This was supposed to be the week Claire meets her father, at least according to the promotions, but as is common for most ads for this series, it was inaccurate, to put it nicely. While the story did move forward for some characters, for some reason this episode just seemed a bit slow and less interesting than previous episodes. The best part of the episode was the Jessica/Matt interaction, the worst was Hiro and Ando’s near useless story, with Claire’s story somewhere in between.
So, Jessica has taken to doing hits for Linderman in order to pay back her debt to him. The first hit we see her do is on a man who has hired Matt as a bodyguard. This leads to an exciting cat and mouse game between Jessica and Matt. It’s interesting to see the two of them using their powers in this chase. Jessica is of course using her super strength (and having a really good time I might add) and Matt uses his abilities to hear Jessica’s thoughts, and even Nikki’s when Jessica and Nikki are fighting. In the end, Jessica is much better with her abilities and she makes the kill she was hired for and nearly kills Matt in the process. Not only was the chase interesting, but the appearances of Nikki in virtually every reflective surface were fun too. This may be part of Nikki’s attempts to take back control of her body. I’d like to see the events from Nikki’s perspective and see more of her fighting to get control back. While I’m on this part of the story, I have to talk about some irritating issues with it. Why don’t DL and Micah question all of these Fed Ex boxes Jessica keeps getting? Also, if DL truly cares for Micah, why does he not seem the least bit concerned having Nikki/Jessica in the house when he knows what she’s capable of? This is just weak writing for Micah and DL.
Hiro and Ando make it to Las Vegas and are right away conned by an Amazon of a woman to go up to a hotel room and steal a bag for her. While there are some funny exchanges between the two characters the story just feels like another week of filler for them. Will it play into something bigger? Maybe. If it does, it’ll get interesting then, but for now overall, I just found it boring.
Claire gets determined to see her father, who we now know is Nathan. Claire’s real mother tells her that he doesn’t want to see her, that’ll he’ll give them a bit of money but that’s really all he’s good for. Back when Claire was conceived, that might have been true but Nathan is changing and he definitely feels conflicted about not seeing her. Claire never sees the conflict on his face, she just hears him agree with her mother that not seeing her is for the best. Claire’s mother even offers to call Claire but Nathan, making decisions based on a conversation with his own witch of a mother, decides it would be better for them not to meet. At the same time, Claire’s adoptive mother may be suffering from brain damage due to all the times HRG has used the Haitian to erase her memories. When will Claire snap and start taking some real action? It needs to happen soon.
I was thinking of something else. We are seeing people appear who have apparently had their abilities for years. Mohinder and his father have led us to believe that these abilities are a new evolution. So, is Claire’s mother on the list? What about Peter’s new teacher? On this subject Mohinder and Sylar cross paths at the home of a new hero who can melt things. Mohinder arrives too late as a calmer and even creepier Sylar has already killed the newbie and taken his power. Rather than just killing Mohinder, Sylar decides to listen to what he has to say, and Sylar discovers a new and easy way to get to the heroes he wants to kill; partnering with Mohinder. This may be the most interesting development of the episode as the conflict that’s sure to follow should be exciting.
“Run” overall was a good episode but it did feature some sloppy writing and some stories that are treading water way to long. I’m hoping the writers get things back into gear next week. Next week’s big promotion is “someone flies, someone dies”. Based on the track record of the marketing for this series, someone will probably hop over a puddle while crossing the street and someone else will get a paper cut. The big cliffhanger with Jessica getting orders to kill Nathan will hopefully lead to some more action, and maybe even some super hero team sequences. One can only hope….