylar seems like the only one who understands Luke, they both appear to be in a mutually beneficial relationship, at least for the time being.