The third episode of Heroes proved to be a slight upgrade from the very disappointing two-hour premiere, so I was cautiously optimistic that the fourth installment would be decent. Once again, Heroes has let me down. In fact, “Acceptance” was one of the worst episodes I’ve seen in quite some time, despite the fact that it was written by Bryan Fuller. I’m starting to think that perhaps even Fuller can’t save this show and that the glory of Season 1 is a distant pipe dream. Ah well, let’s get on with the review:
I suppose it’s somewhat appropriate that this episode was entitled “Acceptance,” as I have now pretty much accepted the fact that Heroes is dead. And it’s not coming back. Don’t get me wrong, there are still aspects of the show that I enjoy. It’s just that they’re becoming more and more uncommon, and the parts of the show that I dislike so much seem to become more and more of the show’s focus.
What really happened in this episode? Well, Claire and Noah had some ridiculous father/daughter bonding (more on that in a bit), Tracy wants to be taken seriously in her career, Peter is curious about the compass that appeared on his arm, Nathan/Sylar is having trouble coping with “new” memories, and Hiro continues to do childish, Hiro things. That’s it – that’s all that went down this week. It was a slow crawl from start to finish, and aside from the Nathan/Sylar story arc, none of it was worth sitting through.
Let’s start with Hiro. We’re now in the fourth season of this show, and Hiro still hasn’t figured out that traveling back through time is a very, very bad thing. I just don’t get it. He declares that he will never travel backward again, only to shift credos at the drop of a hat, making it his stupid mission to go back and try to fix everything he’s ever done wrong. Not only is this incredibly stupid, but perhaps even worse, it’s just plain lazy. Really: in the four seasons of this show, has Hiro changed as a character whatsoever? No, he’s always been like a child, wanting to be a hero and help people. God forbid he actually becomes the black-clad, samurai-sword-wielding badass from the future at some point. That wouldn’t be a good direction for his character? Instead, we’ve got to deal with boneheaded decisions and jokes about making copies of someone’s ass at an office party. At this point, I’m hoping he dies.
But Hiro isn’t even the worst of it. That honor goes to Claire. The chemistry between Hayden Panettiere and Jack Coleman (Noah) is nonexistent; the father-daughter scenes were painful to watch. Maybe I’m way off, but daughters don’t talk to their fathers that way. Like, at all. Noah has spent a lifetime putting up a front, lying to his family, and bagging and tagging some of the most dangerous people on the planet…and we’re supposed to believe he’s going to have a hard time getting through an interview for a crappy job? Claire giving Noah the faux interview was bad, but I literally groaned at this exchange:
Claire: You’ve helped lots of people.
Noah: Name one.
Awwwwww. If this is the work of Bryan Fuller, it’s safe to call him overrated. Never mind Claire’s profound advice that “to know who you want to be, you need to know who you were,” or some other equally trite crap. Great. Noah repeating his daughter’s statement later in the show made me groan again. What the hell is the matter with this show?
Meanwhile, Nathan/Sylar continues to freak out over his memories and “new” powers, and Angela is there to try and sweep everything under the rug for a change. Apparently, Nathan was present when one of his girlfriends was accidentally killed, but Mama Petrelli had his mind wiped. With Sylar’s ability to tell an object’s past just by touching it, Nathan learns that there was a cover-up and does some investigating. Turns out he stuck his nose where it didn’t belong, and the lady with the worst facelift I have ever seen called in a hit. Knife into the neck, buried, and left for dead.
But it’s not Nathan, it’s really Sylar, and so his healing ability kicks in. At the end of the episode – and really, the only good part of this episode – a hand emerges from the ground, followed by Sylar. He’s shifted back to his original form, and it looks like he’s very confused. This storyline I actually enjoy, although I half-expected Sylar to start breakdancing with a line of zombies after he came out of the ground. It looks like Sylar will spend the next week or two figuring out who the hell he is while – from next week’s previews – it seems that Claire is finally going to try out some girls. Whatever.
What did you guys think? Are you going to abandon a sinking ship?