Last Night’s Heroes

When I realized that last night’s episode would feature Telecop, Doublement and Mohinder Snoresh, I was prepared to be bored (these being hands down the most tedious characters in the group). But Mohinder crossing paths with Sylar lent a certain interest to the proceedings, and I was hoping that the Eeevil part of Doublement would either kill Telecop or compel him to behave with a reasonable degree of intelligence in order to survive. Amazingly, I almost got my wish; Telecop used his ability as if it were an asset for once. He reverted to type by doing something unbright at the end of his plot-segment, but even that made a certain amount of sense in context.

I wonder, too, if some of the writers aren’t “of the devil’s party” (as Blake said of Milton). Masi Oka as Hiro lights up the screen whenever he appears, but he’s been sidetracked for a number of episodes. The Amazing Indestructible Cheerleader is under the thumb of the Sinister Man with Horn-Rimmed Glasses, Peter Petrelli’s superpower will probably end up to be gale-force whining, etc. etc. It’s only the Eeevil characters who are allowed to act decisively, intelligently, effectively.

This is a potential problem but (talk about gale-force whining!) I thought last night’s episode was above average.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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