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Heroes: Chapter Twenty-One - The Hard Part

Hiro and Ando are back to the present with intentions on saving New York. Peter, in the meantime, is drawing away in a sketchbook. Claire is packing away to go to Paris but Peter is trying to convince her not to go. He tells her of his exploding premonition. “Like Ted,” Claire says. “Who the hell is Ted?" asks Peter

Meanwhile, the law firm of Bennet, Parkman and Sprague are on their way to New York to disarm the “Walker” Tracking System which we will later find out is Molly Walker, the child who remained alive from the pilot episode when we are first introduced to Sylar’s murderous intentions (remember the body “forked” to the wall and the open frozen brain?)

Sylar is painting away in Isaac’s loft and sees the explosion. He’s actually afraid, so he calls Mohinder for help. Sylar hears Mohinder dialing 911 on his cell phone and hangs up. Sylar eventually calls his mom up and asks to visit. He gets cleaned up to meet his mom. While he’s in the bathroom, nerding himself up, Hiro and Ando arrive and find Mr Ee-sock’s dead body on the floor. They hear a toilet flush and hide behind one of the paintings. But with Sylar’s superhearing, he hears their heartbeat and walks toward the painting (Ok – I would assume the painting is on a easel, so wouldn’t he see four legs under there?) But when he rips the painting off the easel there is no one there. Hiro and Ando teleported away in the nick of time, just down the street to a convenience store. Ando convinces Hiro to follow Sylar so Hiro can get the job done two days early.

D.L. is p.o’d at Jessica/Niki for letting Linderman take Micah. “I’m done with you. I’ll get him my own damn self.” and D.L. leaves. Niki convinces Jessica that she needs to help D.L. lest he gets killed. D.L. pulls Nikessica through the walls and into Linderman’s art complex. They find photos and all kinds of info on D.L., Niki, and Micah from birth on. They find a Mendez painting of Micah in the midst of burning buildings.

Candice is watching over Micah, who is seemingly oblivious to the switcheroo, but when he hugs his mom, you know he knows something is up. Candice, as Niki, tells Micah that she’s going to take a shower. As soon as she leaves, Micah takes off, but when he leaves the apartment and runs down the hall to another room, he enters... the same room he was in! He leaves and runs the other way and ends up... in the same room he was in. Candice is wise to him and lays down the law.

Mohinder meets up with Thompson who convinces him he needs to come work with him to help cure Molly Walker, but not after calling Thompson and his people “gundhas.” (Is that like a scruffy-looking nerfherder?) Thompson introduces Mo to Molly Walker ("Mo meet Mo Lite.") who has the power of locating anyone just by thinking about them, but her ability is being hindered by an illness. She's a Human Lojack! Or a Human GPS! But she has the same illness Mo’s sister, Shanti, died of. Mo goes in to draw blood from Molly and chats with her. Here, we find out the tracking system is not a machine, but a little girl with the power of location.

Sylar shows up at the home of the woman who spawned him. She’s excited to see her Gabriel. He brings her a snowglobe – her favorite. He starts to fix a clock his dad made. He wonders if he can just be a watchmaker and lead a normal life Wouldn’t that be enough for his mom? But his mom wants everything for her son. “You could be president, if you want,” she tells him. Little does she know... He asks his mom for advice – If he could be special but at the expense of hurting many others, would it be worth it? She doesn’t believe her son could hurt a fly, but there’s a lot she doesn’t know about her son. He decides to show her some of his powers. He takes the spray nozzle from the kitchen sink and sprays the water upward, using his powers to freeze the water to create a snowfall. A human-size snowglobe for his mom... Even Hiro and Ando, who on spying, are impressed and touched. Aw, there’s Hallmark moment for you, but not for long. The Sylar part comes out of him and he starts to spin her snowglobe collection around her, eventually causing one to knock his mom in the face.

Mo is frustrated at not being able to help Molly. He knocks a stack of papers onto the floor. Molly comes out to help him and finds a picture of Papa Suresh and a very pregnant wife with Shanti. Molly hands him a colored star she drew for protection. Mo stares at the picture, then at the star. Bing! He has an idea.

Sylar is trying to get his mom to come out, who has retreated to her bedroom after the snowglobe incident. Ando is trying to convince Hiro to do the dirty deed now instead of later. He shows Hiro the panel Isaac drew where Ando dies. Mom comes out of the bedroom and tells Sylar she’s going to leave the house and when she comes back she wants him gone. He and his mom start to argue. She grabs some sewing shears and they tussle. Sylar is trying to disarm her but instead accidentally stabs her in the heart with the shears. She starts to fall to the ground but time stops. Hiro enters to kill Sylar. He’s about to behead him when Sylar unfreezes himself and grabs the sword blade, stopping Hiro. He wants Hiro to kill him, but since he can’t, he’ll kill Hiro instead. Ando rushes in to save his friend and the skip off through time and space. Sylar bends down to his mother to mourn... or so we think.

