Everyone knows I was greatly disappointed with Heroes last fall, the volume of Villains had such potential but fell flat all the way ’round. Fugitives is certainly an improvement, though I’m not sure that’s saying a lot. Some things about this season are still making me grit my teeth but luckily the good stuff is more than making up for it.
Of course, Sylar was the one bright (evil) spot last season. He still is, sort of, though I’m not really pleased about his little sidekick, though that might upset my pal, Nolebucgrl. During their drive, I shared in Sylar’s annoyance with the teenager, who, when he wasn’t complaining that his mom never let him do anything, would attempt to toy with our favorite psycho using little tidbits of his father. Sylar being a relunctant mentor is intriguing, sort of a brain sucking Yoda to another version of an irritating Luke, but then once he got going, Sylar wouldn’t shut up, (“Keep a clear head, don’t let your emotions…”). When he got around to sharing his own personal motivations, instead of telling him to shut up or he would crack his head open (literally), I had to roll my eyes. Relief came when Sylar drove away, leaving the kid there, but that was unfortunately short-lived as he damn well came back. I don’t know why he had to take him. Luke’s uselfullness has come to an end and Sylar leaving him alive proves he’s only mostly evil, but instead he takes him. Luckily, the shot of Zack walking with the kid draped over one shoulder while carrying a bloody Dell rugged notebook in his other hand more then made up for it.
Meanwhile, I’m loving “The Hunter”/Danko, played excellently by Zeljko Ivanek, who should have been hired a long time ago by the series. It was no shock to me that he would let Tracy out of her chains so she could convince Moira Kelly’s character (who hopefully will go further in this administration than on The West Wing) that humans with powers are wacko and dangerous. For a brief second, I hoped that Danko was the mysterious “Rebel” who was sending text messages to Claire. Not because he wanted to help anyone, but instead try to trip Claire up, expose her as the uncontrollable daughter of HRG and Nathan so she can be locked up with the rest of the fugitives. Unfortunately, the fact “Rebel” has now contacted Hiro and Ando, and no way Danko is that uncool.
The last thing I loved about this episode was the very end, the Freaky Five kidnapped HRG and this is the best move they have made all series long. I hope the show lets HRG take his rightful place with these morons, heroes, who have great potential and of course good intentions, but are the stupidest bunch of characters this side of Salem, U.S.A.
The rest of the episode was “meh”. I really can’t stand Hiro anymore and couldn’t believe that we were listening to him whine to Ando that it should have been him to save the useless bride. Obviously, we still have Tracy hanging around, and to have her in a giant sauna is probably some producer’s wet dream in having Ali Larter sweat it up for her entire screentime. And while I usually adore HRG and root for him to be always a couple of cards short of a morality deck, I’m not exactly sure why he was keeping what he was doing from Mrs. HRG. I could see him lie to her about Claire getting involved into the crashing of a airplane, but everything he’s doing job wise? Do men never learn? Lastly, I’m not sure about this new guy in Claire’s life. I appreciate their drive to make him geeky (I’m sure that’s just to impress me) but he honestly looks too much like Gabriel Gray.