Remember 3 Years Ago, When Heroes Was a Good Show?

Cast your mind back, to the days on Heroes when Hiro was semi-badass and Sylar was actually scary. Those days were here again, briefly, on last night's time travelly episode. Plus, HRG is closer than ever to getting laid!

"Once Upon a Time In Texas" was about the most important item on Hiro's "things to fix before I die" agenda. And that item was Charlie, the cute waitress whose life he tried to save from Sylar three years ago by traveling back in time 6 months. This time, Hiro traveled back three years to the moment when Sylar ate her brains, in another attempt to save her life. Then Hiro has the great idea to freeze time and pack Sylar away in the baggage bin on a Greyhound bus outside the diner where Charlie works.

Up until that moment, things had been going so well! Hiro was acting like a grownup (more or less) and HRG of the past was having a heretofore unknown office romance with a fellow agent. I liked the HRG retcon, where he has a budding romance with a competent, tough woman who is his equal and with whom he can talk about anything - unlike his family, whose minds he wipes on a regular basis.

But then Hiro once again used his powers in a way that once again reminded me why this show makes me regularly leave weird sweaty marks on my TV screen where I bang my inflamed head against it. (See clip.) First of all, he can stop time. SO WHY NOT JUST FREAKIN RIP SYLAR'S HEAD OFF WHILE HE IS FROZEN?! Second, if Hiro is going to inexplicably avoid the face-rippage, why not contain Sylar in a way that makes sense? How will a little duct tape and a bus stop Sylar from eating Charlie's brains? This is Hiro of the future - he knows how deadly Sylar can be. And yet this is his big solution? The thing he's done despite knowing it will push him closer to death than he already is? I am completely mystified, people.

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Not surprisingly, Sylar escapes from Hiro's lameass trap, so then Hiro saves Charlie's life a new way. First, he sends his 3-year-old self back in time 6 months, so that he can fall in love with Charlie and not alter the paranormal romance timeline. (When you fuck with paranormal romance narratives, things really get ugly.) Then he convinces Sylar to fix the aneurism in Charlie's brain by promising to reveal lots of neat things about the future. Why Sylar falls for this is as mysterious as why Hiro continually does not freeze time and kill Sylar.

So Charlie is saved and Hiro says something like, "In the future you will be powerful but all of us will band together and destroy you and nobody will shed a tear." Oh boo freakin hoo. You think Sylar cares if anybody sheds a tear for him?

Then Charlie gets all whiny about how Hiro should have let her die, which is lame. It just feels really forced, like OK we get that she doesn't like that he cuts deals with serial killing madmen, but why would she whine about "why did you save my life when other people die?" He SAVED HER LIFE. That is an unqualified good thing, no matter how random fate is and blah blah blah. So there's a lot of narrative flailing that eventually leads to Hiro and Charlie making up (duh). But then! Evil carnival Samuel sticks Charlie into some nethertime region using the last juice from his dying time travel carnie pal.

Big reveal: Samuel has been trying to use Hiro all along, but has until now inexplicably not made any direct effort to control Hiro except through passive-aggressive mumblings about "changing the past." How was Hiro even supposed to know Samuel wanted anything from him, anyway? And why does he need to imprison Charlie? Anyway, the point is that Hiro gets all worked up and non-kidlike again, which is such a huge relief that you don't even mind when HRG's potential office fling gets her mind wiped so she'll forget about her crush on HRG. It's like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind plus some episode of The Hulk show from the 70s.

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Will Hiro help Samuel change the past (which has something to do with a glimpse we get of a dead Suresh) in order to rescue Charlie from the nethertime? Unfortunately we won't find out next week, because it's back to Head Sylar - or Head Matt . . . or something.

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frankmahnke
Frank Mahnke

Annalee, I'm sorry but your reviews are becoming more of a "bash everything because it's cool and funny" article than an actual review. Week after week, I come in here and read as you mangle every episode in a sad attempt to get more people to say "OMG! I'm so glad you write about it so I don't have to see how awful it is! We love you! LOL!!!ONE". The reality is that you know very little about the show's main plot points and you try to make up for it by acting like a raging twilight fan after being told that vampires aren't supposed to sparkle.

Case in point:

"Oh boo freakin hoo. You think Sylar cares if anybody sheds a tear for him?"

Seriously? If you don't know that Sylar's whole character revolves around his obsession of being "special" and being noticed... well you shouldn't be reviewing the show. Honestly, he has been a main character since season 1. How can you not know this? The writers even reminded us of this in every single season via subplots/flashbacks.

Also:

"SO WHY NOT JUST FREAKIN RIP SYLAR'S HEAD OFF WHILE HE IS FROZEN?!"

...because he did not want to completely screw up time and space? This was stated just a few measly minutes before he froze time and moved Sylar...

He even said it again WHILE he was putting Sylar in the bus... It's even in the friggin' clip you posted with the article! How did you miss it?

Here's another:

"And why does he need to imprison Charlie?"

Because, as anyone who knows the Hiro character at all has already figured out, it is the only way to get Hiro to listen. Do you honestly believe there is a better way to do it? Hiro is dying, so he wouldn't care about death threats. Just think about it before you rant.

Now, I'll agree that "kiddie Hiro" is getting really really played out. He needs to act more grown up. I'll also agree that Charlie's whineing about being saved seemed forced. However, the show is, in all honesty, much better than it has been the past two seasons. So my advice would be to go back and actually watch the show before writing your reviews. It honestly seems as if you just scrub through each episode to get the "basic gist" of what is going on so you can just barely get away with calling your articles "reviews".