First, I want to personally thank Nolebucgrl. Without her, I would have missed the first hour of the show. Yes, I have it tivo’d, but it’s not high definition, and I would want to watch all the hot guys episode in the best video quality as possible.
So after waiting a whole summer, we finally get to see how the show is going to confront the issue of having Sylar pretending to be dead Nathan. Since they have Zachary Quinto on contract, I knew they were going to have to come up with something to have his form on the show (and what a pretty pretty form that is). I’m not that much of a Sylar fan. Nole hates me to say it. I feel his character has been overexposed and they have no idea what to do with him. That said, he pretty much saved the first half of S3, and there is good potential there if the show would get their heads out of their butts and figure it out. He is by far much more interesting to watch then loads of other “good guy” characters like Hiro, Tracey (well, not sure if she’s a good guy), Claire, and Mohinder, the latter being thankfully missing from this episode. However, I’m not looking forward to watching him pop up in Parkman’s guilty mind and argue with him. It’s really a disservice to the memory of Sylar who for now, is considered dead, and I hope this doesn’t last too long. That said, I’m all for Parkman to act a little more evil, sort of a Luke Skywalker destiny for him considering the gap between him and his father. (Yes, Heroes and a SW reference!)
That said, did anyone see Rachel Melvin last night? Wasn’t she cute? Playing slightly different then the Chelsea Brady for Days, she was an overachiever but still sporting that bitchface which she used on Claire’s annoying new possible lesbian love interest. MZ is from The Nanny and while she isn’t acting bad, her character is creepy and homely, and I have no doubts she played a part in Annie’s demise. She’s obviously got a crush on Claire (which sadly so does every other person who meets her) and though I appreciate the forensic geeky perception, I really am not that curious about her.
Speaking of new characters, so far the carnival people don’t bother me. There are a lot of them, Zorro, Samuel, and a couple of others. I’m not sure what to think of them, Samuel has the most freakish power and I give the show lots of credit for coming up with something so outside the box. He also time traveled as well, but that may have more to do with the carnival itself and I’m sure we will learn more about that and the magic compass.
Speaking of which, did anyone get a deja vu from Pirates of the Caribbean when they brought out a compass that doesn’t work? And Samuel seems to be summoning Jack Sparrow to some degree given how much eye liner he has on. I’m glad to see Peter had something to do, he wasn’t whining like he did so much last year. Of course, he could take his shirt off a bit more but we can’t have everything. I liked watching him with HRG. I don’t like seeing HRG with Tracey who appears just as lost and directionless as she’s always been. How can a woman as hot as her have no chemistry with any male actor? Weird.
Finally, there is Hiro. As Nolebucgrl says, he’s dying and we all rooting for him to kick the bucket, but I’m sure that won’t happen. I don’t get why Hiro blocking the icee spill that would have ruined her dress, now his sister is madly in love with Ando. What a bitch. I’m not against romances, this show probably needs them in the worst way, but instead of having Ando and Hiro’s sister (Whatever her name is) reluctantly work together to save Hiro’s life (and thus fall in love) now they are instantly in love. Why would I get invested in this?
So overall not a bad episode. We’ve had much worse. Just too bad it’s the premiere and sets the tone for the whole season. Hopefully it will improve. We all know it can much worse.