This week, we meet a new hero named Arthur with the ability to leap over carnivorous marine life1. Actually, it wasn’t that bad, but after a very slow-paced second season, the writers strike, and the show careens too quickly into some kind of conclusion.

1. Thanks to Fozzy_Bear for the suggestion.

Title: Truth and Consequences

Cast

Milo Ventimiglio as Peter Petrelli
David Anders as Adam
Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh
Zachary Quinto as Sylar
Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura
Noah Gray-Cabey as Micah Sanders
Shalim Oritz as Alejandro
Dania Ramirez as Maya
Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennett
Ali Larter as Niki Sanders
Stephen Tobolowsky as Bob
Jack Coleman as Noah Bennett
Dana Davis as Monica Dawson
Ali Larter as Gina / Niki Sanders
Kristen Bell as Elle
James Kyson Lee as Ando Masahashi
Nichelle Nichols as Nana Dawson
Greg Grunburg as Matt Parkman
Adair Tishler as Molly

Premise

Adam reveals his true designs, Peter remains clueless, Hiro uses his power to some effect, Monica becomes a costumed hero and quickly lands in trouble, Claire and Elle head for a showdown, and Sylar draws Maya further to the dark side.

High Points

The Monica plot has potential, especially since the series has to have at least one character move in this direction. While I could see how she might have escaped from the house, the fact remains she has not yet become fully confident with her powers.

Low Point

Quinto is a good actor, but his scenes with Maya do not quite work. I think her corruption might have been more effective if, like Parkman, she was less motivated by external manipulation.

The view of Sylar over her shoulder was pure soap opera, and not in a good way.

The Scores

Originality: 2/6.

Effects: 5/6. This episode featured low-key but impressive effects and camerawork.

Story: 4/6 I found this week’s story interesting, as we see how the very many plots might come together, and somewhat exciting. The use of Hiro, discussed last week, continues to present problems. The writers really don’t know how to handle his considerable powers, and they have him act within limits that don’t really make sense.

Acting: 4/6. The performances vary from excellent to rushed.

Emotional Response: 4/6

Production: 5/6

Overall: 4/6

In total, “Truth or Consequence” receives 28 out of 42.

Lingering Questions

What, exactly, did the CompanyTM originally set out to do? Were they keeping their eye on metahumans? Developing viruses? Contracting for a Bond villain? This seemed clearer in earlier episodes, but becomes less so as we learn more of the corporate backstory. It is not necessarily a problem but, rather, something the show needs to clarify at some point.