Heroes “Duality” episode review, or My Last Post on Heroes

That’s it.

I’ve listened to Mohinder’s voiceover for the last time. The monologue that brought the muddled “Villains” arc to a close Monday night even mentioned the power of love, for frak’s sake!

This season had some good moments, not many of which I felt were in this finale. But I’m no longer feeling invested in this series at all. Every character is a mess in some way. And not an emotional mess like Kara Thrace on Galactica or every male character on Lost who has deep-seated issues with his father. Heroes characters are just sloppy and inconsistent as hell.They switch sides any time the writers want them to. They gain and lose powers on a whim. If a character can go anywhere, do anything, who really cares what they eventually do? Throw in a Mohinder voiceover and my interest plummets.

So the finale. The showdown between Pinehearst and Primatech went down in the wake of Arthur Petrelli’s death at the telekinetic powers of Sylar. A Sylar left so diabolically, ludicrously evil, he may as well have a little mustache to twirl. But after he crashed that birthday party last week and offered the guests cake, I’m not minding his over-the-top villainy. At least Sylar does things that matter. Like trying to kill Angela Petrelli, HRG, Claire, and Claire’s bio-mom Meredith in a crazy Saw-like game. And he can be pretty funny. The carnage at the Company left every remaining Level 5 prisoner dead. Tracy turned Knox into a pile of slush which was a nice bit of FX work. Sylar injected Meredith with adrenaline, so she was unable to control her firepower, leading to the Company building blowing up. But luckily Angela, Claire, and HRG got out in time. Sylar though appears to be dead for the time being. Somehow, I don’t think the show will be done with him just yet.

Over at Primatech, Daphne steals an injection of Mohinder’s formula so Ando can use it to rescue Hiro from the past. How does Ando, or anyone, know which power the formula will give them? Peter takes it and can instantly fly, the soldier takes it and is super strong, and Ando takes it and he can amplify the powers of others. Which is a really convenient power for a sidekick to possess. So Daphne can run faster than the speed of light and collect Hiro. Sure would’ve sucked for Hiro if his best friend got the power to talk to animals or make his fingernails grow really fast. Hiro has a little duel with his dad which makes me smile. Sulu with a sword. Again. (I will never tire of that clip.)

But Nathan and Peter had the biggest fight, I’d say, since Peter really wants Nathan to stop creating a mutant army. And Nathan is suddenly heartless and exactly like his father. Somehow. And so the next volume, “Fugitives” begins with Nathan giving the President (President Worf!) a list of powered people’s names and abilities and telling him to round them all up for internment. So is it Heroes: Guantanamo Bay edition or the birth of a new, secret Justice League? Cue dramatic music.

But I don’t really care. Bryan Fuller is returning to the show after the death of Pushing Daisies, but his writing won’t show up until the end of volume four. There is too little time and too many better shows to watch. My favorite shows of the fall season were, in order, True Blood, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Dexter. Also, House was consistently excellent this year. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Heroes falls far below all of these for me, so I think this volume ending is my opportunity to opt out. I’m taking it. I had a lot of hope for new villains, maybe a show with a darker theme, but instead I found hokey speeches about right and wrong. If the same hold true for “Fugitives,” I will save myself, and possibly others, a few hours by predicting that what the heroes are really running from in Volume Four is the truth about…themselves. And possibly love. There. Now I will try to do something more productive with my Monday nights.

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