House Logo
Explore categories +

Adrian Pasdar (#110 of 6)

Heroes Recap: Season 2, Episode 11, “Powerless”

Comments Comments (...)

<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 11, “Powerless”
<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 11, “Powerless”

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%.

Heroes Recap: Season 2, Episode 8, “Four Months Ago…”

Comments Comments (...)

<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 8, “Four Months Ago…”
<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 8, “Four Months Ago…”

After the promising strides of last week’s episode, Heroes takes a turn for the dull again with a wrenchingly uninteresting super-flashback, imaginatively titled “Four Months Ago”. Written by showrunner/creator Tim Kring and directed by Greg Beeman, the episode has been hyped as the answer to unresolved mysteries and a jump-off point to reboot the increasingly derided second season. Sadly, the only answers “Four Months Ago” provides are those that the audience had either guessed or didn’t care enough about to guess. Building a flashback narrative into one-hour dramas has been a popular television conceit since the success of Lost, but “Four Months Ago” is a flashback for flashback’s sake—there is very little here that the audience shouldn’t have just seen in the season two premiere.

Heroes Recap: Season 2, Episode 7, “Out of Time”

Comments Comments (...)

<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 7, “Out of Time”
<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 7, “Out of Time”

After weeks of slow buildup, story padding and other barely disguised stall tactics, Heroes finally kicked into gear on Monday with its seventh episode of the season, “Out of Time”. Written by Aron Eli Coleite and directed by Daniel Attias, we finally get to see more than two main characters interacting together, as well as some decent twists and a good deal of advancement in the season’s main arcs. The same flaws are still there—stilted dialogue, those ever-present wooden characters and a recycled time-travel plot—but because the pace is much improved, the flaws become so much less important. It doesn’t forgive that it took us six weeks to get here, but “Out of Time” certainly proves that the faster Heroes moves, the better it seems.

Heroes Recap: Season 2, Episode 5, “Fight or Flight”

Comments Comments (...)

<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 5, “Fight or Flight”
<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 5, “Fight or Flight”

After a brief resurgence in energy and fun last week, Heroes’ second season takes a real dive with its fifth episode “Fight or Flight”. It is definitely one of the worst episodes the series has produced in its young life, but not because any of the material is particularly shockingly bad. It is just lazy and sluggish, lacking any sense of forward momentum and weighed down with plodding, expositional dialogue.

Consider the fifth episode of the first season, “Hiros,“which featured a conversation between Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) and a future version of Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), a confident warrior who seemed to know Peter well and knew the trials they would face together. This twist suggested quite an exciting future for the show’s characters, where they were hardened warriors who fought alongside each other in full mastery of their powers. Yet currently, Peter is an amnesiac, dilly-dallying in Ireland rather than do-gooding in New York (easily the best real-life superhero location in comics lore), and Hiro is stuck in an increasingly boring feudal Japan trying to woo a beautiful princess. There are smatterings of intrigue, some domestic drama and a couple of fledgling romances, but for a show called Heroes, there’s really not a lot of heroism going down at the moment.

Heroes Recap: Season 2, Episode 4, “The Kindness of Strangers”

Comments Comments (...)

<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 4, “The Kindness of Strangers”
<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 4, “The Kindness of Strangers”

Finally, with its fourth episode, Heroes picked up speed, dropping its more leaden plots for a week and adding depth and intrigue to the key mysteries. We’re not even close to the rollicking, ridiculous heights the first season occasionally reached, but “The Kindness of Strangers”, written by creator Tim Kring and directed by Adam Kane, shone a little hope on what has otherwise been a slow-moving season.

Truth be told, the episode benefited from the absence of two plots foregrounded in previous weeks: Peter Petrelli’s (Milo Ventimiglia) adventures in Ireland and Hiro Nakamura’s (Masi Oka) Back to the Future-esque antics in medieval Japan. While Hiro’s stuff had been fun, in an irrelevant, oddball kind of way, both storylines were draggy and distracting. These opening hours should have set out some general arcs for season two, but instead they’ve been meandering and sluggish, hinting at vague mysteries instead of hooking viewers with exciting new story developments.

Heroes Recap: Season 2, Episode 1, “Four Months Later”

Comments Comments (...)

<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 1, “Four Months Later”
<em>Heroes</em> Recap: Season 2, Episode 1, “Four Months Later”

The first season of NBC’s zeitgeist-seizing sci-fi hit Heroes made its name by ending with a bang. Virtually every episode concluded with a mind-bending cliffhanger or twist, redeeming the dullest hour and leaving even casual fans eagerly anticipating the next one. This tactic built the series’s reputation as the “anti-Lost.” Where the latter seemed to look further and further inwards, adding layers to its mystery without actually solving anything, Heroes satisfied its viewers week-to-week with answers, consistent excitement and twists that paid off. NBC’s series confounded its champions, however, by ending on a cataclysmically bum note. Last May’s first season finale was the whimper to end all whimpers, and left many critics disgruntled. It’s unfortunate, then, that season two began just as ponderously, doing little to allay fears that Heroes might have contracted “second season syndrome” earlier than expected.