TV Review: Heroes – I Am Sylar


Heroes, NBC, Mondays 9/8c

Episode: “I Am Sylar” (Season 3, Episode 24)

Synopsis: Sylar (Zachary Quinto) continues his unusual partnership and begins to have an unexpected identity crisis. Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) take measures toward bringing down Building 26. Meanwhile, Matt’s (Greg Grunberg) new found fatherhood changes his priorities. Elsewhere, Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) sets a plan in motion to right the wrongs of his government operation.

Review: Oh, Sylar, how many issues you have. The shape-shifting ability he gained has started to backfire and now the psycho doesn’t know who he is. It definitely beats hearing him talk about his parents all the time. Instead, we get to see him talk to them. Oy. Now that Sylar has been confirmed dead, he has to act as so. That usually doesn’t work well for serial killers, if I am correct.

I was watching The Talented Mister Ripley last night and it occurs to me that Tom Ripley and Sylar are the same character, two lost souls that aren’t content living their own lives.

The seed was placed for the rivalry between Hiro and Ando, and it’s understandable why Ando would feel like he is second-best. Nobody likes to play Robin, well maybe Chris O’Donnell, but he needs all the work he can get. What is going to happen now that the two are partners, and what are the repercussions of Hiro changing the effect of his time-stopping ability? Things are going to get bloody.

A few quick questions: If Rebel (Noah Gray-Cabey) knows that he is being chased by agents and has to leave in a matter of seconds, why is he taking time to grab Wolverine comics? Why is Sylar sitting in Hunter’s office in plain sight with the blinds open if he knows that the agents are looking for him? It’s the little things that shake me from this show sometimes.

It was an unexpected twist for Sylar to let Rebel/Micah live, but then again he is self-serving and desperate to find answers. This is the second time he’s let children tag along for a bit. Maybe he should start an orphanage or institution to teach youngsters with special ability… oh wait. Been there.

Can we get at least one episode, even if it’s a what if one, where Sylar gets to play President. That’d be epic.

Reality is hard to come by in a story of superheroes, but it wasn’t in I Am Sylar. Matt Parkman made a lot of sense in trying to escape the responsibilities that come with his abilities. But we all know he can’t run from his destiny any more than Vin Diesel can escape The Fast and the Furious films.

Heroes has picked up the pieces from what was a lackluster season. Bravo. Now let’s see a showdown.

Up Next Week: Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) faces off against Sylar (Zachary Quinto) to keep him from meeting the President (guest star 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.

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Did you watch this week’s episode? If so, what worked and what didn’t for you?

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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