We have a brief review this week, as the story heads forwards and we get to know the new characters. Heroes may not be developing quickly this season, but I remain cautiously optimistic.

Of course, this episode also sidesteps the Hiro plot, which has serious sinkhole potential.

Title: “Ink”

Cast and Crew

Milo Ventimiglio as Peter Petrelli
Robert Knepper as Samuel Sullivan
Zachary Quinto as Caprica Sylar
Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennett
Jack Coleman as Noah Bennett
Greg Grunburg as Matt Parkman
Madeline Zima as Gretchen
Cacho Ribeiro as Lydia
Deanne Bray as Emma
Christine Rose as Angela Petrelli
Rick Worthy as Parkman’s Partner

Premises

  • We learn more about Samuel’s history and powers as he checks out Peter Petrelli. Peter, meanwhile, encounters a new metahuman, hearing-impaired Emma, whose powers connect to mysterious forces at work in this season.
  • Caprica Sylar and Matt Parkman battle it out in Parkman’s head, as the psychic cop investigates a case.
  • Claire bonds with Gretchen, and we’re treated in the final scene to some ambiguous subtext. This is, of course, important, as Xena may be the only fantasy series from the last two decades the season premiere didn’t rip off.
  • Someone hands a forbidden phone to Lydia, who—oh, wait. This isn’t part of the episode. It’s a commercial for the parallel Lydia storyline that will be told in cell-phone webizodes.

High Point

If Sylar had to be a villain yet again, they have come up with an interesting way for him to be evil this time around. I wonder to what degree this is some version of Sylar, and to what degree it is some aspect of Parkman himself, licensing him to use his powers.

Low Point

This isn’t so much a low point as a concern: Samuel’s powers, like Hiro’s, and Sylar’s, seem so great that it may become difficult to write them intelligently. A similar situation applies to Caprica-Sylar with reference to Matt Parkman. It’s difficult to find anything for a human character to do in a world where godlike beings exist.

The Scores

Originality: 3/6.

Effects: 6/6.

Story: 4/6. The story moves more slowly than a season of Mad Men (which gets to be slow because it’s so well-written and acted), but it is clearly going somewhere.

Acting: 5/6.

Emotional Response: 4/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 4/6. The season shows promise, but the mysteries must have meaningful solutions—and there’s still the time travel factor, ignored this week. I also have to wonder if and when Mohinder will return. Still, the writing this season thus far eclipses the last two. The Redemption season title may prove to be more than wishful thinking.

32/42.