Heroes 3.19 - "Shades of Gray"

Last night, I went on Twitter while 'Heroes' was on, because I was bored out of my gord (P.S. my Twitter name is AnchorPete and I need more followers). Anyway, while on Twitter, I found a link to a live discussion taking place on the Ifanboy website, where a dozen or so members were commenting on every thing that went down on 'Heroes'. Reading the discussion, I had to do a double take. They were actually loving 'Heroes'!

What the hell?

There was even one fan who was glad the show was being renewed for a fourth season! They had to be on some serious drugs.

At this point, I would be more excited to watch a season of 'Jon and Kate Plus 8', then start reviewing 'Heroes' season 4. I barely needed to review this half of the third season. It has been the same episode, over and over again with slight changes thrown in. Take last night's episode, "Shades of Gray", wasn't it just a rehashing of the "tense" scenes between Dankin, H.R.G. and Nathan Petrelli, that have been featured in every episode since the show returned ? Pretty much. I use quotations around the word tense, since this show does not create any real tension. If nothing of consequence happens to the characters, what is there to be tense about?

Now, let's talk about the most interesting part of last night's episode, which only happened to be interesting, because it was remarkably offensive. Claire decides to be proactive and get herself a job. The catch? She wants to work at a comic book store. I have to give the 'Heroes' writers credit, they really know how to insult the bulk of their fan base. They portray her possible boss, at the comic shop and his many patrons, as pathetic loser fanboys. Every guy in the comic shop was sporting an exaggerated flaw- from having extreme acne, to super thick glasses.

After this horrible season, the only people still watching 'Heroes' are the most dedicated of fanboys. It was quite foolish of the show's writers to shove the one cliche that fanboys are so bloody tired of seeing, right in their faces.

Speaking of dedicated fanboys, 'Smallville' fans must have been excited to see John Glover, who played Lionel Luthor, as Sylar's father. We did get some more interesting Sylar character development. After witnessing what his biological father had become- an isolated and old predator, dying of cancer in his house full of taxidermy pieces- Sylar realizes that he can become something more. Whether that means he will become something even more terrible, or he may yet try to redeem himself, we will have to wait two weeks, when the show returns, to see what he has chosen.

The question is, will you be enough of a dedicated fanboy to stick around and find out what happens next?



I was brought up an only child/only grandchild in a family obsessed with horror films. I am really good at creating terrifying scenarios in my head, which can sometimes lead to dissapointment while watching scary movies. I am a comic book writer, and my love for comics only slightly surpases my love for horror movies.

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