So this pretentious episode of Heroes
begins with a narration about the meaning of an eclipse being unknowable and divine yet somehow we all know that in the next episode it will all be magically revealed, oh yeah, because they've been advertising this whole thing since last week.
Arthur Petrelli stands in front of Hiro, his hands over Hiro's ears, squeezing Hiro's head, Hiro screams and screams and screams some more. Arthur says, "You had one job to do…never send a boy to do a man's job." What a load of bad writing. This obscure reference only makes sense when the camera drops back to remind you of the severed African man's head and then Arthur turns and looks at the painting of the eclipse behind his back, painted on a rock. The boy part is revealed moments later when Hiro blinks himself and Ando into a bowling alley where they can order some "American style chicken and waffles." This is where the story gets annoying, redundant, predictable and feels like a catch-up class for new audience members. Arthur erased Hiro's memory up until he was 10 years old. So we are forced to watch Hiro remember how to do all the things we already know he can do. And if that weren't boring enough, we have to see it from a 10-year-old boy's point of view. Hiro thinks it's really funny to stop time and squeeze ketchup on some unsuspecting guy's chair as he's about to sit down. Is this what passes this season for comic relief?
Then Arthur pops into his own office where the glass window is being replaced. Gabriel stares out the window thinking of Peter. Arthur tells Gabriel that he can teach Gabriel how to take powers without killing people. He's going to teach his son how to use his empathy. Gabriel asks his father, "Empathy, what makes you think I'm capable of that?" Arthur answers, "Because I know you're the one who saved Peter from that fall." Then he places his son in a cell with Elle and gets him electrocuted. Don't worry, Gabriel regenerates, over and over and over again. Elle does give an amazing performance while screaming, grieving and electrocuting, probably the best of the season. Gabriel wants to help her. This is where the episode becomes a screaming contest as Elle shocks Gabriel and he takes it because he deserves it. Elle exhausts herself and eventually talks to Gabriel. She finally forgives Gabriel and herself; he touches her and takes her pain away. And in the second best acting moment of the season Gabriel realizes that he has taken Elle's powers without killing her and without removing them from her and begins to cry with happy relief and gratitude. Then Elle helps Gabriel to control his new powers by practicing with him and they get all flirty with each other. Gabriel's shirt was mysteriously burned off of his body as Elle was shocking him, revealing his muscular chest, which Elle snuggles up against very willingly and quickly. In no time at all she went from hating him and trying to kill him to snuggling in his nook. We all saw their back story last week so it's not so surprising that they would rekindle their romance without "the company" getting in the way. But the really creepy part was that Arthur was watching them from his office as they bonded and flirted, eeww.
Claire and Peter run from the bad guys. Claire tries to help Peter but she really has no power other than regeneration so the best she can do is jump out a window, regenerate and run away with Peter. At least she gave him a head start. They climb down into a sewer drain. Peter tells Claire that the alley they just ran down was the exact same alley that she kills him in. You either have to love all these convenient coincidences or they drive you crazy. Then Claire tells Peter to run so she can fight the bad guys off but instead they reveal that they came for her. And if her idea of fighting them off was for them to over power her very quickly and then Peter would have to double back and save her then she's a great fighter. She might want to get a gun. This thought is probably why she ends up shooting and killing Peter in the future that everyone is trying to change. Peter comes back to save Claire, he tricks Flint into using his fire power next to a broken gas line and turns the sewer into a fireball. Claire and Peter escape as the fire dies down.
Now this is where things get really dumb. Arthur talks to Suresh about the formula. They need a catalyst in order to make the formula work. It's not a thing but a person. It's Claire - Arthur knows this but he doesn't reveal that info yet. Her blood acts as a catalyst to make the formula work and give anyone powers. Claire of course realizes this at the end of this episode because while Sylar had her head cut open he said there was something different about her brain. Well there you have it, Sylar wasn't such a bad guy after all. Even when he Hero-raped Claire it was for a larger purpose, everything does happen for a reason.
Suresh is experimenting on people, trying to give them powers. One of his victims is horribly disfigured and begs to die. Suresh holds a syringe ready to end his misery when the show cuts away, leaving a cliffhanger for next week. Looks like the eclipse will probably do something to this guy.
Parkman and Daphne arrive at Pinehearst to find it abandoned except for Angela, who lies in a bed in a waking coma. Parkman tries to get into Angela's head, Daphne speeds over to Arthur's office to give him the scoop and ask what she's supposed to do. Daphne keeps asking if they can keep Parkman out of it and Arthur keeps threatening to put Daphne back where he found her. Parkman links into Angela's mind and tries to help wake her up but Arthur has a really good hold on her and has locked her mind up tight. Arthur has Daphne betray Parkman and stab him in his mind; in the real world he starts bleeding. Didn't we see this idea in "The Matrix
?" Daphne sees this and holds his hand in order to link into his mind and try to help him. Daphne confesses that she was helping Arthur but she really loves him. This makes everything okay. Angela is able to use love as a weapon to remind Arthur he used to love her and to let her go. Suddenly her handcuffs fall off of her wrists and she is free. Peter and Claire meet up with Parkman and Daphne in the hospital with Angela. Angela reveals that the formula needs a catalyst and then Claire realizes it's her because it's the end of the episode and she remembers what Sylar said when he attacked her, again, this attack comes in real handy.
Nathan and Tracy show up at Pinehearst to confront Arthur. Before going into his father's office he tells Tracy that he went to law school to make his dad happy, married the woman his dad picked out for him and took the job his dad wanted for him. This must be the closest thing we're going to get to an explanation for what happened to Nathan's first wife. It's still no excuse for why he never sees his kids. Nathan can't believe anything his father tells him so he zips up his coat and flies away. This allows Tracy to go back into Arthur's office and scheme behind Nathan's back. She proposes to Arthur that she can help convince Nathan to become the public face of Pinehearst since the world thinks Arthur is dead.
Looks like we'll have to wait until next week to see all the predictable things the eclipse does to these characters. Let's take a wild guess: all the loose ends are tied up and everything works out in the end.
Heroes stars: Hayden Panettiere
/ Milo Ventimiglia
/ Ali Larter
/ Masi Oka
/ Zachary Quinto
/ Dania Ramirez
/ Kristen Bell
/ Noah Gray-Cabey
/ James Kyson Lee
/ Greg Grunberg
/ Adrian Pasdar
/ Malcolm McDowell
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Story by Erin MacMillan-Ramirez
Starpulse contributing writer