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'Heroes': Should Mohinder go the way of the dodo? And if so, how?

I’m not usually a morbid person, but I’ve been screaming “Kill Mohinder Suresh!” in the general direction of my TV for almost four seasons now. As Heroes started to go downhill, the bland scientist (played by Sendhil Ramamurthy) began to symbolize everything that was so bad about a show that used to be so good. His only real character trait was the amazing power to always make friends with the wrong people. Worse still, his narration bookended every episode with insipid, subtle-as-a-brick-to-the-head thematic talk that made Meredith Grey sound like Shakespeare.

Although still listed as a series regular, Ramamurthy has been mostly absent this season, except for one terrible episode that teased viewers with a Mohinder death scene but then copped out (thanks, time travel!). However, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Ramamurthy has been cast in the dramedy pilot Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, starring (geekgasm!) Dr. Who‘s David Tennant as an attorney who starts suffering from panic attacks.

Does this mean that Mohinder will soon be gone for good? An NBC rep tells EW that “Rex is just a pilot right now, so [Ramamurthy] is still on Heroes,” and clarifies that “Rex is in second position to Heroes.” READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Shadowy Shadows

“This whole night was like a bad Fellini film,” was how Gretchen summed up the most recent episode of Heroes. Okay, she was actually talking about her and Claire’s night in the Sullivan Brothers carnival. But either way, she was wrong, because a bad Fellini film would have been perfection compared to last night. Federico Fellini made plenty of bad movies, but his bad movies were never boring, mundane, or static. They were completely bats—. Just look here. Or here. Or here. Or here. Context doesn’t help! I’ve seen Satyricon five times, and I still can’t tell you what the hell is going on ever. (The movie’s also got a minotaur fight and a hermaphrodite heist; seriously, go watch Satyricon!)

If you ask me, Heroes could take a page from Fellini. Because considering the fact that this is a show about people with superpowers, it never really feels all that crazy. It feels like the most sanitized way to make a dark entertainment; like someone walked out of Batman Begins and said, “We want that, but nicer!” The only character who ever seems to have any fun on the show is Sylar, and what’s funny is that he’s not even really the villain anymore. He’s basically just there to keep things spicy. Instead, we keep getting a faceless parade of Big Bads with shadowy motivations who literally seem to be improvising their entire existence every two minutes (Bob Bishop, Papa Petrelli, and now Samuel Sullivan.) READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Let's give thanks

The episode was called “Thanksgiving,” and we had something to be thankful for: an episode that didn’t suck! Nothing really made any sense, and if you think that last night was yet another example of the show’s long spiral down the toilet bowl of badness toward the sewers of TV oblivion, I won’t argue with you. But human existence is nasty, brutish, and short, and you could’ve done much worse than spend an hour (only 42 minutes on DVR!) watching Heroes last night.

Let’s take a look at the three Thanksgiving dinners that formed the bulk of the episode:

The Family Bennet (with friends)
Claire wants to be normal! But everyone thinks she’s weird! Etcetera. Noah listened patiently to his daughter whining about her sole character trait for the millionth time, but there was a glimmer in his eyes and a spring in his step. Claire Bear, he explained, I’m planning a Thanksgiving Dinner! One of those divorced-family dinners where Mommy brings her new boyfriend and your little brother doesn’t show up because he’s hasn’t been important since season one! So cheer up, emo kid! READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Oh Mohinder, You've Done It Again!

It was recycling day at the Sullivan Bros. circus, and it was recycling day in the writers’ room. Another volume of Heroes, another flashback episode that finally explains the main villain’s mysterious motivation after half a season of plot-tease hints. (See also: Arthur Petrelli in “Villains” and Adam Monroe in “Four Months Ago”, both pale imitations of Season One’s Sylar Origin Story, “Six Month Ago.”) Also, someone’s powers were freaking out for no apparent reason, and the worst character in TV history was resurrected. But before we get all dreary, here’s three reasons why last night’s episode, Brother’s Keeper, was not the worst episode of Heroes ever:
1)    The whole gang was here. Every regular cast member appeared last night (okay, minus Ando.) No bi-curious roomies, no synesthetic crushes, no extremely inappropriate old bosses played by Babylon 5 alumni who need to get a better agent. I truly think that every main character who’s not a triplet has some essentially fascinating emotional core, but for most of this season the main characters have been walled into their own lame subplots. The dialogue between Tracy and Claire near the end of the episode was ridiculous (“I’m running off to join the circus!”), but it was nice to see the two characters actually talking about what it’s like having powers, and not complaining about how much they miss having a normal life. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: The good, the bad, and the really bad

Heroes isn’t completely terrible, even if it is the worst show on television. Parts of the show are still practically genius. There were three things I liked about last night:

1) Peter Petrelli, who’s still an intriguing protagonist. Every time he uses his new healing powers, it hurts him. But there are always people to save, and to Peter, not using his power is the same as killing someone. Sure, this complex internal struggle is just like Kurt Busiek’s Samaritan, but Heroes was always enjoyable when it was “paying homage” to the best. (Season 1 is basically Days of Future Past with no costumes and no Kitty Pryde.)

