Not happy. Not happy at all. I really REALLY didn’t like the ending to this chapter of Heroes. Although I understand why they ended “Fugitives” the way they did, I do not approve of this trick that they tried to pull off. If you haven’t seen the second half of Heroes Season 3, then you may want to stop reading, because I’m treading deep into spoiler territory to review this story.
The appropriately named “Fugitives” follows our protagonists as they are on the run from the government. People with abilities are being seen as hostile villains, and they’re being rounded up by the truckload. So as you can expect, a lot of this season has to do with most of the protagonists simply avoiding getting caught. While hiding from the government, they are also on the lookout for Sylar who is STILL alive somehow. Oh, and there’s the gung-ho hero-hunter Emile Danko breathing down their necks, determined to bring them all in once and for all.
“Fugitives” was all over the place. There was a lot going on, which is nothing new to Heroes, but there were segments that I found completely unnecessary. One entire episode was devoted to learning more about Angela Petrelli’s past and how she suddenly has a sister who she never mentioned. This episode had an interesting enough premise that explored how children with abilities were once rounded up and placed into special camps, but it seemed like it was just a filler episode for the most part. We didn’t need to find out about Angela’s long-lost sister. We could’ve just seen her having flashbacks throughout the season about her time at the camp. It would’ve saved so much time. There was nothing to gain from learning about Angela’s sister.
Another seemingly pointless storyline revolved around Danko’s personal life. I liked Danko better as a villain when we didn’t know so much about his backstory. He was developed enough through his previous interactions on the show; did we really need to learn about how he’s seeing a hooker or whatever? In some instances, background is great. This time, it was unnecessary and drawn-out.
I’ve loved Sylar since the beginning. He’s an amazing villain, and Zachary Quinto always dominates the scene. In “Fugitives”, he doesn’t start out as much of a villain; instead, he’s simply trying to find out more about his family. Along the way, he picks up this annoying kid who I thought was going to become his apprentice, but he turns out to be a small role. Thank God for that. He annoyed me.
When Sylar finally confronts his biological father, it’s a bit underwhelming; however, it wasn’t completely pointless. Sylar finally meeting his father is what triggered him to go back to his evil ways. Things kick back into gear this season as Sylar acquires a special shape-shifting ability that allows him to become anyone he touches.
You may think that Sylar is becoming way too powerful. He has telekinesis, the ability to tell if someone’s lying, flight, nigh-immortality, and now shape-shifting? The great thing about him is that he’s still an arrogant person, and that ends up being his downfall, which leads to his capture in the season finale.
Here’s where I had a huge problem. Sylar kills Nathan Petrelli after a long battle (which we don’t even get to see – lame). Using his own shape-shifting power against him, Peter Petrelli manages to subdue Sylar and sedates him. Angela is distraught over her son being dead, and Noah Bennet is freaking out about what to do with Sylar. Hey! Let’s kill two birds with one stone! Using Matt Parkman’s hypnotic telekinetic abilities, they actually wipe Sylar’s brain clean and turn him into a surrogate Nathan Petrelli (thanks to his shape-shifting and his ability to acquire memories by touching a person’s belongings).
I do not approve of this at all. I don’t see how Angela could be fine with someone merely adopting her son’s image and memories. At the heart of it, she knows he’s not her son, right? I don’t get why she was such an advocate for it. I can understand Noah’s reasoning, but Angela? The only person who sees how messed up it is is Parkman.
Now, judging from what I’ve seen in previews for the next season, as well as some clever foreshadowing regarding a clock, it’s very likely that Sylar regains his memories and becomes himself again. If that happens, I won’t complain. I’ll just be disappointed that Nathan Petrelli is gone since he’s such a great character.
All in all, the story had a lot of potential and could’ve been better if they didn’t pull this maneuver with Sylar at the end. It really, really bothers me. The only way they can rectify it is if my prediction comes true and Sylar comes back to his old self again. For now, I’m leaving this storyline with an average review.
Final Grade: C
+ Decent performances all around, with special praise for Milo Ventimiglia, Adrian Pasdar, and Hayden Panettiere.
+ I like how Ando has become less annoying and more of a hero throughout the series; though, I’m getting tired of Hiro trying to hold him back so much.
+ Zeljko Ivanek was yet another great choice to play a villain/antagonist this season.
– I’m getting really tired of the closing narration. It just eats up time at the end of each episode.
– They can show us people shape-shifting, shooting energy beams, and stopping time, but they couldn’t show us the fight scene between Sylar and the Petrellis?
– I don’t like the Sylar-is-now-Nathan maneuver they pulled at the end.
– What happened to Danko? For being such a major antagonist this season, I expected him to have a bigger role in the finale.
Any thoughts on Season 3’s “Fugitives”? How do you feel about the ending regarding Nathan and Sylar? Tell us what you think in the comments or on Twitter!