HEROES Review: “Powerless” (Season 2 Episode 11)

HEROES - Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli, Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman, and Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli in

Damn, now that’s how you cut and run.

Did you see that season finale of HEROES, Mr President? That’s how you hit the reset button on a disaster when you want to start all over again. First, raise the body count to distract your audience, then while they’re busy going: “What the hell?…start papering the cracks just as fast as you can.

Look everybody: Nikki is dead!!!

(Start papering fool.)

And now it’s Nathan, Malcolm X style, too!!! Didn’t see that coming did you?

(I said start papering, dummy; they’re going to notice Hiro isn’t going back to Season 1 to stop all this crap from happening).

Bah, whatever.

But I know what you’re thinking: What was poor Mr. Kring and company going to do anyway? It was obvious that the show was bloated and suffering for it, so why not thrust upon the audience an ending inspired by the final scenes from The Godfather, where pitiless mafia don, Michael Corleone, ties up his loose ends by whacking everybody who ever did his family wrong. Besides, you say, most folks were asking for a little mass murder anyway and Lord knows more than enough bloggers asked to see the writer’s cut the fat.

Fair enough arguments I suppose, but did the writer’s kill off the right characters? Let me know what you readers think.

For me, they could have “offed” almost anyone and it would have been a good start. Too bad they couldn’t have eighty-sixed Nikki and Nathan (and Alejandro the week before) without it seeming so forced and awkward. I guess for some folks in Hollywood the writer’s strike couldn’t have come soon enough.

But the upside to all this is that the People have spoken and their pleas were mostly answered. Now the question is, what else should the People ask for?

HEROES - Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli and Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli in

How about asking for a real commitment to kick-ass action scenes. Remember the ridiculous showdown with Sylar in last season’s finale? Well they came up with a flimsy wrap up again didn’t they? I mean, when Peter and Adam break into Primatech’s super secret, maximum-security facility, the security guards that resist them remind me of $7.50 per hour Wal-Mart rent-a-cops.

How about opposing the intruders with a killer robot, or just something a little more menacing than a steel door? At least, the steel door made Peter’s nose bleed.

I guess there was a fight after all.

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