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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If you hate the show so much why keep watching? i just think your too negative about the show. sure its not the best it has been, but its better than you could do i bet. Im not having a go at you, i agree with alot of what you say but there is only so much you can do with heroes before everything becomes a walking cliche. yes the carnival heroes are a little easy and quick to agree and could have been rectified by them not believing what they were told, then dreadlock guy showing the truth. "it's boring. It's painfully, painfully boring." - please stop watching this show then. i still find enjoyment, frustration and entertainment from this show - just as i do from lost. but i do think that would be a good ending for the show. unresolved. last fifteen minutes was the best 15 minutes of this season.

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I'd like to see another several seasons of Heroes. Even though the addition of the carnival cast took a lot of screen time away from the core characters, Samuel was an interesting and complex villain, following the show's recurring theme that no one is all good or all bad. He needed serious therapy to get past his adolescent fantasies--staying fixated on Vanessa and their dream house and a need to be special and powerful instead of doing the psychological work needed to develop emotionally. But I liked the fault line in his character, and the wish to feel important and to "get the girl" coupled with a vulnerability that Robert Knepper communicated very well when his charming-people smile would break away momentarily to an uncertain expression and then resume. I agree that it seemed strange to bring Hiro, Peter, and Sylar together with Samuel only for a few moments at the end of the episode. But I did like the Peter-Sylar time spent behind the wall and wish it had been stretched out over more episodes. And I didn't mind the Hiro courtroom dream. It was a great venture into Hiro's psyche (as was his brain-fried fanboy babble a few episodes earlier), and I wonder if the tumor healing wasn't Hiro's own space-time manipulation of that bit of tissue, cloaked in dream symbolism. The wrap-up of his relationship with Charlie was a bit too quick, but believable in the way that it engaged his sense of honor and his true concern for the happiness of others. Tracy's rescue of Claire and Noah, I think, was done by her water force eroding the soil around the buried trailer, and then they were carried back up by Tracy inducing a strong upward current. Some of my favorite moments in the whole season came when Sylar was in Matt's head. Their dialogue was very clever. I wish the show as a whole would spend more time on fewer core characters, though I've read somewhere that Kring's original intention was to bring in a whole new group each season. And the writers seem not to know what to do with Mohinder; I'd like to see his character featured more consistently. The only character to be redeemed was (possibly) Noah, in that we and Claire got to understand his backstory and he reconciled with his daughter. Less probably, Hiro with his favorable court verdict, but that was more of a side plot. Mohinder was searching for some kind of redemption by poring over the Coyote Sands files. Matt was searching to reinvent himself as a family man. Sylar, of course. Maybe I'm using the word "redemption" too broadly.

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Their main problem is that they are not planning an entire season it seems. Another problem is that they decided some characters should get more screen time than others. Why is Claire the center of the universe? They need to be focusing on the characters, and while they tried, they still failed. I think the problem is they are trying so hard to get back to season 1 standard and storyline greatness that they are afraid to move forward. None of their characters are having closure in any of their problems. Claire still has daddy issues. They did succeed in some parts, such as the thanksgiving scenes at Petrellis. The characters responded naturally.

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@Mark Not so. Samuel took down an entire Mansion in N.Y. on his own, with no Heroes to draw power from. He also went to TX. on his own and took down the Sherriff's Building. He also took on HRG in the streets of LA on his own. So why is he completely powerless in the last episode of the season, once the carnies leave? There are still very powerful Heroes all around him. Like Sylar, Peter, Emma and Doyle. It doesn't make sense. He couldn't even get away from the cops at the end. As far as the Graphic Novel goes, why is it a different ending? You should look at it again. Angela wakes up from the precognitive dream and looks out the window of her high rise and sees something burning and a ton of destruction. There was no burning and destruction in the T.V. show. The carnival was still standing, and not much of anything happened. Just amazing plotholes to fill.

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# I love Heroes. I truely do... But this ending....... seriously was a major dissapointment. Finally Peter gets a big power, finally Sylar and Peter took on the mighty Samuel... and what happens? They all leg it, they loose their powers and Samuel gets carried off by the Company (who hadn't featured the entire of the series........) Massive battle in Central park? No.
Finally getting to see what all those Carnies can do? No... The all just legged it. Without Nathan, Peter is truely powerless. And his 'one power at a time' trick just plain sucks. Bring on the next series, a big re-think and some kick ass bad guys. After waiting that long for the ending, i'm just not in a rush to see the next one. If one gets made And Charlie is old, Hero has nothing to do now..... still, at least he won't wake up in the 1600s....... wtf

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@Heroesfan firsly, it's because he was trying to do something so large and he didn't have enough power to do that. And if you actually read the GN properly and think, it's a precognitive dream that angela had

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The show was great season one. Season two, not so much. Season three an assault to my intelligence. Season four I am gone. I could not watch. Season Five????; moot point. Poor writing and plot lines that stopped abruptly without explanation sent me off to better television viewing. :( What a shame. The show had promise, and there were some good characters ruined by poorly written scripts. Too many wonderful shows get cancelled while poor ones go on and on.... May Heroes rest in peace.

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Plot Holes. How come Samuel was able to destroy his old home in New York City, when he was there by himself. He again went to a Texas town in the middle of the season, all by himself, and destroyed the Sheriff's office. Yet in the finale he loses all his power, because the carnies leave him. Even though Sylar, Doyle and Peter, not to mention other heroes were still near Samuel. So why was he completely a whimp and powerless. Also the online graphic novel has a different ending. It seems the writers are all over the place.

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reboot with one of the five million alternative timelines. scarface peter, bad claire anyone? ELLE AND SYLAR? SYLAR'S BABY? so much good stuff back there, somewhere.

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You know, I used to scoff at the "if you don't like it, don't watch it comments" but now I'm beginning to think they might be right. If you know this show has been absolute crap since the Season 1 finale but still watch, you are just encouraging NBC to keep it on. NBC isn't reading these reviews, they are looking at the numbers and apparently those aren't low enough for them to figure out that it's time to pull the plug. So, if you want to end the torture, stop watching the show.

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