I did not love last night’s episode of HEROES. In fact, I’d go as far to say that thanks to its slow pacing and character-centric story, the episode entitled “Better Halves” felt more like an episode of LOST. I waited all hour for something to happen, only to be disappointed with the predictable ending. Here’s a few things the writers of HEROES should probably take note of if they want to ensure a long and successful series run.
PREDICTABILITY: The audience isn’t stupid. We knew from the moment we met them that Claire’s ‘Bio-Parents’ were not her real parents. Claire’s Dad (aka. Horn-Rimmed Glasses) is obviously orchestrating everything for his own (hopefully to be explained) purpose. Thus, the point of Claire’s entire fake meeting was what exactly?
While on the subject of predictability. Let me mention Nikki’s relationship with her husband D.L. I certainly wasn’t the only viewer who saw from a mile away that Nikki’s alter ego was responsible for landing D.L. in jail? Did anyone else think that when Micah walked in on his parents fighting he would somehow shoot something from his super-mind and break them apart?
Finally, Eden – the friend of Mohinder’s father, and the cute chick from EVERWOOD who’s been helping Mohinder continue his father’s work. The reveal that she is working for the ‘bad guys’ (presuming they’re bad of course) was not at all surprising. Absolutely no-one in New York is that friendly without a reason.
HIRO: Obviously Hiro has quickly broken out as a fan favourite. But like all great characters (see: Barney on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER or Gob on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT etc.) it’s wise not to over use them. I find a little Hiro goes a long way.
GREG GRUNBERG Out of all our HEROES, Greg’s Matt Parkman has so far had the least integral character on the show. Let’s hope the writers utilize Greg more in future episodes, as I found last night’s episode far too Nikki-centric. Nothing puts a smile on my face like a snappy line from the mouth of Greg. If I wanted to watch Greg play an inconsequential role every few episodes, I have season after season of ALIAS to reference. Greg Grunberg deserves more!