Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Volume One Chapter 23
“How To Stop An Exploding Man”

Opening with a reprise of Mo’s introductory voice-over in the pilot, and sporting the most frivolous chapter title in the entire volume, Heroes says “Sayonara” till the fall, and it’s a moving, inspiring, and thrilling television hour that puts a capper on the past season’s breakaway hit.
Given the body count last chapter though, it’s a bit funny and anticlimactic that we don’t actually see anyone die onscreen this time out.

Granted, there are some lives apparently hanging in the balance (D.L. is still bleeding from the gunshot wound; Parkman is bleeding from several gunshot wounds), and Nathan may never be able to have another one of those Moments when he lands in the middle of things to save the day, but we never actually see an onscreen death here.
Who knows, maybe Nathan just flew really high up, then flew off, letting Peter drop, and explode, then flew back to catch Peter before he went splat on the ground. But then again, that’s assuming Claire’s cellular regeneration is powerful enough to counteract a nuclear blast in the first place. Given though that Peter apparently has a central role in the Heroes saga, it’s probably safe to assume at least one Petrelli brother survives that atmospheric detonation.
(I should also point out that in Greg Beeman’s blog, he says of Chapter 23: “Some of the characters you have come to know and love, in fact, DID die last night.”)

And since I’ve already mentioned them, let’s take a look at the brothers Petrelli first.
Peter’s pivotal destiny continues to unfold, most pointedly in his witnessing of the past, and his dialogue with Charles Deveaux.
So we’ve got the confirmation: Charles was one of the earlier generation, and knew Grandma P.
And in a fantastic scene, we see just how steely and manipulative this woman truly is*, while at the same time getting a sense of the close friendship she shared with Charles. It is also here that Peter discovers just how much his mother really knows, and what she really thinks about him. (Man, Peter had a lot to process here, huh?)
Nathan, meanwhile, flies away with one of this chapter’s Moments, as he redeems himself by defying Grandma P. and returning to help Peter and to save the day.** It’s just too bad Hiro wasn’t there to see it…

… since he wound up in 1671, with that samurai dude Daddy Sulu told him stories of, as an eclipse darkens the land.
Cliffhanger, anyone?

And back at Kirby Plaza, a bleeding Sylar slinks away into the sewers.
These people. First Mo blows icing Sylar, now Hiro. He really should’ve just beheaded Sylar right after stabbing him. You know, just to make sure.

On other fronts, we finally get Mr. Bennet’s given name (Noah) and he’s reunited with Claire; Niki and D.L. find Micah; Molly goes off with Mo (though not before she meets Micah; hmmmm).
So all’s well that ends well.
Except for Hiro being in 1671 Japan.
And Sylar still being alive.
And Linderman still being dead.
Oh, and that Sauron-sounding baddie Molly prattles on about (who’s apparently way worse than Sylar, and can “see” her when she tries to find him).
Well, I guess we can’t really blame them. I mean, they do want people to come back for Volume Two, right? And let’s face it, we really do wanna come back for it too, anyway.

“So much struggle for meaning. For purpose. And in the end, we find it only in each other. Our shared experience of the fantastic. And the mundane. The simple human need to find a kindred. To connect. And to know in our hearts that we are not alone.”
-- Mohinder Suresh

Parting shot: Well, at least Ando’s safe and sound in Japan.

Parting shot 2: In Greg Beeman’s blog, he also stresses: “We are all ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED to not repeating ourselves next season – but in bringing you a freshly conceived show.”

* Angela Petrelli has the potential to be TV’s biggest Queen B*tch of the Universe since 24’s Sherry Palmer. (And Cristine Rose is astounding.)

** Thus justifying Peter’s faith in him, and proving to the audience that, despite what Grandma P. may think, Charles was right, and hope does win out over strength in the end.

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