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  • TV Series: Heroes
  • Episode: Close to You
  • Starring: Greg Grunberg, Milo Ventimiglia, Jack Coleman, Robert Knepper, James Kyson Lee, Masi Oka, Zachary Quinto, Cristine Rose, Hayden Panettiere, Sendhil Ramamurthy
  • Written By: Rob Fresco
  • Directed By: Roxann Dawson
  • Network: NBC
  • Series: Heroes

Heroes: Close to You Review

Character Development Without Much Story

By Kent Ninomiya     January 12, 2010


The Heroes episode Close to You is like the filling of a Twinkie. Sure it tastes sweet, but after a while you crave some sponge cake to go with it. Close to You is all middle with no apparent beginning or end. It offers some interesting character development for some of the major players, but awkwardly tosses them around in contrived situations to drive a disjointed plot.
One of this week's pairings is Noah Bennet and Matt Parkman. It's nice to see Parkman again. However, he is still traumatized from having Sylar in his head and is now hiding in his home playing Mr. Mom. Bennet shows up to recruit Parkman to use his Jedi mind tricks on Samuel's old flame. Battlestar Galactica fans will recognize her as Kate Vernon who played Ellen Tigh. She leads them to Samuel but he ends up getting away. In the end, Parkman returns home to make ratatouille for dinner without much else happening. They make no mention of what Parkman did with his baby son while they ran around trying to track down Samuel.
Peter Petrelli continues his power hopping ways. This time he absorbs the future predicting dream power of his mother. For the first time we get to see what Mama Petrelli's visions look like. Considering how disturbing they are, it's no wonder she is so twisted. Peter wants to save his deaf, cello playing friend Emma Coolidge but the dreams tell him that she will kill thousands with the help of Sylar. Peter's efforts to prevent this from happening only alienates him from Emma.
Hiro and Ando sneak into the asylum where Suresh is being held in an attempt to free him. This plot line gets downright silly when Ando tries to swap Suresh's medicine to get him out of his drug induced stupor and ends up swallowing it himself. Heroes turns in the Keystone Cops as they all escape and Ando finally uses the power that he obtained last season but hasn't used much. I am still unclear what his power is exactly. He shoots red lightning from his hands. Ando was previously described as an ability accelerator who augmented powers of other Heroes. It now appears that he just blows things up with his red lightning. The escape leads Hiro, Ando and Suresh through a conveniently placed swamp, ala Cool Hand Luke but with crazy people. They don't explain why an insane asylum would have search dogs and be built next to a giant swamp.
I guess the Heroes writers ran out of ideas at this point. When Hiro, Ando and Suresh can't escape the dogs, they have Ando just zap Hiro with his red lighting and Hiro's memory and powers suddenly return. Again, I'm not exactly sure what's in that red lighting but if it cures everything why doesn't Ando use it on the economy? It was a pretty lazy way to bring Hiro back after having his mind wiped by that circus guy in dreadlocks. It's more like a soap opera amnesia storyline than what we expect from a prime time show like Heroes.
To cap it off, the three suddenly appear in Noah Bennet's apartment just as he is about to get some lovin' from his former partner. Lord knows Noah needs some action to unwind. This episode leaves the Heroes fan the same way as Noah... unsatisfied.


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larkcall_home 1/12/2010 5:27:03 AM

Wasn't a bad episode...

The review doesn't make it sound like the B it was given though, and I wouldn't give it a B.  Between a C and C maybe.  Regardless, this is the best Heroes season in a while.

jdiggitty 1/12/2010 7:28:40 AM

This show has inadvertantly become a comedy. Peter tells the deaf girl he'll call her later. That's the staggering attention to detail used for this show. ugh.

noahbody 1/12/2010 8:06:34 AM

I thought that line was a little stupid myself.

gauleyboy420 1/12/2010 10:13:13 AM

only watched the last 20 min... and feel like a better person for it...

I did like the ending, but it looks like it's gonna spin tires for a few more weeks...

I predict...

Claire mad at Dad

Hiro in Hospital, still fighting death, but still get out of the hospital in time to save the day

Peter save the cellist (BTW couldn't he have talked to her instead of smashing her cello to bits?)

Sylar torturing heros and eluding capture

Peter mad at mom


This show is losing it fast... THANK GOD FOR LOST

NotAFan 1/12/2010 7:00:47 PM

This is not so much directed at the reviewer as I think a B is fair! Is Heroes full of plotholes and bad logic and sometimes not so great writing? Yes, but it is nowhere near as bad as most people who don't like it try to make it out to be! And it is still better than having yet another Law & Order to watch instead! This is probably the closest we will will ever get to a live action X-men tv show in our lifetime! And no Mutant-X doesn't count! Once this show is off the air, there are not going to replace it with another genre show! If thats what you're thinking you're just plain wrong! It will be replaced by "I'm a Hasbeen Quasi-celebrity and will work a fake job on camera as long as you pay me!". So I'm willing to accept it for what it is because our options are limited and a better version of this show is not going to be coming along any time soon! BTW do you know what they plan on replacing Leno with? Another Law & Order! So celebrate people because apparently thats what you want!

dawntreader 1/12/2010 7:43:49 PM

" For the first time we get to see what Mama Petrelli's visions look like"

what? i remember at least one other time that ma petrelli's dreams have been seen. and i am pretty sure that the dreams peter used to have way back in season 1 were because of his mother.

jdiggitty 1/12/2010 8:22:14 PM


I understand what you're saying but let me put up a differing arguement. I'd suggest that we Maniacs and genre lovers have a better critical eye for creativity and openness for new ideas than the Law and Order crowd. We have a tendency to be able to suspend reality and understand the point easier than the masses.(not saying we're better, but, maybe... OK, we're better)

Poor quality genre material isn't better than bad regular tv though.  Just makes it harder to be taken seriously. Heroes may be doing more damage than good to our genre on network tv.


gauleyboy420 1/12/2010 11:09:07 PM

Notafan, I agree...

And jdiggity , I agree...

I used to defend Heroes tooth and nail, but I just can't take it anymore... they need something to happen, At least with Law and Order (No I don't watch it) stuff happens...

maybe Heroes should try a few short story arcs, instead of one gigantic one that lets me down

redhairs99 1/13/2010 2:49:25 AM

NotAFan, are you saying you actually "are a fan" of Heroes?  I can't really the recall the last time you said anything positive about a show.

dracor00 1/13/2010 8:27:27 AM

i do like that this episode does lead towards. good team vs bad team since now it seems noah, hiro, ando and suresh are together and on the same page (mostly), With parkman looking like he will shortly be on the way to join them.

but my big fear is wheels spinning for couple episodes.

anyone else creeped out by the direction the sylar storyline is going based on the trailer?  sylar kissing claire while she is restrained with his telekenisis power.

Gauley :I really agree with the idea of having some shorter story arcs with some payoff for each. Would make the fact that the overall story takes the whole season easier to swallow.

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