C'mon, 'Heroes,' really? THIS is how you end your season?

Man, some days, it’s hard to be a geek. It’s tough being the dude who cares about this stuff even if he doesn’t want to. It’s a calling, really — like pulling a sword from a stone or being handed one of the Lantern Corps rings — and you can’t turn it down. You have to watch the season finale of Heroes, even if you’ve sorta stopped caring. To save you some time, here’s the episode, and after the jump, the four spoilery things you "need" to know:

1) Claire is now furniture. The poor girl went from being the focalpoint of an entire network ("Save the cheerleader, save NBC") to,literally, being pushed around by Sylar like an ottoman. She went from vital to annoying to scenery.

2) Angela Petrelli knows how to howl. When that thing that happens at the end of the episode — you remember, Sylar killing Nathan — and Angela finds the body, she lets loose this cry of anguish that was, maybe, the most convincing thing all season.

3) That last twist was pretty good. With her son dead, Angela coaxes Parkman into mind-wiping Sylar so the shapeshifter believes that he’s Nathan Petrelli. And no one knows but Angela, Parkman, and Noah. And "Nathan" — the wolf who doesn’t even know he’s in sheep’s clothing — has a thing for clocks. (In a little nod to Watchmen, the last thing we see Nathan do is change the time to 11:55.) Not bad, Heroes, not bad.

4) We’ll never see heroes fighting again. So we get to the pivotal moment of the episode — when Nathan and Peter make amends just in time to team up and take on Sylar — and the brothers storm into a hotel suite, ready to face off with electro-fisted Sylar. The doors close, and we’re outside the room with Furniture Claire, and all we see of the fight is blue flashes reflected in Claire’s eyes. Seriously? You’ve got a show with characters who can fly and throw fire and do all kinds of crazy-awesome comic-book stuff…and you don’t show us the climactic clash of the titans? Battlestar Galactica, for it’s occasional devolution into talking pseudo-religious pabulum, knew that the audience needed the space battles and shootouts; knew that after so much plot buildup, we needed that explosive release. Does Heroes just not know how to do action? What’s a budget for, if not to blow it in the season finale? Why tune into a show that steadfastly refuses to give you what you want? I’ll say it: Heroes is a tease.

How about you? Will you tune in for Volume Five, "Redemption," next season, or are you done? Do you wish they put Heroes out to pasture and committed to Chuck?

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  • Sean

    I’m done. I was done partway through this season, but toughed it out until the end. It was a very disappointing season, and an even more disappointing finale. I don’t know why they spend 3 seasons building up characters only to have them act TOTALLY out of character for Season 4. Parkman is just as useless as Claire, all he does is stare intently and move his head from one side to the other, and why are we going to invest in TWO separate love stories for him? Come on!
    And a fourth incarnation of Ali Larter? Please. yes, I know it’s still Tracy, so that’s only 3, but really…does that make it any better.

  • Megan

    I quit watching Heroes in October, so I’ve been done. I should have been done after the 1st season’s finale, but kept giving it more and more chances. It’s honestly not that surprising that they did the big fight behind closed doors, because they’ve done that every single season. Once a promising show, now LAME.

    • Penderazdoun

      who cares if they do it every season, they got powers someone always gonna be evil what u expect, aint like they overkillin wit the fightin

  • Eric

    You are the worst type of geek. Heroes is far from perfect, but the season finale and the last few episodes leading up to it were very good. Much better than they had been. My only gripe is not seeing the fight. I normally don’t complain about the bloggers or TV Watchers, but dude, seriously.

  • meso soup

    Ah Heroes – Its sad to say but I stuck though the horrible 2nd season and had hope this season would get MUCH better. It did get better but I think it’s too late. They really need a proper writer – someone with a vision – Tim Kring needs to get the boot – he’s absolutely horrible at this.

