Spoilers for last night's "Heroes" coming up just as soon as I show you this great red fedora...
Maybe last week's screed allowed me to once and for all dispense with the notion that "Heroes" is ever going to be good again (if it ever really was), maybe the presence of Andre Royo from "The Wire" (in addition to the already-present Jamie Hector) put me in a more forgiving mood, or maybe "Angels and Monsters" was just better than the last few episodes. For whatever reason, I didn't hate it.
Sure, I could spend this entire post picking apart the many things that continue to be wrong with the show. Start with the way that The Company seems to be just as stupid in its own way as either Peter or Mohinder -- does Mrs. Petrelli do anything anymore other than apologize for previous Company decisions and promise to do better in the future? -- or how arbitrary and rushed these attempts are to have characters (notably Peter and Sylar) change sides so we can better explore the Heroes vs. Villains idea. The characters are still painfully thin, the dialogue arch, blah blah blah... you know the drill by now.
But "Angels and Monsters" did a lot of little things right in the middle of the usual annoyances. Royo's character had a unique (for this show, if not for comics) power that was presented in a visually cool way. Hiro actually used his powers wisely for the first time in forever (until he got knocked out, and even after I suspect he used his gifts in some super-clever way to make it only look like he skewered Ando). Instead of giving the big emotional moments to the actors who can't handle them (Milo and Hayden, notably), this week they were handed to the far more capable likes of Adrian Pasdar (Nathan chewing out his mother), Jack Coleman (HRG pleading with Stephen Canfield to make Sylar disappear) and Royo. They still weren't exceptionally well-written scenes, but good actors like these can elevate the material. (I'm hoping Robert Forster gets a lot of screen time now that he's on board; it seems like his character is some kind of astral projector.)
Hell, I even enjoyed a sequence involving Maya and/or Mohinder for the first time in what feels like forever. The scene with Maya discovering Mohinder's cocooned victims and busting out her black oil powers was tense and creepy in a way that "Heroes" tries but too often fails to achieve.
All is not forgiven, not remotely, but if they can give us more engaging moments within each episode, I can at least justify continuing to watch it while I do three other things, where if we had gotten another episode like the last few, I probably would have sworn it off.
What did everybody else think?