Holy Disappointment Batman!
Who else felt completely let down by last night’s season finale of HEROES? Who else thinks that creator Tim Kring has stretched himself too thin? Who else is nervous for the show’s future, when Kring throws quotes around like this to WIRED magazine, “My job has changed from being in the writing and editing room,” said Kring, with some surprise, “to managing a brand.”
Umm, memo to Mr. Kring. Following last night’s uber-disappointing HEROES season finale, you may wish to get your priorities straight. Take some time in the off-season to reflect on the HEROES spin-off [ORIGINS], video game talk, web content and endless marketing tie-ins. If last night’s finale proved anything, it’s that without good writing, you’ll quickly find yourself without a brand to manage come season two.
That said, here are a few reasons why last night’s HEROES finale was the most disappointing episode of the season.
• What happened to the scene Peter’s been having visions about all season long? Where was the exploding bomb? Our heroes frantically running along a crowded New York street? Holy budget cuts Batman!
• The epic battle between Peter and Sylar came down to that?
• From everything we’ve seen this season, Sylar’s almost unstoppable. How on earth did he get knocked over by Niki/Jessica? Should he not have heard her four inch heels coming a mile away?
• What was the deal with Peter’s out of character flashback vision/conversation with Charles? And where did all this ‘all you need is love’ stuff come from? Is this HEROES or HARRY POTTER?
• Speaking of uncharacteristic powers, what was the deal with shape-shifter Missy Peregrym’s secondary power. How convenient was it that Missy could seemingly create holograms at will [more specifically, her fake Micah]?
• Powers are a big issue in HEREOS and I don’t mean to come off like ‘comic book guy’, but should be some rules. It hurts the show’s integrity when the writers simply create powers out of thin air to fit the story. It’s almost like cheating, taking the easy way out.
• The Molly Walker character. Really, no offense to the little girl who’s obviously quite talented, but if she mentions the ‘boogeyman’ one more time. Well, let’s just say I’m hoping HRG finishes the job.
• And while on the subject of HRG. I can’t believe they gave him a name — how cheesy was that? Way to take the coolness factor away from HRG. Revealing his name is a series finale thing and doesn’t belong in the first season finale. At this point we might as well take away his glasses and give him contacts.
• Don’t get me wrong, I adore Greg Grunberg, but Matt Parkman needs to go. A seasoned police officer should have the smarts to realize he’s not about to take down Sylar with an ordinary gun. Same goes for Ando. Love him, but after witnessing what Sylar’s capable of all season long, what the Frak was he thinking going after him with a sword.
• Finally, if one more character utters the line “You’re my HERO”…
Please feel free to add anything I missed in the comments below. Love the finale? Defend yourself!