HEROES 3.011 - "THE ECLIPSE Part II"

The other working title for this episode was "NOPE, IT IS NOT OVER YET", and by that I mean my suffering.

I actually get yelled at for watching 'HEROES' now. I am usually at my girlfriend's house and she and her brother will end up saying "Oh, Stop with the HEROES", on Monday nights.

A week or two ago, I would shrug off the complaints, and remember back to the time I watched Season 2 straight through, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Most people disliked Season 2 and I eagerly burned right through it.

So why does watching season 3 feel like a chore?

It boils down to two basic problems:

-The characters have contradicted their own motivations

-There is no consequence for the actions of any characters

Let's work backwards down the ol' problem list. Last night's episode- Claire lies in a hospital bed, her power is shut down, and all the diseases she never had in her life have finally caught up with her. Eventually, Claire does die. Is this a dramatic and ironic end for a main character? Nope. The eclipse ends and she comes back to life.

So why have her die in a hospital, in the first place? Well, on her deathbed, Claire does admit that she was happy to feel pain again, and later in the episode, she tells off her father, since she wasn't with her in her time of need. The personal drama doesn't really matter to us audience members, since no one, for a second believed Claire was actually going to die.

I remember chuckling when Claire yelled at her father, saying "I died tonight". H.R.G. should have responded with "So what? You died four times already. Who cares? I died once too!"

Claire wasn't the only one to die. Sylar also had his throat slashed. Who cares? After the eclipse ended, he was up and about, throwing shit around by twirling his fingers. That wasn't the disappointing part of Sylar's story. He also happened to change his outlook on the world three times in the same damn episode. Sylar is the John Kerry of the 'HEROES' world, flip flopping his opinions to fit every major event. At the beginning of the episode, all Sylar wanted to do was keep Elle safe. In the middle of the episode, he wanted to make his "father', Arthur Petrelli, proud, which meant capturing Claire. At the end of the episode, he opened up Elle's skull, because he considered her to be "damaged goods".

You could argue that Sylar is erratic, because he has had alot of life changing things revealed to him this season, and he has been trying to control his powers, but the character changes his direction every episode. Sylar, Mohinder, Nathan Petrelli and Daphne have changed their stances multiple times this season. They have done this so much, that the only reason my eyes are even drawn to one of those characters is to see them do something with their powers. I don't listen to what they have to say. 9 out of 10 times, it is disappointing.

There is more that happened in this episode, but I am sure I can tie it all in to some complaining in next week's blog. It is a chore to watch the actual show, and ironically writing about it on here is the enjoyable part.

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