Season 3 Episode 22

Turn and Face the Strange

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 06, 2009 on NBC
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Someone close to Danko is put in the line of fire as he spearheads the anti-superhuman operation. Meanwhile, Noah's marriage continues to crumble while Hiro and Ando continue their journey to save Matt. Angela faces some demons from her past.

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  • A lot of head-games going on in this episode. An almost frantic pace at places, matching the intended tone.

    Sylar harbors a grudge against Noah Bennet, apparently. He goes out of his way to make the man's life misery - and rather cleverly succeeds. Danko is helping him in a few places, though - perhaps to protect his own hide.

    In the meanwhile, Matt is on a mission to teach Danko a meaning of pain. Misery surely loves company. Matt goes pretty far, but in the end, it is nice to see he has some reason left in himself. Also, with Hiro and Ando bringing him good news and new hope, perhaps it will be time for him to step out of the circle of pain and loss. (Yay for the Stop and Go Baby. Also, gotta love the faces Ando kept pulling.)

    The ending with the Petrelli family seemed hurried - a lot. Perhaps in the next episode they will explain what the digging-out-corpses is all about, and what is the big secret Angela is now prepared to share with his family.

    Nice to see Peter and Nathan together again. "Let him vent." Awesome!moreless
  • Good strong episode. Mindgames, reunions and a mysterious government project, who could ask for more?

    Very enjoyable, Sylar's mindgame is lots of fun but does mean our only inside man is on the run, there's no-one left inside the team who's on our side. Good, strong episode.

    Matt wants payback and is focusing on Danko. Who would have thought? The psychopath has a girlfriend… okay, maybe not. Matt came pretty close but he's just not a killer. What happened got the job done without anyone having to die. Elena left, Danko's alone and miserable.

    Out of nowhere, an answer: Noah mentions that Sylar survived Primatech when the glass in his head melted in the fire. Noah's too curious for his own good – Danko lied about Sylar being dead and concludes they're working together. Noah's day gets considerably worse – Sandra appears to want a divorce. She is a remarkable woman and the saddest thing is I don't think he even knew that until recently. Granted, it is actually Sylar trying to destroy him, but the reason Noah doesn't realize that is because it's mostly true. I think Sandra still loves him but after this, that probably won't occur to him. He's not a bad guy, just too good at his job and more than a little obsessive. The only mistake Sylar made was not trying to copy Sandra's signature, Noah's torment doesn't last long. But off one hook and onto another – Sandra really is here and Noah puts a gun to her head! Blame Sylar as much as he wants, it wouldn't have worked if Noah hadn't played his part. A particular stroke of genius on Sylar's part.

    Noah constantly manages to surprise, he pretends to be Sylar and gets Danko to admit he's working with him. Sylar's actually a member of a team which, surprisingly, has been having a lot of wins recently. Danko plays Noah as well as Sylar does – gets him to kill a government agent so now Noah will have to run. It really is Sylar – did Noah hit the wrong spot or does the bullet theory just not work?

    Matt's son's power has a downside, when he's unhappy, things stop working. Hiro and Ando are in the same gas station with Claire and Nathan and they don't notice each other! Moments later, you see Nathan and Claire fly over the car! Very cool. Little Matt knows when his father is here, all the cars start driving around by themselves, that's so sweet!

    Coyote Sands was the location of a government project which Chandra Suresh was involved with. All that's left is a group of ramshackle buildings. The Petrelli reunion isn't as warm and fuzzy as we hoped, Peter takes one look at Nathan and stalks off. Thankfully, Nathan completely understands his reaction. Good news is the entire family is together again.

    Very fun episode, Sylar's mindgames are great and just shows what kind of twisted genius he is. The Petrelli family reunited and looks like the next episode will dig up (apparently literally) Angela's skeletons.moreless
  • Syler what a bastard!!

    Syler is using his new ability very well .. he really destroyed Benet !!!

    i am a little late with watching the last episodes so i dont know whats gonna happen next .. but from this episode a new story has begun .. that what happened in the past .. and who are all these dead people !!!

    Barkmin has a son .. how lovely .. and what is his son has to do with the story now ?? .. Sorish is digging in his father work and i think he is going to meet our friends in the dead people place ..moreless
  • Matt tries to take revenge from Danko himself for killing Daphne, Sylar plays mind games with Noah's life, Hiro and Ando continue on their quest to reunite the two Matt Parkmans and Angela gathers our Heroes to make a great revelation at Coyote Sands.moreless

    The story here is really amazing but I do have to idmit not without its faults. The main problems of the Heroes writers is that they don't have everything they have written up to these point written down somewhere at least in the back of their heads. Starting with timing, I clearly still believe the Heroes universe is around 2007 (still two years behind real time). There hasn't been an indication of the timeline for ages now.

    Regardless, the actors are awesome and their performances excellent. In this chapter the highlight is that of Ashley Crow (Sandra Bennet) for portraying Sandra-shifted Sylar. She is excellent. Furthermore, Greg Grunberg lives up to the hype as he convinced me more in this episode that he had any feelings for Daphne, that when she actually died two episodes ago.

