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I really don't even know where to begin with this week's episode. I'm almost beginning to believe the writers are trying to justify all the negative criticism this show has been getting, and have really given up trying to put together a coherent, sensible, exciting story.
The whole Samuel/Vanessa storyline should have been played out early in the season, or even better, in a flashback episode. Otherwise we are lead to believe that Samuel has been playing on the emotions of people with abilities to bring them to him and build his power ... so he can win back his high school sweetheart? Give me a break. Now, I liked that Samuel has freaked and wiped out a small village on the hillside and shown his anger ... but not with this motivation. How lame. His little speech given to the poor ice cream girl should have been delivered well back in the season when the kid who could kill/heal with a simple touch was dragged to death by those redneck cops. Samuel was sufficiently angry with "you people" by that point. The whole diversion to Vanessa was absolutely and totally unnecessary. I'll admit it Maj, you were right. My faith was misplaced. They have wasted what was once an excellent villain.
Which, incidentally, brings us to Sylar. After S1 when he was on a killing spree to gather abilities, and S2 where he was desperate to get them all back, and S3 where he was trying to figure out how he was going to use all that he had reacquired, are we supposed to believe that he is going to take the word of an indecisive cheerleader who never knows if she is coming or going that the problem with Sylar is that he feels detached from humanity BECAUSE he has so many abilites? So what, he's going to seek out Parkman to do what? Ask him to put one of his mental blocks on him so he will be powerless again? It's complete bullshit, and the ruination of what was once a quintessential villain. One of Sylar's driving motivations is that he didn't want to be like everybody else. Now he does. Give me a break. I hope Parkman does help Sylar, and then I hope Peter or Hiro or somebody shows up with a katana blade and cuts his freakin' head off.
But the WTF is Claire doing? She rescues "Gretchen" and when running from Sylar, she hides in a little closet with only one way in or out? OK, so Gretchen turned out to be Sylar, and it turns out he played Claire for a fool (which, let's be honest, isn't too damn difficult), but if you are trying to get away from a serial killer, the last place you go is a broom closet. Stupid, stupid, stupid. However, I did enjoy seeing her jab Sylar in the eye with a pencil. That was cool.
I didn't mind Hiro's "trial" all that much. It was good to see Kaito and Adam Munroe again, at the very least and I rather enjoyed Adam calling Hiro Carp when he first encountered him. And it was nice to see Hiro with his sword again. Geez, it was just good to see the symbol on the hilt of the sword, and think back to how much discussion that little squiggle generated in the first and second seasons. Now that Hiro is cured of his tumor (even if it was a cop out, like the critics on this site pointed out), the show has to get past these idiotic recurring storylines and develop Hiro the way he was going in S1. He had his awakening that he has been a idiot and not really helping anything or anybody. Time to fight the bad guys. He has the training (as easy as it is to forget all that he went through in S1 to prepare for killing Sylar) so use it.
There are three weeks left in this season, which is precious little time to rescue what started out as a promising season but has gone downhill since the Christmas hiatus. It better get better in a hurry, or we will a) find the show cancelled and b) perhaps even more worrisome, not even miss it.
well as about samuel...i ugree that it came a bit late but i dont really care how!! the point is that samuel (as it seams) evolved as it was suposed to be!! the episode wasn't that good, not too bad either, but i think it saved some thinks like dieing hero (heroes would be ruined even more without time traveller), and sylars and claires love story (what were they thinking??) any way i think the show is getting better and better slowly, but steadily.
The show is getting better? Wow, what are you smoking because I want some of that s**t. The show is going down in a blaze of anonymity. IT SUCKS!!!
i agree with sylarslash. it is correcting itself, slowly. claire and sylar was never about love it was discovery of self.
we all know sylar isnt gonna reliquish his powers. it appeared as though he was gonna kill emma in peter's dream.
hiro being cured was good, and in a comic book setting was great. this show is based on comic book premises.
sometimes the show cannot win. but it'll never please all of the people all of the time.
Thank you Kal15 for acknowledging with me the demise of another potential villain. I had such great hopes for Samuel. He had EVERYTHING that I wanted ina villain. He had potential all the way up to when he kidnapped Charlie.at that moment i was like YESSSSSSS Hes the best villain the show ever got, but ever since he found out about his strength getting bigger as more heroes come to him thats when he went retarded, the writing went retarded, the staff went retarded, it was the perfect setup for the writers and then they didnt even remotely show his evil, anger, sedistic side anymore, every epsiode was "My name is Samuel, join my fag club" WHAT? how does one just make a climax and proceed with Shit. My God they dragged his stupid recruitment all the awy to the end, and its to the point where I dont even give a Shit about Samuel, his carnival, or his evil plot. Oh yeh the evil plot which was NEVER FKN REVEALED. I knew I KNEW I FREAKING KNEWWWWWWWWWWWWW.....that there was no way the last 4 episodes could possible build momentum into him revealing a plot where all the heroes had to come together....they had surpassed that time when the 2 hr hiatus came. I prayed some hope that the remaining episodes built some drive but man like Kal15 said the show can be forgotten.
Sylar...disgrace...I still say they shouldve left him dead from season 1..atleast he would have died memorably as the greatest villain any show had ever seen. Its just Pitiful...just Pitiful.
maj. it could all change in the last few episodes. i have faith it'll all come together in the final moments. maybe this (samuel's evil plot) will run over into next season too, if there are enough viewers left:)
hiroand his sword, could this be the start of bad ass hiro and bring back the sword for real?
also sylar was seen with baby parkman cant they have him just turn off sylars power, or would that be too easy?
Maj, I understand your pain that exacly how i felt last nite.
Kal15, I couldn't agree more with you. I think most of the characters have lost their identity and their development. What the heck is Sylar now? Peter is a one power guy, Sheresh wants to go back to India. I find the whole Claire storyline is complete rubbish, they had Hiro practically powerless and now what, he has his powers back, he is now healed by his mother?? Since Arthur took away the powers and the problems in the plot twists, the show has drifted slowly away from what it used to stand for. Thriller storylines, captivating characters and a real excitement from episode to episode. I think they have really lost so much and will be hard to regain. If they have another season they are going to have to get their act together.
I have one hope for the redemption of Sylar: in S1, there was a point where he flirted with his humanity, when he went to visit his mother. And that ended with the great scene of him standing on that rooftop overlooking New York, playing with the power he got from Ted Sprague. My only hope is that this flirtation will make him realize he is not even close to a normal human; that what defines him is bloodlust for power. (As an aside, my favourite part of this crappy episode was Sylar on the "witness" stand recounting all the people he took powers from after Hiro let him go in exchange for Charlie, and he was stumbling over Ted's last name. THAT is the cold-hearted, self-centred Sylar we have come to love.)
As for Samuel, I have to believe he has a greater endgame thaan wooing a childhood crush, but by inserting this idiotic Vanessa storyline, the writers completely changed his motivation. It was unnecessary and weak. I agree 100% with Maj, Samuel was going along great up to the point when he kidnapped Charlie (is there a possibility she could end up in the Caitlin file?!?!). He was mysterious, cunning, sly, manipulative and outright evil. He didn't need to be spurned by the love of his life to get angry. From what we had seen earlier in the season, he was already angry -- angry at Joseph for holding him back, angry at people of privilege for shutting him out, angry at normal people for persecuting people with abilities. Such a shame and a waste.
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