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Unexpected Heroes: The Best Episode Yet!

Published February 20, 2007 in Television
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of NBC.
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Gun fights, disappearing acts, flight, and revelations, oh my!

We knew it would finally get to this. After toying with our emotions that last few episodes, NBC's Heroes has finally hit some sort of culmination. Characters are revealing themselves to others, the truth is finally being told, and, better yet, somebody finally had to die.

Sure, it may not necessarily have been a 'hero' that died (that happens March 5th), but he/she was still important.

Heroes Tries the Unexpected

Fox has to wonder how an underdog such as Heroes it taking a bit out of its audience. Last night's episode attracted 14 million viewers to 24's 13 million. 24 may have been much improved over the last two-hour special (in terms of quality), Heroes gave the show a smack on the wrist by delivering what I can only call the best episode to date.

People flying, disappearing, falling, threatening and dying? All of this and more happens within Episode 16's one-hour (minus commercials) running time. Peter continues to grow more powerful -- expect to see him have a showdown with Sylar -- thanks most in part to Christopher Eccleston's brilliant portrayal of Claude aka Mr. Invisible.

Eccleston is easily the best new addition to Heroes and one can only hope that he sticks around for a while. If you have seen last night's episode, you know this may not be the case. Add in the fact that he has recently been picked up for The Dark is Rising, and his appearances may become limited to non-existent.

Could he be the one who dies on March 5th?

Episode 16: Unexpected works because it keeps the entertainment factor at a high while quickly bringing the story to a focal point. Though such racing could hurt character development, just about every character gets a turn to shine save Jessica and her family.

Better yet, Claire finally confronts her father.

Prediction for upcoming episodes: Now that Sylar is having problems controlling some of the powers he steals, could it be he that explodes?

Heroes airs Mondays at 9 on NBC.

Stay tuned for updates.

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