  • Dan Vice

    I’m done with Heroes. I really couldn’t believe they were gonna have YET ANOTHER fight between Peter and Sylar and not show us anything. WTF!?!? This show should only be seen by those who want to know how NOT to treat their fans. Please NBC, bring back CHUCK!!!

  • MG

    I waited for the fighting scene in Season 1, didn’t get it. I lived with Sylar and others died and came back without explanation (among many other annoying things) — and still, I don’t get that rewarding fighting scene, ever. So yes, I think I am done with the show like 50% of the blogsphere says.
    I don’t watch Chuck but the last few minutes, here and there, but feel I can more excitement from those!
    No offense to “Nathan” the actor but why would they think he can pull off a Sylar in the next season? Sylar the actor is the smart one (who decides to leave the show?).

  • Nick

    Lamest non fight sequence ever, at least in Chuck, Chuck kicked butt. Kring has lost his way on this show which showed up in the Season 1 finale. Of course the Sylar character is the most interesting of the lot. The show introduced way too many lame heroes. If this show is to be salvaged focus on a few and allow them to go at it, and kick some butt. Too much hemming and hawing and positioning. Senior Petrelli was more interesting.

  • MattyB

    Done! I stopped watching regularly in the fall & stopped DVR-ing after the first few eps this Spring. HEROES is just boring. There’s no character to the show. Just endless serialization that goes nowhere. Even LOST makes huge quantum leaps in plot at key points each season. HEROES never goes anywhere. Ever. CHUCK is so much better of a show in so many ways, it’s almost absurd to compare it to HEROES. BRING BACK CHUCK!!! 86 HEORES!!!

  • Stevo

    Lost is a much better show because you know that each character has an agenda and a sense of purpose, figuring it out is half the fun. Heroes needs to refocus on the Sylar/Peter conflict and eliminate many of the extraneous Heroes. They should compete for something, the Holy Grail of the Heroes clan, something, other Hero competitors should emerge that can threaten these two. It’s about that simple, I hope Kring is listening before it’s too late.

  • Marc

    I’m done with Heroes. Especially if Chuck isn’t coming back next year. They’ve really run Heroes into the ground this season.

  • benchmark

    I have an abusive relationship with “Heroes”. No matter how much it beats me and breaks my spirit, I keep hanging on, hoping for a better future which never arrives. Saying “You have to watch the season finale of Heroes, even if you’ve sorta stopped caring” hits the nail on the head.
    Sigh.
    Will I tune in to “Redemption”? I dunno. I hate to say it, but yeah, I probably will. I… I just walked into a door, okay? St-stop looking at me like that.

  • Paul

    If I read correctly, the creative staff was changed midway through the season. I noticed it in the last few episodes. They style changed to focusing on more individual characters, rather than a grand plot about rounding up and jailing.
    Hopefully a new season created fully by the team that did the first and best season can pull this show from it’s slump.

  • mel

    It’s not about the fighting, though. Think about how many comic books have fights and things that happen off panel. I think the writers and producer’s know what their doing when the fights are “duds.” It’s not about that, it’s about the characters and their evolution. I can’t see how seeing Peter try to act as if he got struck by lightning would have made the episode any better. I loved the episode, but it seems as if I’m the only one.

  • The Dude

    I am torn. Part of me hates what Heroes has become. It had so much potential but it constantly fails to deliver. Every time there should be a big blowout fight we get nothing. Remember the first season finale? Remember the jump into the future in season 1 with Peter and Hiro storming the castle only to see a couple of bad guys thrown around? What the $#%! nbc?
    I guarantee one thing, if NBC cancels Chuck there is no way I will watch Heroes next season. If they keep Chuck it’s still iffy, but if Chuck is canceled I’m done with NBC.

  • Paul

    If I read correctly, the creative staff was changed midway through the season. I noticed it in the last few episodes. They style changed to focusing on more individual characters, rather than a grand plot about rounding up and jailing.
    Hopefully a new season created fully by the team that did the first and best season can pull this show from it’s slump.

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