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- TV Series: Heroes
- Episode: I Am Sylar
- Starring: Jack Coleman, Greg Grunberg, Ali Larter, Hayden Panettiere, Adrian Pasdar, Milo Ventimiglia, Zachary Quinto, Masi Oka, James Kyson Lee, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Ashley Crow
- Written By: Adam Armus and Kay Foster
- Directed By: Allan Arush
- Network: NBC
- Series: Heroes
Heroes: I Am Sylar
Must...Control...Fist of Death...
By Rob Vaux
April 21, 2009
Sylar (Zachary Quinto) wakes up in the form of the agent he's imitating--apparently, it happens every time he falls asleep. He shifts back to his own form and heads outside, then gets spotted on a surveillance camera. The Hunter (Zelijko Ivanek) finds him whining on a park bench and warns him not to appear in the open like that ever again. Sylar relents and takes on the shape of the dead agent again, then telekinetically carves the words "I Am Sylar" into his forearm.
Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) calls his ex-wife (Lisa Lackey) to let her know that little Matt's okay. He has a plan for returning the baby to his mother and keeping him safe, which means he's not hell-bent on revenge anymore. Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) wish him well, then set out to destroy Building 26.
Sylar kills and absorbs another victim--despite a last-minute warning from the Rebel--and gains the power to disintegrate objects. He then writes "I Am Sylar" on the wall in time for the Hunter and his crew to find it. Back in Building 26, the Hunter explains the rules to Sylar yet again, and assures Sylar that he can survive his "identity crisis." He shows Sylar a watch that his father gave him, which reminds Sylar of his roots as a humble watchmaker.
Hiro and Ando are surprised by agents as they plan their assault on Building 26. Hiro stops time, only to find that Ando is free to move around as well. They were touching when Hiro activated his power: a new wrinkle courtesy of baby Matt. Ando claims that he's more than just a sidekick and wants Hiro to treat him like an equal. Hiro responds by starting time again and letting the agents tranquilize Ando. Hiro can be a giant dick sometimes.
Sylar receives police evidence from the murder of his adopted mother (Ellen Greene) as a means of keeping in touch with his true self. Her spirit appears to him, and he tells her that he knows the truth: she's not his real mother. He whines some more about being lost, and she assures him that she still loves him. She then morphs… into Sylar, who's now officially talking to himself. The Hunter appears at the door and tells him that they've found the Rebel.
The team moves in on the empty warehouse where Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey) is hiding. Sylar slips in unseen and confronts the boy; Micah responds by assuring Sylar that he is truly special and asking for his help in saving paranormals everywhere. The Hunter and his team flush Micah from the warehouse and corner him on a pier, then shoot him dead. Naturally, it's not Micah at all, but Sylar, who's had one of his periodic changes of heart. The team pulls data on dozens of powerful heroes from Micah's database, including their locations.
Hiro disguises himself as one of the agents and catches a ride back to Building 26 with the incarcerated Ando. He freezes time along the way and turns off Ando's sedative… which comes in handy when the other agents spot his ruse. Ando saves the day by shocking the agents unconscious, and Hiro takes one of the GPS units--giving them the location of Building 26. When they arrive, however, they discover that Hiro's power has gone.
Micah wakes up in Sylar's apartment to find Sylar talking to his "mother" again, and admonishes him to make a difference somehow… perhaps by taking Nathan Petrelli's (Adrian Pasdar) place and getting the President to call off the paranormal witch hunt. Sylar warns him to get out, but takes the boy's advice to heart and heads over to Senator Petrelli's office. Mom shows back up and Sylar rehashes his guilt over killing her. Mom tells him that she forgives him, freeing him to "be anything he wants." He takes some of Nathan's DNA from a toothbrush in order to impersonate the Senator.
Matt arrives home and greets Janice with baby Matt Parkman. Spooks are watching the house, however--which someone might have picked up on, seeing as how Janice was being abducted by government agents when last we saw her--and are now knocking on the door with a SWAT team. Matt uses his power to hide the three of them, then resolves to head back to Washington and help Hiro. He believes it's the only way to preserve whatever safety his family has left.
Sylar appears on television as Nathan, which the Petrelli family sees from a diner in Coyote Sands. Despite his family's admonitions, Nathan heads off to handle Sylar on his own. He arrives in his office to find Sylar waiting for him. Sylar asks why Nathan hates his power to fly so much, and promises that he will be "better" than Nathan. He's about to slice the Senator's skull open when the Hunter intervenes, tranqing Nathan before Sylar can gobble up his brains. The Hunter tells Sylar they're going to move on "the rest of them" and that Sylar should be in on it. When Sylar drops his guard, the Hunter plants a knife in the back of his head. Sylar, however, seems to have evolved beyond that particular weakness and pulls the knife back out.
Out in Coyote Sands, Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is captured by agents, followed swiftly by Claire (Hayden Panettiere), Angela (Cristine Rose), and HRG (Jack Coleman). Only Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) is free, having apparently pursued his brother back to Washington.
It eventually ended. That’s good.
I hate this show. I hate every insulting, derivative frame of it. I hate its glib pretensions to intelligence, its faux-clever twists, and its smug dismissal of even the most basic storytelling logic. I hate its heavy-handed Psycho allusions. I hate the way it suddenly turns its characters into thundering morons in order to add a new wrinkle to the plot. (What exactly did Nathan think was going to happen when he flew off to confront Sylar?) I hate the way its idiotic lapses make it impossible to appreciate any legitimate moments of cleverness that crop up. I hate the way it can't keep proper track of all the characters. I hate Mohinder's ponderous end-of-episode proclamations. I hate Matt's wet noodle fawning over Janice with Daphne's body still warm in the grave. And oh sweet Jesus, do I hate Sylar. "Identity crisis" appears to be an excuse to chuck every plausible sense of motivation out the window and basically have him turn with the breeze. "He's going to seize the Presidency! No, wait, he's kind and good because Micah told him so! No, wait, he's still evil because otherwise we don't have a finale! No wait, he's turned on the Hunter again! No wait the Hunter's outsmarted him! No wait, he's now totally invulnerable! Don't worry! He's just having a meltdown!"
Kind of like the rest of the show
Sylar puts the moves on Claire and Heroes puts a bullet in the head of this misbegotten season. It can't possibly happen soon enough.