TV Review: Season 3 Turns Into ‘Heroes: Smoke and Mirrors’

Heroes, NBC, Airs Mondays 9/8c

Episode: “The Eclipse, Part 2” (Season 3, Episode 11)

Synopsis: The solar eclipse continues and reveals the heroes and villains for what they really are … heroes and villains. Who would have guessed that?

Review: I am no longer calling this season Heroes: Villains. It will from here on out be better known as Heroes: Smoke and Mirrors, because everything we have come to believe was true is now being revealed as a lie. Sylar (Zachary Quinto)  isn’t really a Pertrelli? Claire (Hayden Panettiere) finds out that she isn’t really H.R.G.’s (Jack Coleman) daughter? When did this show become a superhero version of Jerry Springer. I can see it now, “On today’s show we have Noah Bennet. Hero baby’s daddy … or is he?”

And thank goodness Claire is okay, they almost had me believing she was dead for a commercial break. Okay, no they didn’t. What was the point in even having the eclipse? Nobody was changed by it permanently. Daphne’s (Brea Grant) bout with cerebral palsy was the only revelation that really counted, so why not just show us a flashback sequence? There used to be a time that I watched this show without wanting to fast forward. That time is beginning to look like a back issue of a 9th Wonder comic.

As for the rest of it, I have asked this more than once this season, why are we setting up exposition about characters if all we are going to do is backtrack and say that it isn’t true? Is there a button on my remote control that gives me Hiro’s power so that I can go back in time so that we can start this season over and try to do it the right way? At this point I feel like I am running in circles like The Flash.

The one element of this episode that I liked was when Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) raised the question of what to do with super-powers. The analogy of being a hero to American military isn’t lost on me, and if George Bush was watching the show last night (don’t put it past him. I bet he sits at home wearing a Captain America outfit he got off eBay) then maybe he might have the bright idea to help stop the genocide happening in Darfur and other countries. You still have one more month Dubya! You can turn this thing around! As for Heroes, I don’t know how much time they have left … to appeal to me or the rest of their fans. The clock is ticking on the chance for the heroes to save their world … both on and off screen.

Up Next Week: In a quest to thwart Arthur’s (Robert Forster) plans, Hiro (Masi Oka) and Claire band together to travel back in time 16 years to when Kaito (George Taiko) gave baby Claire to H.R.G. Meanwhile, Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis) join forces to finish off Arthur Petrelli for good — but Sylar has other plans for them. Elsewhere, in the lab, Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) makes a major breakthrough with the formula that could change everything.

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Did you watch this week’s episode of Heroes? How do you think they can improve the show?

Adam Sweeney has a background in journalism, having spent 4 years on the Lone Star Lutheran as an Opinions and Arts & Entertainment columnist. He graduated in May 2008 from Texas Lutheran University with a Dramatic Media degree and hopes to become a filmmaker/journalist/radio host/actor extraordinaire. He also writes film and play scripts and figures if Good Luck Chuck can make it to the big screen then why can't he? He can also be read at as a feature writer on all things basketball, and his personal blog covers everything from politics to why Keira Knightley is looking more like Jack Skellington every day. (

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