Oct 7 2008 8:57am

Heroes “I Am Become Death” episode review

Hey! An episode I wasn’t completely bored by! I enjoy these trips to the future. (Which of the many Heroes futures did we visit tonight? I’m not entirely sure, but io9 was kind enough to help set people straight.) You get to see characters thrown into new alliances, new haircuts, and you get to ask yourself new questions to fill in the blanks between the years. We get to four years hence via FuturePeter bringing PresentPeter to a New York City populated by people who have used Mohinder’s formula to give themselves powers. I imagine the MTA would still find a way to charge insane fares for flying New Yorkers, but it was a cool image. Personally, if I could pick any superpower, I’d want to teleport. But that aside, people giving themselves abilities will eventually trigger the end of the world. But before FuturePeter can give a better explanation of why that is, Brown-Haired Claire shows up with the Haitian and shoots FuturePeter. PresentPeter (who I guess can now just be plain old whiny emo Peter) escapes.

How did Claire come to work with Daphne and Knox? What is their role in The Company? Matt shares this vision of the future in Africa. How and when does he meet Daphne and father a daughter? Other interesting developments: Mohinder’s formula has rendered him some sort of hideous monster and Tracy Strauss has married Nathan, who is now President Petrelli.

In other surprising offspring news, Sylar, calling himself Gabriel again, gets a visit from Peter in his home while he makes some waffles. He has a son named Noah. And Mr. Muggles, the Bennet family dog, is there, too. This does nothing to dispel the rumors that Mr. Muggles is the evil puppetmaster behind the whole series. Sylar acting decidedly not evil is pretty funny actually. Peter needs Sylar’s creepy diagnostic talents to figure out how to save the world. But as soon as Gabriel shares his ability, Daphne and Knox show up to take out Peter for his meddling in the fate of the world. Knox kills Sylar’s son, causing him to go radioactive, a nice little callback to season one's radioactive man Ted Sprague. Not so nice is 200,000 people in the Costa Verde area are killed, including Daphne. Peter is captured by the Company but manages to jump back into the present.

There were happenings in the present, too. Mohinder is still useless and suffering from roid rage thanks to his formula. Tracy discovered she is one of a set of triplets, including Niki, who was engineered to have superpowers. Her guilt over the death of the nosy reporter in the season premiere leads her to attempt suicide, but Nathan swoops in to save her from jumping off a bridge. Flying is a great ability, but it is damn hard to pull off effectively on a TV show without straying into cheesy territory. Nathan’s path, Linderman tells him, is tied to saving Tracy and becoming America’s leader. This storyline does nothing for me at all, aside from getting to watch Malcolm McDowell act.

And Hiro and Ando are recruited by Angela Petrelli to dig up Adam Monroe from his grave. And the immortal man was pretty pissed off. I liked this character and I thought the shortened second season didn’t give Adam a fair showing. Here’s to hoping he makes good on the villain label now. Do you think Heroes needs one more character in the mix?

Mark McKibben
1. Manzabar
Do you think Heroes needs one more character in the mix?

The last thing this show needs is more characters. Instead the writers should be seriously considering killing off about half the characters and focusing on developing the rest. And for the record, the characters I'd most like to see gone are Peter, Mohinder & Maya.
fred campbell
2. fred00
I still like the show, but I now prefer to let it wash over me rather than giving any direct thought. Maybe near season's end they'll tie up enough of the story lines that it will be worth going back and seeing them again.
Rajan Khanna
3. rajanyk
I really think they need to pare back, too. Ditch Parkman, Tracy, Mohinder, and, sadly this season, Hiro and Ando. Every time they are on the screen, I feel the urge to go do something else.

And the big crisis they are trying to prevent is everyone having powers. But they haven't shown us the implications of that future. They say the world will be destroyed, but it's not really shown. Only vague comic booky prophecy images.

Really, I feel nothing when I watch this show. Even the power battles are incredibly lame. You're telling me that Sylar and Peter, who collectively have the powers of two superteams, can't take on three people? Can't protect one kid? Please.
4. Skiffalope
Well, this season is not shaping up very well. Too many familiar scenarios. Mohinder is channeling Jeff "The Fly" Goldblum. Peter is playing Good Kirk / Evil Kirk. Sylar is getting reformed into a misunderstood guy who is related. Hero powers are now turning into "meta chlorions." Claire wants to save the dolphins..., oh wait, that's something else.

I know, I know. Things might get better, but I'm having trouble buying into this season. Too many new characters running into too many different directions. Pare it down a bit.

But to those who say to get rid of Maya, I say nuts to you. She's far hotter then Niki ever was. She just needs a less lame power and more scenes with less clothes!!! = D

And for the Gabriel/Peter fight scene. Remember, Peter doesn't want to hurt Claire so he won't go full power and Gabriel doesn't want to fight. He has faced his demons and all his love is in his son. Once he gets killed, Gabriel goes thermonuclear. Consistent to be sure.
Sol Foster
5. colomon
Rajanyk, has Present Peter *ever* shown us much in a fight? Yeah, he's got a lot of different powers, but the show has made it repeatedly clear that he barely understands how to use them at the best of times. Remember the second half of season one? His arc was all about him trying and failing to control his powers. Plus he doesn't have any idea how to handle himself in a fight. He's a nurse facing off a squad of trained warriors.
Peter Hollo
6. raven
Even more than the gallumphingly dumb plotting, what's making Heroes harder to watch for me now is the appalling acting. Sylar (don't know the actor's name) acting good is utterly unconvincing; Milo acting at all just doesn't happen - even though he's playing a remarkably stupid character, it does get in the way a bit. Ali Larter actually can act it seems, and some of them are alright.

I still watch though, I still watch. It hasn't reached BSG's level of how-much-can-they-stretch-this-out? apathy yet.
- -
7. heresiarch
"He's a nurse facing off a squad of trained warriors. "

And yet, how hard would it be to rip the gun out of Claire's hand, and levitate speedy girl and super-strong into mid-air? She can flail helplessly really really fast, and he can punch the air so hard it is not even funny. Really, telekinesis trumps any power that doesn't provide ranged attacks.

All of which is to distract ourselves from the true stupid in that scene: holding a gun on Peter or Sylar in the first place. They can both catch bullets with their minds and/or heal from any wound (depending on which timeline we're talking). Claire just looked like an idiot.

That said, I really did like this last episode. I like the way that they first cheesecake Mohinder up and then make him all gross. Way to mess with our minds, Heroes writers!
Angel Banchev
8. Tiranas
Well the comment about BSG is quite true...Stil this is Heroes and the writers have shown that they are able to conjure surprises.Hopefully they pull one out soon or else...
Samantha Brandt
9. Talia
Loved it myself. I donno, apparently I'm a great deal less picky than most.. :p
Jordan Hamessley
10. Jordache
The issue with the show is that there will always be some horrible event in the future that Peter/Hiro/etc will feel the need to stop. I don't see how the show can ever come to a convincing conclusion because the characters who can time-travel or see the future all have Hero Complexes... I don't know how many more alternate futures I can take.

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