Monday, October 20, 2008

Thoughts on HEROES, Season 3, Chapter 6 - Dying of the Light

Hmm. Interesting title given the revelation about the father of Peter and Nathan (and maybe Sylar?) last week. It is a repeating refrain from Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas. Cutting out the repetitive verses, there's quite a few lines that could be relevant to many characters....

Old age should burn and rave at close of day

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray....

Ah well. On to the commentary!

8:00 - So to recap. Claire's mom is captured by Puppet Master. Daphne is recruiting an army. Mohinder is going crazy evil. And Mr. Petrelli IS apparently Sylar's dad.

8:01 - Oh man! Mohinder is back as narrator! This does not bode well.

8:03 - Oh, okay! Fine! I was wrong. Hiro DID have a plan and was faking. But why didn't Daphne notice him freezing time this time?!?!

8:04 - Hmm. Hiro hunting the African precog. I see hilarity ensuing.

8:05 - Three attractive blonde women going after a Puppet Master. I can hear the bad fan-fic being written already.

8:06 - Hmm... I guess Meredith WAS an ex-Company agent. Maybe she was the one Claude was protecting back when he went Rogue from the Company? I miss the invisible Brit bastard.

8:08 - Awww man. And I liked Adam! So what is Papa Petrelli? Got some kind of telepathy, obviously... but that draining touch to heal himself... could he have Peter's empathic ability and a killing touch power from elsewhere?

8:12 - Ah. Daphne IS a Catwoman. Cool with stealing but not with killing.

8:14 - There's a change! Matt being ahead of someone. And a Speedster to boot! Ha! Slow and steady wins after all.

8:15 - Even for Heroes, Mohinder's apartment is being filmed WAY too dark. Nice to see that Nathan's "something is wrong" alarm seems to be going off.

8:17 - Okay. Scarily enough I am liking this romance. Matt with confidence is a lot more likable as a character. At least, more likaable than the whipping boy of fate he has been most of this season and last.

8:19 - I wouldn't put money on Tracy freezing Mohinderance at this point... but I can dream, can't I?

8:23 - Awwwwww. Sylar doesn't want to kill anymore. Gaaaag.

8:24 - Okay, I didn't notice this before but with the new hair cuts, the Peter/Sylar resemblance is a WHOLE lot more obvious.

8:25 - "They all look alike to me." "That's racist." Hee hee.

8:26 - Okay. Regarding the painting and Hiro and the shovel? BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

8:29 - That was predictable. The other mom gets caught. Losing momentum fast.

8:33 - I'll give the writers credit for one thing - they ARE doing a good job creating villains who are actually a threat to the Heroes. Case in point - super-healing isn't much good against a villain who has no interest in killing you or hurting you.

8:34 - BWAHAHAHAHAHA! I know it is wrong for me to enjoy seeing Hiro getting smacked around. But after the last few episodes where he was a dick to Ando... I think he deserves a few hits with the Karma Clue-By-Four. To say nothing of how this further goes to show why Time Travel Can't Solve Everything.

8:36 - Case in point #2 - Time Travel is useless against someone who can see the past and future coming.

8:37 - Russian Roulette? Well, I guess an incestuous multi-generational orgy with the creepy bald guy - while being a much more honest abuse of this power - WOULD be a bit much for network TV. Come to think of it, this guy DOES look like a fatter Brian Michael Bendis.

8:39 - I know this will end with Claire getting shot and then healing and taking the guy off guard... but this is still damned good acting.

8:41 - Hmmm... Maybe I should test myself for PreCog powers? Then again, if I were THAT good, I would have figured out Hiro fake-stabbing Ando along with everyone else in the world.

8:44 - Apropos of nothing, no sign of Noah this month. You'd think The New Company would want to recruit their old Badass Normal if they'll take the likes of Sylar and Mohinderance.

8:45 - Okay. Much as I'm hating the character reversal "Peter is crazy evil/Sylar is the good son thing", there is some very good acting in this scene too.

8:46 - Ah. THERE he is. And yeah - nice, big happy family moment until Claire stomps out. Dammit, Claire. You're too smart to be buying Sylar's line about your dad. But hey... Meredith/Noah team-ups. That's cool. So cool it's hot, in fact. (I know, I know. Bad joke.)

8:48 - Okay! Bad-ass multi-power fight! And Peter is kicking ass! But he still patches Sylar up, so he's still a good guy! Going mad with power my ass... Peter just found his balls.

8:50 - Then again... I may have spoken too soon in dismissing the idea of Tracy freezing Mohinderance. Or at least giving him a wicked case of frost-bite.

8:51 - Oh Mohinderance... You're so lame when you're trying to sound threatening.

8:55 - Okay. That was honestly heartbreaking. Damnit, but they can make this show work when they focus on the characters and not the lame plot gimmicks.

8:56 - 4 villains. Two men hugging. I need a screen capture of that pronto...

8:59 - Ah. So Papa IS a power sponge. Like Father, Like Son. But he can take them away.

Final Verdict - Nearly everything is forgiven. I still can't stand the attempt to clean up Sylar and make it "okay to like him" after all this time. But for the most part... things are looking good here.


  1. Surprisingly good episode after last week. Still another character and actor I liked gets punked from the show...

  2. I know. I'm disappointed too. Always a shame to see a magnificent bastard go.

  3. I loved this episode.. though they probably heard my cry of 'NOOOOOO' when Adam got it. :( I figgured they were gonna give Papa Petrelli the blood infusion.. it was totally unnecessary for him to die :(

  4. Well, except that it's unlikely Papa Petrelli would want the competition in running things or that Adam would ever really settle for being a #2 man.

  5. still it made me sad. Also let us all reflect that at least Elle didn't get that treatment so she can still come out and play another day.

  6. Actually, Elle stars in the newest on-line comic. Check my latest entry.

  7. I have reservations still, but they're doing well. I think what you said about their best moments being characters moments and NOT the times when they completely wax over character for the sake of a gimmick being the best. That's where they are strong. The plots are fun, but plots can be made to work WITH characters instead of at their expense. Either way, I want to see what's next.

  8. Yeah. I think this episode proved that. Sure, there was a lot of plot stuff... but for once Hiro being arrogant about his powers and his certainty that he's doing the right thing WORKED with the story.