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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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

Matt richenthal

@zomgloz: thank you! I appreciate all feedback, but am especially partial to comments that flatter me :)
Other examples of how the show just makes stuff up as it goes along:
- Sylar and Peter were stuck in their dream for just a couple hours... but to make it seem like a legitimate change of heart, hey, let's say it felt like five years!
- HRG and Claire just happened to be a helicopter's ride away from Central Park. did they ride take five minutes? Five hours? Days? Who knows? Who cares?!?
- Lauren managed to remain around the carnival grounds, as she got away last week in one of the laziest examples of clueless writing ever: the show literally acknowledged it didn't know how it happened, as apparently someone with no abilities could outsmart mr. duplicating man.
- She then managed to call in favors to get a helicopter to fly Claire and HRG to NYC; and to book Samuel for... what, exactly? If they used the excuse that the earth moving was related to special effects or a gas pipe, then why was Samuel arrested?


Everything is so played out already, I feel like the writers have just given up and are dicking around, wondering how long they can carry on like this before being cancelled; I applaud you for calling them on their bullshit. My favorite part of this episode was the way the everyone just watched Claire jumped... nobody tried to stop her, they were just resigned to it. Part of me was waiting for future Scarface Peter to stop her somehow (because apparently anything goes in Heroes now). I've decided that the best way to fix this show, would to be to hire you as a writer; I went back a few pages (because I'm a lurker, I admit it) and read your ways to fix the show, and thought they were great (especially bringing back Elle -- and I have a way to do it that makes just as much sense as the rest of the shit they try and pull). I wouldn't be too bummed if they didn't come back, but I would miss your reviews.
AND how sick of good Sylar are you? I was sick of him season three, after they flipped between good and bad thirty times. Good Sylar is boring; if I wanted to like good Sylar I would be a fan of Peter (zing! okay, that was totally a zing in MY head).

Matt richenthal

I'll be happy to discuss season five if NBC makes the hilarious decision to approve of one.
But have things really grown so awful for supporters of Heroes that they ignore events from a season finale and fight to argue that NEXT season is gonna be good, based on a one-minute scene from it?
What on God's beautiful green earth would possess one to have confidence this show can pull off anything interesting at this point?


I have never seen anyone as nasty as you,really.Apparently not even revealing the world that there are superpowered people out there is important. Are you even a fan? I mean criticizing is one thing, but u take it way too far.


What did you think about the storyline with Claire revealing herself to the world? I remember you once mentioned that you thought the show could be improved if the characters banded togehter as heroes: perhaps that could be a possibility now that Claire outed the existence of supers. I must admit though that I'm afraid the conclusion of that storyline will wind up being something along the lines of Hiro going back in time and stopping her from launching herself off of that carousel: that would royally suck.

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