    Zachary Quinto (Sylar) is also great but the real deal is HRG in this one when he as well lives up the expectations by delivering an HRG who is impersonating Sylar. The writers finally grasp the chance to show off some of the powers they have in the show without making it look like an X-Men movie. Sylar's shapeshifting ability is amazing and one that has been missing from the show. Now to the story part of the review, Noah comes back to the good guys, Sylar succeeds in getting his way with Noah by destroying his marriage and Danko's background (at least a small part of it) is revealed. Finally, Hiro and Ando reunite the two Matts and Angela's story is about to be unfolded in the following chapter and a small introduction is being placed at the end of this one. Enjoy!moreless
  • 'Turn and Face the Strange' picks up the pace somewhat after last week's slightly frustrating navel-gazing, but it's not without its problems.

    Thankfully, 'Turn and Face the Strange' picks up the pace somewhat after last week's slightly frustrating navel-gazing, but it's not without its problems. Yet again, the plot feels like an overblown run around, with character allegiances shifting for no apparently good reason. So someone has yet another, all-too-easy confrontation with Danko (you'd think the man would at least change his locks or, you know, move house after Petrelli AND Sylar have been able to find him... what does he do, advertise in the local press?!) and lets him go. Oh sure, we all get that Matt Parkman isn't a killer but how about taking the morally ambiguous ground for once? Being brave and not making the obvious narrative decision? And then, just to make matters worse, Hiro arrives just in the nick of flaming time and saves the day, fixing Matt's apparently 'broken' character with a visit from his bairn! A bairn, who, I might add, is responsible for one of the most vacuous plots we've ever seen in the whole 'Ando makes a funny face' trope. I get that this was an attempt at injecting some irreverent humour into the show, building on the 'cutesy' appeal of the Japanese characters, but let's call a spade a spade here... it stunk, no two ways about it. I'm also rather dubious about Angela's sudden revelation and need to gather everyone at this random, abandoned place so they can 'finally know the truth'. Um, how many times has that sentence been uttered in the show's three year run? Frankly, I'm sick of 'peeling the onion', as it were, finding that there's some secret, probably not so major and really rather throwaway, revelation about the characters' pasts that we weren't previously privy to (and that, usually, retcons what has already been established). What's with the grave-digging, too? Is it really necessary? Why isn't Angela mucking in? And why do they all obey her every, generally evil and malicious, whim? Sigh. Sounds like I hated this one, doesn't it? Well, I didn't really. Greg Grunberg is excellent when he's confronting Zelkjo, Jack Coleman is given HRG's best material in aeons as he gets to go super-paranoid on his poor wife's ass and the shapeshifting development continues to show great promise for Sylar's storyline, which Zachary Quinto clearly relishes. I just wish they'd take a little more time to think their stories through before executing them. With a smidgeon of extra attention, the frustrating gripes could be ironed out.moreless
Katherine Boecher

Katherine Boecher


Guest Star

Kenneth Choi

Kenneth Choi

Sam Douglas

Guest Star

Ned Vaughn

Ned Vaughn

Agent Steve Donner

Guest Star

Ashley Crow

Ashley Crow

Sandra Bennet

Recurring Role

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Emile Danko

Recurring Role

Quin Baron

Quin Baron

Baby Matt Parkman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Angela: I never wanted you to see this. Any of you. But I realize now that was a mistake, and to prepare for the future, you have to understand the past. You want the answers? (takes out shovels) Then you'll have to dig.

    • Matt: I know you meant well, Hiro, but I didn't ask to be rescued.
      Hiro: Dr. Suresh told us about your plan. It is one thing to defend yourself, but a true warrior knows the difference between a righteous battle and...
      Matt: And what? Retribution? See, that's where you're wrong. It's the only thing the other side understands.
      Hiro: But that is why we are better than them. That is why we had to save you.

    • Hiro: Any luck?
      Ando: Home, cell... All of Matt Parkman's numbers are disconnected. I've left messages with everyone I could think of.
      Hiro: He's somewhere on the east coast. We'll find him when we get there. We must. It is our duty to unite the two Matt Parkmans.

    • (looking at a map)
      Claire: What's it called again?
      Nathan: Coyote Sands.
      Claire: There it is.
      Nathan: That's like a million miles from nowhere.
      Claire: Why do we have to meet her there?
      Nathan: I have no idea. But when your grandmother has a dream, it's a good idea to pay attention.

    • Mohinder: It is our nature to protect our children. For each generation to pass on their cautionary tales to the next. So it is with the myth of Icarus, the legend of a boy who fashioned wings from feathers and wax, daring to fly into the heavens. His father was fearful and warned Icarus to be careful, begging him not tempt to fate by flying too close to the sun. But in the end, the boy couldn't resist. His waxen wings melted from the sun's rays. And he plunged to his death.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Belgium: May 21, 2009 on VT4
      Latin America: June 5, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Germany: January 27, 2010 on RTL II
      Finland: July 3, 2010 on Sub
      Czech Republic: October 29, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: August 16, 2012 on Markiza