Spoilers for last night's "Heroes" coming up just as soon as I pick the John Foster Dulles desk...
Okay, I think we're at the That's It For Me point, where I either stop watching "Heroes" or just stop writing about it.
"I Am Become Death" should, in theory, have been an episode that really got my blood pumping. We had another trip to an alternate future, a superpowered brawl at papa Sylar's house that culminated in a nuclear detonation, Peter inadvertently turning evil, Nathan making a rare trip through the air and Hiro and Ando digging up Adam Monroe. It was an hour that moved quickly and had a lot of action -- all of the things that we keep asking "Heroes" to do -- and yet all I could notice were the flaws.
Just like in the X-Men comics where they got the idea, trips to alternate futures yield diminishing returns the more often you do it. "Five Years Later" was one of the show's most exciting episodes ever, while "I Am Become Death" briefly had me wondering how all these role reversals came to be before deciding I just didn't care. After all, Future Peter already modified this future once, and our Peter's going to try to change it again, and the chances that we ever actually get to see the characters travel this path and wind up that way are as good as the chance that Masi Oka will ever get to permanently use his deeper Future Hiro voice.
Meanwhile, it turns out that Peter's gullibility and penchant for listening to whatever awful advice is offered by the person standing next to him now extends to himself. Future Peter doesn't give a good explanation for why Peter should need Sylar's "ability" (and good lord am I growing to hate the show's artificial insistence on using that word instead of "power") -- after all, Peter can already acquire any powers he wants without having to pop open skulls -- and Sylar offers a very convincing argument for why he might not want to have that hunger, but Peter goes and does it anyway.
Like Peter, I think you really have to be able to turn your brain off to enjoy "Heroes" these days, and unfortunately, I don't have that ability... er, power. (Gah!)
What did everybody else think? And if I'm still watching, do you want me to keep writing anti-"Heroes" rants, or should I stick to my usual "Life's too short to waste it writing about bad TV" philosophy?