2) When Sylar walked through the airport metal detector (in Parkman’s body, remember), we saw Parkman match his movements on a security screen in the same shot. That’s an awesome visual, right out of The Manchurian Candidate (Sinatra, not Denzel.)

3) The Sylar/Parkman Brain Battle finally got mildly unboring. Even though Sylar controlled Parkman’s body, Parkman still controlled his telepathy (Why? Don’t ask questions!). Advantage Parkman… until Sylar used Parkman’s surprising upper body strength to murderize a helpful tire-changing passerby. “The world is my hostage,” purred Sylar. Despite all the amnesias and power drains and fake parents, Zachary Quinto still makes you believe that Sylar is a bad enough dude to really mean it.

The problem with Heroes is that these few good things are drowning in a sea of terrific badness. The main problems: READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: A walk down memory lane

Marc Bernardin was so traumatized by last week’s spooky-scary sorority hazing that he had to take the week off. (That’s completely untrue.) While he’s off, I’ll do my best to guide you through last night’s Heroes, which managed to be the least bad episode of the season so far, but only by turning the clock back to the salad days of late 2006.

Back then, it seemed like Heroes got better, darker, and twistier with every episode. Characters died constantly, and besides Claire, they stayed dead. A cast fatality can make for game-changing plot twist: 24’s season 5 killed off a couple of main characters in the first three minutes, and the result was the show’s best season. Of course, it can also be ruinous: 24’s season 6 off Curtis and half of Los Angeles, and the result was the show’s worst season.

To a certain extent, then, last night’s Heroes was a cowardly embarrassment, an admission that the show needs to revive minor characters from three seasons ago in order to be exciting. But it also felt attuned to the fans in a way that the rest of the season hasn’t. After all, we all want the show to go back to season 1. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Scaring Claire, killing time, and drinking the bad man away

heroes_lComic book writer Warren Ellis once had a character offer the following truism: “Do you know what twenty superhumans working in concert are capable of? Given a day, twenty superhumans could destroy all life on Earth.” Which makes the superhumans of Heroes feel like the biggest underachievers ever.

Because when they could be, oh I dunno, dominating mankind — or, conversely, helping them — they’re scaring sorority girls, drinking to excess, or running a carnival recruitment drive. I’m just saying, these superbeings have set the bar awfully low. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Hiro finds purpose and Sylar looks for the man in the mirrors

This week’s episode wasn’t bad at all, for the simple reason that — like last week’s installment — it sort of underscored one of the larger problems of Heroes itself. (How’s that for a backhanded compliment?)

This time out, Heroes sorta figured out what to do with Hiro. Because for the past four seasons, Hiro has been a character without a purpose. If you’ll think back to the first season, you’ll remember that Hiro began as a flighty, superpowered, ex-wage slave who — thanks to a mentor-encounter with his darker, futuristic self — embraced his destiny and set out on the path to save the cheerleader and with her, NBC’s ratings. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Claire gets her girl on and Peter trips the light fantastic

Heroes-Claire-Kiss_lTwo things of note happened in “Hysterical Blindness,” this week’s edition of Heroes, and only one of ‘em was interesting: 1) Claire kissed a girl, and 2) We finally saw the Heroes version of Dazzler.

Claire kissed a girl. We don’t know if she liked it — and Claire and Gretchen were pulled away for sorority rush duties — but I do know that unless Heroes devotes some real story time to this plot thread, the whole stalkery-Gretchen-macking-on-Claire business will feel like a cheap and tawdry ratings stunt. Not to continue to invoke the hallowed name of Buffy, but the care with which Joss Whedon brought Willow into college life and then out of the closet is a good model to follow. I just hope Heroes doesn’t hastily retreat from homosexuality with the same clumsiness it’s cozied up to it. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Characters make progress on a show that refuses to

heroes-ali-larter_dlWe’re gonna do something a little different with this week’s Heroes recap. Sure, I could blow on for hundreds and hundreds of words about what worked in “Acceptance” and what didn’t. Instead, I’ll pick out a couple of noteworthy threads, and end with a “bold” prediction. READ FULL STORY

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