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+.


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!


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


Matt is 1000% correct on his review about this show, this has to be the worse tv show ever, this is so bad that it make me write a review, something that I have never done. something positive about this show was that I learn that I could be a producer


the liberals ruin everything


My friend bought DVD and got me hooked... I watched all the seassons non-stop. I would love for for them to wrap it up with a movie maybe a part 1(a recap of most important events) and part taking from when claire jumped from the ferris wheel. I would love the main characters to be in the movie( peter (Milo) he's amazing(he's my favorite), Nathan (Adrian) i am still sad from the scene on the roof (right before Nathan dies). They really manage to show the connection, Hiro (Masi) he grew on me, he's exactly that noble,nothing couldn't be same without silar (zachary).
I think this serie was good and for the movie to do well it resides in the actors and their chemistry not easy to bring so many different people for such big part and have great result. The powers were imaginative from Peter as an empath who could absorb anyone's power, to the puppet guy (doyle) now that was hot, and the human lie detector...... We need something else another season or a movie. Figure it out.....


Its quantum leap and eli stone with a little bionic woman mixed in, people! The beauty of Heroes is in its interpretation, and thats what the satirical writer of this article couldnt comprehend. When Hiro was fighting for his life he was being judged by everybody in his life (judgement day), at the end of the hall was a bright light and his mother (heaven), and his mother saying "science cannot fix everything" (is a miracle) / or by taking his head bandage into account you can assume that his brain bled out and the doctors did an emergency brain surgery. You can see the plot however you want to, you can see the powers as evolutionary feats of mankind, but if god created us to be in his image why wouldnt he want to give us all unique heavenly abilities? Critics need to think outside the box. I loved quantum leap, and it flirted with the idea that space and time jumping and righting wrongs was perpetuated by god. Eli Sone was and alleged "prophet", The bionic woman was scientifically made to be superhuman. Heroes took a bunch of incredible plots, put them together to please geeks, christians, atheists, and everyday tv junkies, just so they could leave you with some open stitches for personal interpretation. and what do they get for their trouble? They get criticized and canned. Thanks NBC, thanks for nothing.


I just watched the series, and I REALLY want to see another season. There were so many unanswered questions. Maybe at least a movie to wrap everything up? That series was probably one of the best ones I have seen, and I would definitely watch it if they came out with another season, or a movie, or whatever the heck they were thinking about before.


In my opinion this was one of the greatest shows ever! I watched a lot of t.v. when i was a kid, but as i grew older i found 99% of t.v. shows were incredibly boring, and perhaps 1 show per year was actually worth a part of your life watching. Despite a few plot holes ( there was a writer's strike at the time people, and yeah i am talking to you so called critics that get paid to say your opinion ) this is one of those shows


I started watching Heroes of Season one, and boy was i hooked to it. Then i told my Mom and my brother about it and they got hooked to it too. Then we started watching Season 2. Before i even watch the Second season i wanted to check a lot of the reviews about it, critics, fans, and new people who started to watch the second season. Most of the reviews were bad, some say it was okay, and some say that it was good. So we checked it out on netflix and honestly, we enjoyed it. Yes it was slow that shouldn't have been that slow, Hiro's story was dragging and unimportant, Claire needs to grow up, Noah Bennet made a HUGE STEP IN THIS SEASON, so far the best character of season 2, Elle was awesome, and Peter's story felt isolated. But i do give a clap to Nathan for season 2, because he was for some reason funny in season 2. Mohinder is annoying, Matt is okay, the two twins were terrible new characters, Mattt's Dad was awsome, Angela was interesting, and Adam was funny in season 2. And now we are at the middle of Season 3. Well, the first 2 episodes to me were at least good for a start, but then it went downhill, then it came up, and then back down again. There were somethings that i did like and there were somethings that i didn't like. I really don't like Mohinder's powers, Peter is somewhat a little drama king, Hiro and Ando's relationship is different than it was in season 1, Noah Bennet is still pretty good, but quite brutal as a guy who kicks ass, Nathan is okay, Arthur is just pure evil, Matt's and Daphne's story is to me not that interesting. It seems like they were forced to then what it meant as their fate. And yes the plots in this season are ridiculous, but that doesn't stop me from not watching it. And yes I'm planning to watch the 4th Season. Honestly, after Season 1 all the major characters are trying to save the world, protect their identity, and trying to live a normal life, but to me that is some what of a reality, if that were to happen in real life. What I'm trying to say is what if you were just a regular person one night and the next morning you have superpowers. You don't know what to do, you're scarred of being called a freak, be put in labs, a person comes up to you and says that you have to or try to save the world from danger, and you don't know how to do that. And after the events you still try to live a normal life, but conflicts are in your way and it will be your choice to stop it or not. That's what i think Heroes was after season 1, learning how to survive and other challenges that they had to face. Imagine yourself in their world and following their adventures.


All of this was way to harsh; I believe Heroes was a great show & yes although some of the things didn't make sense it was still very good. I really do believe NBC should come out with a season 5 because the ending of season 4 left us with a lot of questions of what happens next; if NBC loves its viewers they will bring the show back & with the same cast that started it all.

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