This year’s story arc slowly takes shape, and it’s beginning to look a lot like last year’s….

….but things may not be as they appear.

Cast

Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh
Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura
Dana Davis as Monica Dawson
Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennett
Ali Larter as Jessica / Niki Sanders
James Kyson Lee as Ando Masahashi
Jack Coleman as Noah Bennett
David Anders as Takezo Kensei
Eriko Tamura as Yaeko
Jimmy Jean-Louis as the Haitian
Zachary Quinto as Sylar
Shalim Oritz as Alejandro
Dania Ramirez as Maya
Nicholas D’Agosto as West

Premise

We see evidence that the company may have the capacity for good, while the heroes can cross the line into evil. Of course, all may not be as it seems– as Hiro learns in seventeenth-century Japan. Meanwhile, Claire finds herself in a superhero after-school special, and Peter relocates to next year, where all is not well.

High Points

I have wondered from the beginning if Hiro will make Kensei a hero or become Kensei, the hero. I’m still uncertain, but the show currently suggests the latter direction, and his plot currently holds the most interest for me.

The second season continues to avoid last season’s pointless, ponderous narration.

Low Points

Advertising boasts of this season’s many exotic locations, including Canada. I have nothing against world travel, but they need to focus more on interesting stories and credible dialogue.

Is it just me, or does the Claire/West/Cheerleader plot represent a broad range of stupid?

The Scores

Originality: A character sees future New York, and a disaster has struck! The show is already repeating itself, though this episode does feature some interesting, if not entirely surprising, twists. 2/6.

Effects: This wasn’t an effects-heavy episode, but those we saw work. 5/6.

Story: This week’s episode features too many forced events, such as the battle with the Redneck Border Patrol and the plot to get Claire on the cheerleading squad. The Kenzei storyline is a little more interesting. We’re also seeing Monica’s development into a bona fide hero. 4/6.

Acting: 5/6.

Emotional Response: This has been blunted somewhat by the familiarity of the material, and too much bad expository dialogue. The latter doesn’t play as comic-book-parodic, but merely as ill-conceived. The show’s exploration of moral ambiguity may make for some interesting future episodes. 3/6

Production: This show features a number of excellent shots, including Bennett and the Hatian’s visit to Odessa, Ukraine. 5/6

Overall: I’m finding this season less impressive than the first. They need to take the show in some new directions soon. 4/5

In total, “The Line” receives 29 out of 42.

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