Heroes Review: "Tabula Rasa"

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There weren't many forward-moving developments this week on Heroes, but the episode "Tabula Rasa" had its up and its down.

Let's go over what worked and what didn't work during the hour, as readers are encouraged to sound off themselves in our Heroes forum...

WHAT WORKED: HRG, back in the spotlight! He's always been our favorite character. It's great to see him with a purpose again, one that can highlight new individuals with abilities and bring them into the fold when need be.

WHAT DIDN'T WORK: Hiro, one confused time traveler! So, does he have a list or not? Sometimes? When we last saw Hiro, and when this episode ended, it seemed as though he could control where he went in time. But he had no idea why fate brought him to Peter last week. The show has always had a consistency problem with various abilities.

Samuel and Sylar

WHAT WORKED: A sharper focus! This has been a plus all season. The series has finally taken a cue from Lost and focused on certain characters per episode, instead of trying to group a million storylines into each week. It does beg the question, though: did anyone miss Tracy? Or Parkman? Or even Nathan? At this point, many characters feel like dead weight.

WHAT DIDN'T WORK: Sylar, played out! There's not much the show can do with its formerly great villain at this point. Instead of having him under Samuel's wing, it would have been a bolder step for the show to have Samuel actually kill Sylar and truly establish himself as the top evil presence.

WHAT DIDN'T WORK: Non-believable use of a washing machine! We write this with a smile, but Claire went over to her father's apartment to do laundry... and still needed quarters?!? We've been in college. The entire point of doing laundry at your parents' is to save money and use their at-home facilities.

Agree with these opinions? Disagree? Confused? Catch up on the relevent plot developments via our recap of "Tabula Rasa."

Also, you can get a quick preview of next week's episode now!

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