Heroes Challenge: Summarize the Season!

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As we explained in our review of last night's episode, Heroes is too scattered these days.

Even when the show depicts an interesting storyline - as it did at the conclusion of "Once Upon a Time in Texas," with Hiro getting blackmailed by Samuel - it goes away from it the following week and fails to connect it to the rest of the characters.

Overall, season four is almost halfway done and it's impossible to tie anything together. Each episode feels like a series of unrelated incidents and storylines.

Contrast this with the previous seasons, all of which could be summed up succinctly at this point in their run. To wit:

SEASON ONE: Individuals discover abilities and are drawn into the Company's conspiracy, racing to precent an explosion from destroying New York City.

SEASON TWO: Members of The Company are revealed, along with their connection to the Shanti Virus. The heroes come together to halt the release of it and avert a global pandemic.

Powerful Peter

SEASON THREE: First, in "Villains," Arthur Petrelli recruits a number of villains to help him create a formula that will give people abilities. Then, in "Fugitives," our favorites are hunted down by Nathan and Danko.

SEASON FOUR: Samuel Sullivan leads a carnival of people with abilities. He has some plan to recruit various individuals to join it. Claire is in college, Peter is a paramedic, Nathan's mind is inside Sylar's body, while Sylar's mind is inside Parkman's body... except when it's the other way around...

You see our point, right? Therefore, we have a challenge for Heroes: leave a comment and sum up season four in as few words as possible.

Based on comments across our site and in our Heroes forum, we aren't the only ones dismayed by the lack of continuity and flow to the reason. Those that partake in this challenge will help others understand what season four's end game might be.

The winner will receive... lots of praise!

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Stupidest thing I ever heard. Although you are right, it is hard to sum up Season 4 so far, but that's because WE'RE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF IT! Back in the middle of S1 and S2 and S3 it was nigh impossible to see how the writers would link everything together. To be fair, they did this rather shoddily in S3, averagely in S2, and of course brilliantly in S1, but that in no way denies me my point. Because we have yet to see how the writers are going to connect it altogether. I'm not saying that they will certainly do it well, but I have faith and continue to watch in the hope that it is. I'll have a go at your ridiculous challenge, but I'll only be able to summarise it to extent that I could during S1 (10 EPISODES IN!): The Heroes struggle to live out normal lives, while they are each individually targeted by a mysterious individual with unknown intentions and invited to join a travelling Carnival made up of people with abilities. Meanwhile a power struggle between Matt and Sylar ensues in the former's mind. How will it all play out and link together? We have yet to find out! That good enough. Tch!

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how about "Our heroes continue their attempt at living regular lives, but a mysterious carnival seems to be drawing them together"
All the other summaries of the seasons you gave where extremely vague so of course this season will sound complicated if you summarize every single character's stories separately.

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*correcting for typos and grammatical errors* The Heroes struggle to find their place in society in the face of misunderstanding and prejudice. Meanwhile, a traveling carnival of people with abilities preys upon the vulnerable Heroes who are in desperate need of a place they can be accepted, but this carnival's intentions are questionable... And that's about as much as can be discerned not even half way through the season. Crazy how it's so easy to summarize a season after the fact. You guys really do a lot of critical thinking while writing your articles, huh?

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The Heroes struggle to find their place in society in the face of misunderstanding and prejudice. Meanwhile, a traveling carnival of people with abilities prays upon the vulnerable Heroes who are in desperate need of a place that they can be accepted and be themselves, but this carnival isn't all that it seems to be... And that's about as much as can be discerned not even half way through the season. Crazy how it's so easy to summarize a season after the fact. You guys really do a lot of critical thinking while writing your articles, huh?

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F.D., you hit it bang on. I agree that the structure of this season is very similar to S1, and I don't think that's an accident. After the critical hammering delivered to S2 and S3, they went back to what was successful. I also think we are, in essence, getting what we have been clamouring for, and that is a return to what made Heroes successful in its first season.

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M.L., Samuel is season one's Company. Remember how in the first half of S1 we were trying to figure what the deal was with the "symbol", the neck marks. The first half was also about people figuring they had abilities, while the second half was about figuring they were not alone. Season4's structure is more like S1 that you care to admit. We'll soon learn that there's a "force" behind heroes that makes them stronger when they're united. This is what Samuel is after. The "symbol" of S4 is the compass. Those are two new elements to Heroes mythos. Picture yourself doing a puzzle. Most people sort pieces out by color/pattern before even beginning. This step is the first half of season 4. Next half will know about the "force" and possibly learn more about the compass meanings. This is where all pieces will come together. With Hiro traveling around fixing Samuel's transgressions, Mohinder being back with his father researches, the Matt/Sylar/Nathan cycle finally will be complete with Nathan's rumored (final) death at ep12… While this is all conjecture, I'm trusting writers have this all wrapped in next half. At very least, the current setup gives them the opportunity to do so; the potential is undeniably there.

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In summation: Season 1: PERFECT
Season 2: PERFET Development
Season 3: What happened to the Irish chick?
Season 4: WTF? What is going on?

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I agree with you Kal15. Samuel is the connecting link to everyone, everything so far. The plot so far this season is as these heroes are living there lives BUT their is a force looking to recruit them all into a common game. Season 1 followed this exact procedure by keeping us glued to the screen with an ending to each episode that was gripping to see the next episode. Season 1 had subplots that were being made ultimately leading to a grand plot at Kirby Plaza. In retrospect here they are: Discovering their abilities, Build up for Savign the Cheerleader, Build to Kirby Plaza showdown. Im guessing it will be Recruitment, Samuels Ulimate goal, Showdown with Samuel for this season. I would DEFINITELY NOT GET UPSET THAT SOMETHING HASNT BEEN DONE YET WHEN ALOT HAS. You said it yourself guys its almost halfway in the season, were not at the halfway just yet and I bet theirs a subplot change coming. Be Patient all great things need time to build up.

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I disagree. Samuel is the common thread, he is the threat that lurks, but what makes him more creepy is he doesn't lurk in the shadows, but is quite up front. Samuel and his carnival have linked Sylar/Nathan, Hiro, Tracey, Claire, HRG, Peter, soon Mohinder. The mystery is what his endgame will be. As I've mentioned before, wait until this season is over before we can fairly compare it to the others, particularly S1.

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true. But the Company was lurking from the outset of that season. There was always the drama of HRG and what would happen to these Heroes.
What's the drama this season? An invisible girl stalks Claire; Peter hangs with a deaf woman; Parkman has issues with Sylar; Tracy pops up sometimes. There's no common thread anywhere.

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