Reaction Time: “Ink”


I really am going to cry if Heroes gets cancelled. And, for those of you who aren’t huge tvgeeks and therefore don’t keep up with Nielsen ratings, that is starting to look like a very real possibility. And, honestly, after the last two seasons it isn’t hard to believe that a lot of Heroes’ originally fairly impressive audience has dropped off. So we may be reaching the end. Which is a damned shame, because the show is finding its stride again.

This week: some good times and more puzzling times, all directed by Roxann Dawson.

Starting from the bottom: Emma. Played by Deanne Bray, this character is an interesting addition, but I must admit that I am very, very confused. It’s good that Heroes is reaching out and continuing the trend of creating characters who use languages other than English regularly (Hiro/Ando, Maya/Alejandro, etc). But I just do not understand why she has been created. Because, as far as I can tell right now, she’s just a hospital employee with a tenuous connection to Peter and synesthesia, which is definitely not a superpower. Explanation please?

Moving on, Samuel Sullivan is making steady progress toward becoming my new favorite character. Forgive me for not having a better word, but Robert Knepper‘s performance is delicious. He has some serious creeper charisma and it is fantastic. What I’m not enjoying so much about him is that he represents one aspect of Heroes which needs some work: choosing powers for characters. I get that he moves earth. That’s cool. What I’m not understanding so well is the ink and the compass. Hopefully a satisfactory explanation is coming so that my confusion doesn’t evolve into massive displeasure (see: Maya).

Solidly in the good times category for this episode, Matt Parkman and his special friend. (Seriously, the only thing I don’t like about this storyline is the fact that his partner’s last role was as a Cylon, which kind of creeps me out.) Parkman and Sylar are having crazy mind games – and it’s still not completely clear whether or not it’s actually Sylar or just an unfortunate side-effect of Parkman’s powers turning his guilt/stress and full mental knowledge of Sylar into an enemy he can’t get rid of. I personally vote for that to be the way of things. But I’d also support it actually being Sylar messing with him. Because I always support Sylar/Zachary Quinto. Why? “It’s because I ooze charm.”

This episode was not explosive by any definition, but it was exceedingly well-done. The manipulations this season are already insane, and it’s only the third episode. Samuel Sullivan is pulling a lot of strings, but not quite all of them. I think this is the first time since the first season the story has been quite as crafty. Some of the storylines are obviously connected, but some of them don’t seem to be linked up at all…at the moment (because they definitely will be at some point, it’s how Heroes rolls). There’s such a satisfying sense of untangling that comes from watching a show like this. I am so incredibly happy to have that back.

Final note: Judging from the preview, next week’s episode looks killer.

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