All roads lead to Pinehearst.

Title: “Eris Quod Sum”

Cast and Crew

Writer: Jesse Alexander
Director: Jeannot Szwarc

Milo Ventimiglio as Peter Petrelli
Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli
Robert Forster as Arthur Petrelli
Zachary Quinto as Sylar/Gabriel
Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennett
Brea Grant as Daphne Millbrook
Kristin Bell as Elle
Ashley Crow as Sandra Bennett
Jessalyn Gilsig as Meredith Gordon
Ali Larter as Tracy Strauss
Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh
Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura
James Kyson Lee as Ando Masahashi
Jack Coleman as Noah Bennett
Greg Grunburg as Matt Parkman
Christine Rose as Angela Petrelli
Dania Ramirez as Maya
Jaime Hector as Knox
Ntare Mwine as Usutu
Alan Blumefeld as Maury Parkman

Premise

Hiro and Ando continue to argue over the use of time-travel, Arthur removes power from some of the characters, Suresh and Maya part ways, Elle seeks help from Claire, Sylar plays hero, Daphne’s divided motives slow her down, another character dies (for now), Peter takes a flying leap, and all roads lead to Pinehearst.

High Points

The story, more than ever, involves tortuous twists, divided loyalties, and hidden agendas. Although we still have the repetitive Change the present/Save the future plot, at least now, it has become entangled with a conflict involving the origins of the heroes. This could be excellent.

Low Point

In order for such plots to work, we have to care about the characters. Daphne remains interesting, and Claire faces some genuine challenges, but basically, I don’t care about anyone. Two factors, in particular, have created this situation:

The series has many, many intersecting plotlines. Most episodes visit all of them. This gives little time for real, sustained character development. Instead of showing us the characters face conflict, reflect, and adapt, they’ve opted to have them discuss their supposed character development in long-winded, unbelievable dialogue. The most obvious solution would be to devote more time, each episode, to fewer plotlines.

Numerous arbitrary developments hinder involvement with the show. Characters grow and then reset or change at the whims of the writer, so that I no longer care about them. People die but, as we’ve seen, most of them return at some point. Fictional death only matters if we believe there’s an outside chance the character won’t be returning.

I realize Heroes has adapted comic-book conventions to a television series, but the Revolving Door of Death is a bad convention to be adapting.

The Scores

Originality: 3/6.

Effects: 6/6. The effects remain strong, but I have two questions about the airplane turmoil:
1. How would Elle’s electrical discharge threaten the plane? Electrical devices interfere with communications, not jet engines. Have they borrowed their science from Fringe, or am I missing something obvious?
2. Wouldn’t someone notice Elle’s zappiness?

Story: 4/6. This has improved somewhat. The “High” and “Low” Points this week mostly concern story, and how it has been handled.

Acting: 4/6. This again varies, and would be better if the scripts gave the actors more opportunities to act rather than emote. The breakup between Maya and Suresh may stand as the single worst scene, performance-wise, in the series’ three-year history. Brea Grant, however, continues to shine as Daphne.

Emotional Response: 3/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 3/6. The show has grown both confusing and mediocre.

In total, “Eris Quod Sum” receives 29/42.

Additional Remarks

1. The Latin title translates to “You will be what I am.” Coincidentally, “Eris” is also Greek for “discord” and is the name given to the classical goddess of discord (and to the dwarf planet formerly known as Xena).

2. While I will post discussions, reviews will be rare. I’ll no longer be watching every week, and I suspect the reviews have grown repetitive. I can only work with what the show gives me.