Heroes Review: It's Finally Over!

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For months on end, season four of Heroes has caused us nothing but anger and anguish. It's been an abysmal, illogical, slow-developing series of episodes.

But we were finally able to laugh out loud at the conclusion of this week's episode, which revolved around Claire and HRG fighting. Yes, again. If that doesn't get your heart-racing for another season of this show, nothing will!

Before I get to my review, allow me to ask, in all caps no less: WHY WAS THIS VOLUME TITLED "REDEMPTION?!?" WHO WAS REDEEMED? Or, as is most likely the case, did the writers simply forget this was the title as early as the second half hour of the season?

Overall, "Brave New World" was simply weak and uneventful.

As always, it was filled with utterly random actions - hi, Tracy, thanks for stopping by out of nowhere, slithering through mud and disappearing again! - and storylines with no exciting pay-off. But more than anything, it was simply... there.

Samuel in Command

There was no suspense and no emotional attachment to anything going on. There was nothing especially awful about the hour, but nothing remotely season finale worthy, either.

Seriously, did anyone think HRG was gonna die? Did anyone feel as though the carnival storyline had a worthy conclusion, when Samuel's people simply walked away because a of couple people said so... and then Samuel squared off with Peter for six seconds, a character that was involved in an entirely separate storyline for the duration of the season?

Nothing could compare with the utter nonsense of Hiro, of course. Let's review his arc from season four:

  • He came down with a brain tumor as a result of time traveling.
  • It was magically cured because he had a dream.
  • His true love was sent away by Samuel, ignored for numerous weeks, and then showed up again on the same hospital floor as Hiro, following his nonsensical cure.
  • She's now an old woman with a family because Samuel sent her back to the 1940s, so Hiro said goodbye and... that was it.

We know the economy is poor and we don't wish harm on anyone - but every person associated with Hiro's storyline should be fired immediately.

The show created two supposedly pressing issues for the character (a brain tumor and an abducted girlfriend) and solved each by simply, literally making crap up. We'll have his dead mother kiss him in a fantasy! We'll have Charlie appear in the same hospital as an older woman!

It's legitimately incomprehensible that the show's producers have jobs.

If anyone was inspired by this episode to be psyched for a fifth season, we'd love to hear from you.

Was it Hayden Panettiere's terrible acting that roped you in? Ando's ability, which can seemingly be used for whatever is most convenient at the time? The mystery of Sylar, who was bad, then suddenly wanted to be good, especially after he was stuck in a dream for what felt like five years and is now - as that profound, dynamite quote of his revealed - a hero?

A couple questions about Samuel, meanwhile, are worth asking:

  1. Why did he ever give Claire a compass to begin with? Or play games with her and HRG's past? If the guy was such a monster, why not just kill HRG?
  2. If his ex-girlfriend hadn't rejected him... would the show have simply canceled the final few episodes? As noted previously, he never had any actual plan until he got dumped.

Think about how the carnival storyline played out: Samuel told everyone they had to show the world what they could do, and everyone agreed. Edgar and Eli then showed up and told everyone else something different... and they agreed. And that was it. That was actually the way this season's major plot wrapped up.

These carnival folk are more gullible than Sarah Palin supporters.

We scarcely have the energy at this point to go on about all the negative aspects of this show, so let's leave it at this: it's boring. It's painfully, painfully boring.

Please, NBC, you've caused Conan O'Brien and his followers enough pain. We beseech you: don't torture the rest of us by keeping this show on the air.

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    Pretty much sums up my entire feels about this series. So frustrating!

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    I just got done watching heroes in 2013 yes i knw an i can say i loved it where,who the hell took it off the air OMG bring heroes BACK.........ASAP

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    Best show ever. All i can say

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    This show was soooo bad. I can't even begin to describe how irritating watching this show was and honest question here for anyone who does not agree with me, how heroic we're these so called heroes? Think about how many if their plans turned to shit Hiro was a total failure, failed almost every duty he had! Protect the formula fails, protect the "light" as the catalyst failed and the dad part is he failed each one if these within seconds. Claire over estimates herself she's not a fighter but she keeps acting like she is, she's weak. And peters is an idiot who is too trusting and always hesitates to pull the trigger. These guys are all weak they have no idea what it means to be heroes, the producers of this show did a bad job at making the storyline BAD JOB

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    even though heroes ended i believe that it has marked great episodeS that we all enjoyed. i was very devastated when i heard that they were not producing episodes anymore. i loved it. i would like to thank Tim Kring for such a wonderful series. i don't know why theY cancelled it. i became addicted to heroes. i still think it would be a good idea to make a movie to blow the ending with a splash. heroes will always have a special place in my heart no matter what anyone says. the actorS and actresses were brilliant. i hope it returns. heroes is the best i hope you dont entirely rest in peace. LOVED IT

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    Chelle you couldn't have said it better. Clearly this OLD WHITE MAN had glanced through the series and is angry at life for not getting the marriage or car that he wanted. He clearly has no taste and is attacking an entertaining series at its most vulnerable points. What he fails to realise is that the fact the show is called heroes should suggest unorthodox and unexplanatory things to occur. the fact of the matter is, that heroes was very entertaining, highly addictive but does have its suspensful moments.
    I would love to watch another season, as would others who actually follow the series... :-)
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    Matt i think u r totally wrong. I'm guessing u just glanced through the entire series. It seems u had a problem with every central character. I loved all the characters and the story line. isn't it obvious that sylar was redeemed in the last season, through the season u start realizing that sylar ain't that bad. I was really looking forward to another season, maybe a last one, something to close this amazing show properly.
    @VeganoLoco looking forward to your movie/series.

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    Matt i think u r totaly wrong. I'm guessing u just glanced through the entire series. It seems u had a problem with every central character. I loved all the characters and the story line. isn't it obvious that sylar was redeemed in the last season, through the season u atart realising that sylar ain't that bad. I was really looking forward to another season, maybe a last one, something to close this amazing show properly.
    @VeganoLoco looking forward to your movie/series.

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    I still enjoyed the show and think NBC still owes its fans some closure! Until they do I will totally boycott them and no many others who feel the same way!

    Rebekahxo

    Matt, obviously you weren't paying attention.
    Sylar was redeemed! Come on, it doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.




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