Last night was the writers’ strike-imposed mid-season finale of Heroes. And I have to say…meh.
I still maintain that, overall, Heroes season 2 has sucked. There was one shining moments two weeks ago (with the episode “Cautionary Tales”) where it looked like there might have been a turnaround since some moments recaptured all that was good about season one. But that turned out to be an exception, because last week’s episode (“Truth & Consequences”) was just as bad, with characters doing things that made no sense other tan being shortcuts to move the plot to here the writers wanted to go.
Here are some ***spoilery*** thoughts on last night’s mid-season finale episode, “Powerless”:
- Best part of the episode: Nikki go boom! All I can say is…it’s about damn time. I feel bad for Micah, suddenly orphaned from two parents of questionable redeeming values. Wait a minute…never mind. He’ll bounce back. He’s the only character who’s talking sense by suggesting that they actually act like the heroes they’re supposed to be. Which is more than I can say of the others.
- Peter has the conviction of a distracted gnat. Adam is able to control him through fear then Nathan is able to turn him back after a quick hallway conversation. Peter has become everyone else’s sock puppet. I suspect if someone had a bridge to sell him…
- How come Claire’s creepy stalker boyfriend tries to talk her out of outing the heroes, then slowly takes to the sky in broad daylight? Lost: Common Sense. If found, please send to the writers of Heroes…
- The whole HRG thing is weird. Claire wants to strike back at the company for taking her father, but that suddenly-alive father talks her into backing down while still departing from her life? How has Claire’s motivation changed? She’s still got no father.
- And so we have Nathan picking up the torch of outing the heroes. Which makes his “surprise” death not so much of one. Nice to see super-evil mom, though.
- Sylar gets his powers back? Again, it’s about time, though I think that character has run his course. Heroes needs a new bad guy, or better yet, a team of villains that will force the heroes to band together as well. Let’s see some organized crime-fighting, please.
- Hiro seems so disconnected from the rest of the story, traipsing through time, doing his own thing. It makes no sense that, with time frozen around him and Peter, he could not simply explain the Adam situation and resolve the whole mess right there. Of course, then we wouldn’t have had the dramatic vial rescue in the vault, which wasn’t so dramatic seeing has how Peter has every power under the sun. Nice fate for Adam, though I wish it were Sylar instead.
- When Maya caught a bullet, I though what a wasted part that was. But then I though, OK, she was dead weight anyway. Then she came back. Now that I already signed her off, she’s sorta become the new Nikki.
- And what is it with the super-healing power of Claire’s blood anyway. Will Claire and any recipients of her blood live forever like Adam? More questions than answers. Again. Bah!
Overall, season 2 has been a mostly-steady stream of suckage. I’ve given the show more leeway than I have ever given others. (Cough-cough…Flash Gordon…cough-cough.) As far as I’m concerned, the scant good stuff I’ve seen in season 2 is too little too late. I’m not sure what they could do at this point to resuscitate the show.