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Episode: “Exposed” (Season 3, Episode 18)

Synopsis: After receiving a tip from Rebel, Matt (Greg Grunberg) and Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) race to Building 26 to rescue Daphne (Brea Grant) and recover files that will expose the government’s plans for those with abilities. Claire (Hayden Panettiere) finds help from an unlikely source in smuggling Alex (guest star Justin Baldoni) out of the city. As Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and Luke (guest star Dan Byrd) continue their road trip, Sylar begins to have memories of his father that lead him to the truth about his mother. Meanwhile, The Hunter (Zeljko Ivanek) puts his own agenda into action with an explosive surprise for one of our heroes.

Review: Heroes fans were exposed last night to the laziest example of writing the show has had to offer this season, so I guess technically I should say the show has been exposed for what it is, a cool storyline on the surface with underwhelming writing and lackluster acting overall.

A show that clearly has potential and fans that are willing to hold on through the choppy waters continues to cut corners. Why are we left to ask ourselves questions that the writers should ask when outlining their script, like if Claire can’t die, why is she worried about drowning? Why are agents doing the trite hide in the van routine when they are welcome to walk in and check out what’s on Tivo? If Sylar dislikes his child companion so much, why doesn’t he turn him into a Pez dispenser? Isn’t that kind of Sylar’s thing?

We’re a bit confused why Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) is having a case of the jitters now that The Hunter is starting to exercise some authority. What part of we are detaining all humans with super powers in an unethical manner doesn’t he understand? It really kills our connection to or against Nathan when we see him try to bend the rules as he sees fit, but then again isn’t that what politicians do?

Sylar still is hunting his dad. He realizes that he killed his mom. Meh.

Seeing Sandra Bennet (Ashley Crow) fleshed out a bit more was the best reason to see the episode. It’s amazing to think that we have gone three seasons and knew relatively nothing about her. Giving characters dimension and a backstory is exactly how this show could win our favor, instead it seems to be the equivalent of hoping for cherry bombs and getting a dud instead. We’re waiting for the boom.

We’re not feeling the Claire and Alex relationship. Sorry, it’s just not working and the Aquaman takes a bite out of the kissing scene from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man had us fighting the urge to grab the remote. Sorry, we know we sound bitter, but this is where we are at this point with Heroes. From the sounds of it, so are many of you.

We did get to see Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Cutting Edge star Moira Kelly again, however, and that is ALWAYS amazing. Any chance you get to reference a movie that D.B. Sweeney starred in (who at least three people in my life have asked me if I am related to), you know you’re living the dream. Yeah, we’re actually more excited about Moira Kelly than a show full of “superheroes” at this point. Sigh. (Moira, we love you. We just expected more from the show. Let’s do lunch.)

When the show stops cutting corners and passing up opportunities to breathe life into characters we should be in love with, we will be the first in line to champion the show. We were there on the front line when it was gaining steam. Now it is just blowing in the wind … and not like a plastic bag in a beautiful American Beauty kind of way.

Up Next Week: When Sylar comes face-to-face with his long lost father (guest star John Glover), the reunion proves to be what he least expected. Elsewhere, after receiving a tip from “Rebel,” Claire must decide if she will help her sworn enemy, Eric Doyle (guest star David Lawrence XVII), evade capture. Meanwhile, as “The Hunter” plans to uncover the Petrelli family’s secrets and take control of Nathan’s operation, Matt finds himself in the spotlight and on the verge of leveling Capitol Hill. Jack Coleman, Ali Larter, James Kyson Lee, Masi Oka and Cristine Rose also star. Randall Bentley and Ashley Crow also guest star.

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