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Episode: “Trust and Blood” (Season 3, Episode 15)

Synopsis: Following a chain of unexpected events, the heroes are on the run from Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) and the Hunter (Zeljko Ivanek). A series of prophetic paintings reveals the tragic fate of someone close to Matt (Greg Grunberg). Elsewhere, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) continues the search for his father and encounters an outcast with information and an ability of his own.

Review: It’s probably going to sound like this episode bothered us, but it really wasn’t that bad when held up against some of the earlier chapters in the third volume. Consider this a case of criticism that has been building for quite some time now.

One of the basic lessons taught in every scriptwriting class is to show instead of tell. This concept seems to be a bit muddled in Trust and Blood. Look at Sylar’s knack for long-winded chatter as he tortures a family. All we need right now is to get from point A to point B. That goes the same for any attempt the show commits to time travel plots. Just get us there. Still, the show is returning somewhat to the original stasis, and maybe that means we the viewer are getting back to where we need to be, even if we had to run around in circles for a few seasons to get there.

Apparently our favorite primetime heroes didn’t watch The Fugitive. If they had, they would understand that the best strategy when you are being hunted down is to get as far away from said Hunter as is humanly possible. One positive to this is that each character didn’t run off to some remote part of the land, thus resulting in twenty different stories that we had to piece together. Three groups is enough, as is three stories about said groups.

The choice of Nathan as a villain is starting to wear a little thin, to be honest. It doesn’t make sense that he is okay with rounding up all the citizens with superpowers, only to let certain people he’s close to be exceptions. You may say, “Well, of course it makes sense. He cares about those few, and it makes him a conflicted character.” That doesn’t hold up. If Nathan is so torn, why can’t he realize that he is being manipulated? For a man who rose so quickly in the ranks of the government, he has seemed pretty dim-witted lately. But there has to be a battle soon, right? And the opportunity to see Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) go toe-to-toe with Nathan does get us a bit pumped.

The more definitely the show tries to set the good and bad apart, the more it becomes clear that they had it right from the beginning. Sylar and H.R.G. (Jack Coleman) have always been the strongest villains, keep them that way. The choice to give Sylar a sidekick, which we’re guessing is is his little brother, is okay for now, but how long can we keep on with the Sylar wants his mommy and daddy bit? Would a blood-thirsty baddie like Sylar get this caught up in antics typically reserved for The Jerry Springer Show? Hell, is that show even on any more?

And can the show PLEASE stop “killing” off characters, particularly ones that actually have depth to them? Or if you are going to, then make the scene possess a sense of tragedy. Daphne (Brea Grant) has been one of the bright lights in a show that fans have been losing in the dark. To see her get shot seems a bit normal, doesn’t it? We won’t throw a total tantrum yet, because the characters on Heroes are like cats. They may not have nine lives but it doesn’t seem like anybody dies the first time around, does it? We’re hoping that this will actually give Parkman something to do instead of following mystics around everywhere. But we doubt it since he is making his way to India.

A few more thoughts. We don’t ever want to hear Claire (Hayden Panettiere) use the word hunky-dory again. Ever. Nobody this side of Nick at Nite speaks that way. And stop referring to the cheerleader thing anymore. She skips school and extracurricular activities more than Jeff Spicoli. At this point, we have pretty much stopped looking at her in the cheerleading light, well maybe not all of us. Fanboys do love their roleplay.

The introduction of “The Rebel” opened our eyes a little bit, if only because we’re addicted to text messaging. The show does need a hint of mystery, so we’re in. But the way things have been going, we are a bit worried that it will be one of Claire’s cheerleading buddies asking if she wants to go check out He’s Just Not That Into You. If I see a text that reads “OMG! Sylar’s after you! Isn’t he a QT? G2G. TTYL,” yours truly will be LMAO. Don’t blow this one, Heroes.

Up Next Week: Nathan’s plans face exposure as Homeland Security begins an investigation under direct orders from the President of the United States. Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and Luke (guest Dan Byrd) embark on a road trip to find Sylar’s father, but are secretly being hunted by Nathan’s agents. Life gets complicated for the Bennet family as Claire (Hayden Panettiere) goes into action to protect a young man with abilities (guest star Justin Baldoni) from being captured by HRG (Jack Coleman). Elsewhere, Matt’s (Greg Grunberg) prophetic images lead Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) to India and a mysterious ally comes to the aid of our Heroes.

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