Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Heroes: Exposed (vol 4 ep 5)

Ho hum. I think Heroes has lost its way somehow. Volume 4 started off well but since the first episode things have gone downhill, evidenced by the fact that I didn't even bother to "review" last week's episode. It's not terrible - far from it - but it is slow, due to the fact that they're spreading a single continuing story line over 13 episodes, rather than having 13 individual stories but linking them together by an overarching plot (like, say, Smallville).

As well as the glacial pacing, I think part of the problem is due to the various threads that were in this week's episode. The main plot concerned Matt and Peter getting some info from Rebel about where Daphne was supposedly held and heading into the bad guys' lair. They didn't find Matt's missus but they did find some incriminating video that they could use to blackmail Nathan and his Hunter.

That main plot was fine, if a little slow, but it didn't help by breaking up with Sylar's B plot and Claire's C plot. Just as things got interesting in the main thread, they switched to Sylar still looking for his dad or Claire hiding some guy who can breathe underwater. Really, I'm not interested in Claire and her love-life, especially not when it means losing the momentum in the main plot. And I just wish Sylar would find his dad already and get that over with.

These various threads - together with the Hiro & Ando one over in India - really have nothing to do with one another.

Still, an episode of Heroes is better than nothing. I'm still interested in finding out what happens to these guys, how they stop the hounding, who Rebel is and so on. But only just. Grade: Very Good.

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