I’m a fan of Heroes again. I acknowledge that the show will never benefit from incredible writing, but the latest string of episodes have been entertaining and, for the most part, original.
When we left off last week, Matt Parkman had tricked a bunch of cops into thinking that he had a gun. The cops opened fire on Parkman, filling him with bullets and causing him to drop to the ground a dead, bloody mess. As a result of Matt’s death, Sylar, who had been inhabiting Matt’s mind and manipulating him, faded from existence, presumably dead as well. We all knew that of course Sylar – or at least his consciousness/identity – couldn’t really be dead, thanks in large part to a spoiler-ific preview of this week’s episode, “Brother’s Keeper.” Keep reading for the full review. As always, there will be spoilers.
Read last week’s review HERE.
Like Heroes has done in the past, parts of this week’s episode took place in the past, spanning from nine to eight weeks ago. As the only person in the world with knowledge of where Charlie is, Samuel has leverage over Hiro and can order him around for a bit. The reason Samuel sends Hiro back in time is to retrieve a tape in Mohinder’s possession, the contents of which hold the key to Samuel learning just how powerful he can become. Back in time, we learn a lot about Samuel. It turns out that – as if we didn’t already know – he’s a power-hungry man who manipulates others around him. His brother Joseph – whose funeral we witnessed in the opening scene of this season – seemed to have been a pretty rational guy who did what he could to keep his creepy, disturbed brother under control. With Joseph dead and out of the way, Samuel can do as he pleases in the Carnival and finally obtain the tape his brother tried to keep him away from. With the help of a time-traveler, of course.
When we saw a dead Mohinder last week (or was it the week before), we knew that he had been killed by Samuel. Now we now that it was because of the tape, and kudos to the writers for tying Mohinder into the show in an quick and organic way while adding depth to Samuel’s character. I can’t decide whether it’s sad or impressive that in less than one full season, Samuel’s got more history, depth, and personality than more than half the cast. I still couldn’t really tell more than a handful of things about Claire.
Anyway, Hiro does indeed retrieve the tape, sparing Mohinder’s life in the process (I really liked the fact that Hiro mentioned he had to try twice, since he screwed up on the first go-round). It’s discovered that being surrounded by others with abilities amplifies Samuel’s power, making him more powerful than just about everyone except for Sylar, a pissed-off Parkman, and possibly the Haitian. By the way, did anyone else think the pebble-bullets were bad ass?
Speaking of the Haitian, he tracks down Peter to not-quite-tell-him that, uh, his brother Nathan is really a brainwashed Sylar. Instead of just, you know, telling him, he gives Peter a slip of paper with a number on it and tells him to go alone. So of course, Peter brings Nathan, reasoning that Nathan is someone he can trust. Really? He’s screwed you over how many times, Peter? Peter and Nathan travel to a vault where they find…Nathan’s body. The effect on Nathan is understandably shocking, but why is there a body to begin with? If Noah and Angela are going to go to all the trouble of trying to turn Sylar into Nathan, don’t you think they’d want to destroy Nathan’s body? I don’t get it.
When Nathan touches his own corpse, he (or rather, Sylar) sees its history, which includes Matt Parkman. Using his Senator powers, Nathan tracks down Matt with Peter. Peter uses his healing ability to heal Matt, and Sylar’s back from the dead. Sylar and Matt struggles to gain power of Nathan, as they both know that should Nathan touch Matt/Sylar, Sylar will get back into his old body, complete with his abilities. Using his ability of intuition, Sylar is able to overpower Matt and coerce Nathan into approaching him. Outside interference prevents any substantial contact, though, and it looks as though Nathan’s hand just grazes Matt. Sylar’s gone from Matt, but where is he? Likely in back in his old body, just unable to resurface. Yet, at least.
I have to say, the Matt/Sylar/Nathan/Peter scene was maybe the best of the season. Just thought I’d throw that out there.
Claire didn’t do much this episode except for listen to Tracy complain about not being able to control her power. Tracy, it seems, is going to join up with Samuel’s carnival. Oh, and it looks like Claire’s healing factor is pretty strong – she done grew another foot!
Overall, “Brother’s Keeper” was a very intense and entertaining episode. I can trust that Heroes is a good (or at least, watchable) show once again. I’m looking forward to next week and hoping that Sylar fully emerges.
What did you guys think?