Mo has found a cure for Molly. It was all in him. Mo’s blood has the healthy antibodies needed to help Molly. (Hopefully, they are the same blood type!)

Hiro and Ando blink over to Isaac’s loft. How is Hiro to save the world when he has a broken sword.

Claire is leaving the Petrelli Estate. Peter hands her a gun. He wants Claire to shoot him if he can’t handle the nuclear powers he’ll eventually get. “Oh hell no,” she says. “Cheerleader don’t do that.” He shows her the drawings he’s done and Claire sees a picture of Ted. She takes the gun from him.

G-ma Petrelli and her cold-hearted self talks to Nathan and convinces him to go down the path she and Linderman have chosen for him.

We’re back at Sylar’s mom’s place and on the hardwood floor, Sylar has used his mom’s blood to draw a picture of an explosion. EWWWW.....

Claire and Peter are in mid-town, looking for Ted. Soon, Claire sees her dad and runs to him. They hug – awwww :o) Ted is standing near Peter who quickly absorbs his energy. His hands start to glow and he gets scared. “Claire?!” he calls to his niece.

To be continued!!!! Two more eps left!

MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS:

D.L.’s powers remind me of the character of Relg from David Eddings’ Belgariad Series. If you never read it, it's a great read - start with The Pawn of Prophecy which is Book One in the series.

Now, which power did Sylar use when he unfroze time? Or was he sort of immune to Hiro’s powers?

Okay, G-ma is telling her son that he’s going to lead this country to a better place after the “incident,” but the incident occurs the day after his election, right? And he wouldn’t actually take office until January or February, right?

Watch this ep with commentary from Noah Gray-Cabey, James Kyson Lee, Ian Quinn - the stunt coordinator. Great commentary by Lee who gives a lot of narrative about the episode.

I looked up the meaning of the name "Gabriel" and came up with "The Angel of Death." Hmmm...

I also wonder if Sylar's mom or dad had powers...

DVDs of Season One comes out in August this year.

What did you think?

-- K. L. Connie Wang



Posted by Connie on May 8, 2007 6:12 PM
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I believe Hiro will succeed in exterminating Sylar to end the season. Good character development to show Sylar’s sympathetic side (he was never good enough for his domineering mother). But he’s an excellent villain, so I hope he sticks around for next year.

How was Sylar able to unfreeze time? If he has that power, why did he look surprised when Hiro/Ando disappeared from the loft and later from his mom's apt? Guess he was aware that time stopped, but not aware that Hiro can time-travel. Sylar is so powerful now, it almost seems unbelievable when anyone gets the best of him (when he was knocked out by that flying picture frame, for example).

And I still don’t understand how Linderman and friends hope to benefit from the nuclear explosion. Do they want Nathan as president, so Linderman can be the man behind the throne? Why do they need a nuclear explosion to get Nathan to the White House? (Or am I missing something here?)

Kodak moment: Claire and HRG reunion. Aww!

Peter and Claire make great SuperFriends. Hope their storylines keep them together. And I really hope Hiro finds someone to fix his sword!

-- Posted by: MG at May 8, 2007 11:02 PM

Did Sylar escape the time-freezing event because his main ability is a superpwoered gift with timepieces? Or is it just a forced plot hole? And how did he escape the cell when he killed Eden anyway? If he could break the glass in the cell before didn't he have a chance before then? (don't remember this bit clearly, hmmm)


-- Posted by: catbarf at May 9, 2007 12:38 AM

Sylar didn't escape. Hiro is just not that good yet. It was more than Sylar moving; it was his mother falling, etc. Hiro was so moved by his moral dilemma he lost concetration.

At least, that's how I rationalize it...

-- Posted by: timb at May 9, 2007 9:40 AM

Two thoughts...

First, Sylar didn't unfreeze time. Hiro chickened out, lost concentration.

Second, from Connie's review...
"Meanwhile, the law firm of Bennet, Parkman and Sprague are on their way to New York ..."

One of your best lines! I laughed out loud. :)

-- Posted by: Combat Chuck at May 9, 2007 10:56 AM

@Chuck - Gosh, golly, gee - thanks! :o)

-- Posted by: Connie at May 9, 2007 11:19 AM

This blog has never been that good. The Lost blog on this site is fantastic, but this one isn't even accurate. Sylar did not unfreeze himself, Hiro lost his focus when it came to killing him. That is why everything in the room unfroze not just Sylar. It is one thing for a blog to have no sense of humor, but it is another to get facts on the show wrong.

-- Posted by: Matt at May 10, 2007 11:34 AM

No sense of humor? I beg to differ, Matt. It's called subtlety. While some others noted the "law firm of Bennet, Parkman and Sprague" quip, the line in today's recap that got me was, "Sylar shows up at the home of the woman who spawned him."

