TV Review: Heroes – An Invisible Thread


Heroes, NBC, Airs Mondays 9/8c

Episode: “An Invisible Thread” (Season 3, Episode 25)

Synopsis: Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) faces off against Sylar (Zachary Quinto) to keep him from meeting the President (Michael Dorn). Sylar has his own plans for his new partner. Meanwhile, Hiro (Masi Oka) learns that there are repercussions to regaining his ability. Elsewhere, Matt (Greg Grunberg) is forced to go to extraordinary lengths to protect his future with his family.

Review: Thank you, Bryan Fuller. Your return to the Heroes‘ staff has brought life back to the show, and I can say with a straight face that I am interested now. What a season finale it was, nothing like the end of the third volume.

The chapters of the “Sylar for President” story arc felt completely different than the rest of the 3rd season, and that’s ok. We finally are seeing stories with direction and actions that that have real consequences. If only George Lucas had been able to do the same thing with the prequels of Star Wars. Tell me that you all wouldn’t have cheered if he would have showed up on-screen during the opening crawl and said, “Ya know what? I am sorry. Jar Jar IS a bitch and was the result of a night of bad acid and a stale Pop Tart. Here’s the real movie.”

Someone pinch me. A main character in Heroes actually died. Without giving too much away for those who didn’t see the episode, the loss of such an important character changes everything and raises the stake, even for the villains. It was awesome to see Matt Parkman actually influence others long term, as opposed to the usual, “Hey, You don’t see me. Doesn’t it remind ya of the Jedi mind trick,” kind of way.

Please let us see a showdown between Claire (Hayden Panettiere) and Sylar. The scenes where Sylar manipulated her by showing showing the futility of their battles were awesome, but it only makes us want to see what would really happen if the two threw down.

The biggest issue to be had with An Invisible Thread is that the climactic battle was a letdown as Nathan and Peter fought Sylar out of sight. What is this, Transformers? Heroes used to have actual fights that we saw, not heard, and we loved the show for it. Don’t try to be like the series finale of The Sopranos and make us guess what is happening. It’s the season finale, so give us the goods.

Season 5 has the chance to really turn the tide for the series, but it won’t happen if we continue to see Ali Larter’s 57 different characters. Just saying. It’s nothing against Larter, the character is just weakly written. We have time now to reflect on the past season. It wasn’t a great one but the end brought hope that the show is getting back on the right track. Isn’t that all you can ask for in a comic series, the ability to hope?

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Did you watch An Invisible Thread episode? What did you love or hate?

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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