Heroes Volume Five: Chapter Sixteen

Posted: February 2, 2010 in Review
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416 – The Art of Deception

Another fairly good episode – at this rate, Heroes might just become enjoyable again.

Sylar now believes that the only way to avoid spending an eternity alone is to somehow lose all his powers, so he’s come to the one person who can make that happen – Matt Parkman. Unfortunately for him, the fat cop pulls one out of the bag and stitches Sylar up well and truly.

Peter, meanwhile, is having dreams of Emma playing her cello in the carnival and Sylar jumping in to rescue her and everyone else from a horrible death. He goes to Angela, who somehow knows where Sylar is. Peter shows up at the Parkman house just after Matt pulls a whammy and finds the cop trying to brick Sylar up in his basement, alive, immortal, and trapped in his own mind. In trying to wake up his arch nemesis, though, Peter gets pulled into Sylar’s nightmare.

The biggest part of the episode is given over to Claire, Samuel, Lauren and Bennett in a pretty good and fairly dramatic siege segment. Lauren and Bennett decide, for whatever reason, that they can take the carnival all by themselves, with one rifle between them. Naturally, Samuel screws them over by getting Multiple Man Eli to shoot at the carnival, injuring Samuel and Claire, but killing Lydia, who had begun to question Samuel.

It’s not too bad an episode, but there is slightly too much talking. We only have a few more episodes left to go until the season is over – isn’t it time we actually felt like it was building to go somewhere? It’s good that the plotting feels quicker and things are beginning to tie up, but what’s going on with Peter, Matt and Sylar? One of these plotlines is about to be rendered null and void.

3 stars

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