Heroes “One of Us, One of Them”

Caroline Babula (‘09)/Eastside Entertainment Editor

heroes-cast-3.jpgThis week’s “Heroes” picked up right where we left off last week, with Angela Petrelli informing Sylar that he was her biological son. Angela, the new head of The Company, wants Sylar assigned as Bennet’s partner to retrieve the escapees of Level 5. Sylar is not evil, says Angela, “he just needs structure.” 

 

Jump forward a few minutes, and we see present-day Peter, who is trapped inside Jesse‘s, a villain’s, body, with the other Level 5 escapees robbing a bank. We don’t know what Jesse’s power is, or if Peter can use it, but the other three have fireballs, some sort of magnetic motion and the ability to punch through solid mass.

 

Claire’s BioMom, Meredith, is also in town to keep the remaining Bennets safe. Determined to learn how to “fight,” BioMom takes Claire to an abandoned shipping container and lights up her fireball hand, slowly sucking the oxygen out of the sealed container. She explains to Claire that this is a method of torture and that Claire needs to learn how to survive before she learns to fight. But, really, BioMom only has one question: why does Claire want to stop the bad guys?

 

Eventually, when enough oxygen is absorbed out of the air and Claire is in danger of suffocating, she spills: she wants to hurt Sylar. BioMom thinks she gets through to Claire, telling her it’s okay to be a 17-year-old girl, and believes Claire concurs. However, the end of the episode shows Claire driving off in hopes of finding Sylar.

 

Meanwhile, Hiro and Ando are still after Daphne, the speedster, because she has half of the formula that could destroy the world. By the time they find her, she has already sold it and is looking for the other half. Through a few fumbles and lack of proper information, Hiro and Ando steal the formula from the Haitian, who is obviously on their side. While Hiro and Ando are bickering about whose plan this was, Hiro’s “nemesis,” Daphne, steals the formula and speeds off.

 

Matt Parkman is still in the middle of an African desert with a man he met. Turns out, this man also has powers: he can paint the future. Even more interesting is the fact that the African whites out and changes his paintings if he sees the future change.

 

Tracy Strauss knows she is not Nikki Sanders, but acknowledges their resemblance. She finds an address for Nikki in New Orleans and travels there. She finds a funeral setting with a casket, holding someone who looks just like her. At first, Micah mistakes Tracy as his mother, but he senses they are not he same person. However, he helps Tracy find a link with his mother by “talking” to his computer. He discovers that both his mother and Tracy were both born on the same day in the same hospital and were delivered by the same doctor, a Dr. Zimmerman.

 

Later on, Sylar actually comes to assist Bennet in a life-or-death situation, something Bennet wasn’t expecting, yet was counting on. All seems well until Sylar decides his hunger is too great and he must kill Jesse to receive his sonic boom power. The partners return to Level 5, where Sylar is put in a cell. Bennet, who is re-partnered with he Haitian, tells the Haitian that he wants to find Sylar’s weakness and then kill him.

 

Tracy, seeking answers, pays a visit to Dr. Zimmerman. She asks if he knows who she is and he replies, “I created you.”

 

There were plenty of unexpected surprises in this week’s “Heroes.” The whole aspect of Dr. Zimmerman “creating” Tracy is intriguing and makes me wonder if he possibly cloned a whole bunch of “Nikkis” and let them develop all over the United States, as he was so certain that Tracy was from Beverly Hills.

 

Also, I liked how the writers cleared up the confusion about Peter in Jesse’s body. I was uncertain what this morphing meant with Jesse’s soul and personality, but it seems they were there all along, just masked by Peter’s.

 

Claire’s path to villainy is too obvious and predictable, and is, quite honestly, boring to watch. My question from last week lingers on – where is West? Surely he could talk some sense into that girl.

 

I’m not particularly sure where the plot with Matt is going. Why is he in an African desert with a man who can paint the future (which is, by the way, an obvious sign that the heads of “Heroes” think they killed Isaac Mendez off too soon)? These scenes are slow, but they will hopefully turn into something amazing.

 

In a twisted way that only “Heroes” could pull off, it looks as though Sylar, our number-one evil villain, is being primed to be good. This is exemplified by the fact that he could have killed three of the Level 5 detainees, but only killed one. How Bennet tries to execute his master plan of eliminating Sylar should prove to be especially good television, if my theory about making Sylar good is correct.

 

I still want to know where Molly is, and still highly disklike Maya (even though she wasn’t featured in this episode). Hopefully, we will be given more answers next week.


Rating: B
 

A+: Episode is nearly perfect. It doesn’t get any better then this
A, A-: Excellent Episode with only minor flaws or imperfections, a must-watch episode for anyone who enjoys TV
B+, B: Good but not great episode, has flaws in a few key areas but still a great television experience
B-, C+, C: Enjoyable show that has some obvious flaws, but has certain aspects that make it a decent show
C-, D+, D: Episode with more weaknesses than strengths, barely watch able. But, worth a look if one is a fan of the genre
F: Episodes receiving this grade are not worth the time. These have numerous shortcomings and flaws. Minimal to zero entertainment value