Spoilers for last night's "Heroes" coming up just as soon as I rent a convertible...
I wish I could come up with something more articulate than "meh" (now dictionary-approved!), but this allegedly game-changing episode didn't inspire much from me besides apathy.
If there was ever a point where we watched "Heroes" for the characterizations, I think that time is long passed. We watch... well, primarily we watch out of masochism, or out of a stubborn belief in the potential of "Heroes" rather than the actuality of "Heroes," but we also watch for plot twists and the occasional cool use of powers. So an entire episode in which the characters lose their powers and stand around to talk about their feelings and motivations wasn't the wisest choice. It'd be like a Phillies game where Ryan Howard only got to play defense, or an "American Idol" episode where Randy's the only judge who gets to talk.
Parkman's out-of-the-blue love for Daphne still makes no sense, no matter how many times he refers to spirit walks, but at least she was allowed to call him out on that now. I've completely lost track of whether Elle wants Sylar to be very good or very bad. (If the role were played by a less interesting actress -- say, a certain other diminutive blonde already familiar to the "Heroes" audience -- I'd just fast-forward through those scenes by now.) Peter and Nathan's whinefest about who the bigger sap is might have been interesting if these characters ever had meaningful conversations with each other instead of the usual cryptic dialogue and yelling. And Mohinder is no more interesting with a clear complexion than he was when he was turning into Jeff Goldblum.
Still, at least this one moved, even after everybody lost their powers. The stuff with Baron Samedi (double geek points for naming him after both a James Bond villain and a Brother Voodoo villain) has potential for interesting action -- especially since they spent so much time on Peter talking up his invulnerability that his powers have to turn back on next week, and Seth Green and Breckin Meyer as Kansas comic shop employees has the potential for the entire show to turn into an episode of "Robot Chicken."
But, again, I'm just being a sucker if I'm watching this show based on potential. Or what was that word Tim Kring used last week before he wrote his letter of apology?
What did everybody else think?