Heros Episode Recap: “Villains”

Kristenbell_heroes_s2_240 Say this for Monday’s Heroes: At least it didn’t repeat the “Several Months Ago” structure of the back story-revealing flashback episodes from seasons one and two. And we got to see a few previously unknown connections between some of the characters. But what, exactly, are we supposed to take away from “Villains”?

We knew Arthur Petrelli was a bad guy already. We’ve been learning that Sylar’s thirst for new powers is as much addiction as eeevilness. And we knew that Meredith harbors some resentment toward Primatech because of Claire. Why we needed to have that reiterated to us in an hour of flashbacks — courtesy of Hiro’s spirit walk — escapes me a little bit.

Some of the episode’s details were mildly interesting: Arthur Petrelli “died” because Angela poisoned him after discovering that part of his plan involved killing Nathan. Bad-guy firestarter Flint is Meredith’s brother, and the poor sucker thought he was being recruited when Company agent Thompson (a returning Eric Roberts) captured him — apparently with Claude’s help (Flint says something about an invisible man tackling him outside the store he and Meredith were robbing). HRG and Elle used to work together, and apparently Elle used to be kind of nice.

But I really felt like the episode was just showing us things Heroes has already shown us this fall (clever title cards aside), and other than the filling in of those details, nothing much was accomplished. We’re no closer to understanding, for instance, why it is that Arthur wants to give everyone powers and why that will then bring about the end of the world, which is kind of the point of this arc. There has to be a way for this show to do flashbacks that doesn’t kill whatever momentum had been building in prior episodes…..

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