Due to the striking Writer’s Guild, episode 11 of Heroes’ second season may be the last we see of the show for quite some time. Happily, “Powerless” had been designed as the finale of the second ’volume’ of the show and managed to wrap up most of the immediate storylines and throw in a few cliffhangers, as any season finale should. “Powerless”, written by comics titan Jeph Loeb and directed by Allan Arkush, also managed to be a good deal better than the incredibly lackluster first season finale, “How to Stop an Exploding Man”—not a difficult feat to accomplish. However, “Powerless” also exhibited all of this season’s major flaws, and doubtless had many fans scratching their heads and asking, “is this all we get?”
Unlike the first season, where every member of the ensemble was tied into the ultimate showdown in New York in some way or another, the convergence of storylines in “Powerless” was a little more slapdash. Our many heroes were involved in one of three different showdowns: an attempt to destroy a deadly virus in Texas; a standoff with Sylar (Zachary Quinto) in New York; and, slightly jarringly, an encounter with some low-life hoodlums in New Orleans. There were a couple fatalities along the way, although we must remember the all-important comic book rule: if you don’t see the body, they’re not dead—and even if you do, it’s never 100%.