This is something I have to do alone.
—clich√© spouting, relationship-pussyfooting, shot-blocking Claire

I was hoping for improvement in Heroes, some recall of the season’s strong start, but you can’t always get what you want.

Samuel kills an interesting character who probably should have been more subtle about challenging him; Noah has Samuel in his sites but family gets in the way. Samuel continues to be manipulative and annoyingly whispery. Matt Parkman has the chance to get rid of Sylar forever, but instead of just killing him, he takes a page from the Supervillain Handbook and plots a complex revenge which, of course, gets interrupted. Mind you, even if he shot Sylar, cut him up into little pieces, and buried the bits on different continents, the Heroes writers would still bring him back.

The episode ends with Emma stepping up.

It’s not a terrible episode, but the show has long lost its appeal for me, and, recording be damned, it can no longer compete with The American Experience over on PBS.