Other than the show's writers, no one can be expected to perfectly catch every detail of such a complex show. Connie caught a lot of little things I missed. Besides, one of the joys of Heroes is that some things are wide open to interpretation. That said, I agree with the idea that Hiro losing concentration caused time to unfreeze.

-- Posted by: LaReina at May 10, 2007 7:33 PM

@Matt - As I'm not a writer on the show and not privy to all their inner workings - I call them as I see them and sometimes I may be wrong. That's why there is room to post. Watching TV is like reading poetry - you get out of it what you take from it.

Well, I'd be crushed by those words had I been writing a humor blog, but since I am not - c'est la vie. If you get a chuckle out of something I wrote, great! If not, oh well - I know I'm not a comedian.

And you're right - Mac does an AWESOME job with the Lost blog.

@LaReina - thanks for the thumbs up!

-- Posted by: Anonymous at May 11, 2007 11:50 AM

I agree with earlier commentor Matt. This blog doesn't get really as many comments as the Lost blog because it lacks a lot of detail. I suppose, Mac's interest in Lost is deeper, as he tend to go into minute details of the show. This reviewer does a fine job for the average viewer who needs a good recap of the episode. However, avid fans won't find it satisfying enough as we seek out channels to explore the tiniest details of the show.

-- Posted by: Priya at May 11, 2007 12:37 PM

Sylar's domineering mother? She seemed to be just the opposite. She seemed to be very fragile and as emotionally unstable as Sylar. Mama Petrelli is a better example of a domineering mother. Sylars' mom was not trying to control him, she was only encourage. She never told him if he didn't do what she wanted she would not love him anymore. While Sylar may have felt pressure to please his mother she was not dominating him. The pressure to please her was pressure he put on himself. While Mrs. Petrelli is controling(dominating)her sons. She knew about Claire and still let Nathan believe his daughter was dead. She probably arranged Nathan and Heidi's marriage. It's clear she and Linderman have some kind of Manchurian Candidate plan for Nathan.

The nuclear explosion will divide the country. After this great tragedy the country will be divided and Nathans leadership will reunite the country.

Good reseach on the name Gabriel, while it's true Gabriel is also called the angel of death Gabriel is a messager from God. Any time Gabriel kills it is by orders from God. The Archangle Gabriel would not be evil, Sylar is evil. I don't know if that is what you were impling by comparing them.

As for the person who made the mean uncall for comments. If you don't like this blog just move on it's not necessary to make mean comments. If you think this blog doesn't do the show justice create your own blog.

-- Posted by: TR at May 15, 2007 10:13 PM

TR wrote: "Good reseach on the name Gabriel, while it's true Gabriel is also called the angel of death Gabriel is a messager from God. Any time Gabriel kills it is by orders from God. The Archangle Gabriel would not be evil, Sylar is evil. I don't know if that is what you were impling by comparing them."

Could his birth name indicate that although Sylar is taking lives (along with powers), that he isn't really evil? Note his panicked call to Suresh upon realizing he would be responsible for killing innocents with the explosion. Sylar doesn't see himself as a killer, just as someone who has to kill certain people for a specific purpose. While we've been led to believe that purpose is to take others' powers, what is his ultimate goal? Apparently not the explosion, since the idea that he would do that is the only thing that's ever really freaked him.

-- Posted by: LaReina at May 16, 2007 11:14 AM

Connie --

I've been caught up in school work and have missed reading your blogs. Don't worry about the naysayers who come on here spewing negative comments -- as someone wrote, if they don't like it, let them go do their own thing. I'm never surprised at the level of mean folks resort to on the net. I for one enjoy your blog. Not only does it give me a different point of view, it catches things that I missed. Oh yeah, I get your humor ...

-- Posted by: Landa at May 17, 2007 5:37 AM

LaReian wrote: Could his birth name indicate that although Sylar is taking lives (along with powers), that he isn't really evil? Note his panicked call to Suresh upon realizing he would be responsible for killing innocents with the explosion. Sylar doesn't see himself as a killer, just as someone who has to kill certain people for a specific purpose. While we've been led to believe that purpose is to take others' powers, what is his ultimate goal? Apparently not the explosion, since the idea that he would do that is the only thing that's ever really freaked him.

You could see it that way, however everyone that Sylar has killed so far has been innocent. We have not seen any of he victims do anything to be killed. They were just born special. Sylar killed them just so he could be more powerful. In the furture he orders Mohinder to not only kill Hiro but he wants to commit genecide. Him differentiing the "normal" people as innocent and should not be killed and the "speical" people ok to kill just show his mentally ill. No good villian or even people in history that are viewed as evil see themselves as evil. Sylar's only purpose is to get stronger, and to do that he commits murder. And in the end he looks for Ted to steal Ted's power, so the idea of killing the "innocent" still wasn't enough to stop his murderous rampage. Sorry but Sylar is still evil.

-- Posted by: TR at May 17, 2007 11:30 PM

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