‘Heroes’ recap: Problem with the ‘rents
Closure is a difficult thing for a serialized enterprise to come to grips with. On the one hand, every storyteller knows that everything that has a beginning must also have an end — and that applies to both the macro (the all-encompassing story itself) and the micro (each and every plot thread). But on the other hand, you’ve got the desire to add layers and reversals and loops, all in an attempt to stretch out that story for as long as possible. The latter can get tiring, as anyone who’s watched Lost for its entire run can attest — at some point, we viewers want answers to the questions that get posed, and it’s up to the storytellers to make withholding them feel like foreplay.
What made ”Angels and Monsters” better than your average episode of Heroes is that it actually answered one of this season’s biggest questions: What’s the deal with Dead Head Linderman? We’d seen him whispering sweet religious nothings into Nathan’s ear ever since the assassination attempt. What seemed a figment of the junior senator’s imagination has been revealed to be implanted by Maury Parkman (Alan Blumfeld) — who is a far more powerful telepath than his son, and not burdened with morality — under orders from the not-actually-deceased Arthur Petrelli (Robert Forster). And with that end-of-the-episode revelation, so many pieces fall into place.
Arthur is the principal mind behind the Pinehearst Corporation, which is angling to compete directly with the Company. How? First, by having ”Linderman” hire Daphne to steal both halves of the super-serum formula, most likely to create his own army of gifted and talented soldiers. Second, by manipulating Nathan into believing that God wanted him to keep quiet about his abilities, thereby giving him some breathing room to operate without the world at large poking into anything and everything hero-related. And third, by forming the nucleus of the Hero Hunting Squad of the Future around Daphne and Knox. All of this accomplished through nothing more than conversations with mental mirages.
Sometimes, the long con pays off. In spades.
Of course, this being Heroes, not everything in any given episode comes together quite as well as you’d hope — like the ongoing devolution of Mohinder Suresh. Also known as MohinderFly. Now known as MohinderAlienQueen. You know a character is in trouble when the only thing the writers can think to do with him is make him a shameless amalgam of other, better sci-fi flicks. And you know what makes me think the show has given up on imbuing MohinderAlienQueen with anything resembling legitimacy? The fact that when we see the good doctor, he’s slithering up on a drug dealer in some nameless NYC park. In broad daylight. And we’re led to believe that Mohinder then drags him — trailing blood, mind you — back to his nest. Also in broad daylight. Riiiiiight.
NEXT: Hiro runs with the idiot ball