Hope for Heroes Now

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(Spoiler alert, obviously.) In Monday's season finale of Heroes, Samuel tried to have his big coming out party in Central Park. The plan was to bury a few thousand New Yorkers in one of his signature craters, and hopefully to be heralded as the king of the world. But as the carnival subplot wrapped up, a new volume began. Claire pulled a stunt in front of a hoard of news reporters, and jumped off the top of a Ferris wheel. And just like that, everyone found out about the "specials."

Which means that for next season (if there is one), we're promised a whole new world.

Let's take a quick stroll down memory lane, shall we? This season, the mind-reader Matt Parkman came into his own as he fought to keep Sylar trapped in his own mind. He went through hell—and even managed to get himself shot by police—to ensure Sylar would not break free and start wreaking havoc again. It took awhile, but Matt Parkman single-handedly tamed Sylar—and in doing so, joined Noah Bennet, Peter Petrelli, Claire, and Sylar as a core character. It's clear that at the end of the show, when an epic battle finally goes down, Matt Parkman will be a part of it.

Aside from Parkman, the only real character development we saw this season came from Sylar and Peter—everyone pretty much stayed the same. Not to mention that the season suffered from dismal dialogue and slow-moving storylines that were riddled with holes.

So with last night's finale in mind, here are my hopes for what's next:

Immediate momentum and tight, juicy plots
This season of didn't just have a slow start, it had a terrible start. The plots were disconnected and poorly developed. It felt like a continuation of Season 3—by far the weakest to date. Even worse, it could have been significantly shorter; the writers often used multiple episodes to explain what should've been said in one. Here's hoping there's some serious streamlining ahead.

More character development
Much of Season 1's power came from quality characters like heroin-addled Isaac Mendes. Parkman, in finally working up some stones and trapping Sylar trapped in his own mind, joined Noah Bennet, Peter Petrelli, Claire and Sylar as a solid character. But where else can these people go? Can we get some fresh blood?

More action
Tim Kiring, here's your homework: Watch the Jason Bourne films, paying careful attention to a technique called the "quick cut." Don't let characters stand around talking. Pack in the good stuff

Because all in all, last night's finale certainly didn't restore Heroes to its Season 1 levels of greatness—but at least it gave the show a renewed sense of promise.

What did you think of the finale?

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