Actually, I wrote about 2 pages about him, so I'll save that for another post. In summary: I think HRG sealed his own fate a few episodes ago, when Mohinder demanded to know if he was expendable and HRG couldn't answer him. I understand that from HRG's perspective, his family takes priority. But from Mohinder's
perspective, they don't. From Mohinder's
perspective, HRG promised he would protect Mohinder as long as he was alive...and has now reneged on that promise. Mohinder can't trust HRG any more than he can trust the Company...and at least the Company took care of Molly and returned her to Mohinder unharmed, unlike HRG, who tried to murder her just four months ago.
The one thing that utterly infuriates me, though, is...why didn't Mo just tell HRG right at the start about Niki and the mutated virus and the reason he needs Claire's blood?
I hate it when characters have conflicts that could have been avoided or lessened, if only they hadn't withheld info for no good reason. I think both HRG and Mohinder did stupid things that led them to that point, but I can't blame Mohinder for thinking at that point that not only does he need to preserve the Company so he can use its resources to find a permanent virus vaccine, but also that HRG is about 3 seconds away from becoming a mass murderer, so he'd better shoot first. HRG:
Speaking of "withholding info for no good reason"...maybe if HRG had just admitted his Odessa trip and shown people the paintings, things would have ended differently. Instead, he did erratic-appearing things that alienated both Claire and Mohinder, the two prime movers in his storyline. His "death" pretty much became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Also? HRG committed the cardinal sin of hesitating. When you need to get your enemy out of the way...GET THEM OUT OF THE WAY. Don't just make a monologuish statement and then just stand there and stare at them
. SHOOT!!! NOW!!! (See also: "ceilings, being stapled to, exactly what made you think you could out-manipulate the master manipulator?")Claire:
Dear sweet merciful Jesus, please come back to us and slap that damn snotty sneer off the little brat's face. I'm to the point of actually wanting
the Company to experiment on her, because that appears to be the only way she'll ever understand the danger HRG has tried to protect her from. I mean...she's whining about how they're "always going to be running". Well, DUH. The Company is always going to want to get ahold of you! What part of that do you not understand? Do you think your dad was the only employee who kidnapped people and did experiments on them? Also, am I the only person who thought that Claire really didn't look that upset in her final scene?Elle:
It's not her fault! She used to be perfectly normal but other people twisted her and made her a psychopath who enjoys murdering people! I should forgive her and like her! Nope...not happening. Also, something I need clarified...I was under the impression that specials were more or less immune to their own powers. It's why Ted and Sylar could play with their nuclear hands but not get radiation burns, right? If that's so...why does Elle zap herself when her feet are in water? I could understand if her ability somehow got short-circuited and she couldn't use it, but if she doesn't normally electrocute herself, I don't think sticking her feet in water should change that.Parkman
: Don't get me started. No, seriously. Don't.The Nakamuras:
It's Hiro's turn to be beaten with the stupid stick this week, going back to change his father's death even though he repeatedly messed up with Kensei. Just...argh. Papa Nakamura, though, I love: facing down his own death and accepting his destiny, much like Isaac, but with fewer drugs. "Please give my love to Mother." Oh, there's no reunions, Hiro. It's just darkness...oops. Wait a minute. Wrong show
. Though the addition of John Barrowman to this cast would definitely improve my mood. Talk about man-candy. If JB and ZQ were on screen at the same time, I'm afraid my television would melt. If Sendhil joined them, it would explode.What wasn't in this episode:
Peter/Adam? Well, last episode was the only time I found Adam intriguing, so I didn't miss it too much. (By the way, are they just going to abandon Caitlin in the virus-ridden future? And what happens to her if they prevent that future from happening? Does she just disappear from existence altogether?) Monica/Micah? I like them, but yet...I don't feel like the story is lacking without them, which is not a good sign. The Pasbeard? I'd argue that its absence is NEVER a bad thing; I certainly sleep better without it around. Sylar? Well, considering that they had said he was supposed to get shirtless with a simpering moron, I don't consider his absence to be a bad thing. (And boy, do I hope they heard the fan complaints and cut that entirely. Even beyond my intense dislike of Maya, I'm very frustrated that the writers seem to think we won't notice blah plots as long as they shove biceps and bare chests in our faces.)Additional thoughts:
Aoyama Cemetery. I have no idea what 'aoyama' means, but I think that is an absolutely beautiful word. Now I feel like Tolkein and his "cellar door".
"If you visit me one more time, Parkman, I'm going to expect you to make an honest woman out of me." THAT IMAGE MADE ME SCREAM IN HORROR SO LOUDLY THE CATS RAN OUT OF THE ROOM.
OH MY GOD I WANT TO MARRY ANGELA PETRELLI. SHE ROCKS SHE ROCKS SHE ROCKS. Parkman, if you hurt Angela, I will hunt you down like the piece of trash you are. I do not have profanity enough to express my opinion of you right at this moment. And then that final montage, where we see Parkman went ahead and found out the woman's name? What an ass.
Also, when Sylar turned around at Mohinder's desk to welcome him home, I may have once again screamed so loudly that the domesticated mammals fled the room. Man. Tim Kring must have joined Russell T. Davies in reading and writing fanfic.