Heroes followed up its best episode of the season with another solid offering. While this is reason alone for excitement, the show could still have used more action, and the overall focus for the season remains unclear.
Sylar (Zachary Quinto) finds refuge in Samuel Sullivans (Robert Knepper) circus. Apparently, Lydia (Dawn Olivieri) either has a crush on Sylar, or she has been instructed to get close to him. In a somewhat convoluted and contrived plot device, Samuel Sullivan invites Captain Lubbock, (Ernie Hudson) the detective who arrested Sylar, to his carnival. Apparently, he believes that if Sylar sees him, it will trigger his memories and thus restoring him to the serial killer he is.
This story was the weakest of the night, but did provide us with an interesting series of flashbacks when Sylar confronted himself in a house of mirrors. It also included the only real action sequence. When Sylar fails to kill the detective, Edgar (Ray Park) rushes in to deliver a series of deadly knife wounds. The concluding scene of this story is ignorant, with Sylar being baptized by Samuel. Perhaps they are an actual cult, or maybe just a collection of weirdoes. It doesnt really matter; the carny workers need to get much more interesting very quickly.
Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) decides that he must try to save Hiro (Masi Oka), so he visits Noah Bennett (Jack Coleman) who is still looking for something to do with his life. He takes Peter to visit a Jeremy (Mark L. Young), a boy with the ability to heal. Unfortunately, the power seems to be working in reverse. Everything the boy touches dies. One thing leads to another and Peter is shot in the chest, but Noah convinces the boy that he still has the ability to heal. Peter takes the power and returns to Hiro.
Emma (Deanne Bray), seeking answers as to how to get rid of her power, spends some time with Hiro while Peter is off seeking a cure. Hiro does his best to show her that the powers are indeed a gift. He suddenly remembers that he must go back and save Charlie, his waitress friend from season one. He disappears shortly before Peter return with the power to heal him. Hiro finds himself outside the Burnt Toast diner, three years earlier.
While Heroeshas put back to back solid episodes together for the first time in quite a while, I am still skeptical of its long term viability. The carnival workers simply arent growing on me at all. I know that they are not the good guys, but they simply arent all that interesting. Also, I am disappointed that they keep bringing back Sylar and his identity crises. Heroes need to let Zachary Quinto graduate to bigger and better things and find its viewers a new villain.
I was heartened by the fact Hiro has found something to do other than be used for comic relief. The Hiro storyline was very good, and it was great seeing him interact with someone other than Ando (James Kyson Lee) for a change. In fact, the magic trick he performed by making Emma disappear, with a little help of freezing time, was probably the best scene of the episode. Hiro doesnt need Ando to be a significant character. I liked Ando in the first season, but his character has become extraneous.
What Didnt Work
Touching people with powers needs to be handled consistently. When Peter returns to the hospital, he puts his hand on Emmas back, but apparently does not absorb her power. At least he still is under the impression he could heal Hiro if he were there. Yet when he touched her the first time in Ink, the 3rd episode of the season, he absorbed her power unknowingly. Also, touches Jeremy on the arms, with clothing as a barrier, but points out that he is in fact touching him without dying. So, does it have to be skin on skin contact or not?
Seeing Ernie Hudson depart, via death, after only two episodes was quite disappointing. Who ya gonna call now?
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“Heroes” stars Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Ali Larter, Adrian Pasdar, Masi Oka, and Milo Ventimiglia. It airs Mondays on NBC. Tabula Rasa was written by Rob Fresco and directed by Jim Chory.
“Heroes” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.