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- Episode: Truth and Consequences
- Starring: Hayden Panettiere, Masi Oka, Ali Larter, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Milo Ventimiglia, Jack Coleman, Leonard Roberts, Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar
- Produced By: Adam Armus, Jeph Loeb, Tim Kring
HEROES: Truth and Consequences
By Stephen Lackey
November 28, 2007
Still from HEROES: Truth and Consequences.
Last week’s episode was probably the best of the season, so when this week lacked the momentum and energy of that episode, I was a little surprised, considering it was the second to last episode of the season. It wasn’t a bad episode, not by a long shot, but it does carry forward the pace started by the previous episode. I know there has to be lulls in the action in order to drag the story out for an entire season, but at the end of the season? This episode is mostly set up for the final confrontations and the promise set up here is exciting. Also, (spoiler alert big time) since Sylar finally killed off Alejandro, there’s no way this episode would get less than a B.
We all know now what a fool Mohinder is but could Peter be an even bigger one? He seems to be working with Adam without question, even after a final confrontation with Hiro where he insists that Adam is bad. Peter has a little more history with Hiro and you’d think he’d at least take a minute to consider Hiro’s words not to mention the fact that everyone else Peter runs into that knows Adam warns Peter that Adam is a villain. Could this be a big push by the writers to make us believe Adam is a villain in order to twist it on us in the finale? I know love can make you blind and all but I really feel like Peter needs to wake up and smell the villainy. So, Adam knows everything about the company and he and Peter visit Victoria, the engineer that originally harvested the virus that Peter has seen destroy humanity in the future. So where was Matt? He was looking for Victoria as of last week’s episode so I sort of expected to see him appear on the scene when Adam and Peter were act Victoria’s house. The bog showdown between Hiro and Peter was really exciting. I think Hiro is technically out gunned here but he has some tricks up his sleeve.
Next up is Claire’s story. Now, while I’ve said this episode doesn’t feel as energetic and as fast paced as last week, I also don’t feel like there’s any unnecessary storytelling this week. Claire’s story slows down a great deal but it really should as she has to deal with spreading her father’s ashes. Now, before you go telling me “hey you said Hiro’s story was unnecessary last week and he was dealing with his father’s death” let me say that the specific parts of the episode where Hiro was eulogizing his father I really liked and said so. The culmination of this story was the confrontation between Elle and Claire. I was brought back to Kramer’s obsession with “c-c-cat fights”. I don’t know if I think her plan to reveal her abilities to the world will work but it’s sure to light a fire under the company. Oh, did anyone else wonder why Claire was the one to spread her father’s ashes while her mother stood in the background. There’s all kinds of ways you could try to justify this but in the end she did it because she a bigger star on the show. HRG doesn’t really get to do much this week except wake up again and complain to Mohinder for a minute.
One could argue that the Monica/ Micah story line here gets in the way of the more interesting stuff and I would be inclined to agree, but I actually enjoyed seeing Micah still trying to put together The Fantastic Four minus one. So, Monica busts into a house to get Micah’s backpack and she appears to be getting a beat down. Is a limitation to her ability that she can only do one learned ability at a time and that each ability stays until she learns a new one? I ask because we’ve seen her learn how to fight before but when push comes to shove she seemed pretty helpless when she gets caught in the house.
Finally, finally things come to a head with Sylar and the twins. He has really won Maya over but Alejandro doesn’t trust him and of course that gets him killed. It’s a funny and macabre scene when Sylar opens the door to his room shirtless attempting to appear as though he just got out of the shower and he puts the moves on Maya while her brother lies murdered just out of sight. I couldn’t help but feel like this was almost a Joker-like move. Sylar also gets the big stinger at the end which blew me away. Who is the babysitter and what did Sylar do to him/her? Could it be Matt? I doubt it because Matt has become too powerful, but where is Matt?
There’s a lot of set up in this episode that could have probably been better spread out across multiple episodes. This season appears to be extremely end heavy and it’s not all due to the writers strike like some people have commented. The first two thirds of the season was drug out too long so now we’re getting a lot crammed into these last few episodes. This was a great episode, but a bit slow for one so close to the end of the season. HRG is a bad ass again so I can’t wait to see him get back into the fray and of course the Hiro/Peter showdown appears exciting. Let’s just hope the payoff is coming.