By Special Correspondent Arturo R. Garcia, cross-posted at The Instant Callback
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
Like a bad ’80s thriller or the opening of any “CSI: Miami” episode, “Heroes” wasn’t about business this week. Instead – pause for Caruso Pose – it was personal.
At the center of the grudge matches was the show’s new Dastardly Duo, Sylar and Danko – who, it turns out, does have some game with the ladies. Seems America’s Top Lawn Gnome, besides being married to his job, had himself a girlfriend on the side, a former call girl named Alena (Blonde #2,560,742, if you’re keeping score).
At least, he did until Matt Sr., seeking revenge for the death of Daphne, outed the “Hunter,” a confrontation that leaves both men emotionally broken. Lucky for Matt, not only is he rescued from the wrong end of the gun by Hiro (with an assist from Mohinder), but his mood brightens considerably when Hiro introduces him to a new reason to keep going – his own flesh and blood. The shot of the two Matts in the park, with Hiro and Ando, provided a smile-worthy moment.
While Matt rediscovered his sense of family, Noah saw his start to unravel in earnest, thanks to Sylar, who set out not to kill HRG, but “to destroy him,” personally and professionally. The cat-and-mouse game between the nouveau shape-shifter and the professional paranoid seemed to bring out more sincere evil in Gabriel than even the showdown with his dad a few weeks back.
Credit here should go to the cast members (Jack Coleman, Ashley Crow and Zeljko Ivanek) who aped the Big Bad’s Sylarisms when the occasion called for it, as Sylar’s powers pushed Noah into both a marriage-ending confrontation with Sandra (further props here to Coleman and Crow during a wince-inducing scene) and a career-killing showdown with Danko and some of his shock troops – HRG turns out to be right, but at the cost of the political capital he’d been building for the past few months.
In the end, the former spook is forced to turn to his own family for support, as he joins Angela and the rest of the Benetrellis in
bumfu-k Egypt Coyote Sands, Ariz., where, it’s hinted, some heavy ish went down back in the day involving herself and, presumably, the original group of SuperFriends. And as the family digs for answers out in the desert, Mohinder is doing some digging of his own back in New York – it appears his own father was entangled in this web, as well.
Next Week: Everybody into the TARDIS, ’cause we’re going back to 1961!
The Racialicious Scorecard:
Mohinder: Speaking of being involved in stuff that actually matters on the show, the younger Suresh got a couple of nice moments: he not only seemed to finally mend his friendship with Big Matt, but his off-screen phone tip enabled Hiro’s last-second rescue. And his burgeoning quest to find out the extent of Chandra’s involvement with the metahumans of the past promises to make him – I hope – a player in whatever events close out this season.
Hiro & Ando: On the bright side, it was nice (if a bit implausible) to see Team Yatta make its’ way from literally the middle of nowhere to the right place at the right time. At least they mattered again in the proceedings. But their continued politeness just annoyed me this week. It’s one thing for them to be cordial to the “Asian Redneck” they encountered on the road, but after all this time, you’d think they felt comfortable enough to refer to their friends as “Mohinder” or just “Matt.” BTW, about said Redneck? I place him in the same category as the “La Cucaracha” horn and the name-dropping of Harriet Tubman – the less said, the better.
Micah: I want to talk about Micah here because his lack of involvement since being outed as Rebel a couple of weeks back only confirms a lot of folks’ worst fears. One of the season’s most-touted mysteries has seemingly been tossed aside, when it wouldn’t take more than a line or two since then (like Mohinder saying,: “Rebel arranged a flight for me.”) to establish that he is still acting as the Heroes’ agent. After all the emphasis on Micah’s spiriting metahumans to safety via members of the core cast – like, say, Baby Parkman – to not even mention him lately smacks of creative laziness.