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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
Ando Power in Heroes: Close to You(2010).
© NBC/Bob Trate
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.