One of the first things revealed about the upcoming season of Heroes wasn't some arch-enemy committed to taking down Peter, a new hero with a cool superpower, or even the show's theme for the next volume. No, it was that Claire Bennett (played by Hayden Panettiere) would maybe-possibly-could-be getting it on with another girl.
Claire is set to go to college in "Redemption," the title of the next volume which sees the Heroes returning to "normal" lives, and will be rooming with a pair of females -- Madeline Zima (Californication) and Rachel Melvin (Days of Our Lives). And because Girls Gone Wild and soft porn say it is so, the female roommates will be doing a little experimenting with each other.
"Days of Our Lives co-star Rachel Melvin has been tapped to guest star and potentially recur on Heroes next season, playing Annie, who also will share sleeping quarters (and maybe more) with Claire," read the announcement in a Hollywood Reporter article in early June.
EW's Michael Ausiello has confirmed that Claire will be getting more-than-friendly with Melvin's character, which will in turn make Heroes geeks flip their lid and tune in. It's unclear whether it will be a real relationship or just some Spin-the-Bottle-type activity, but signs are pointing towards somewhere in the middle.
The question is... why? While no one will deny that college is the place young 'uns dabble in certain taboos, writing in a lesbian storyline for a show's hottest young starlet just seems... cheap. Couldn't they have just let her take a bong rip or one too many Jell-O shots?
We're trying to reserve judgment until we see how it actually plays out, but it's hard not to look at the obvious. Heroes has seen its once-mighty viewership crumble and is in make-it-or-break-it mode -- something HAD to be done. But this? Come on Tim Kring, you can do better than that.