I found this one of the better episodes of the season—at least until the confusing death sequence, which was undermined by the fact that death means nothing to the show’s writers. No review this week, but after the cut you’ll find some key points.

  • Peter finally takes a power that he should have acquired long ago, and then delays using it, apparently for dramatic effect. In a scene that might have been affecting if the writers let me care about the death and development of these characters (and in an interesting echo of the show’s past), Peter brings back his brother-in-Sylar to let him go. Of course, Sylar himself remains alive.
  • In a well-played storyline, Claire and Gretchen tour the carnival. Blinded by what the carnival represents, they fail to realize that Samuel is acting like the manipulative cult leader he is.
  • A man with an Impossible power invades the Bennett home as Noah and Lauren speak honestly.
  • We receive further hints that the heroes will reveal themselves to the world.
  • We learn more about Samuel’s often confusing plots, which may or may not explain why he gets to deliver the ponderous voice-over at the end of this episode.