Plots and Fates Collide in Heroes Reborn “Send in the Clones”
BY Abbey White
Published 6 years ago
Heroes Reborn has only two episodes left before its season finale, and yet “Send in the Clones” at times made it seem like the series forgot that pertinent point.
The show’s winter return, after a nearly month's hiatus, saw many of its characters still on the run, while others attempted to finish up their various missions. A handful even managed to generate new missions with only two hours left of series action to spare.
“Send in the Clones” focused mostly on Erica’s plan beginning to crumble as the sun launched its first real attack on Earth in the form of a solar flare.
The chosen siblings each got closer in their own ways to reaching Odessa, while the Sunstone Manor crew attempted to free Micah and the others. Noah doesn’t make his desperately needed reappearance, but Luke does a pretty decent job at handling Erica’s henchman Harris, as well as Quentin and his awful sister.
All in all, the episode felt like filler until it totally didn’t, which continues Heroes Reborn’s streak of development and pacing inconsistency.
A Bit of a Mess
With only two episodes of the series left, it wasn’t too much to expect Heroes Reborn to come back with a heightened sense of urgency. What viewers got was… more chase sequences and kidnappings. The show, as much as it bounces around its characters, has been slow not just in developing its plot and getting viewers to those crucial moments, but investing us in them once we’re there.
Unfortunately, what “Send in the Clones” may have illustrated is that there are simply too many plotlines (or not enough running time) for this show to work the way it was intended. We don’t spend enough time getting to know characters, seeing them develop and interact with each other to be able to easily and effectively connect their plot threads together — or to simply care about them as people. As a result, everything feels shallow until a major plot twist happens which once again re-invests viewers in the series’ larger endgame. On top of this, there are so many land mines going off with each plot thread that it’s hard to distinguish what the important ones are. At this point it should be all of them. This episode it only felt like Sunstone Manor.
Without a doubt the series has had some downright nail biting fights and some halfway decent reveals. Not to mention it has (I say with the utmost gratitude) brought back our Heroes favorites and even gotten a little emotional. But halfway decent, and a little don’t really cut it with five seasons, several years to think about what you’ve done, and then another 10 episodes under your belt.
By this point, I should be afraid of the world ending this very moment and if I could bear a world without my favorite EVOs. Instead I’m wondering why no one prior to Luke decided Quentin’s sister was a major problem. No seriously, she’s perhaps the biggest smallest player in the game and half the show’s conflict would vanish if she did. Of course, we want Luke on the good path so having him kill her wouldn’t be right, but at some point and some point soon this girl needs to die–or everyone else will. Same goes for Luke’s ex, Joanne. I’ve been silently pulling for a redemption arc for her character, but after she reappeared and took Erica’s bait without a second thought, I knew hope was lost and it was time for her to depart.
Speaking of Erica, Tommy escaped but came back, Malina escaped Harris’ clutches, Miko took out Harris for real, and Micah just exposed her plans to the entire world. Our once great and fearless villian ain’t so great and fearless anymore. This is happening to generate that sense of urgency I was asking for. She must have her way or all of (the worthy) humanity will die. But still, Erica’s plans aren’t entirely working, and as scary as this series has wanted Erica to be, she’s mostly proved herself, with ineffective help, to be a non-threat. Mean and heartless, but a non-threat compared to that shooting solar flare. Now that’s something to worry about.
And was it just me, or did it feel a tad overdramatic when Erica tells Hachiro that if he doesn’t finish his job and soon, she’ll kill his daughter–in front of him. Where else would she presumably do it? Behind his back? In the next room over? I say this not to minimize the emotional weight of murder, but to point out that the show is missing a major opportunity to legitimately amp-up the stakes and actually invest us in the characters’ well-being. How does it do that (in a way it isn’t already)? By redirecting our attention to that impending storm that will take out the entire world. Not by having Erica threaten more people.
On the flip side, all of these problems will presumably be addressed in the very next episode. With Micah’s revelation about Erica’s masterplan and the solar flare officially released, I’m almost positive the penultimate episode can’t fall flat. Too many plotlines have converged.
Here’s hoping Heroes Reborn goes out with a bang, not a whimper.