Thursday, January 28, 2010

What I’m Watching: Heroes

Heroes: Season 4, Episode 17 “The Art of Deception” (F)

This show keeps getting even more senseless as it continues to dwell on the same stupid arcs that are clearly heading nowhere good. This whole carnival plot has been a gamble from the start, and it might be compelling if there was a legitimate confrontation between the heroes and the so-called normals. But in this case, it's all fabricated by Samuel, completely undermining the validity of all his claims. Eli always seems to be lurking around a corner, and Samuel's plan to frame Noah was painfully obvious. I’m confused about why Claire seems to be the only one who knows what to do in an urgent medical situation when she’s surrounded by a large group of self-sufficient people who live in their own community and should be considerably more qualified to take care of themselves. Both Noah and Claire are now prisoners, which is not a good thing, and only now does Lauren think it’s a good idea to call in the cavalry? If Tracy was available the whole time, why didn’t Noah bring her along as backup? Gretchen also raises a good point – how does Claire never go to class and still manage to pass college? It doesn’t make much sense at all. On top of the continually devolving story, the dialogue has become so heinous and cringe-worthy that pretty much any line out of any given character’s mouth is now unbearable. Just to ensure that the show can’t get anywhere, the attempted burial of Sylar is halted by Peter, desperate to willingly get trapped in his head. Matt’s condemnation of Sylar is dumb and completely out of character, and burying him in a wall is a preposterous move. Peter just has the worst timing in the world, and he really needs to stop focusing so much on Sylar and start worrying about a much more pressing problem – Samuel.

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