Heroes

Season 3 Episode 19

Shades of Gray

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 09, 2009 on NBC
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  • I was expecting more

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    Fans weeping that Bryan Fuller's Pushing Daisies is cancelled may find some consoladation that he has returned to Heroes. Many Heroes fans have viewed his return as the second coming, finally, Heroes can have the lock to make it a stellar show. One, I thought Heroes has been doing pretty well in Fugitives so far. Two, I'm not aware of the full extent of his impact, since Tim Kring is Heroes' boss. Whatever they were looking, whatever I was looking for in this episode, I didn't find it. The Volume has once again shifted to equal great-okay ratio. This episode was just all right. And that's all it is. Just all right, Fuller or none. Some good developments but plenty of wasted opportunities. Matt's dilemma is solved in less than five minutes. With some help from Nathan, Matt is saved and no one is hurt. However, Matt is back to being captured. Nathan!!! You dump a hero on Washington streets and defuse him in five minutes!!! Punk-out. Claire is shocked to find Doyle in her kitchen and so am I. How did he manage to escape Primatech in tact when Meredith doesn't look to be alive?!? Whatever, if Sylar can walk from the dead unexplained, I guess another villain can too. Doyle needs Claire's help in getting him away from the government and Rebel told her she would be the perfect one. Uh, why? His stay pisses off Claire and Sandra, reasonably, but Doyle limits his 'string'-powers. He's changed or so he says, he even manages to shed a tear, and says Claire should want to help him herself and he shouldn't have to force. What can she do? Sylar finally locates his father (a completely unrecognizable John Glover), only to discover his father is dying. At Building 26, Nathan chews out Danko over Matt but Danko's through with Matt. He's after Nathan now. He suspects Nathan has a power (duh!) and now he has proof, since Tracey is singing like a broken bird, "Nathan, you're one of us!". Nathan goes to Tracey and warns her not to talk about him, saying that he's been protecting her and if he gets fried, so will she. Danko storms in and it comes down to who Tracey is more afraid of. The only thing she will admit is that Nathan sucked in bed. Hah. Claire wonders if she should help Doyle or stay hidden. She doesn't want to be locked up but she's scared of being outted. In the end, she decides to work at Alex's comic hangout so she can double to save heroes. Sandra gives her doubtful blessing. At Father Grey's, Father goads Sylar to kill him. He's miserable, he's dying, what's there to live for? Sylar discovers that Father has his same ability and Father is just as surprised as he is. However, Father is what you could call a "broken" serial killer. Killing got too boring for him, meaningless, just an act. Mother's death, he just did it because he wanted to. Dumping Sylar? Same. Nothing matters to him. He is willing however to skin a rabbit alive since that is a challenge left. A cat dangling with a mouse. He informs Sylar pretty close on the nature of "their" hunger-drive: it will consume Sylar and it will burn him out. He will take challenging lives, from people that are worth the hunt, worth the prize. Sylar denies this, saying he only killed for power-desire but Father informs him that the heroes were challenging, worth the fight. He won't kill anyone that "bores" him. The agents? Luke and his mother? They were "boring". Sylar can't stand this but he wants answers so he does the honor of skinning the rabbit. Claire is hired on as a comic-book employee, however, Rebel soon texts her that Doyle has gotten himself into trouble. Expose herself or save Doyle? Danko asks Noah about Nathan and Noah points him to Angela, pinning Peter's survival on her. Somehow, saving Nathan is in the two's plan. Danko meets with Angela and tries to probe her but poor sap, he should know that Angela always does one better on anyone looking to investigate her. Some quip from Angela over a war incident twelve years ago over hundreds of civilians lost and remarkably, Danko is still alive. Danko leaves peturbed. Definitely his defining moment leading him to hunting but I would like to know more. What is Heroes trying to delve into? What happened? And is the crew trying to point out that Danko has an ability? Shrug. Doyle is cornered but is saved by Claire. Nathan has the President's permission to fire Danko. Apparently, dumping a 'terrorist' near White House grounds will do that. Danko is pissed and tries to make people turn on Nathan but no luck. Danko warns it's not over and it's not. Noah looks to be the next commander but Danko stops near them. He shoots the window and slams Nathan out and Nathan reveals his power. Not that he wanted to, it was instinct. Danko's got solid proof. Nathan flies away. The tables have been turned. Claire gives Doyle new id. She informs him she didn't do it for him but because she had to. She at least asks if Doyle really has changed. Doyle smirks and leaves. You can either take the smirk as decide for yourself or no-way-has-he. I'm thinking the latter. Oh, well. Returned for some reason and then gone. Whatever. Sylar reveals to Father his healing powers, smirking that he can never die while Father will. Father quips that it means more suffering. He changes his tune when his power-lust returns. He telekinically shoots arrows in Sylar and uses an ability of hypnosis to make Sylar sleep. He wakes up when he shouldn't and breaks free. Father is impressed but afraid. Sylar chokes him with a cord and Father asks for a quick death. Sylar refuses. He simpers that Father is not worth the hunt and lets Father go, telling him his death will be slow and painful. Sylar walks off and flashes a crushed look. His last chance at humanity is gone, he is told and given proof that he will always be a monster. What's he to do? Rebel gives helpful signs throughout the episode. At the end, Hiro and Ando finally show up, looking for Matt Parkman on Rebel's tip and they find him, or rather, his son. About time that baby showed up. Although, how The Incredibles was that scene with the babysitter, voice and all? Sylar closes in on Danko's home for Some reason. Did Rebel tell him where Danko lived or what? Claire's reprieve is expired, the brigade closes in to capture her but she is hidden away by father Nathan. Touching moment as father and daughter are fugitives together. While not all-together awful, I was expecting something else. I didn't expect Matt's predicament to be solved in five minutes because really, what? Waste of story-space. I expected this episode to be completely about Sylar and that would have been the way to go but sadly, Sylar's story was greatly squashed and no great developments came out of it. Quinto and Glover were amazing together but Glover was so severally underutilized, it seems wrong. Like many Heroes episodes though, this one is important, as this time, it appears that Nathan is no longer the head of his plan and will be hunted down like the others. Finally, he can get a taste on what he's dishing out to these poor heroes. And I expect and hope for a bitter/awkward/heartfelt reunion with Peter. However, those who expected Heroes to get immediately better no that Fuller is back, this is not the episode they probably wanted. Or maybe it was. Who knows? Shades of Grey's rating boosted probably because of that. Whatever. Fuller is one player on a massive team. If Heroes will get better, people need to realize that. But then again, since this episode was just okay and the ratio has been pretty balanced this Volume, next episode should be really good.
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